Oxfordshire Artweeks is an artists' organisation which provides opportunities for Oxfordshire artists and designer-makers with a flagship event in May, a festival of open studios and pop-up exhibitions across the county, in which anyone can take part if they live or work in Oxfordshire or are a member of an established Oxfordshire based art group, society or guild.
The details of all Artweeks members' May exhibitions are presented on this website and in the annual festival guide & art directory, 50,000 copies of which are normally distributed in April and May throughout Oxfordshire and beyond, through a network of local information centres, libraries and many other venues. The festival guide is also widely shared in pdf and flipbook formats.
Wide-spread recognition of the strong Artweeks logo signposting a venue gives the public the confidence to venture into exhibitions.
To support this artists' May festival, Artweeks mounts an effective publicity campaign across the county and beyond - normally with a leaflet and poster campaign, through the placement of your stories in the local media and via social media, to ensure that the festival as a whole is brought to the attention of a wide audience. We also provide newspapers and local magazines, and BBC Oxford and other regional radio stations with feature suggestions about individual artists and designer-makers who have a particularly newsworthy story. To help to you best take advantage of this 'umbrella marketing' and other opportunities, we offer annual workshops (currently free to members) and additional support where possible throughout the year.
During May Oxfordshire Artweeks now also presents a virtual festival in parallel with the physical exhibition, with content drawn from the members' artist profiles - see below - and on social media in real time.
To accompany the physical exhibitions, annual Artweeks membership includes an online artist profile with the facility to upload one image of yourself at work and 10 additional images of artwork, to embed three videos and to link to an exhibition catalogue, live-streamed events, social media and selling sites. Artists can also add information on forthcoming exhibitions, workshops and Christmas events. This offers a search facility by media. These artist-profiles have proved to be a successful vehicle for additional sales, artists have been offered commissions and gallery space on the strength of these additional images and during the coronavirus pandemic serve as virtual exhibitions.
These artist profiles are also available to Oxfordshire artists who are not exhibiting physically in May at an additional cost of £50. You should call the office to choose this option.
Through Artweeks you will be connected to a comprehensive network of local artists and through regular newsletters be offered a variety of adhoc opportunities for Artweeks artists or of which you might otherwise be unaware.
Join our Oxfordshire Artweeks artists Facebook group here and begin to meet us, or look out for details of free October sessions by Festival Director Esther Lafferty which cover what you might like to think about if you are interested in taking part in next year (see here for dates). These, unfortunately, have been cancelled in 2020. We hope to offer them again in the future.
If you would like to exhibit, you need to register as an Artweeks member, find a venue for your May exhibition and sign up to exhibit either as a solo artist or as part of a group exhibition using the on-line registration system. See How do I get involved for further information. All Artweeks members are expected to exhibit physically in May - or call the office to discuss 'on-line only' exhibition options.