Oxfordshire Artweeks now offers the opportunity to take part in both the main May festival and a smaller series of exhibitions ahead of Christmas.
In June, Artweeks members will be offered the opportunity to registering a Christmas entry for later in the year, taking part in an Artweeks season of open studios and pop-up exhibition in November and December (dates will be your choice). This Christmas Season is designed to give Artweeks members who registered for the May exhibitions the chance to promote a November/December show they would expect to hold anyway – whether that’s as a solo artist, or as a participant at a Christmas fayre or other event/venue. This gives an additional promotional push to those that would like it, and maintains the visibility of Artweeks in the public eye. Xmas exhibitions will be searchable on-line. We will also print a simple Christmas brochure, asking those registering an exhibition to make a contribution of £25 towards this additional leaflet, before 30 June.
For 2017 you can register here for dates of your choosing between 4th November and 17th December.
If you are a member organising a local event that's primarily for Artweeks members and local artisans, you may take a listing as a group or event rather than an individual – however, if you plan to include participants who are not Artweeks members, please contact the office on email@example.com to confirm that the listing can be included.
The Christmas exhibitions under the Artweeks banner are a relatively new idea so please bear in mind that while Artweeks provides some umbrella marketing, and reassures the public that exhibitions and artists are bona fide etc., the success of Christmas events is very much dependent on local marketing. It is not a duplication of the May event; rather, it is a new venture that will take time to build recognition at a time of year that is potentially good for sales whilst proving challenging in marketing terms as there are so many other events going on; visitors tend to be more local than in May. Crafts do particularly well at this time of year, as do postcards and prints and lower priced art, and we recommend that venues use this Christmas event as an opportunity to try a different format to ring the changes.