Coronavirus update 18th March 2020
In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 festival — from 2nd-25th May — is moving on-line.
Given the government’s advice this week, that it is time for everyone to stop all non-essential contact with others to slow the spread of COVID19, and because these guidelines are likely to be in place for several months, it is clearly inadvisable to go ahead with hundreds of physical exhibitions which could put the health of our artists, our visitors and the wider population at risk. While we are sorry that this is the case, we have made the decision to become a virtual festival this year.
In our artist galleries on the website, there will be thousands of pictures of the pieces created by painters, potters, silversmiths, textile and glass artists, furniture-makers and more. Visitors will also be able to enjoy video footage of artists at work, to explore ‘walk-through’ exhibitions on-line and delve deeper with through-the keyhole-interviews with a some artists in different media. Join us for a social media celebration, using the hashtag #oxfordshireartweeks to brighten up long days in self-isolation or lonely evenings social distancing.
Currently, a small number of exhibitions still hope to remain open to visitors including Sculpture at Kingham Lodge which is set in five acres of landscaped gardens with a breath-taking Alhambra-inspired pavilion and blooming rhododendrons & azaleas (Artweeks venue 276).
Other venues will also publish any new dates for the autumn in coming weeks, and Artweeks in Watlington (venues 71-120) will run, provisionally, from 29th August.
Coronavirus update 13th March 2020
Mindful of the wider community and the benefits of social distancing, the Artweeks Launch event on 30 April has been cancelled.
Coronavirus update 10th March 2020
The Artweeks board are keen to reassure festival visitors and supporters that the festival as a whole will only be cancelled if government guidelines clearly state that we should do so. As a large series of small events rather than a 'mass gathering', we do not currently envisage that this is likely to happen.
A number of individual venues, however, many choose to close their doors and as this is a rapidly-changing environment, we recommend that visitors check the individual exhibitions by venue number on this website for any changes to their details just prior to travelling.
As an organisation we have encouraged all artists/venues to take sensible precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus and the risk to any visitors and would encourage visitors to do the same.