Discover the Christmas Season

Submitted by Esther Lafferty on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 1:03pm

Enjoy Oxfordshire Artweeks Christmas Season with:

A Christmas Season Virtual Art Trail in which you can 'visit' dozens of artists to see their latest work and festive offerings.

An Oxfordshire Artweeks On-line Winter Show (from 14th November) showcasing the breadth of art created by local artists.

Venues to visit (now from 3rd December) with events and open studios (by appointment) across the county

Three virtual Art & Craft Fairs on Instagram (Wednesday 18th Nov 7-9pm & Saturdays 28th November & 12th December 2-4pm; see instructions below)

Browse a vibrant and varied collection of art and handmade gift- and home-wares, both on-line and, coronavirus-allowing, in person. We hope you’ll be inspired, entertained and delighted: there’s a huge selection of pieces from pottery, textiles & jewellery to wall art & sculpture: choose unique gifts to treasure whilst doing your bit for the local economy.

Meet the artists As hundreds of artists and designer-makers inspired by the season showcase their creations, many offer a glimpse into their studios and tell their stories as part of the Christmas Season Virtual Trail. Here are two tasters to whet the appetite.

Jo Lillywhite takes the rich autumnal colours storming across the landscape and uses them in her art with striking effect. Jo loves to paint and return to and striped, ploughed fields, local ponds and the tunnels of trees that are formed in the beech woods around her home and her colourful paintings of the local south Oxfordshire landscape use strong lines and perspective that draw in the eye of the viewer. “I hope my pictures intrigue people and encourage them to ask ‘what lies beyond that hill?’ and ‘where does the path through the woods go?’ she smiles. Read a full feature piece from this month's OX magazine < ahref="">here.

Also bringing colour to grey winter days, textile artist and designer Helen MacRitchie's bags and scarves team the traditional material, wool, with simple shapes and contemporary design. Helen’s colours are varied, and often inspired by the colours of Australia. Having spent fifteen years living in Sydney ‘where the colours are brighter’ it’s no surprise that her range includes the blue of high skies, the vibrant turquoise of the sea and the rich red of Uluru in Australia, each in a strong colour over-stitched in contrasting complementary colours. For the full story click here.

To visit our Instagram Christmas Art and Craft Fairs:
Settle into your favourite seat with tipple of your choice.
Head to and visit our stories as the craft fair opens for first pick of the treasures on offer.
As only 100 stories are allowed at one time, please check back a few times during the event so you don't miss any top temptations.
If you see something you like, click through to the maker's profile to find out how to buy and/or follow the artist in the future.
You can also view all the pieces in our highlights after the event.

Thank you for supporting Oxfordshire Artweeks artists.