The Oxfordshire Artweeks guide is now on-line with a striking new look to celebrate our 30th anniversary.
With 1000 artists participating at 500 venues, the cover image is always a talking point. The 2012 choice is a photo by Andrew Martin, a Botley photographer who captured the image in a Great Rollright garden, a striking and ethereal view of an allium plant with the light falling through a polytunnel. Andrew specialises in macrophotography, and by focusing on the tiny details of larger objects, presents the viewer with a new perspective on everyday objects and places and provides surprising ideas of beauty or art. Many of his pictures are a mystery, challenging the observer to recognise the subject, and some are printed on large aluminium pieces.
Andrew had a piece selected for exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art last year as a result of BBC2s Show me the Monet series, intriguing the judge and Art critic Roy Bolton with his skill. He is a regular Artweeks exhibitior and will be showing his work at the North Oxford Community Centre in Diamond Place, Summertown during May (Artweeks venues 297). In the meantime, enjoy Andrew's images at http://www.agmphotography.co.uk/
You can pick up a printed copy of the Artweeks guide from libraries, Hamptons branches and local information points from early April.