Oxfordshire artists and craftspeople open their studios to the public during May each year for the county's most important arts festival. There is now a new opening of artists' studios in November for Christmas shoppers.
More than 500 free exhibitions and events across the whole of the county enable visitors to view spectacular art in a huge variety of different locations, from barns and halls in Cotswold villages, to city studios, galleries, open spaces, schools, homes and even a castle.
For three weeks in May, you will be able to visit open studios in towns and venues across Oxfordshire for free. One week focuses on the city of Oxford, where nearly 200 art spaces in and around the city open their doors to the public. Another week of the festival is centered around beautiful South Oxfordshire, with exhibitions along the Thames from Faringdon to Henley and the Ridgeway from Wantage to Thame. A third week takes place across the North of the county where venues can be found nestled from Burford and Chipping Norton in the Cotswolds across to the historic market towns of Bicester and Banbury, and including our own market town of Charlbury. The order of these weeks rotates each year.
Artweeks is the opportunity for a wonderful day out: expect the unexpected, be inspired, diverted and delighted! And come home with a unique artwork of your own. You'll be able to meet artists, talk about their work, watch demonstrations and maybe have a go yourself. Or simply feast your eyes on a huge range of creative activity, from painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics, to furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, digital art and much more. Established in 1981, Oxfordshire Artweeks is the country's oldest and biggest open studio event.
For more information about Artweeks in Charlbury contact the local area coordinator, Maureen Sparling, 07779 779121or pick up a copy of the current Trail Map from April in libraries and information centres, or go to the Artweeks website: www.artweeks.org