The next Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival takes place from 06 to 29 May 2023, during which you will be able to feast your eyes on a diverse range of creative activity by hundreds of artists, makers and designers in artists’ studios, pop-up galleries, glorious gardens, ancient churches, medieval tithe barns and hundreds of other amazing venues across Oxfordshire.
Enjoy artists’ painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and ceramics; be amazed by woodworking, glass art, mosaics and jewellery and be intrigued by contemporary installations and multidisciplinary practice. Oxfordshire Artweeks is a chance to talk to artists and creatives about their work, watch demonstrations and even have a go yourself.
Be inspired, entertained and delighted. Browse and even choose a treasure to take home with you.
In the first week of the 2023 festival, from 06 to 14 May, studios open South Oxfordshire.
In the second week, from 13 to 21 May, you can explore North and West Oxfordshire locations.
In the third and final week, from 20 to 29 May, venues in Oxford city will welcome you in.
Oxfordshire Artweeks is the UK’s oldest and largest artist open studios and pop-up exhibition event.
The Artweeks festival is Oxfordshire’s largest visual arts festival and the UK’s oldest and biggest Open Studios event. It is a three-week not-for-profit celebration in May each year of the county’s artistic and creative talent encompassing the visual arts in their broadest sense.
Usually, around 1,500 artists open the doors to their homes and studios or participate in pop-up exhibitions and welcome the public to see their creations and watch them work. Over 100,000 people visit Artweeks exhibitions each year, and a million pounds of art changes hands.
In previous years, visitors have been able to immerse themselves in a giant wild-flower meadow of paint at Oxford’s North Wall, marvel at shimmering glass meteorites in Kidlington or take a trip into the past with jewellery inspired by archaeology or the stunning mosaics by Becky Paton.
Visitors could see traditional blacksmithing in Watlington and the Cotswolds, take an outdoor art trail through Chipping Norton and wander through a stunning five-acre garden in Kingham near Chipping Norton populated with hundreds of sculptures.
In Burford, there were extraordinary hand-sculpted wooden tables to discover, each like a miniature tree. And in Shipton-under-Wychwood, animal artist Nic Vickery set up her 1968 caravan studio ‘Gertie’ at a working metalwork studio in nearby Asthall, where a metal forest grows!
You’ll find full details for Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival 2023 here in February 2023.
All venues are drop-in, free to visit and committed to being COVID-secure.
Opening hours are generally 11.00am to 6.00pm. However, they vary, so please confirm the times for individual venues before travelling.