Anya Simmons

A group of 11 artists, who had planned to exhibit together for Oxfordshire Artweeks in Great Tew, are selling their donated pieces of art virtually instead to help raise funds for a deserving local charity in a one-day sale on Sunday May 17.

“nursing homes are facing the additional complications of Covid-19 as they continue their amazing work, so this is our way of helping them in these difficult times”

Ian Bailey

Chipping Norton’s Lawrence Home Nursing provides people with end of life nursing care in their own homes. “We had planned to donate the proceeds of tea and cakes at the exhibition to the nursing home charity so wanted then to find an alternative way to support them, particularly as all charities are struggling at the moment,” says ceramicist Penny Varley, one of the artists involved.

“They are also facing the additional complications of Covid-19 as they continue with their amazing work, so this is our alternative way of helping their cause in these difficult times,” she adds.

Jewellery by Emily Fermor

“We’ll be showcasing each of the pieces throughout the week on social media ahead of an on-line sale on Sunday 17th May when contact details for all the participating artists will be promoted alongside the piece of work

Penny Varley

Prices range from £25 to £260 but they will remain secret until the day of the sale to create anticipation and excitement for the day itself.

“We’re hoping to build a buzz: we all know what it’s like when you’ve  seen something that you like and you want to get in first!” adds Melanie Charles who has donated a painting of a friendly cow, Oscar, who peers from the canvas with a wet-nosed charm.

Melanie Charles

Other pieces include a sweeping Scottish view under a soft blue sky, an intimate stitched landscape on silk, a turned oak bowl, a blue leather journal with accents of copper and gold, a sterling silver necklace with gemstones, and an unusual ceramic vessel in rich ruby red. You can see all the pieces on sale here  

The sale will open at 10am (until 4pm) and potential customers should contact the artist directly to arrange payment and delivery.


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