We will be spoilt for choice at Oxfordshire Artweeks’ with paintings, photography, ceramics and more, but there are also some more unusual pieces and events to check out. Here are our favourites.

1) Professional cartoonist and children’s author Clive Goddard, who has worked for Private Eye, Punch and The Spectator as well as the BBC, NHS and the RNLI will be exhibiting his cartoons in The Gardener’s Arms on Plantation Road, Jericho. https://www.artweeks.org/p/clive-goddard

clive goddard cartoon

2) Want to buy a classic motorboat remodelled with electric power? Then get down to Colin Henwood‘s workshop at the Sylva Wood Centre at Long Wittenham and check out The Voltaire, which he has renovated there – all 25ft of it with a 4ft beam. Or make your own traditional single canoe paddles during his two day courses. https://www.artweeks.org/p/colin-henwood

Colin Henwood Voltaire_

3) Jackie Richards’ collages feature the likes of Frieda Kahlo and Nina Simone
made from torn, or cut, recycled colour magazines, a technique likened to “painting with paper” adding hidden images which you can find by looking closely, including other birds or animals, quotes, and even buildings. https://www.artweeks.org/p/jackie-richards

Jackie Richards Frieda Kahlo

4) Wealth managers might not be your first artistic port of call but Wise Investment in Chipping Norton is hosting its first ever Artweeks exhibition showcasing nine local artists’ paintings, ceramics, photography, jewellery and glass alongside an exhibition of artwork from Chipping Norton School. https://www.artweeks.org/v/jane-stillwell

Jane stillwell-furrowed-brow

5) The Goat with a Pearl Earring is the brainchild of Maisa Stolz who will be showing her work at Peach Croft Farm in Abingdon for the first time in the UK, inspired by old masters. Modelled on Vermeer’s original, she recreates the character using papier-maché and paint, before embellishing with fabric, glass and other materials. “I hope they will make people smile,” she says. https://www.artweeks.org/p/ma-sa-stolz

Peachcroft Farm artists

6) Enjoy over 400 sculptures at Kingham Lodge displayed in 5 acres of beautiful grounds at this year’s family-friendly Sculpture at Kingham exhibition running from May 20-29. The cream teas are also a big highlight! https://www.artweeks.org/v/sculpture-kingham-lodge

sculpture at kingham lodge

7)The Earth Trust Centre invites you to immerse yourself in nature at the Innovation Hub’s Earth Trust Gallery in a beautiful converted 19th Century barn in Little Wittenham, where an exciting range of creatives will showcase a snapshot of their work, including ceramics, mixed media, and wildlife and landscape photography. https://www.artweeks.org/v/earth-trust-gallery

Gemma Warr – Earth Trust

8) Window shopping – Artists in Woodstock are using the whole town as a gallery as 25 local businesses give up their windows to create a massive display all around town on May 13. From the church to professional galleries such as Dantzig, Zuleika and Darl-e and the Bear, this will be the first time Artists in Woodstock feature at Oxfordshire Artweeks, with 19 professional and amateur artists joining. https://www.artweeks.org/v/woodstock-artists-collective

9) Unexpected Oxford – Travel and documentary photographer Bharat Patel is presenting Oxford in an alternative way in Recurring Dreams of Oxford in Headington, inspired by the way he imaginesthe millions of tourists who pass through the city recall it. “I wanted to present Oxford from a different viewpoint in which the dreamer glides effortlessly from one place to another.” https://www.artweeks.org/v/bharat-patel-kashmira-patel-woa

Bharat Patel The Short Cut

10) Rumour has it that Boris and Carrie Johnson are moving to Brightwell-cum-Sotwell in Oxfordshire and local artist Valerie Dearlove’s is marking their relocation to the manor house with a portrait of the famous duo, alongside numerous other famous faces. https://www.artweeks.org/p/valerie-anne-dearlove

Boris and Carrie by Valerie Dearlove

This year’s festival runs from May 6-29 with more than 400 venues to visit, all divided into areas: South Oxon May 6-14, Oxford City May 20-29, North week May 13-21. For more information go to: https://www.artweeks.org/festival