Artists open their doors for Artweeks

Steve Gold is one of many artists in Banbury displaying his work during Oxfordshire Artweeks. This piece is called La Defence. NNL-151004-130845001
Steve Gold is one of many artists in Banbury displaying his work during Oxfordshire Artweeks. This piece is called La Defence. NNL-151004-130845001

Creative juices will flow into every corner of Oxfordshire next month as the Artweeks festival returns to the area for its 33rd consecutive year

Oxfordshire Artweeks is renowned for being the country’s oldest and largest open studio event in the UK, with 36 events taking place in Banbury alone.

First established in 1981, the three-week long festival allows visitors to meet artists in a range of venues, where they will be given the opportunity to view and discuss pieces of artwork, watch demonstrations and get involved in the artistic process esthemselves.

Painting, sculpture, textiles, photography, jewellery and digital art make up just some of the variety of vibrant and creative talent that will be on offer at this year’s festival.

Among the artists scheduled to exhibit their work in Banbury is photographer Steve Gold.

His ninth Artweeks exhibition of art-photography will be displayed at his home in Queens Road.

The work includes both mounted and framed prints of striking images.

It will run from May 2 to 10, from noon to 6pm. He will also be selling two framed photographs as part of his ongoing effort to fundraise for the Frank Wise School.

Day and Nightcare Assistance will also host an exhibition in their offices in Market Place from May 4-8, opening 10am-4pm.

The exhibit, entitled ‘Caring About Banbury’, showcases work by Gena Johns, an artist with Japanese heritage who grew up in Banbury.

Taking photos of locations that feature in her childhood memories, Gena creates 3D handcut collages of iconic Banbury-scapes, which are then transferred onto wood.

The artwork emphasises how she feels torn between two geographical locations and highlights contrasts of the past and present.

Day and Nightcare Assistance have also sponsored the production of an art trail map, which pinpoints each exhibition’s location in Banbury and its surrounding villages .

The 2015 Artweeks will take place from May 2 to May 25 at a number of locations across Oxfordshire.

For more information or to download a copy of the art trail map, visit www.artweeks.org