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April 2004
Oxford Artweeks 2004
Artwork by Paul Kessling
Artwork by Paul Kessling
The Oxfordshire arts community is preparing to put itself on show this May for the annual Oxfordshire Artweeks open studio event.
Oxford Artweeks in Summertown

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The first Oxfordshire Artweeks took place in 1981.

Oxfordshire Artweeks is now the largest open studio festival of visual art in the country.


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Artwork by Geoff Clifford
Check out the photo gallery of some the artwork from Artweeks

Oxfordshire Artweeks is the largest open studio event in the UK and this year 337 artists and artisans are opening up their homes and studios to the public.

Artweeks takes place 15th May to 6th June 2004, moving from Oxford City to South then North Oxfordshire over the three week period.

Check out the photo gallery of some the artwork from the Summertown Festival 2004

The wide diversity of the work on show ranges from traditional crafts to contemporary installations and encompasses the spectrum of arts media, including painting, drawing photography, audio/visual, bookbinding, paper making, jewellery, textiles and stained glass.

In recognition of the artistic creation the county is capable of producing, the work of two prominent Oxfordshire artists will also be on show for the duration of Artweeks.

These will be John Buckley at the Ashmolean Museum and Jan Crombie at the Said Business School.

Artwork by John Buckley
Artwork by John Buckley

John Buckley, The Landmines Exhibition, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The artist who famously created a giant shark ‘crashing’ through the roof of a suburban house in Oxford’s Headington, exhibits this series of sculptures created from the hand-made artificial limbs of victims of landmines in Cambodia.

The limbs, made for victims before they could get medical prosthetics fitted in hospital, are roughly hewn from wood, metal and shoe soles. The result is a collection of evocative and charged objects which are an amalgam of Buckley’s own creations and the found prosthetics. 11th to 30th May. Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 2-5. Free admission.

Artwork by Jan Crombie
Artwork by Jan Crombie

Jan Crombie at the Said Business School, Oxford.

Crombie has created a new series of large scale acrylic paintings that seek to test the symbolic value of found objects and in so doing refer to the emotions that stem from tragic events that evolve with the passage of time.

Objects, arranged on the canvas without perspective, often have associations that refer back to the artist’s Hungarian ancestry and her family’s experiences of the Holocaust. 17th to 30th May. Mon-Fri 10-6; Sat-Sun 11-3. Free admission.

Oxford Artweeks 2004 displays art in the following regions:

City 15 May - 23 May
South 22 May - 30 May
North 29 May - 6 June

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