Bicester Arts Network
The Bicester Arts Network was first created early in 2018 to support Oxfordshire Artweeks artists in their quest to create their annual exhibitions. In 2018 many more artists participated in the Artweeks festival than the previous year. In 2017 there were only 6 venues, so we set out to improve this. In 2018 we had 19 venues with over 50 artists exhibiting their ecletic mix of art.
A taster exhibition at a local business centre was opened a month prior to the start of Artweeks which aimed to bring artists and the general public together and create awareness of Oxfordshire Artweeks and art within the Bicester and surrounding villages community.
Bicester Arts Network offers a great opportunity to build a vibrant art community within the Bicester area. The Bicester group meet once a month at a networking meeting to share ideas & experiences, meet other artists and discuss marketing and exhibition plans. The meetings are friendly and informal whilst being structured and educational. We have a mixture of both professional and amateur artists from all walks of life with a wide range of talents.
We meet at OYAP Trust's building once a month between 7pm and 9pm
To get involved with the Bicester Arts Network is straight forward and open to professional and recreational artists that have the desire to become part of an art community.
There are many reasons why artists come along and these include: building collaborations, to find out about different techniques, building confidence, do business or simply chat about art with like minded people. The groups talents are extensive and range from sculpture in all mediums to photography and millinery to watercolour painting, and there is a good mix of professional artists and those that use art as a reccreational release.
If you are interested and would like to find out more please subscribe to the Bicester Arts Network Mailing List.
Becoming Part of Oxfordshire Artweeks
During May each year, Oxfordshire artists and crafts people have an opportunity to exhibit their work. There are nearly 500 stunning exhibitions throughout the county, ranging from group exhibitions in large public spaces to individual artists showing in their own homes or studios and more than 100,000 visitors cross our thresholds!
The Oxfordshire Artweeks Festival offers a wide variety of media; painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, glass, mosaics, jewellery, and much more and this is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists, to talk about their work, watch demonstrations and sometimes, there's the chance to try your hand and have a go yourself. Entry to all these exhibitions is free.
How it works
The Oxfordshire Visual Arts Festival (Artweeks) is a non profit-making company, limited by guarantee and owned by its members. Everyone is welcome to take part and there is no selection process for artists wishing to participate. Artweeks is run by a board of voluntary directors, made up of artists and other professionals who generously donate their time and expertise, and is managed by a part-time executive director, supported by a part-time office administrator. They, in turn, are supported by a team of sixteen volunteer area co-ordinators, who provide a local focus for promotional activities and offer advice for members.
Each area has a co-ordinator and Dragonfly Framing's owner Graham Perryman is the co-ordinator for Bicester. His role covers the following areas:
- To welcome and encourage both existing and new members to the Artweeks organisation promoting a positive experience for members
- To host and organise networking opprotunities for Artweek members and for those that may be considering exhibiting their art at an Artweeks venue.
- To corordinate / print a trail map for the Bicester artists so that they may distribute amongst their contacts
- To host a collection point for artists for the festival guides, flags and bunting.