The space has been transformed by Dragonfly Framing and Bicester Village into an amazing gallery (in addition to countless hours of voluntary support), TonyG Ltd, Adalta Real property agents, DJ Doors and Zeta Specialist Lighting have all generously offered their professional services free of charge to ensure the seamless opening of the gallery.
The work on display includes paintings, print work, photography, pottery and sculpture with more than 30 participating artists as well as work by Cooper School students - see photo of Jess Lyn (age 16)
The pop up will remain open until Sunday, 5th December with late night opening until 8pm on Saturday, 27th November, the night of the town’s Christmas lights switch on. Hundreds of visitors have already enjoyed the exhibition and from the feedback gathered it is already clear to see that a permanent art gallery would be very welcome in the town.
Councillor Lynn Pratt, Lead Member for Economy, Regeneration and Property, said: “This prominent space has undergone a real transformation, showing off the creativity of local people to anyone who visits Bicester town centre. As Christmas draws nearer the Welcome Back Pop-Up Gallery is a chance to find a distinctive present for a loved one or to simply take some time out from other shopping and draw inspiration from the fantastic artwork. I also recognise that this could not have happened without local partners giving up their time and expertise and I am grateful to all of them.”
The Welcome Back Fund has also enabled a makeoverof empty shop windows in some of the most prominent parts of the town centre. Specially illustrated vinyl’s now cover the facades while new tenants are sought for the vacant units. More events will follow in 2022, including some one-off speciality markets and some replanting to help beautify the town landscape.