The Astons Artists

The villages of Aston Tirrold and Aston Upthorpe have been the inspiration for many creative people over the centuries, from poets and writers to actors and artists. 

In 2009 a group of local artists formed the Aston Artists. They would meet regularly in the villages to paint and sketch together and share ideas. For several years they produced charity Christmas cards to raise money for local causes.

The group now exhibit annually in village studios during Oxfordshire Artweeks in May. This year there were six exhibitors in two locations for this Open Studio event. Three of these artists lived in the villages and three came from the local area. Three further local artists have exhibited here in the past and one plans to open their third studio again in 2019. We welcome hundreds of people every year and are delighted by the lively interest - all the regular visitors and those who come for the first time. These Artweeks exhibitions are open and free to everyone - all are welcomed. 

Selected work by the artists can be seen and bought at the village pub,

2019 Oxfordshire Artweeks  

Click on names below to see individual artists' websites.

Six exhibitors will display in three open studios from 11am to 6pm on Saturday May 11th, Sunday 12th and then Saturday May 18th and 19th. ANNA DILLON will exhibit paintings in her studio; HELEN J YOUNGPETER LANCASTER and VICTORIA GODDARD will show paintings and jewellery in Helen’s studio; SUSANNA BRUNSKILL and LUCY BURLETSON will have paintings and ceramics in Susanna's studio and garden.  We're delighted to include yet another new exhibitor from the village and look forward to meeting many people - its great if you buy but its not expected, as you are extremely welcome to look and to talk to us.  Entry is free and open to all

2018 Oxfordshire Artweeks 

We welcomed hundreds of visitors to the two open studios, just a short walk away from each other and both opening at 11am - 6pm on the weekends of 19th - 20th May and 26 - 28th May. Direction signs showing site numbers were all round the village.

HELEN J YOUNGPETER LANCASTER and VICTORIA GODDARD exhibited in Helen’s studio in Baker Street. Helen works with mixed media to create abstract works. Peter paints in oils (lemons below) and also frames pictures. Victoria makes jewellery. Sites 410, 409 and 469. 

SUSANNA BRUNSKILL, KEN MESSER and LIN KERR's work was shown in Susanna's studio and conservatory in Aston Street. Ken painted in watercolour (rocky shore below) and Susanna now paints mainly in oils (apple below). Lin is a calligrapher and painter (sun through trees below). Sites 408, 406 and 407. 

ANNA DILLON painted the landscape at the top of the page.

We were very sad to announce the sudden death of Ken Messer. 

2017 Oxfordshire Artweeks

It was wonderful to welcome about 600 people over five afternoons.

Seven artists exhibited: Anna Dillon, Bee Thomas, Susanna Brunskill, Lin Kerr, Ken Messer, Helen J Young and Jane Vallings. There was original work in oils, watercolours and mixed media on sale as well as cards.