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 focuses on exhibiting annually in village studios during Oxfordshire Artweeks in May. Ten years on, in 2019, there are six exhibitors in three locations for this Open Studio event. Five of the artists and makers live in the villages and the sixth comes from the local area. 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 welcome.
Work by the artists can be seen and bought at the village pub, the Fat Frog in the Chequers
2019 Oxfordshire Artweeks www.artweeks.org
Click on names below to see individual artists' websites
Six exhibitors displayed their work in three open studios over two weekends on May 11th-12th and May 18th-19th.
We were delighted by very high sales and the hundreds of visitors, many of whom had come to see us before. While we love the encouragement that comes from selling, we are just as happy to welcome people to look at what we do and to talk. The feedback is always helpful and influences our further work.
ANNA DILLON exhibited paintings in her studio - see her landscape above.
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 YOUNG, PETER 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 and also frames pictures. Victoria makes jewellery.
SUSANNA BRUNSKILL, KEN MESSER and LIN KERR's work was shown in Susanna's studio and conservatory in Aston Street. Ken painted in watercolour and Susanna now paints mainly in oils. Lin is a calligrapher and painter. 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.