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 a few 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 will be six exhibitors in two locations taking part in this Open Studio event. Three of these artists live in the villages and three come from the local area. Three further local artists have exhibited here in the past - two of them plan to open the 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. 

2018 Oxfordshire Artweeks

Click on to see all Oxfordshire exhibition details when they become available and click on names below to see individual websites

The two open studios are a short walk away from each other and will open at 11am - 6pm on weekends of 19th - 20th May and 26 - 28th May

Images of recent work, a village map and site numbers will be available here nearer the event. 

HELEN J YOUNGPETER LANCASTER and VICTORIA GODDARD will exhibit 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 will be in Susanna's studio and conservatory in Aston Street. Ken is a watercolour painter and Susanna paints in both oils and watercolour. Lin is a calligrapher and painter. 


2017 Oxfordshire Artweeks

It was wonderful to welcome about 600 people over five afternoons - thank you to all!

Open days: 6th - 7th May and 12th - 14th May

All studios were open at the same time: 11am - 6pm 

ANNA DILLON and BEE THOMAS are both landscape artists whose different styles complement each other.  They exhibited in Anna’s studio.  Sites 35 36.

SUSANNA BRUNSKILL, KEN MESSER and LIN KERR were in Susanna's studio and conservatory. Ken and Susanna are watercolour painters.  Lin is a calligrapher and painter.  Sites 37 38 39.

HELEN J YOUNG and JANE VALLINGS exhibited their work in Helen’s studio.  Helen works with mixed media to create abstract works. Jane will be participating for the first time in Oxfordshire Artweek and creates unique, hand drawn stationery and illustrations. Sites 33 34.

There was plenty of original work in oils, watercolours and mixed media, plus prints, hand bound books and cards on sale.

We had cards with special offers from our village pub, the Sweet Olive. 01235 851272