Category Archives: art

Original artwork by local artists


There were original paintings in the garden room at St Ethelwolds,

and sculptures, prints and cards in the garden.

From 16th-19th July, Caroline Ritson, Marion Owen and Bruce Bignold are exhibiting their work.

Bruce has some fun watercolours of buildings in Abingdon.

Caroline has a passion for seascapes.

Marion paints landscapes in a variety of styles.

The garden was a pleasant place to be on such a lovely morning.

The flowers looked spectacular in the sun.

Wooden structure / sculpture on roundabout


Carol says ‘a wooden structure / sculpture has appeared on the roundabout at the junction of Caldecott Road and Drayton Road – any information on who designed it and why it is there?

I have no information. But I have started looking at the evidence.

The Oxford Wood Recycling workshop and warehouse is off that roundabout. They have a large number of crates in their carpark waiting to have the nails removed. I did suspect them at first. I wondered if this was a way to advertise their presence. But then I thought they would have made a pyramid of pallet wood.

I did wonder if it could be the work of the famous Abingdon artist, River Banksy,  who carves animals out of wood at Abingdon Lock. But this is too abstract and too far from the River Thames.

This structure look like the wigwams to be found in woodland areas. This wigwam of branches is well made, it looks good from all sides and has some colourful flags made from net bags to attract attention. As we are nearing the end of the academic year it could be the final project of somebody doing an arts course.

Art on the Workhouse Estate (Abbott, Thesiger and part of Oxford Road) until 23rd May


As part of Artweeks, 20 households on the Workhouse Estate have created artwork, and displayed it in front gardens as part of an arts trail, celebrating that we are all living ‘under one sky’ even during the social and physical distancing of lockdown. The trail is available at https://www.popupartscollective.co.uk/workhouse-arts-trail

Clare Davis, a local artist, has organised the event, and is seen here with the Mayor. There is also a more formal exhibition in Clare’s studio and garden at 30 Abbott Rd.

There were silk flags billowing freely in Boxhill Woods that have also been moved to Clare’s garden, out of harms way.

There is a range of people who have taken part – individuals of all ages, but also families –  involving lots of work by children.

You can see more and book a visit to Clare’s studio at https://www.artweeks.org/festival/2021/pop-arts-collective. It runs until 23rd May.

Thankyou to the Workhouse Correspondent for these pictures.

Arts Festival in Abingdon from 15th May


250 covid-secure venues and 500 virtual exhibitions and studios are open for the 2021 Oxfordshire Artweeks festival from May 1st – May 23rd. (Last year there were only virtual exhibitons).

In Abingdon the festival will run from Saturday, May 15th to Sunday, May 23rd in venues across the town, including the County Hall Museum, St Nicolas Church, St Ethelwold’s House, 30 Abbot Road, and the Peachcroft Farm Barn (flier pictured above).

Check out https://www.artweeks.org/festival/map for opening times. Brochures were also posted through doors so you might also check your letter tray.

Thankyou to Caroline for these pictures from Peachcroft Barn as they finished setting up the exhibition.