Gallery and Visual Arts
ENTRY TO THE VISUAL ARTS GALLERY IS ABSOLUTELY FREE SO YOU CAN DROP IN ANY TIME DURING OPENING HOURS.


CRAFT BOXES AND WINDOW WALL

 

We have a selection of beautiful crafts made by local artists for sale in our craft boxes. Don’t forget to peruse the jewellery, fashion and other unique designs when you’re here as we have regular new exhibitors.


On approaching the building from the west side (opposite Wilko's) have a look at our Window Wall display space, which has changing exhibitions of professional and community-made work throughout the year.


APPLYING TO EXHIBIT


If you are an artist interested in showing your work here, please see the application forms and information that can be downloaded from the green box on the left, or contact us for further information.


Gallery panel meetings take place in March, July and November with a lead-in time of up to six months for exhibitions.


 

SAMANTHA WADHAM: INTERIOR GROWTH


10 July – 16 August


 

Multidisciplinary Didcot artist Samantha Wadham, interprets textiles through different materials and media, including paper, painting, film and 3D metalwork. Interior Growth recreates floral imagery to explore how society views the working class not as blossoming beauties, but as disregarded weeds that cause damage to the garden, or world. Giving a contemporary twist to the humble wallpaper pattern, this is an exhibition that will inspire and intrigue.

 

RON FREEBORN: PEOPLE AND PLACES


4 – 28 September


Blewbury-based artist Ron Freeborn has inspired many local people through his teaching at Didcot Girls School and his ongoing workshops. He is an eminent artist and has work in private collections across the world, including the UK Government Collection. His design work for theatrical productions has also been an important element of his artistic practice.  The influence of his teaching, his experience and knowledge of historic art practice can be seen in the style and skill of the work shown in this retrospective exhibition. You can see Ron at work on Wednesday’s during the exhibition from 10am-1pm.

Wednesday 17 September at 7pm Ron will be giving a talk and demonstration in our auditorium. £6, £5 (concs) Book at Box Office.


THE BULLPEN: INDUSTRY TO ART


2 October – 9 November


This group exhibition showcases the work of UK sculptors who are passionate about iron casting as part of their practice. Their work is a response to an exploration of engine parts and old foundry patterns at the Swindon STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway, including taking inspiration from objects not normally available to the public. The resulting sculptures will be cast in iron using a cupola furnace at The Bullpen foundry near Abingdon. We’re thrilled to be showing this unique exhibition of contemporary sculpture in a beautiful gallery setting, within sight of one of the original Great Western Railway stations.


FREE linked events at Cornerstone RAL Space’s Family Science Day ‘Think, Make, Do’ all about engineering on 28 October, and a talk from the CEO of the Science and Technology Funding Council about their work supporting railway engineering, on 21 October.


PATRICK JEFFS: SECRET SPACES

13 November – 21 December


Within each of Patrick Jeff's paintings is an enclosed landscape; a complex wilderness of marks and structures, rich and vibrant in colour. Although influenced by natural forms and inspired by the local landscapes of Oxfordshire, the paintings do not show scenic or topographical landscapes as we would recognise them, but the hidden terrain of the imagination.
These paintings are mesmerising and beautiful. As the nights draw in, come by for a splash of colour as we brighten our gallery walls.


 

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