Picture of the month: May 2022

OUR picture choice this month comes from the Oxfordshire workshop of Jayne Ford and marks the 40th anniversary year of the country’s oldest and biggest open studios event.

May is the month when visitors flock to see the work of hundreds of artists, makers and designers in studios, pop-up galleries, glorious gardens and ancient churches across the county.

LOCAL LANDMARK: Wittenham Clumps by Jayne Ford

Like many of the creatives showing their work this year, Jayne frequently finds herself inspired by local landscapes, although being born and raised in North Wales surrounded by hills and valleys and living close to the sea, these influences all permeate her work too.

“My studio is a log cabin based in my garden,” says Jayne. “It is a serene and peaceful place to work surrounded by trees and flowering plants.”

More of her work is featured on her instagram account, while the Oxfordshire Artweeks website features a glorious year-round online celebration of the work of local creatives.

Watch out for Christmas events too, with details normally announced in October. Plans are already underway for next year’s events, which take place from May 6-29 2023, starting in South Oxfordshire (May 6-14) before moving on to North & West Oxfordshire (May 13-21) and Oxford city (May 20-29).

See the main artweeks website for more details, showcases and access to a newsletter.

The Beyonder features short profiles of a score of artists who draw their inspiration from the Chilterns countryside. Find out more here.

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