Thame Art Crawl
This year, in partnership with Thame Arts & Literature Festival (TAL), we are running the first ever Thame Art Crawl, giving festival goers the chance to stroll around Thame between events, to explore different venues celebrating art in the town centre.
Running from Wednesday 11 – Saturday 14 October 2017, the Art Crawl includes the ‘Sparksartists’ event shown in the TAL brochure, and will also feature:
- established galleries, artist and makers shops;
- pop up art exhibitions;
- live art activities where you can watch an artist at work, and sometimes get involved yourself
- community arts groups.
More information about what you can expect to find on the event is below, with more details being added regularly – so keep checking back!
fitch & fellows is a shop and gallery which exhibits the work of established as well as new talent. The owner, Susannah Fellows, was responsible for Fitch’s Ark, a Crafts’ Council selected gallery in London in the 1990s where she first turned her love for contemporary art into a business. These premises are a development of that enthusiasm and passion, encompassing all areas of contemporary craftsmanship.
FROM is a truly local shop, representing work by local artists, designers and makers. They are a lifestyle shop, full of beautiful pieces, most of which are designed or produced in Oxford and Buckinghamshire. Pieces range from fine art, jewellery and textiles to hand-crafted ceramics and hand-poured candles.
Pretty Like Pictures, 12 Buttermarket, is specialists in all areas of picture and ephemera framing, with an on site workshop that handles everything from conservation grade framing to putting a new cord on the back your old frame. Their gallery displays a beautiful range of contemporary artwork and jewellery by local and international artists alongside a collection of children’s illustration. For Thame Art Crawl they are featuring
The Glass Menagerie are hand stitched fauxidermy creations, each lovingly created by Alex Gardiner in her studio in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire. Each creature is completely unique and made from upcycled wool and cashmere. Commissions taken on request.
Delphine Art, 27 Upper High Street, provides a bespoke framing service, alongside a range of art work and gifts for sale. For Thame Art Crawl they are featuring
With his passion for portraiture, Mark’s work is mainly figurative, but also includes some landscapes. Come and watch him created one of his oils on canvas
Live painting on Saturday 10am – 4.30pm
Glynswood , 11 High Street, is Thame’s only art supplies shop, stocking a range of paints, brushes, sketchbooks, canvases, paper craft resources, a small haberdashery, and more. For Thame Art Crawl they will be showcasing:
George specialises in watercolour landscapes, life drawing, portraits and oils. He runs regular courses locally, with more information on his website. Come and watch him at work
Live painting on Saturday 10am – 12pm & 2pm – 4pm
Dollydagger is an online boutique featuring the best in retro fashion, accessories, art and homeware, since 2005. The Dollydagger open house at 83 Park Street will include pop-art prints, original screen prints, architectural and landscape photography from a number of artists, alongside unique cards, handmade jewellery and accessories from the Dollydagger boutique. The event will also feature:
Nick Miners is a professional photographer from Thame. His architectural prints feature modern, post-modern and brutalist architecture, focusing on the geometry, pattern and abstract shapes of the buildings. His landscape portfolio features stunning images of Iceland, The Lake District and The Hebrides with the occasional urban landscape thrown in for good measure.
Carl Smith is an artist and designer from Thame. Carl’s artwork stems from an early fascination with surreal doodles, pop art, Japanese pop culture and screen printing. The work focuses on a long-term fascination with drawing, intense colour and powerful graphic imagery. Line drawing forms basis and starting point of most artworks which then utilises a wide range of digital tools to compose and manipulate multiple elements into final compositions. The resulting artwork has influences deep rooted street art, music, fashion, TV, gaming and sub culture genres.
Jon Mackay is an illustrator, screen printer of gig posters, photographer and educator in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. His work has appeared in national publications such as The Word Magazine, The Independent, The Telegraph and The Guardian as well as producing artwork for bands including The Vaccines, Daughter, The Cribs and Bloc Party among others.
43a Upper High Street
Susannah’s practice sits between the boundaries of photography and drawing and is engaged with making representations from real locations to produce a disrupted account of reality – moving the actual into the realm of the imaginary and back again. She teaches on an Art Foundation and Fine Art BA in London.
On Saturday morning from 9.30am – 11.30am Susannah will be there to give you the opportunity to take part in Camera obscura viewing; Camera Lucida drawing; Cyanotype image making.
James is a ceramic and wire artist, as well as a tutor at the Phoenix Studio in Towersey. His passion is making animals, and teaching others how to do so too.
Peregrine is a professional artist with an eye for elegance, attracted by beauty and a human story. He is a thoroughly modern artist with a vision and a discipline from another time.
94 High Street
Diana paints in Mixed Media and has a studio at Commercial Square Art, High Wycombe. She also holds classes at various locations including ArtSmart in Thame.
Tricia retired from dentistry 3 years ago and is now spending time exploring her creative and imaginative side. She loves colour, form, shape and especially texture which she brings into her paintings and sculptures.
Jeannette, exhibiting at Mobalpa Thame, at 1 Cornmarket, will showcase a range of exquisite glass work.
Sam is a freelance illustrator, designer and artist from Thame. Exhibiting at What’s Cooking, 6 Cornmarket, her bright and bold, retro style work uses simple lines and strong shapes to bring ideas to life. She love to create worlds of fun and colour that spark imagination and wonder and is particularly inspired by flora, fauna and food! She worked as a graphic designer for many years but now runs her own art and illustration business creating artwork for books and magazines as well as my own collection of art prints and stationery
Exhibiting at The Coffee House, 3 Buttermarket. Ian was in the military for 9 years until he was injured whilst on active service. He stared learning how to paint whilst at Combat stress for the mental health servicemen. I started using Acrylic and painting landscapes, moving onto acrylic abstracts, then liquid pouring and resin. Also suffering from PTSD, his art work proves very therapeutic.
Also showcasing the following local classes and groups
Thame Art Group: a friendly group of mixed ages and abilities. A non-tutored evening and you are free to do whatever you wish in a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
Exhibiting at The Barns Centre, Church Road, on Saturday 1.30pm – 5.30pm
Brush Party: Hosting regular events in Thame where painting gets social. It’s all about fun … get a drink for the bar, settle down to your canvas and unleash your inner Van Gogh. During Thame Art Crawl you can see some of the work that you could create at a Brush Party event,
on display at Thame Town Hall, High Street
Creation Station: Creation Station runs a variety of art activities for children and parents throughout the week in Thame. However you can also regularly find events taking place at The Cross Keys that are just for adults, giving you some time to unleash your inner creativity. For Thame Art Crawl you can find Creation Station running a
live, participatory art event for adults and children alike, at Thame Library,
Saturday 2pm – 4pm.
Artsmart: Hosted in their art studios in Thame or Beaconsfield, ArtSmart run a range of courses to suit all levels, from their beginners course ‘Painting for the Petrified’ through to classes allowing you to explore different mediums in more detail.
Drop-in to see classes live in action, at 42a Upper Highstreet, on
Wednesday 11th: 2.15pm – 4.15pm
Thursday 12th: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Friday 13th: 10.15 am – 12.15pm
(down alleyway beside Hamnett Hayward)