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Art Walks

This May, Wallingford will become a destination for art lovers with a showcase of work by local artists, makers and creatives. Visitors can follow an ‘Art Walk’ around the town to glimpse into artist studios, discover specially curated exhibitions and find original art adorning town centre businesses.  

This celebration of creativity is part of Oxfordshire Artweeks, the UK’s biggest open studios and pop-up exhibition event, which returns to Wallingford and the surrounding areas from 18th – 27th May. The artists participating include world-class painters, photographers, ceramicists, jewellers and sculptors and talented members of a variety of community groups working in many media.

The town council has supported an Art Trail map with routes in Wallingford and the villages around, which is available from the town information centre and participating venues.   

In Wallingford, venues such as Ayres House Studios and the Potters Wheel will offer a glimpse into artists’ studios, with original artwork for sale. Ayres House embraces 17 artists and makers from various art backgrounds and the studios are spread over three floors above a gallery.   

“Do come and say hello to the artists. We have a wide range of artwork on display and who knows what you will discover when you visit”

Emma Souter, Studio Manager at Ayres House Studios. 

New for this year is an ‘Artist Showcase’ in the Town Hall from 24th – 27th May. Visitors can view a curated selection of artwork spanning various mediums and styles, with a single piece on display from each artist taking part in Artweeks. 

“This is the ideal starting point for visitors to find work they like and go on to visit their studio or exhibition in the town and the surrounding area”

Jason Atomic, curator of the Showcase. 


The Art Walk builds on a successful launch last year as artists are paired with town centre shops and cafes to showcase their work. There is an ‘Art Walk’ map so you can plan your tour available online and from selected venues in the town. 

‘The leadership of the Town Council is a real boost for local people. The Wallingford and District Art Club attracts over 50 active artists and we look forward to seeing visitors at Centre 70 on 25th and 26th May,‘ said Nick Shanagher, chairman of Wallingford & District Art Club (WADAC).