Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community




Work by Caroline Ritson in September 2019.


Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held in term time on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon OX14 1PL.  

Advice is always available. It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can bring your own project to work on and can draw or paint anything you like. Occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!


Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place outside M&Co at 10.00 am every other Friday for a two hour session. Sketching is done somewhere in the town, the location being decided on the day. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


Two Abingdon Artist members, Claire Cross and Lisa Turner, are offering various short courses at St Ethelwold’s, 30 East St Helen’s Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.  For more information give Claire a call on 01235-527180,  email or access their website

There is an untutored,  Appleford Life Drawing class in Appleford Village Hall every month on a Sunday

The Oxfordshire Chinese Brush Painting Group holds monthly meetings in Stanton Harcourt Village Hall. It also runs tutorial classes.


Abingdon Museum hosts the exhibition 'Aspects of Abingdon through the eyes of artists and photographers'. This is a delightful exhibition, which includes work by Harry Lucy who was a member of Abingdon Artists. The exhibition runs until 29 September 2019.

The next exhibition at the Sewell Centre Gallery at Radley College is 'TRANSFORMER', an exhibition of sculpture by Robert Jones. It runs from 7th to 29th September 2019.  Robert Jones, lives and works in the Isle of Man.  He reuses items rescued from the Manx industrial landscape and creates beautifully balanced, tactile pieces, mostly in a black or rust finish.

At the Ashmolean until 12 January 2020 there is 'Last Supper in Pompeii: feasting in the shadow of Vesuvius'. Everything from the exquisite mosaics in the villas of the wealthy to the remains found in kitchen drains reveals what the people of Pompeii loved to eat and drink. The Ashmolean’s 2019 summer exhibition will tell the story of this ancient Roman town’s love affair with food. There is also 'A.R. Penck: I think in Pictures' until 3 November and 'Lifelines' woodcuts by Noako Matsubara until 6 October.

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery  until 3 November 2019 'The Return of the Gods: conserving Jacopo Bertoia's'  'Mars', 'Bacchus', 'Jupiter' and 'Hercules''

At Modern Art Oxford  from 28 September 2019 until 19 January 2020 shows the exhibition 'Kiki Smith: I am a wanderer'This retrospective exhibition will focus on three distinctive areas of Smith’s practice: small sculptures created from the mid-1980s to present day; a selection from her printmaking, and the intricate Jacquard tapestries produced since 2012.

Oxford Art Society’s annual Open Exhibition will be held from 2-27 October (Wed-Sun) at the Cloister Gallery, St John the Evangelist, Iffley Road, Oxford.  If you live within a 25 mile radius of Oxford you may submit 2 pieces which have to be taken to the gallery on 21 September.  If you are interested you can find full details on their website.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 


Look at  Exhibitions on Screen for exhibitions in local cinemas: Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh are due for release in 2019. 


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford  if you would like to know more. Or contact Abingdon Artist member Dougie Simpson.