Art in Action
Once again Art in Action moves into the grounds of Waterperry House, Oxfordshire, for four days of making, learning and watching (19-22 July)
This year there will be about 150 artists and makers doing their stuff in a range of techniques and materials. The idea is that visitors don’t just look at the finished results, but get to see the artists in action (and talk to them) as they bring their pieces to life. As well as watching the various exhibitors on an ad hoc basis, there are more formal demonstrations and teaching sessions programmed, ranging from a floral felt making workshop run by West Dean College to a series of enamelling classes run by the Guild of Enamellers. Alongside the usual cast of ceramists, textile makers, jewellers, glass artists etc, this year visitors can check out wall hangings made by the Tentmakers of Cairo (Hosam Hanafy Ahmed Mahmoud and Tarek Abdelhay Hafez Abouelenin) and see how the One Oak project is maturing. This project was started in 2010 when wood from an oak tree felled at Blenheim Estate was given to a variety of makers to see what they would come up with: expect to see furniture, boats, musical instruments, printing blocks, as well as the results of a scientific study documenting the environmental impact of this single oak tree. And finally, in a nod to the Jubilee celebrations, there’s a selection of work by little-known (in the UK at least) Commonwealth artists.