Denise Swanson

Photographer, printmaker and co-founder of Oxheys, Denise pursues a series of investigative, research-led projects inspired by a passion for and understanding of the natural world and our place within it. Her work has won several awards, been published and exhibited widely and sells as fine art prints. She has an MA Fine Art from UCLan and a Fellowship in Fine Art Photography from the BIPP. In 2013 she completed a 1 year AA2A residency at UCLan investigating experimental printmaking techniques See 

Denise runs workshops and provides consultancy from her custom designed studio, from where she also provides professional artwork photography services for a growing number of artists of all disciplines in 2D and 3D in all media, as well as affordable headshots for actors, musicians, performers and visual artists. See


Evelyn Rose

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday Life” Pablo Picasso

Evelyn’s practice is inspired by engagement at the social interface and is expressed in print, installation and artist books. Evelyn is constantly striving to capture that ephemeral moment when the ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Recycled and found materials have interest in their own right, becoming fascinating in the context of their history. Never more so than in the relationship with personal memory and identity of those influenced by them. In 2013 Evelyn completed an MA in Fine Art at UCLan and has recently completed a residency in Malta, working on a community project involving memories.


Julie Saul

Julie studied an MA in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking at UCLan. Her work combines screen printing with paintings, usually on large canvas.



Robin Fanner

Robin became a resident during 2015 having worked with us at Oxheys for almost 2 years previously, running Life Drawing sessions in the upstairs meeting room, with a regular group of artists. An RAM registered life model, Robin is known for his long poses which allow artists to slow down and take a more considered approach to life drawing.

Robin also recently qualified as a yoga instructor and has set up a yoga studio at Oxheys for which he is now taking bookings for individuals, couples and small groups.


Gordon Ashworth

Gordon studied fine art at Sunderland Polytechnic, obtaining a first class (Hons) degree. Although specialising mainly in photography he always continued to paint and draw and later took a ‘photography: critical practice’ course at Falmouth College of Art, achieving a postgraduate diploma. Painting is the main medium he chooses to work in at the present time.

His work takes the form of a kind of mapping, building on shapes, symbols and animal totems, and draws upon the unconscious and dreams, attempting to connect the spirit world with the physical.

Gordon’s recent drawing and painting is based around colour, pattern and repetition. He has also begun to incorporate words and their meanings into his work in the form of symbols and totems, creating a map of the human psyche.


Caroline Finnigan

Caroline is a teacher and crafter who is interested in learning styles and in understanding how some people learn from books, others from being given instruction and some just by getting hands-on. She wants to help make crochet and knitting accessible for everyone and does so through kits, group classes, talks and workshops and private, personalised lessons.

Also working with community and non-profit organisations, Caroline runs regular workshops from her open studio at Oxheys. See


Rachel Westerbeek

Rachel is a textile artist, collector of stories and beachcomber, with a fascination for combining objects to create something more than the sum of the parts.

“As a textile artist I am interested in the relationships between textiles, people, time, and place. Textiles play an enduring role our personal and social histories, often un-noticed and unacknowledged. I explore relationships with textile as object and as activity through work that aims to capture, represent and share our everyday textile stories and histories.”



Jill Evans

Jill  has a degree in Fine Art from the Slade but after a long period of doing relatively little, it’s only recently that she has resumed thinking about creative work seriously.

An interest in social history has informed her latest work in which she imagines and records episodes from the lives of ordinary women, which have so often been overlooked and unacknowledged, using old photographs, postcards, ephemera and found objects to construct stories.  Like the subjects themselves, some of Jill’s work is hidden, contained or only partially represented.

“I am currently experimenting with mixed media and 3D objects that people can interact with directly through, for example, touch and sound.”


2 responses to “Artists”

  1. Pam Potter

    Where on earth are you? No address or postcode, Preston is a large place!

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