Thank you. A huge thank you to Preston, the City Council, all the wonderful artists and everyone who joined us and took part in this wonderful day on Saturday. It was the biggest and most successful Making A Mark event which was fitting as we celebrated it’s 5th anniversary in Oxheys’ 10th anniversary year. What a day!Continue reading “Making A Mark 2021”
By Denise on March 31, 2021
After some discussion with Preston City Council we are pleased to advise that the new date for our Making A Mark event for 2021 has been confirmed as Saturday 17th July. Previously we advised this was to be on the 10th July but has since had to be changed due to coinciding with another event scheduled for that day. So Saturday 17th July it is – we hope to see you then, by which time we all hope the current restrictions will have been lifted.
By Denise on October 13, 2020
We are very excited to advise that 10th July 2021 has been confirmed by Preston City Council, who have also reconfirmed their support for the event. The Arts Council have also confirmed support so our previously agreed funding can be transferred to this new date which is a great relief and means we can begin planning again. The event, originally planned for July 2020 had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus lockdown and subsequent restrictions meant everything was put on hold.
We are now working on revising some of the plans and reworking the budget and will be in contact shortly with those artists who had previously submitted proposals before lockdown.
We plan to try and keep to the same theme as initially planned but it may of course be interpreted slightly differently in view of recent events.
Please bear with us.
By Denise on May 18, 2020
The Artful Line exhibition opened at the Harris Museum & Gallery in Preston on 14th February this year, featuring drawings on loan from Courtauld’s alongside those commissioned from Preston artists Gavin Renshaw, Kathryn Poole (who have both previously exhibited at Oxheys) and Anita George. Oxheys’ artists Bernie Velvick and Robin Fanner delivered workshops to encourage exhibition visitors to try drawing using materials provided by the Harris. These proved popular and more activities were planned but sadly, due to lockdown, these had to be cancelled.
The Harris however were determined to ensure that activities continued, by providing a virtual tour of the exhibition and asked us to prepare some online drawing exercises which anyone can do in their own homes with whatever they can find to draw with and on. These have now been launched so catch the virtual tour, artworks and all three drawing presentations by Oxheys’ artist Bernie Velvick on the Harris’ website here.
We hope you enjoy them. Happy Drawing
By Denise on April 22, 2020
We have maintained contact during the past few weeks with both Preston City Council and the Arts Council and now sadly, must advise that our Making A Mark event, planned for July 11th 2020 in Preston city centre, has had to be postponed. It is an unfortunate but inevitable consequence of the current situation regarding coronavirus.
It is a great shame as it was set to be an exciting event with a number of artists planning a diverse variety of activities. By postponing the event until next summer however, we can continue with developing and planning, so aim to bring an even better event then. We are pleased to say that artists who had been commissioned or who were preparing work or activities, will be able to carry that forward and the Arts Council have confirmed that we can use the funding received to pay artists for any work already done or materials purchased, up until postponement date. This is important as we fully support artists being treated fairly in these difficult times and thank the Arts Council for taking this approach.
We would also like to thank Preston City Council for their ongoing support during a very difficult time and for taking steps to pledge further support for the postponed event in 2021.
As soon as we have confirmed date for 2021 we will advise.
Stay safe everyone
By Denise on March 19, 2020
A quick update regarding our Making A Mark event due to take place in Preston City Centre on July 11th. We are monitoring the current situation closely and liaising with Preston City Council and also following advice provided by the Arts Council.
We are very aware of the impact on artists if we have to cancel the event, so we are hopeful that the current situation concerning the virus will ease by then. We are however trying to find an alternative date later in the year that may be held in reserve. If it becomes necessary, we will then postpone so that the planned activities can still go ahead and artists still get paid.
Please bear with us – we’ll update further over the next week or so as more becomes known.
Stay safe everyone
By Denise on February 27, 2020
Saturday 22nd February 2020 – after a week of torrential rain which flooded Avenham Park and surrounding area, we were uncertain it would go ahead but on the day the rain finally let up and the very first Preston Mardi Gras parade took place.
Huge thanks to all of the members of Worldwise Samba Drummers for their support as they played their socks off in the absolute freezing cold marching through Preston city centre and down to the Pavilion in Avenham Park where freshly made delicious pancakes were served. Thanks also to Preston City Council for allowing us to stage the event and to the Pavilion for such delicious pancakes! And not forgetting those who joined the parade and followed us all the way – thank you!