Past events

One of the aims when we founded Oxheys was to provide as varied, diverse and vibrant programme of events as possible and to be inclusive. Our track record of events run over the past five years has, we believe, proven our commitment and encouraged a loyal following from an ever-increasing number of supporters, exhibitors, participants and visitors.

In addition to the wide variety of visual art exhibitions including painting, drawing, photography, textiles, ceramics and sculpture, we have also hosted a number of  live music, theatre, film, sound, poetry reading and performance events. We have organised, curated and hosted a number of open exhibitions to provide opportunities for local artists to exhibit and sell their work. In addition, we have run a variety of workshops, classes and outreach events to reach the wider communities of Preston. These have included life drawing, photography, textiles and craft making.

We enjoy collaborations and regularly work with visual artists working in a variety of media as well as with musicians, poets and performers, artist groups, arts organisations, community groups and various other organisations. These include Preston Youth Theatre, Bluestreak Arts, Korova, Fallen Wall Arts, ArtFull, Making Histories Visible, ArtLab Contemporary Print, Preston Poets, Preston Arts Society, Lancashire Artists Network, Age Concern and the Brownies.

We also try to support students and have to date hosted several exhibitions for photography and media students from UCLan and Myerscough College, provided a residency for UCLAn film-making students and regularly assist journalism students.


Aug 11th –  Open Day & private view

Aug-Sep –  Photography workshops with co-founder Denise Swanson FBIPP

Aug-Sep –  Open exhibition

Sep 15th –  Lancashire Artists Network Hello event

Oct 1 -31 – Garth Gratrix artist residency and collaboration

Nov 3-30 – I Am gARThGarth Gratrix exhibition & private view

Nov 26th – Garth Gratrix – Artists talk

Dec 12-24 – Winter open exhibition & private view


Jan 2-28 –  Winter – open exhibition

Mar  8th –  International Womens Day – Open studios & Visual Arts trail including  Harris, PR1 Gallery and Making Histories Visible

Mar-Apr –  Time, Place & Negotiated Space – IWD exhibition & private view curated by Lubaina Himid MBE

Apr 29th –  Satellite Navigation – the CART journey event Susan Walsh

May-Jun –  Satellite Navigation – solo exhibition & private view Susan Walsh

June 2nd – Creative Writing workshop – with Elizabeth Burns

Jun 14th –  Bluestreak Arts – workshop event

Jun 21st  – Portfolio Review day for photographers – with the BIPP

Jun-July – National Photography Awards  exhibition & private view – with the British Institute of Professional Photography

Jun-July – Photography workshops with resident Denise Swanson

Aug-Sep  – Where There’s A Mill – Oxheys’ Preston Guild resident artists’  exhibition

Aug 30th – dVerCity – Outsider artists’ exhibition & private view with ArtFull and Bernie Velvick

Aug 31st  – Lite Nite with Preston Tringe

Sep 4-5   – Live theatre performances – with Preston Youth Theatre

Sep 8th  –  MAPS festival venue – with Fallen Wall Arts

Sep 2012 – Open exhibition & private view with Lancashire Artists Network

Sep 21st –  UCLan Fine Art students Pakistan exchange visit

Oct 5-6 –   Digital Aesthetic venue – part of UCLan MA Fine Art

Oct-Nov – Unframed collaborative exhibition & private view with ArtLab/UCLan

Oct 31st  – Bluestreak Arts – workshop

Nov 12th – Art & Music evening with live music performance by The Never Beans

Dec 6th  –  UCLan BA photography students mini exhibition (in meeting room)

Dec-Jan –  Winter open exhibition and private view


Jan 3-28  – Winter open exhibition

Mar 8th  –  International Women’s Day open studios

Mar 8-31 – Vistas – exhibition & private view Laura Rodgers

Apr-May – Conversations – MA Fine Art residency Evelyn Rose

May 17th – Beyond Appearances – group drawing exhibition & private view with Simon Plum and Lauretta Rapley

Jun 17th – 20:20 Print Exchange with ArtLab/UCLan

Jun-Jul –  20:20 Print exhibition with ArtLab/UCLan

Aug-Sep – Open exhibition & private view with Lancashire Artists Network and Korova Arts Cafe

Oct-Nov – Signatus – solo exhibition & private view Denise Swanson

Oct 25th – All Hallows’ Art and live music evening – performance by Tom Woolsgrove

Dec-Jan – Winter  open exhibition & private view


Jan 3-26 – Winter open exhibition

Mar-Sep – Artist residency – Lubaina Himid

Apr-May – Between the Lines – group drawing exhibition & private view

Mar-Sep – Life Drawing – regular sessions with life model Robin Fanner

May 8th – Towards BreathMechanical Air sound workshop

May 1-31 –20:20 2014 Print exchange exhibition & private view with ArtLab/UCLan

Jun 9th –  Lubaina Himid Open Day for Gwangju installation

Jul-Aug –  Summer Open exhibition & private view with Lancashire Artists Network and Preston Poets Society

Aug 16th- Pop-up Art Market in Preston Flag Market with Lancashire Artists Network and Preston Poets Society

Sep-Oct – Phoenix – exhibition of ceramics, paintings & film with Terrence Bunce and Dave Pilling

Nov-Dec – Winter open exhibition & private view

Nov-Dec – Series of workshops: print, photography, life drawing, textiles, box-making etc as part of Preston Creative People & Places

Dec 4th –  Winter Solstice celebration – live music with Tom Woolsgrove


Jan 3-28 – Winter open exhibition

Mar 1-31 – UCLAN BA Filmmaking students residency filming in basement

Mar 6-31 – Myerscough College BA Photography students exhibition & private view

Jun-Aug – ‘Change’  summer open exhibition & private view with Lancashire Artists Network

Sep 26-27  Pop-up exhibition at Harris Museum with live music by Chelytherium – part of Lancashire Encounter Festival

Oct 2-31 –  Walking My Dog – solo fine art photography exhibition & private view – Alan Pickering

Nov 3rd – Chernobyl – exhibition & private view – Bryn Griffiths – with live music by Chelytherium

Nov-Dec  – Chernobyl – solo fine art photography exhibition & private view – Bryn Griffiths

Nov 26th – Chernobyl artists talk by Bryn Griffiths

Dec 14-24  Winter open exhibition & private view


Jan 3-30 – Winter open exhibition

Mar 4-10 – Family Album exhibition & private view – with Making Histories Visible, curated by Lubana Himid

Mar 8-10 – IWD Visual Arts Trail with The Birley studios and Making Histories Visible

Mar 8th  – International Women’s Day  talk by Lubaina Himid and Ingrid Pollard on work by Jean Moutessamy-Ashe and Maud Sulter

Mar 11th – Movement & Abstract exhibition & private view by Myerscough College BA photography students

April – May –  Photography! – national touring exhibition & private view – with the British Institute of Professional Photography

Jun 2-Jul 2 – Dream mapping – first solo exhibition by Gordon Ashworth resident artist

Jul 15 – Sep 10 – 5th Summer Open exhibition, with Lancashire Artists Network

Sep 22 – Oct 15 – Woolly Thinking – Oxheys’ resident artists collaboration, part of Lancashire Encounter

Sep 24-25 – Open studios, drop-in sessions, exhibition – all part of the Lancashire Encounter Festival

Oct 14 – Woolly Thinking Closing event with open studios all day

Oct 21 – Nov 19 – Feast Wagons collaboration with Making Histories Visible, installation by Lubaina Himid and Susan Walsh

Nov 24 – Dec 23 – Winter Open exhibition – submissions invited from local artists in all disciplines

to be continued…