Handmade in Britain collaborates with Waterperry Gardens to create a new arts festival
By Mark Hayhurst 12 Sep 2018
Following on from the success of the company’s existing events in Kew, Edinburgh and Chelsea, Handmade in Britain is collaborating with Waterperry Gardens for a new event, Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival in June 2019.
Building on the legacy of Art in Action, which successfully ran for 40 years (1977-2016), Handmade Oxford will be held at Waterperry Gardens and will bring together some of the most contemporary artists and designer-makers from all over the world, in a four-day event running from June 27-30, 2019.
The show will feature craft and design, sculpture, artisan food, interiors and lifestyle, print and photography, workshops and demonstrations.
Piyush Suri, Creative Director, Handmade in Britain, said: “Building on the legacy of Art in Action, we are excited to be collaborating with Waterperry Gardens on Handmade Oxford next June. The event will not only celebrate the raw talent that Art in Action was known for, but will present visitors with the high standard of carefully-curated exhibitors that Handmade in Britain brings to every event.”
Just a stone’s throw away from Oxford, Waterperry Gardens is home to eight acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens and is very well known for having hosted Art in Action for 40 years. In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part in the first Art in Action and 14,000 visitors arrived.
In 2016, Art in Action welcomed approximately 28,000 people over four days. Visitors came to learn, buy and enjoy the exhibitions, classes and performances.
Handmade in Britain was established in 2007 to provide a platform to support and promote design and craft talent through fairs, events and pop-ups. Growing from an autumn fair in Chelsea Old Town Hall, the Handmade in Britain team now organises four annual fairs in collaboration with well-known organisations such as Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (Handmade at Kew) and Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (Handmade Edinburgh).
Handmade in Britain is continually developing new and exciting opportunities in the world of contemporary craft and design, and earlier this year launched an online marketplace to offer a new digital platform to makers.
With a passion for craft, Handmade in Britain is committed promoting the work of talented makers, designers and craftspeople while engaging new audiences.