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West Ox Arts is an arts association and charity dedicated to supporting the artists and craftspeople of West Oxfordshire and promoting the arts to its visitors. We have a lovely large and light gallery on the first floor of a Grade II listed building, Bampton Town Hall. Bampton is a very picturesque Oxfordshire Cotswold village about five miles from Witney, West Oxfordshire’s largest town. The village has a thriving community life that supports the gallery which is run by volunteers apart from the part-time administrator/curator. We have three exhibition spaces, the Bampton Gallery is West Ox Arts’ main space and there is also a smaller space in Bampton Library, The Robert Vesey Room, and we have an exhibition space in the Windrush Leisure Centre café/bar in Witney, which we mostly use for school exhibitions.

West Ox Arts has been running since 1972 and was set up by a group of local artists. It has always been an opportunity for local people to fulfil their artistic ambitions. These days this is mostly in the visual arts, but we were also the base of the beginnings of Bampton Classical Opera, we currently support Lower Windrush Choral Society and a literature course from the Oxford University Centre for Continuing Education. We host regular art workshops, often aimed at the children of West Oxfordshire. We are part of the Full House rural touring scheme and host professional theatre events with Bampton Village Hall with subsidy from West Oxfordshire District Council, who we are also grateful to receive grant support from. We also gratefully receive grant support from Bampton Parish Council who own the building.

Life Drawing
We hold untutored life drawing classes twice a week, on a Monday morning 10am-12.30pm and Wednesday evening 7.30-9.30pm. These are drop- in classes aimed at those without the need for guidance. No booking necessary, pay as you attend. Cost: £8 for WOA members and £9 for others

Exhibitions at West Ox Arts are always of a very high standard and artists are sourced from the wealth of talent which we have in Oxfordshire, and some visiting artists. The shows normally last for three weeks with a dark week between shows as we change over and transform the gallery again.

Registered charity number 266542

Opening hours: Tuesday- Saturday 10.30am-12.30pm and 2- 4pm and Sundays 2-4pm during exhibitions

contact : Rosie Tomlinson
Town Hall,
Market Square
Bampton
Oxfordshire
OX18 2JH
Tel : 01993 850137
Email : westoxarts@yahoo.co.uk


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