Sunningwell School of Art organises a number of events throughout the year including Artweeks and International Sculpture Day where we open the school up to members of the public to explore the studios and enjoy works of art created by students and tutors. We also support projects and activities organised by like-minded organistions by promoting them on this page.

ARTWEEKS at Sunningwell School of Art

Saturday 28th to Monday 31st May – 12pm to 6pm

Drop in to the art school in it’s idyllic village setting, with an historic church which Turner once painted and it’s very own Water Vole in the tranquil pond. Our studio will be replete with drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculptures produced during the Spring and Summer terms by our very own students, aged 5 to 95 years!

Refreshments will be on offer (coffee, tea, herbal tea and biscuits) during your visit and our friendly staff will welcome and guide you around the exhibitions, or feel free to take it at your own pace


Family Workshops at Blenheim Palace Autumn Fest- October 2022

Following a very successful series of workshops in the fabulous pumpkin decorated Tipi at the Autumn Festival in 2021, Sunningwell School of Art have been invited back to run even more workshops in 2022. So more families, young people and adults will be able to get stuck in, to crafty mini-projects, based on an Autumnal theme this September. More information about individual workshops will be announced here shortly.

Family art workshops at the Blenheim Palace Autumn Fest will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October. Visit the Blenheim Palace Autumn Fest website for details here.

Thinking Drawing

Alan Franklin, artist and Trustee of the School, gave an illustrated presentation entitled, ‘Thinking Drawing’ on Saturday 4th December 2021. Alan graduated in sculpture in 1977 at West Surrey College of Art and Design and later went on to complete his MA at Goldsmiths College in 1984. He recently retired and moved to Sunningwell after more than 30 years teaching Fine Art, mostly at HE and degree level in Banbury and High Wycombe. Throughout that time, he has continued to make his own work and after a residency in Iceland 10 years ago he added drawing to his practice. However, he still thinks of this side of his work as flat sculpture. His talk referenced his own work, ideas, thoughts and opinons which he developed over years of teaching and thinking about drawing.

Bring and Buy Art Materials Sale

The school held a Bring and Buy Art Materials Sale on Saturday 4th December and made a just under £1,000 which was put towards the school’s Bursary Scheme which provides subsidised places to students who would not otherwise we able to attend.

We plan to hold another sale in 2022 and are happy to receive art related items you no longer use, or need if you are happy to donate them. This both frees up space your end and as we all know, ‘what is one person’s trash is another person’s treasure’. One of our students came up with this great idea to raise a little money for the School.

Clova at the Eastwood Fine Art Christmas Exhibition

Clova Stuart-Hamilton is exhibited in the Christmas Exhibition at Eastwood Fine Art in Hampshire in 2022.

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