Art in Action 2013

Thursday 2 May 2013

Art in Action 2013 will feature a new and interesting section designed to foster and support new artists. The Newcomers Marquee is designed to give newcomers a helping hand on their early steps into their chosen field. Each section head from the broad range of artistic disciplines at Art in Action has been asked to nominate an artist to represent the future of their chosen skill.

International talent

Alongside this new section, Art in Action will once again feature a selection of artists and crafts people from around the world. The International Art Marquee will present arts and crafts from places such as India, South Africa, Russia, Uzbekistan; Sardinian, Egypt, Mali and Turkey.

Something for everyone

Art in Action is a festival of fine art and master craftsmanship, founded in 1977, that regularly attracts over 25,000 visitors over 4 days each year in July. The event champions art in all forms and styles so visitors can find everything from traditional crafts to more contemporary art. Set in the grounds of Waterperry House, Oxfordshire, around 150 artists demonstrate their skills in painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, calligraphy, illustration, glass, metalwork, jewellery, nature in art, textiles, woodwork and more. Artists work in front of visitors, giving them the rare opportunity to observe the creative process at first hand.

Music & performance arts

Visitors can also experience live music and performing arts from around the world, hear lectures on a variety of subjects. One of the many unique features of Art in Action is the large selection of practical classes on offer for all ages starting at 3 years old. Following a class, enthusiasts can purchase art materials and publications to refine their skills or just get started. There is also the Craft Market where more than 100 designer-makers sell quality goods.

Children's activities

In addition, Art in Action offers fine music, performing artists and storytelling for children. Visitors can take guided tours of the beautiful Waterperry gardens and the exquisite frescoes on the walls of Waterperry House that were completed in 2006 - a 10-year project.

Food & drink

There is a wide range of refreshments including organic and artisan food stalls and a good selection of wines. Art in Action is a celebration of creativity as well as a great day out for families and art lovers. Visitors should be prepared to be overwhelmed by the scale and beauty of this festival. Staffed by over 600 volunteers on each of its four days, Art in Action is a very special event. People come year after year – often, they say, as much for the atmosphere as for the works on show. See below for further details.


When: 18-21 July, 2013

Where: Waterperry House, Waterperry, Near. Wheatley, Oxfordshire OX33 1JZ

Contact: Art in Action

Tel: 020 7381 3192


Images from top to bottom:

1. One of Tobias Kaye's turned sounding bowls

2. Richard Zakss of DZ Design demonstrating woodcarving at Art in Action

3. Saori Yamano demonstrating Japanese calligraphy at Art in Action in 2012

4. Heather Gillespie will be demonstrating copper wheel glass engraving at Art in Action in 2013

5. Glyn Mould woodcarving

6. A table made by Nick Over