Gothic House | Church Street | Charlbury OX7 3PP

March 21 | April 24 2024

Reflection On Light; Vigour and Skills Celebrates the Spring Equinox in the heart of the Cotswolds With An Exhibition At The Gothic House in Charlbury.

Vigour and Skills Makers Collection, in partnership with Branch Arts, is set to unveil a captivating exhibition that brings to life the boundless talent, creativity, and artistry that define the Cotswolds. This event marks Charlbury as an idyllic location for celebrating the synchronicity of art and craft, capturing the essence of the Spring Equinox.

Event Details:
• Date: 21st March – 24th April 2024
• Location: Gothic House, Charlbury, Oxfordshire

About the Exhibition: Opening to mark the Spring Equinox, Branch Arts “Reflection on Light” brings together twelve female artists who respond to light in their practice. As the seasons influence our mood and social interactions, the change of light through the year plays its part on all. This group exhibition will explore individual stories behind the artist’s own relationship with light. Each of the twelve visual artists in this show have been influenced by light in their practice. From Nina Murdoch’s thorough study of light as her subject to Susan Derges whose process relies on exposure to light, the exhibition will be a survey of contemporary artist’s response to an age-old inspiration.

As part of the exhibition in Gothic House the Vigour and Skills Makers Collection will be proud to showcase a diverse range of exquisite craftsmanship, including ceramics, leatherwork, jewellery, basketry, and hand-blown glassware. This part of the exhibition serves as a platform to champion the artisans behind these masterpieces and share their inspiring stories with the world. During the exhibition, 32 carefully curated pieces from our talented makers will be on display, inviting attendees to immerse themselves in the world of skilful artistry and innovation. The exhibition is not merely a display of objects; it is an immersive journey into the passion, dedication, and unique perspectives that each maker brings to their craft.

Find your luminous connection at Gothic House, Church Street, Charlbury OX7 3PP from 21st of March to 24th of April on Fridays, Saturday from 11am to 6pm. We can’t wait to welcome you!

Spark your own creativity with engaging workshops and events throughout the exhibition:

Thursday 11th April, 2024 | 11am
TALK: Crafting a Second Act - Late-Blooming Artisans Share Their Paths
Discover the transformative journey of creativity with V+S as we host a talk featuring Lottie Tarpey, a fashion expert turned ceramicist; Glynn Allcock, a former RAF instructor who found solace in woodturning; and Fiona Chivers, a ballerina who reinvented herself as a designer. Their stories of artistic evolution reveal the power of creativity to open new realms of imagination and innovation. Join us for an inspiring exploration into the magic of creation and how it shapes our world.

FREE Admission (Limited Seats Available, Please Reserve Yours)

Saturday 20th April, 2024 | 10am to 1pm
Workshop: Sculptural Stories with Elli Carr
Join us at V+S for an exceptional workshop with Elli Carr, a master ceramicist. Dive into the craft of press-molded dishes, embracing small to large creations under Elli's expert guidance. Learn the art of Japanese glaze transfers, adding intricate designs to your work. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned artist, this workshop offers a chance to explore ceramics' creativity and elegance. Leave with your unique, fired pieces and a deep appreciation for the craftsmanship behind ceramic art.

Getting there:

Gothic House, Church Street, Charlbury OX7 3PP

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