Press Rrelease May 2010

Art in Action Thursday 15 - Sunday 18 July 2010

Highlights include:

- Tim Potts, new to Art in Action and a freelance sculptor. He has many links with industry and has worked with the car-maker Bentley, designing their new Flying B mascot and creating full-size clay models from their drawings. Tim will be taking inspiration from an 80-year-old Bentley exhibited in the Sculpture Area and will be working to produce further Fragmented Images, in addition to his portrait of the racing driver Tim Birkin
- Hannah Cowie is a textile enthusiast and anthropologist, who lived with the Red Dzao people of North Vietnam and learnt their technique of counted stitch embroidery using hand rolled silk on indigo hemp. She will demonstrate this as well as exhibit and sell these intricate textile garments
- Charlotte Hughes Martin is a glass artist who has achieved tabloid notoriety of late by engraving milk bottles and leaving them on random doorsteps. Her passion for matching the "ordinary with the ornate" produces work that is full of wit and humour
- Carol Peace first appeared at Art in Action in 2000, an experience that transformed her career. In recent years she has appeared in the Sculpture section demonstrating her bronze figures of the human form. In 2010 she is part of the Drawing section, which is made up of tutors and one outstanding student from the Bristol Drawing School
- Paul Kidby is an illustrator who worked for Future Publishing designing and painting over 200 magazine covers. He went on to work for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and 16 years later he still produces artwork for them. He is particularly well known for his mythological and science fiction illustrations
Illustration Paul Kidby
Art in Action is a festival of fine art and master craftsmanship staged in the grounds of Waterperry House, Oxfordshire. Each July artists set up their studios in one of the many marquees and work in front of visitors, giving them the rare opportunity to observe the creative process at first hand.

Art in Action champions art in many disciplines and forms, from the traditional to the contemporary. In 2010 artists will demonstrate their expertise in Painting, Sculpture, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Calligraphy, Illustration, Glass, Metalwork, Jewellery, Nature in Art, Textiles and Woodwork. We are delighted to welcome a new section, International Art, featuring artists from around the world working in numerous disciplines and all portraying something of the culture they are from.
M&J Hannah Louise Lamb
One of the many unique features of Art in Action is the large selection of practical classes on offer. There are opportunities for approximately 4000 visitors to take a class in a wide and eclectic number of subjects from mosaic making for 3-7 years to enamelling for the over 16s. Half of the classes are run by some of the UK’s most prestigious and established colleges and institutions, including the Drawing School of the New English Art Club, West Dean College, the Prince’s School of Traditional Art and the Guild of Glass Engravers. A number of classes can be booked in advance online (, but demand is high. 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.
Textiles Jill Flower
In addition, Art in Action offers fine music, performing artists and storytelling for children. There are lectures organised by NADFAS (National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies) and 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. There is a wide range of refreshments: cream teas from the Pear Tree Restaurant, a good selection of wines, champagne and Pimm’s and numerous organic and artisan food stalls throughout the site. Art in Action is truly a celebration of creativity as well as a great day out for families and art lovers. People come year after year - often, they say, as much for the atmosphere as for the works on show.

Watch a short film about Art in Action on the website: