Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival

Following the success of our events in Kew, Edinburgh and Chelsea, Handmade in Britain is excited to present Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival in June 2019. Presented in partnership with Waterperry Gardens and the Ashmolean Museum, the four-day festival will take place from 27 – 30 June 2019.

Building on the legacy of Art in Action, which successfully ran for 40 years (1977 – 2016), Handmade Oxford will be held in a series of purpose-built marquees situated in front of Waterperry House. The four-day festival will bring together some of the most exciting makers from all over the world, featuring contemporary craft and design, sculpture, interiors and lifestyle, print and photography, artisan food, workshops and demonstrations.

Just a stone’s throw away from Oxford, Waterperry Gardens is home to eight acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens and is very well known for having hosted Art in Action for 40 years. In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part in the first Art in Action and 14,000 visitors arrived. In 2016, Art in Action welcomed approximately 28,000 people over four days. Visitors came to learn, buy and enjoy the exhibitions, classes and performances.

This collaboration with the Ashmolean will not only bring our respective audiences together and give festival-goers the opportunity to taste their delicious dry gin, but it will include a VIP press launch and carefully-curated exhibition inside the museum in the lead up to the festival.

Handmade Oxford will offer visitors the chance to meet, commission and shop directly from artisans, while enjoying a day out in the beautiful surroundings of Waterperry Gardens. There will be workshops, demonstrations, live performances and more.

Interested in taking part? Find out more about the event in the Handmade Oxford information pack and then apply online by Friday 11 January 2019. If you have any further enquiries about taking part in the event, please contact the Handmade in Britain team on 020 3490 6556 / events@handmadeinbritain.co.uk

Festival tickets will be available to purchase online from Thursday 31 January 2019. To receive email updates about the event, please click here to join our mailing list.

Date & Location

27 - 30 June 2019

10am - 6pm

Waterperry Gardens, Waterperry, Oxford OX33 1LA


Please click here to read the Handmade Oxford exhibitor information pack before applying. If you would like to propose a workshop for the event, click here to complete a seperate form. Otherwise please complete the application form below. We do recommend using Google Chrome or Firefox to complete the application form, rather than Internet Explorer.


Please note that there is an application fee of £20. We have many applicants for each show and this is necessary in order to assess everyone fairly. Once you submit the online application form, you will be automatically diverted to PayPal in order to transfer the application fee.


All applications must be accompanied by a signed Exhibition Space Contract, otherwise we will be unable to process your application. Please either email to events@handmadeinbritain.co.uk or post to Handmade in Britain, Studio 10, Old Paradise Yard, 20 Carlisle Lane, London SE1 7LG.

The Exhibition Space Contract details the costs involved in taking part in the event. The contract can be downloaded here.

Exhibitor and Exhibitor/Demonstrator Application Form

Publicity & Promotion*

Describe your work in 25-30 words (in third person). This information will be used for publicity and promotion if your application is successful.

Image Details

Your Images (1MB MAX for each image or your form will NOT be sent) - Please submit four professional images of your recent work/products and include the relevant details for each. Please also upload one image as an example of a previous stand display.

Festival tickets will be available to purchase online from Thursday 31 January 2019. To receive email updates about the event, please click here to join our mailing list.

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