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The beginnings of West Oxfordshire Arts Association WOAA 1973

  • BCA - 2019.2108
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  • 1973

WOAA got underway with its first exhibitions in the spring of 1973.
Music, drama and dance, film and photography, literature and art were all represented by different panels with its centre in the Gallery of the Town Hall. The panels would meet in various villages and organise exhibitions, lectures, films and live performances involving both amateur and professional talent.

Work by Michael Brockway, a skilled watercolourist were on show along with
Claerwen Holland, using a fusion of drawing with water colour
Ann Hinds, landscapes
John Birkhead, landscapes and chairman of WOAA
Margaret Ralston, (John's wife) exotically decorative panels of Eastern subjects
G.K. Horner, architectural studies
Anthony Bayes, richly coloured work

Bampton Community Archive

The formation of WOAA May 1973

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  • May 1973

This page gives an outline of when and how the West Oxfordshire Arts Association was formed and how it was to be run initially at least.
Saturday May 26th 1973 was the first day of the first exhibition in the Gallery, the upstairs room in the Town Hall

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Several workshops arranged for adults and children

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  • 1973

The WOAA literary pane organised several workshop in June and July 1973. They included:-

A drama workshop June 6th at Weald Manor for adults and older children under the guidance of David Thomas with a performance in the evening.

A Children's newspaper and television workshop week commencing July 26th organised by Brian Winston. Aimed in particular at children from ages 8 to 15.

WEA literature course - 10 lectures by Roy Kennedy on C18th literature. This took place in the autumn.

Susan Phillips was the secretary of the literary panel.

Bampton Community Archive

Article - The Arts Thrive in Bampton February 1976

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  • February 1976

An article titled 'The Arts Thrive in Bampton' by Harriet Daniels talking about the various exhibitions and workshops that have been arranged by WOAA

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Liza Hobbs and David Wright give a recital in St Mary's April 1977

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  • April 1977

A collection of newspaper cuttings about the recital given in St Mary's by Liza Hobbs soprano and David Wright. It was presented by WOAA. Lisa was in her final year at Trinity College of Music of which David was a fellow. Music by Purcell, Schumann, Schubert and Debussy.

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Drama workshop for 25 youngsters 1973

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  • 1973

The activities were organised by the local drama student Peter Phillips from the Italia Conti School and two of his friends from the London College.

Left to right are Luella Keeble and Candy Westman with Peter. 1973
Two professional theatre workers helped Peter, they were Adam Wright and Nicola Standerwick to help the children with stage make-up and costumes as well as acting, movement and singing.

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