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A festival showcasing works by the area’s most exciting young arts talent returned to Banbury for a third year.

'We’re here now'  combined exhibitions, workshops, pop-up shops and community initiatives led by art and design students from Banbury and Bicester College.

As the academic year draws to a close, students from the college’s further and higher education programmes exhibited work across town centre and college venues.

This year’s festival followed the theme ‘Make our event’, offering local people even more chances to get involved and make their mark.



Student art exhibition

Attendees followed our festival across four parts:

Part 1: An exhibition of work by students from the Foundation Degree in Creative Art and Design Practice

An exhibition by year one students in response to the book 'The man who mistook his wife for a hat’, by neurologist Oliver Sacks.
The exhibition run from Thursday 19 May until Thursday 26 May in 38 Parsons Street in the old town, Banbury. 

Part 3: An exhibition of work by students from the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

The exhibition run from Saturday 11 June until Saturday 25 June at The Haven, 36a Church Lane, Banbury. 

Part 4 - An exhibition of work by students from:

Extended Diploma in Art and Design, Fashion, Photography and Media

Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design and Media

National Art and Design Saturday Club 

Junior Saturday Art Club

A celebration of work by students across creative arts, design, visual arts and media disciplines. Our students have been working hard across the year to create end of year display pieces. We invite you to see what they’ve produced.  
The exhibition run from Wednesday 22 June until Wednesday 29 June, except weekends, at Banbury and Bicester College’s Arts and Media centres on Broughton Road.  

Connecting with the community

Festival pop-up shop

Attendees made the most of the opportunity to buy beautiful and unique items from our cash only pop-up shop in 38 Parsons Street from Thursday 9 June to Saturday 25 June.

Community workshops

During the festival, we held a number of free, drop-in pottery, knitting and roller printing workshops at The Haven, 36a Church Lane, Banbury.
Workshops took place daily, from Tuesday 31 May until Saturday 5 June, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. No booking required, simply turn up. 


"WE’RE HERE NOW… is designed to celebrate Banbury's young creative arts talent and give locals the opportunity to engage with the arts."

"It is organised by the artists themselves, reflecting an emerging movement, which is finding innovative ways to showcase the arts"