Every July up to 400 artists, crafters, performers and musicians gather together in Waterperry Gardens to demonstrate their skills and show their work. You can watch the potter pot, the painter paint and the sculptor sculpt. You can ask the masters of the arts of jewellery, textiles, woodwork and glassblowing about the secrets of their craft. In the ever popular Practical Classes section, you will be able to have a go yourself at the art or craft of your choice with the guidance of an expert teacher.
When you need a break, there is a great selection of food and drink available and the beauty of the famous gardens is also there to soak up. The Market, with over 100 designer-makers, is also there should you be looking for that special gift.
Every day up to 600 volunteers staff the show. They help park the cars, pick up the litter, look after the demonstrating artists, clean the loos, care for the visitors and give the show its unique atmosphere. If you would like to help then check out our volunteer section. You can look forward to a warm welcome at Art in Action whether you come as a visitor, demonstrator or volunteer.
In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part in the first Art in Action and 14,000 visitors arrived. Today Art in Action welcomes approximately 25,000 people over four days. Visitors come to learn, buy and enjoy the exhibitions, classes and performances.
Art in Action was begun by students of the School of Economic Science and continues today along with the support of many students, artists and members of the public.