Warm winter windows

December 2008

Oxford artists are creating window displays with a difference this winter. WinterLight Windows is a series of installations created by artist-led community groups to brighten up Oxfordshire windows this winter. 

WinterLight Windows, commissioned by Oxford Inspires, was created by Oxford artist Lois Muddiman. She explains: “A German friend had told me about a tradition in her home town. Each house puts up one of the dates from the 1st to the 24th [December] in their window and on the corresponding date, neighbours gather outside that house to sing carols. The host provides hot drinks and snacks.

"It is a very warm community event that everyone takes part in. As part of a group brainstorming ideas for WinterLight, I applied the same idea but with a twist: we could do this with artist's installations in the windows.”

The seasonal installations are appearing all over Oxfordshire, with an official unveiling of each window. There are two in Oxford: one at the Westway Shopping Centre in Botley and one at Boswells on Broad Street.

Many of the artists involved in WinterLight Windows are Fine Art graduates from Oxford Brookes University.

For more information see the WinterLight listings on the Oxford Inspires website.