THIS has been a year of isolation.

Lockdown life has meant that those desperate for a touch of culture have had to resort to watching plays on YouTube, tuning in for Grayson Perry’s Art Club and exploring galleries through their computers.

While there is something engaging about ‘walking’ through the Guggenheim whilst sitting at home in your pyjamas, nothing can replace being able to view pieces of art in real life.

Thame Art Crawl 2020, running from Thursday 15 – Sunday 18 of October, will provide you with this opportunity.

This fabulous pop-up annual art event will showcase a wealth of creative local talent in windows and venues around Thame’s town centre.

There will be paintings, pottery, photography, fused glass, sculptures and more, from 18 different artists, spread over 15 locations.

So get the dates in your diary to enjoy four days of tangible culture on your doorstep.

There will be an event map available from Thame Town Hall Information Centre and fitch & fellows in the Buttermarket from Monday.

You can find out who is exhibiting and where by visiting the website

Follow the event on Instagram and Facebook @thameartcrawl for regular updates and details of any changes to the event in the situation we face a local lockdown.

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Elsewhere in the county, Modern Art Oxford has reopened its doors with shows of interesting new work – some of it by local people, and there are great shows at smaller private galleries – from Dantzig in Woodstock and Sarah Wiseman in Summertown to the new Irving Gallery in Essex Street, Oxford.

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Then there is the blockbuster show by New York-based artist Cecily Brown, which has launched at Blenheim Palace.

Brown’s large-scale, sensual, semi-abstract artworks have cemented her as one of the most important painters of her generation.

Her show – the big annual exhibition by the Blenheim Art Foundation – has given the UNESCO World Heritage Site a rebellious twist with pictures responding to its collection’s themes of aristocracy and martial victory.

Expect to be shocked and delighted. Some of the paintings are huge.

Book tickets now. It’s on until January.