Wilderness Festival

Hamley Jenkins


Wilderness is a festival of the arts held in the midst of Cornbury Park, a beautiful nature reserve in the Oxfordshire countryside - it’s a must-see event in the calendar of anyone who values the arts and nature. Thanks to a recommendation from my friend and former drawing tutor, Alex Cree, I was chosen by Secret Productions to sketch at Wilderness Festival in 2014 and have been back every year since, by invitation.

Click on the sketchbooks below to see the drawings inspired there, I hope they give you a flavour of this wonderful festival. Open-air opera, theatre, music, hot tubs, banquets, debates, comedy and wandering players; with so much to entertain and inspire it’s always difficult to commit to one scene!

A shot grabbed near the Hereafter stage on Sunday night, while I was out sketching Errol Linton

Tess Acheson, Director at Secret Emporium:

“Annette delivered a work portfolio far beyond our expectations. We asked her to live draw within a live event arena, producing a number of sketches. The sketches were polished, finished and accurate yet retaining the ‘live’ touch we were after. I can see and feel the event in her drawings and she captured some amazing vignettes.”