Wilderness Festival


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, 2015 and 2016. Wilderness is a festival of the arts held in the midst of a beautiful nature reserve in Oxfordshire countryside, during the event there are unusual things to entertain and to inspire as well as to draw; it is always difficult to commit to a scene!

Tess Acheson, Director at Secret Emporium, was delighted with the results:

“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.”

I hope that these drawings give you a flavour of this wonderful festival. Open-air opera, theatre, music, hot tubs, banquets, debates, comedy and a general coming together of like-minded people in Cornbury Park, just north of Oxford itself, make this a must-see event in the calendar of anyone who values the arts and nature.

Photo by John Edgerton