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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 from 2014 to 2018

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 was always difficult to commit to one scene!

My first encounter with Rogue Theatre at Wilderness Festival in 2018, where they had carved out a performance space in the woods, inspired this composite pen and watercolour sketch. I went on to sketch the theatre troupe many times at their outdoor theatre in Tehidy Woods in Cornwall.

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.”