The Braid Society’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition – An Exhibition showcasing exciting work by Members of the Braid Society.


The West Ox Arts Gallery is pleased to host the Braid Society’s 30th Anniversary Exhibition running from Tuesday 3 October through to Sunday 22 October 2023.

The Braid Society is an international society of textile enthusiasts, founded in 1993 in the UK. Our passion is ‘narrow wares’, a wonderful array of small textiles including inkle weaving, ply-split braiding, loop manipulation, sprang, fingerweaving, tablet weaving, kumihimo, lucet, passementerie, backstrap weaving, and more.

The members:
Make braids and bands, ‘narrow wares’, as amateurs or professionals
Teach others to make braids and bands
Research braids and bands from both historical and contemporary sources.
Collect braids and bands

Practical activities include:
Showing work in Society exhibitions
An annual sample swap
Try braiding sessions around the U.K. Non-members are welcome.
Visits to places of interest and study days
Organising and attending international conferences every few years.

The Braid Society publishes a quarterly newsletter and an annual journal, Strands.

Their informative website www.braidsociety.com includes images of work, articles on techniques and lists of suppliers and tutors. There is also a lively online discussion group with occasional tutorials, open to all. Go to https://groups.io and search for braidsandbands

Members of the Braid Society will be demonstrating a variety of braiding methods each Wednesday and Friday during the exhibition and Saturday 7th October and Saturday 14th October

There will be a bookable ‘Try Braiding Day’ on Sunday 22 October – [email protected]


Celebrating Richard Morbey – An Exhibition of Sculptures & Drawings
24 October – 31st October 2023

During the last week of October, West Ox Arts Gallery is proud to be hosting the Memorial Exhibition of Richard Morbey.

Celebrating Richard Morbey – An Exhibition of his Sculptures & Drawings

24 October – 31st October 2023

Richard Morbey (1944 – 2023)  organised the life drawing sessions at West Ox Arts for many years and his beautiful drawings, which he regarded as mere studies for sculptures, are worth celebrating. They will be for sale with proceeds going to Cancer research. Most of the sculptures will be on loan to the exhibition.


West Ox Arts (WOA) is a charity dedicated to promoting art in West Oxfordshire. We are proud of our inclusive membership, which welcomes every artist, whatever their art, craft, or skill level.

WOA is home to one of the oldest galleries in Oxfordshire, and this year, 2023 we celebrate our 50th anniversary!

If you are interested in becoming a member, exhibiting at the gallery, or volunteering to support WOA, get in touch: [email protected]. Find us on Facebook and Instagram @westoxarts.

For more information:

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Opening times

Tues – Sat – 11.30 – 4.30

Sun – 2 – 4

Mon – Closed

3rd October – 31st October 2023