About BAW

BAW has been bringing the wonderful creative work of hundreds of contemporary artists and makers in Buckinghamshire County to the public since 1985. Every type of work is represented – sculpture, glass, jewellery and painting, to wirework, woodwork, photography and textiles – for you to view, purchase or commission. Bucks Art Weeks is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers with a passion and a commitment to bringing the art and craft makers of Buckinghamshire to the public every year in this two week celebratory event.

Committee profiles

Sam Burke, Interim Chair

Sam Burke

I retired from Corporate life in 2016 & am now able to pursue my hobbies, notably creating kiln formed glass art & beekeeping.

I am co-founder & Chair of the ‘Made in Stony Association (MIS)’. MIS is a non profit membership association, run by volunteers, to support artists & artisans of Stony Stratford.

I have exhibited at the Gawcott Church exhibition, as part of Bucks Art Weeks, since 2019. I joined the Visual Images Group Committee in September 2022 to offer my skills & experience to support the continuation of Bucks Art Weeks & the Visual Images Group.

Paola Aldus, Co-Ordinator

Paola Aldus

I was Head of Art at St. Teresa’s Catholic Independent School, where I shared my passion and love of art with children aged between 4-11 years. Previous to this I was a Store Manager in Windsor, and Heathrow Terminal Two for the international fashion brand Bally of Switzerland. Until February 2019, with my husband Steven, I ran Risborough Gallery, an established family framing and fine art business in Princes Risborough for over 35 years. I organised many successful art events at the gallery and held a range of very successful art shows throughout the academic year at St. Teresa’s School. Bucks Art Weeks has been a very important fixture in my family calendar for many, many years.

Keith Dale, Treasurer

Keith Dale

I started my career in international banking IT before going back to university to gain my accountancy and economics degree.

I have to say I am not a creative so possibly a good foil for the committee. I work locally in Aylesbury.

I have volunteered in various roles from chair to treasurer and have fulfilled various secretarial roles over the years, schools, sports clubs and a national organisation working through their GDPR, DBS and Safeguarding issues.

I look forward to working with the committee and its members this coming year.

Jay Nolan-Latchford, Social Media Coordinator

Jay Nolan-Latchford

My first childhood memories are of drawing, making, painting and crafting. I always knew I’d be an artist. After leaving school I studied illustration at my local college followed by a Graphic Design and Printmaking degree in Brighton. I worked for several years as a freelance designer in London before relocating to Bucks and establishing my own design company.

In recent years I've returned to my first love of painting and illustration. My range of watercolour, ink and mixed media art with their distinctive nature themes and bright colour palettes aim to be joyful. I love the outdoor life and have made my home on a houseboat moored on the Grand Union canal surrounded by the countryside.

I'm keen to pass on my skills and having undertaken a teaching qualification I began hosting workshops for adults several years ago.

I’m passionate about art for well-being and love working with people from all different fields. Being involved with groups of creatives and like minded people is both fulfilling and part of an artists journey. VIG has such an important role to play in our community.

Heather Larson, Committee Member

Heather Larson

My background is in engineering and I now apply those design skills to my career as a jeweller and enameller. I am a keen sportswoman and gardener, and spending lots of time outdoors gives me endless inspiration for my work.

I like to take a closer look at the world with a focus on beautiful details that are often overlooked. Much of my work features geologic and botanical subjects, sometimes at a microscopic level. I engrave my textures by hand and then use transparent enamels to give these small scale snapshots of nature a luminous quality.

As a new artist, I joined the Bucks Art Weeks committee to help support and promote other talented local artists.

Peter Hawkes, Directory Editor

I studied Typography & Graphic Communication at the University of Reading in the 1980s and for the last 34 years have run a graphic design and publishing business that specialises in local history books and visitor guides. In 2022 I established The Good Earth Gallery in Chesham, supporting local artists by displaying paintings, prints, glass art, ceramics, wood turning, jewellery and hand-made gifts. My true passion is gardening and I run two allotments – one a mini orchard, the other a bee garden – where creativity truly comes alive with nature leading the way.

Mia Babb, Committee Member

After completing an Art Foundation Course at High Wycombe College in 1985 I took a year out to earn some money for University but the lure of financial gain meant I never continued my art studies. During a varied career I constantly tried new methods and media in my spare time and also completed a BA in Art History through the Open University.

After suffering a stroke during brain surgery I turned to Pen & Ink to re-train my right arm which had been temporarily paralysed. Involvement at a local art show, where I helped to organise as well as exhibit, gave me the confidence to not only display more but also to set up my own Fine Art (Giclée) printing studio providing services to artists and photographers. Just being able to discuss art with so many people is a joy!
Pen & Ink (normally including gold leaf) is still my favourite medium and I get completely lost in capturing detail. I also love coloured pencil and pastels, especially when doing commissions, and still experiment whenever possible with different media.

Sarah Cripps, Communication Co-ordinator

I studied at the universities of Manchester and London and have a Master's in Victorian Studies. I love the portraits of Cezanne, Van Gogh and Munch and the way that oil paint's vibrant colours and texture can express a mood and capture a moment.

I worked in marketing and fundraising in London for over 20 years, but I ‘retired’ to go back to art just before lockdown and have been painting professionally since then. I like to focus on portraits but I enjoy a challenge and will try most subjects. When I’m not painting I’m also a dog walker so there are plenty of dogs in my portfolio too!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Bucks Art Weeks

9 Bessemer Cresent
Rabans Lane
Aylesbury, HP19 8TF

Phone: 07950 732117

Bucks Art Weeks is run by the Visual Images Group, an alliance of over 600 artists and makers living and working in the county. If you are an artist or maker interested in participating in Bucks Art Weeks next year, or have any queries about Art Weeks general information, please go to the For Artists section here on the website or email us at admin@bucksartweeks.org.uk. and we'll be in touch shortly.