LiterArties was founded by Dennis Hamley in 2018, a long term member of Writers in Oxford (WiO). He set out to find artists that his talented, artistic partner Kay Jamieson could exhibit with. Dennis invited WiO members who were also artists (Solo members), or literary individuals with artistic partners (Partner members), to set up a group united by their shared passion for expressing their creativity. An enthusiastic response resulted in the first members of LiterArties, in line with the WiO objectives for its members to work together on areas of mutual interest, and its mission to, 'Engage, exchange, enjoy…’
As artists our styles include a wide range of styles, subject matter and mediums. And, as writers we cover a diverse range of subjects; from local history to transgenderism, psychological thrillers to children’s stories, gritty life to romantic escapism, and esoteric symbolism. Collectively, we are not only published authors and skilled artists, but also teachers, mentors, publishers and actively working in many other non-arts related professions.
As a group we bring a wealth of knowledge, personal perspective, enthusiasm and experience of life, people, and art to our work. Several of us are passionate about sharing our knowledge and the skills with others, which is why we regularly hold workshops, talks and Meet the Author sessions.
Although we were brought together by our skills in writing and art, many members are involved in other aspects of the Arts, such as music and drama. Because of this, and our desire to work with others, our common vision is Capturing our Creativity, through many modes and mediums.