Painting, pottery and sculptures will be among the creations decorating venues across the county this month for Oxfordshire Artweeks 2018.
But there was an extra special piece of artwork proudly on display during the first week of the arts and crafts extravaganza.
Eight terminally ill children from Helen & Douglas House made 12 individually designed nature-inspired pieces of art.
The works of art were hung proudly in the heart of the Cotswolds at a Sculpture at Kingham Lodge event.
Youngster Alex, pictured, was one of those to leave their impression during a recent stay at the East Oxford hospice.
Gemma Radnor, play specialist at the Headington charity, said the artwork helped children express themselves.
She said: “Play is one of the most important parts of childhood, especially for children with a terminal illness. It is an integral part of the holistic care we offer, as it is vital for children’s development.
“It allows children to explore their world, process and express their feelings, and develop new skills.
“This can lead to increased confidence and self-esteem, building resilience to the challenges they face. Play can bring simple joy to children, cherished even more by those who are seriously ill.”
Sculpture at Kingham Lodge has supported Helen & Douglas House since its launch in 2012 – but this year was the first time terminally ill children have been involved.
Alison Hooker, community fundraiser at Helen & Douglas House, said the hospice is ‘so grateful’ for Kingham Lodge’s support, adding that it was ‘really exciting’ for the kids to be involved.
Marina Colville, one of the organisers, said: “We have had connections with Helen & Douglas House for many years and were inspired to raise money for them by the amazing stories of parents of children who had been helped by the hospice.
“When we launched Sculpture at Kingham Lodge in 2012 we instinctively knew Helen & Douglas House would be one of our chosen charities.”
Held biennially, Sculpture at Kingham Lodge has welcomed thousands of visitors and raised more than £80,000 for charity.
Visit hdh.org.uk to donate to terminally ill children at Helen & Douglas House.