SUPERNORMAL is a three-day, experimental arts and music festival taking place at Braziers Park in Oxfordshire. It offers a platform for artists, performers and musicians to work collaboratively and creatively for a new kind of audience seeking experiences out of the mainstream. It is determinedly small and intimate with an audience of 1,500. It has been born from a place that values the currency of ideas and imagination, as well as the inclusivity of artists and audiences alike, rather than commercialism and profit.
Supernormal allows the exploration of the unspoilt and extraordinary grounds of Braziers Park; an eco-site with fresh running water, eco toilets and hot outdoor showers set within a glorious wooded camping area.
SUPERNORMAL began life in 2010 evolving from Braziers International Artists Workshop (BIAW), an artist-led initiative that started in 1995 bringing artists from around the world to Braziers Park for a two-week residency each year. BIAW provided a meeting point for artists working in all visual disciplines bringing together up to 30 artists of all nationalities to work, exchange dialogue and experiment in a way that is mutually beneficial. It offered an opportunity of participating in an activity removed geographically and conceptually from usual studio practice; in an environment where experiments can be made and leaps of imagination can occur.
SUPERNORMAL carries the baton of BIAW and is intended to give the arts a far wider audience and artists a greater challenge than the former artists’ residency or conventional festival ‘with art attached’ ever can. The focus remains firmly rooted in art, environment and pushing boundaries, embracing difference whilst celebrating common cause. Supernormal is vehemently committed to supporting artists at various stages of their careers.
Supernormal is a Community Interest Company and not-for-profit organisation produced and curated by a small collective of artists, musicians and enthusiasts who share the aims and ethos of this truly alternative event bringing a wealth of interests, knowledge and experience to the forefront.
Olly Burch, Rich Howard, Jimmy Martin, Matilda Strang
Nick Banneman, Laura Bottin, Owen Clarke, Natasha Cox, Alice de Bourg, Aoife Flynn, Coco Le Berche, Jake Tilbury
Braziers International Artists Workshop members: Gill Ord, Bernadette Moloney, Keran James
photo credit: Richard Edkins