We’re Here Now! was a summer festival of art and design that ran from 2014 to 2017. In 2014 Martin Carrolchick decided that the work of his art students at Banbury & Bicester College needed more exposure and the local community more opportunity to connect with the College. He initiated We’re Here Now! – collaborating with Cherwell District Council, Banbury’s Castle Quay Shopping Centre and staff and students from college to install exhibitions and workshops in empty shops in Banbury town centre.

We’re Here Now! was a run-away success attracting over 2500 people in 4 weeks, each year.  Local people, of all ages, demonstrated their enthusiasm for the exhibitions, the pop-up shops and the creative workshops. Martin collaborated with Neil Mabbs and students to design exhibitions and events and Stephen Fowler to run workshops.



We’re Here Now!  The beginning

We’re Here Now! 2015

We’re Here Now! 2016







  • Project Type: Student Exhibitions
  • Curation & Design: Martin Carrolchick, Neil Mabbs
  • Collaboration: Stephen Fowler, Cherwell District Council, Wild Property Consultancy - Banbury