Arts and Heritage

Zoom Art! Good for creativity and mental health

At Oakleaf, we believe that creativity and better mental health go hand in hand. During these extraordinary Covid-19 times, our creative workshops have found a new virtual platform, forming an online community for our clients. We have been running online Art Therapy as an alternative to our in-person workshops, and these …

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The Artful Gallery – Art & Soul Exhibition until 4th October

It’s always a treat going to David and Lynn Paynter’s fabulous house and magnificent garden near Haslemere for their annual Art & Soul Exhibition as part of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios. This usually takes place in June, so it was lovely this year to see their garden in a different …

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Chilworth Gunpowder Mills restoration work completed – and a walk!

Access to one of Guildford’s most important heritage sites has been improved following completion of the latest restoration works at the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of its closure, in 1920, repairs to the 1880s steam-powered mill buildings on the site include improvements to three bridges, strengthening …

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Dorking Art Trail 19th September to 4th October

Six Dorking artists who are taking part in the Surrey Artist Open Studio event have decided to stay open even if the event does not go ahead. This event takes place 19 September to 4 October, 11am – 5pm. Studios are open on various days throughout this period, please check …

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The Forest Listening Project

Until 4 October, visitors to Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village can experience Forest Listening, an audio visual installation by artist Liz K Miller.  The installation, which will be sited in the Limnerslease woodland, brings together the sounds of a rainstorm recorded from beneath the forest floor with visualisations of these …

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Bourne Mill Antiques, Farnham

Every time I visit Bourne Mill Antiques in Farnham I find something strikingly out of the ordinary that I have never come across before.  It’s a charming labyrinth of rooms, each offering items from a different trader.  Over the five floors, there are over 80 traders, who are the heart …

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Painting Farnham: views of the historic market town, Craft Town and a World Craft City, nestled in the rolling Surrey Hills

New exhibitions, 12 September – 7 November Our local landscape, the beautiful green countryside, has given us so much joy during the recent lockdown. The Painting Farnham season celebrates Farnham, the historic market town, Craft Town and a World Craft City, nestled in the rolling Surrey Hills. It showcases new …

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Heritage Open Days in Petworth

Enjoy a visual experience of Petworth – we are going digital on the weekend of 19th & 20th September! The Petworth Heritage Weekend team were aiming to build on the success of the last 3 years and we were planning a bigger and better event for this year, but the …

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Heritage Open Days in Godalming

Background In 2019 Heritage Open Days festival celebrated 25 years. It was established originally as England’s part of a Pan European event. The central principle is to offer free access to buildings which are normally closed to the public but now it includes tours and events which bring local history …

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Heritage Open Days returns

This year’s festival will explore Hidden Nature with a mixture of  in-person and online events www.heritageopendays.org.uk 11th–20th September 2020  England’s largest festival of history and culture returns in September, and for the first time, the programme will include a mix of virtual tours and digital experiences as well as in-person …

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The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair is back!

The rescheduled annual Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair is due to return to the grounds of the National Trust’s Petworth House this autumn.  Organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited for the sixth successive year, this much loved fair opens in The Marquee, Petworth Park, Petworth, West Sussex …

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Around 100 pieces of art to be exhibited at ‘Art & Soul 2020’ in Haslemere in September

Local artist, David Paynter, who operates under the banner of The Artful Gallery, is hosting 21 guest artists, including a winner of BBC’s ‘Home is where the art is’, at his studio and six acres of grounds in Haslemere in September.  Around 100 works will be on show, including paintings, …

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Guildford Fringe announces live online performances and full casting for Pinocchio Gets Wood the (late) Summer Adult Panto

Fans of Guildford Fringe’s winter adult pantomime won’t need to wait long for their comedy fix as a brand-new show, Pinocchio Gets Wood the (late) Summer Adult Panto, will entertain audiences live and direct on their own sofas from 10th–12th September 2020.   Whilst Guildford Fringe regrettably cannot currently deliver the show to audiences …

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Thy Eternal Summer – Guildford Shakespeare Company returns with open air theatre

The award-winning Guildford Shakespeare Company (GSC) are set to return to the town centre this Bank Holiday Weekend with a special outdoor theatre event. Across the August Bank Holiday Weekend, GSC will be returning to the open air with a brand-new theatre production for live audiences. Entitled THY ETERNAL SUMMER, …

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Surrey Sculpture Society launches first on-line exhibition

Earlier in the year the Surrey Sculpture Society (SSS) was busy preparing for the Society’s usual full programme of outdoor exhibitions throughout 2020, but due to the current circumstances their proposed schedule of events has meant that their spring and summer events were cancelled.   Until the Society will be …

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