6 art exhibitions to visit this September

The Upstage by Orlanda Bloom, who is joining Surrey Open Artist Studios this month

The Upstage by Orlanda Bloom, who is joining Surrey Open Artist Studios this month - Credit: Archant

From David Harper sculptures to watercolours from The Ingram Collection, view these collections of artworks in Surrey

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios (SAOS) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and artists across the county were working all hours for the annual opening in June.

However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event has moved to September when around 200 artists will throw open their studio doors and welcome visitors who would like to chat to them about their creative pursuits.

All the artists are responding to the Covid-19 crisis by offering safety measures in line with government guidance to keep both themselves and members of the public safe when visiting the studios. With these in place, this is a wonderful opportunity to meet artists in their place of work, view demonstrations, buy artwork direct from the artists and try some creative workshops.

“We are extremely pleased to be opening SAOS on September 19,” says Caitlin Heffernan SAOS Programme Manager. “The past few months have presented us all with many challenges, but we are hopeful that residents and visitors to Surrey will be able to enjoy the breadth of the county’s artistic talent and support artists during this difficult year.”

From September 19 to October 4, visitor numbers in some studios may be limited to ensure the safety of artists and visitors.


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Surrey Sculpture Society

Surrey Sculpture Society has around 250 members ranging from emerging artists to well-known professionals. The consistent quality of their work is reflected in the prestigious venues that host their exhibitions and this autumn they are at The Savill Garden, Englefield Green from September 23 to November 3

surreysculpture.org.uk Tickets available from windsorgreatpark.co.uk

The Ingram Collection: The Art of Watercolour

The Art of Watercolour explores the rich source of inspiration that artists have gained from working in this medium Bold experiments, subtle hues and deftness of hand are reflected through the work of Edward Burra, Eric Ravilious, Elisabeth Frink and Eileen Agar in this exhibition at The Lightbox, Woking until Sunday October 4.


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Painting Farnham

Artists inspired by Surrey’s beautiful countryside are featured in the Painting Farnham season at the New Ashgate Gallery. With paintings and limited edition prints by Fiona Pearce, John Bryce, Jan Gaska, Susie Lidstone, Catherine Warren and Suzanne Winn. From Saturday September 12 to Saturday November 7.


David Harper

David Harper has been creating contemporary and classical artworks from his Oxfordshire studio for over two decades and has gained an impressive following worldwide. His work will be on show around the 50 acre estate at Great Fosters in Egham until September 30. A lunch, afternoon tea or picnic supper must be booked to be able to explore the exhibition.


Norman Ackroyd CBE

Last chance to see wonderful etchings by Norman Ackroyd CBE, RA at The Watts Gallery, Compton. Etching the Archipelago brings together more than 40 aquatint etchings, including a number of new prints, inspired by Ackroyd’s expeditions to the edge of the British Archipelago over almost 50 years. Until Sunday September 27.


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