5 art exhibitions to visit this month

Christ's Charge to Peter, circa 1514 by Raphael. Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen

Christ's Charge to Peter, circa 1514 by Raphael. Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020 - Credit: Archant

Our round up of the best the county has to offer including the UK’s only 2020 exhibition of Raphael artworks

Raphael: Prince Albert’s Passion, The Lightbox. October 3, 2020 to January 31, 2021

The 500th anniversary of the death of Raphael is marked this year and in recognition of the artist as one of the greatest of the Italian Renaissance, exhibitions had been scheduled around the world.

Due to Covid-19 most have been cancelled but the postponed exhibition at The Lightbox gallery in Woking opens this month making it the only gallery in the UK to hold an Raphael exhibition in 2020.

The exhibition explores a fascinating angle - Prince Albert’s passion for Raphael and his creation of the Raphael Collection at Windsor Castle.

The Prince Consort’s love of the artist was shared by Queen Victoria and together they amassed over 5,000 prints and photographs, thereby recording almost every work by Raphael.

Exhibition curator Michael Regan spent five years researching the story specifically for The Lightbox. “My journey began at Windsor Castle where The Royal Librarian revealed a huge cabinet in the Royal Collection that houses a staggering number of Raphael prints and photographs gathered over the years by Victoria and Albert,” he explains. “It reveals 500 years of reproductive techniques, not only in photography, but also in a variety of mediums including engravings, original wood-block printing and lithography.”

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The Raphael drawings in the Royal Collection are at the heart of the exhibition. Most of the drawings included in the display were made as sketches for major commissions, but they are important as individual works of art and reveal the artist’s working methods. Prince Albert was also fascinated by the Raphael cartoons and the exhibition includes a rare 17th century tapestry version of a cartoon that was brought to England by Charles l.

The personal side to the story captivated Michael during his research. “When Victoria came to the throne, she inherited only 22 Raphael drawings and seven cartoons and although she shared Prince Albert’s passion for Raphael they could not afford to buy his paintings,” he explains. “So, they commissioned artists to copy his style as gifts to each other. They were in awe of the artist and these artworks were real tokens of love and through them the royal couple made Raphael reachable for each other.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by talks, tours and workshops.

Web: thelightbox.org.uk

Paradise Lost, Kew Gardens. October 3, 2020 to March 14, 2021

The first UK solo exhibition by Dutch-born, Mexico-based visual artist Jan Hendrix, this landmark show features new works in a number of mediums, that convey the artist’s response to the transformation of the landscape known as Kamay Botany Bay, in Sydney, Australia.

The exhibition will also feature a striking series of silkscreen prints on silver leaf, enamel plates and a moving image work created by filmmaker Michael Leggett, in collaboration with Hendrix.

For those not able to visit the exhibition in person, a virtual tour narrated by the artist will be made available online.

Web: kew.org

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The Sculpture Park. Ongoing

Every size and style of sculpture can be discovered in the two miles of trails that weave through 10 acres of stunning water gardens at The Sculpture Park in Churt, Farnham.

The family-run business showcases an extensive collection of 20th century, modern and contemporary pieces. From striking Springstone figures by Zimbabwean artists to massive shells, animals and birds by sculptors from the UK, there is something to suit every taste and all works are for sale.

Web: thesculpturepark.com

The Art & Soul Exhibition, The Artful Gallery. Open until October 4

Postponed from June, this display of around 100 pieces of art is now taking place among six acres of lawns and wooded grounds in David Paynter’s beautiful gardens in Haslemere.

David’s stunning sculptures are included, many of which are complemented by his poems and entry is free.

Web: theartfulgallery.co.uk

Dorking Group of Artists annual exhibition, Denbies Wine Estate. October 6 to 11

Originally formed in 1947, the Dorking Group of Artists has over 200 members and meets weekly all year round for programmes of painting and tutorial sessions.

With the focus this year on affordable art, for the first time pieces by the group will be available to view and purchase both at the exhibition and online.

Web DGA.gallery.

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