Fircroft summer exhibition sees contemporary art at Victorian house and garden

Parcs, by Frank Taylor

Parcs, by Frank Taylor - Credit: Archant

Set in a large early Victorian country house with mature wooded gardens in the midst of beautiful Albury Heath, the Fircroft Summer Exhibition 2014 brings together the work of more than fifty established and emerging artists from many parts of Britain and further afield.

Cockerel, by George Hilder

Cockerel, by George Hilder - Credit: Archant

Fircroft is home to the artist Frank Taylor and his wife Christine who over the last nineteen years have each summer shown a varied collection of paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles and jewellery.

The Life Horse, by Jay Luttman-Johnson

The Life Horse, by Jay Luttman-Johnson - Credit: Archant

They choose works by artists they admire and many of the artists are of international reputation – but all highly respected within their own field.

Sitting Figure, by Jo Jones

Sitting Figure, by Jo Jones - Credit: Archant

“Visitors comment that it is a pleasure to see artworks of such quality in a family home and garden rather than in the setting of a public or commercial gallery,” says Christine.

Coloured reversable aluminium earrings, by John Moore

Coloured reversable aluminium earrings, by John Moore - Credit: Archant

New at this year’s exhibition, which runs from Saturday June 7 to Sunday June 22, are Surrey glass maker Corinne Pearson-Evans and jewellers Kay Meldrum and Louise Scholefield.

Ceramics, by Pru Green

Ceramics, by Pru Green - Credit: Archant

While new on the walls are the extraordinary wood cuts and linoprints of Devon artist Jay Luttman-Johnson and the collages of Sussex artist Viv Nicklin, whose work combines fabric, paint and embroidery.

Exhibiting at Fircroft for the first time is internationally admired potter John Bedding.

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This year, John has three exhibitions: one in Tokyo, one at the Leach Museum and Gallery in St Ives and one at Fircroft. He will join other well-respected ceramicists exhibiting, including: John Maltby, who is widely regarded as this country’s foremost ceramic sculptor, Pru Green, Kevin Warren, and Lise B Moorcroft, the fourth generation potter from the famous Moorcroft family producing a contemporary variation of the famous family genre.

In the gardens are metal sculptures by artists from Yorkshire, Somerset and Sussex along with stone sculptures by leading Zimbabwean artists.

Entry to the exhibition is free and a warm welcome awaits you.

• Fircroft, off New Road, Albury Heath, Surrey GU5 9DD. For more information, call 01483 202333, e-mail fircroft@alburyheath.com or visit www.fircroft.info

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