Surrey Artists of the Year, past and present, head to Guildford art show

Summer in the City, by Jo Quigley

Summer in the City, by Jo Quigley - Credit: Archant

Guildford Arts’ prestigious and popular summer exhibition showcases three Surrey Artists of the Year among the 24 top local, national and international artists selected to take part.

Long pink alium 2, by Tessa Pearson

Long pink alium 2, by Tessa Pearson - Credit: Archant

Janet Crook is the current winner for her light-hearted ceramic sculptures, while textile artist Tessa Pearson took the honour in 2012 and painter Jo Quigley the year before.

Morning Light, by Iona M Laycock

Morning Light, by Iona M Laycock - Credit: Archant

The 19th annual Yvonne Arnaud Art show, from Wednesday July 9 to Thursday July 24, features exciting and vibrant work from an eclectic group of painters, sculptors, printmakers and ceramicists.

They represent a myriad of creative expressions, techniques and inspirations, yet they are linked by a common thread; the passion to create, and to express their artistic vision.

Many are multi-award winning established artists of international and national renown.

These include Kent-based Chris Myers, who recently won a prize in the 25th Sunday Times Watercolour Competition for Fragile, his painting of the Olympic Park in London while it was under construction, and New Zealand-based pastel painter Tony Allain, who was elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America in 2012.

Inspirations range from landscape to cityscape: the peace and beauty of the Surrey Hills, to the frenetic pace of London life.

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Techniques include the use of traditional oils, watercolour and pastels, together with woodblock printing and work in clay, porcelain, stone and bronze.

Among the more unusual methods are Brighton-based Diane Rogers’ raised fabric “free quilting” and collages incorporating rock fragments by Surrey artist Iona Mackenzie Laycock.

Admission is free and all works are for sale.

For further information about the exhibition and exhibiting artists, visit