Surrey Artists’ Open Studios 2016 - 10 of the best events

PUBLISHED: 10:02 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 10:16 03 June 2016

From Box Hill at Sunrise by Paul Simmons

From Box Hill at Sunrise by Paul Simmons


Over 300 artists across the county will be welcoming the public into their work spaces for the annual Surrey Artists’ Open Studios (SAOS) event this month. Here, Surrey Life art editor, Tinx Newton, brings us a few of her favourites

High on the Downs by Tom BoultonHigh on the Downs by Tom Boulton

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2016


Need to know

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios runs from Saturday June 4 to Sunday June 19. There are more than 300 artists taking part across the county this year (a 23% increase). For full details, see online at, where you’ll also find an interactive map.


Tom Boulton


Having spent most of his working life as a practising artist in Surrey, Tom Boulton says that he loves the county’s gentle landscape and the lush greens and russets of the heath-land and woods on his doorstep. Tom paints landscapes and depicts the natural world using many mediums, ranging from scraperboard, linocut and collage to watercolours and iPad drawings. He bought an iPad specifically for drawing after being inspired by the David Hockney exhibition at the RA. Tom tells us that he loves the versatility of making marks on the screen to give detail and texture and being able to take the iPad anywhere – no easel or jars of water required!

• 12 Chatsworth Avenue, Haslemere GU27 1BA. Open Thursday June 9, Friday June 10, Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12. See


Kym Diederich

Leith Hill

The founder of Be-Joo Jewellery, Kym Diederich has created a unique collection of hand-made treasures, combining semi-precious stones, pearls, shells, coral, glass, wood and vintage finds with silver and metal to create statement pieces. Kym tells us that she is inspired by the organic textures and beautiful contrasts, shapes and forms found in nature, both here in Surrey and on her travels around the world. With a background in diverse styling, she is always working towards creating dramatic ‘wearable art’ that is not conventional, but brings ancient designs and ideas into the modern day. For Open Studios, she will be sharing her work at Cobham’s lovely Medicine Garden.

• The Art Shed, The Medicine Garden, Downside Road, Cobham KT11 3LU. Open Saturday June 4 to Sunday June 19. See


Hannah Gibson

East Horsley

While studying geology at the University of Edinburgh, Hannah Gibson discovered a fascination for glass. After 17 years experimenting with a variety of techniques, she took an MA in Glass at UCA, Farnham, and is now a full¬time glass artist. Hannah finds inspiration walking in the Surrey Hills and studying the Wealden Anticline, and her glasswork often mirrors the ammonites found in the gault clay beds. Her work encompasses all the elements – fire, earth, air and water – using local clay and the greensand found along the River Wey. With her background in mineralogy, she often incorporates gold, silver and copper too.

• 36 Nightingale Crescent, West Horsley KT24 6PD. Open Thursday June 9, Friday June 10, Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12. See


Caroline Lingwood


The mixed-media work of artist Caroline Lingwood reflects her interest in the curious and whimsical, taking the lost and discarded and giving it new life. Caroline is a hoarder and collector finding beauty and humour in the unwanted – such as torn paper and fabric – and then stitching, reworking and interweaving the materials with wire, silver and found objects. There is often a narrative element to her works – a suggestion of words that are included as much for their visual beauty as their meaning. Using everything from papier-mâché, stitch assemblage and silver, Caroline creates whimsical and curious objects and jewellery.

• Lingwood Samuel, 12 Church Street, Godalming GU7 1EH. Open Saturday June 4 to Sunday June 19 (Tuesdays to Saturdays). See


David Paynter


Inspired by his beautiful surroundings in Haslemere, David Paynter creates his stunning sculptures in stone and clay and is fascinated by man’s relationship with nature and life itself. Each stone carving comes with one of David’s poems attached, which he hopes will enhance the pleasure of the work for the eventual owner. Also the deputy chair of Surrey Sculpture Society, David’s work is exhibited regularly across the south and two of his sculptures were chosen for the new wing of Farnham Road Hospital. During SAOS, David will be joined by 23 guest artists for a themed exhibition called Art & Soul.

• Whitehanger, Marley Lane, Haslemere GU27 3PY. Open Sunday June 5, Friday June 10, Saturday June 11, Sunday June 12, Friday June 17, Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19. See


Paul Simmons


An artist best-known for his vibrant watercolours and oil paintings of landscapes, cityscapes, cafés and street scenes, Paul Simmons paints the places that he loves – London, New York, Andalucia and the Surrey Hills. Here in Surrey, he finds inspiration by putting on his running shoes and heading into the hills and along the North Downs. Ever since training at St Martin’s School of Art, Paul has been a full-time professional illustrator and painter. Over the years, he has received many corporate commissions and has had his work published as prints by The Art Group and IKEA. He will also be running workshops as artist in residence at the National Trust property, Polesden Lacey, near Dorking, this summer.

• 5 Nutwood Avenue, Brockham RH3 7LT. Open Thursday June 16, Friday June 17, Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19. See


Louisa Sullivan


A glass artist creating contemporary pieces for the modern home, Louisa Sullivan is inspired by the fields and meadows of Surrey, capturing the rolling hills and muted colours in her work. She particularly enjoys walking across the Chantries, in all seasons, observing nature’s spectacular displays. Louisa fuses layers of glass embedded with enamels and glass powders to achieve a variety of textures and subtle hues. Pieces vary from coasters and bowls to large, framed glass panels to hang on the wall.

• The Art Shed, The Medicine Garden, Downside Road, Cobham KT11 3LU. Open Saturday June 4 to Sunday June 19. See


Jonathan Thompson


Based in the leafy surrounds of Farnham, Jonathan Thompson is a painter and printmaker who produces limited-edition etchings. The images depict a journey that evokes a sense of the sublime using the landscape or a narrative to create prints within the ‘British Visionary’ tradition. He has received several awards for his work at the Mall Galleries and Camberwell College of Arts where he graduated with an MA in Fine Art Printmaking. Jonathan is also the learning support manager for the University for the Creative Arts.

• Farnham Maltings, Studio 7, East Wing, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR. Open Saturday June 4, Thursday June 9, Saturday June 11, Thursday June 16 and Saturday June 18. See


Paul Wilcocks

Beare Green

Paul Wilcocks has enjoyed working with wood most of his life and, after moving to a family house in Surrey with workshop facilities in the cellar, he felt encouraged to buy his first lathe and focus on woodturning and abstract carving. He initially trained at Millers Dale in Yorkshire and later at Wedmore in Somerset with the internationally renowned woodturner, Melvyn Firmager. Seldom working to a preconceived design, Paul enjoys finding the best use of the shape and colour in each individual piece of wood. Faulty timber presents particularly interesting challenges and the final form is a discovery achieved during the process of woodturning.

• Bell House, Wigmore, Ockley Road, Beare Green RH5 4PU. Open Sunday June 5, Wednesday June 8, Saturday June 11, Sunday June 12, Wednesday June 15, Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19. See


Jane Anderson Wood


Specialising in painting landscapes and the depiction of water through watercolour, Jane Anderson Wood is inspired by both her local rivers, the River Wey and the River Mole, as well as regular visits to Scotland and the New Forest. She is artist in residence at Painshill Park, finding themes in the beautiful lakes and trees and spending time in the landscape so it becomes familiar to her. Hence her paintings are not merely a record of the place, but a personal interpretation of it. Jane uses watercolour in both traditional and contemporary ways, capturing the world with an imaginative response.

• Chucks Corner, Deans Lane, Walton on the Hill KT20 7UD. Open Saturday June 4, Sunday June 5, Thursday June 9, Saturday June 11, Sunday June 12, Thursday June 16, Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19. See


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