NOV 2012: The pioneering Arts & Crafts movement couple William and Evelyn De Morgan will be celebrated in a new exhibition launching this month at the Watts Gallery in Compton. Bringing together glistening ceramics in vibrant Persian colours and metallic lustres by William De Morgan with symbolic paintings by Evelyn, the exhibition will include the pictured Aurora Triumphans. The William and Evelyn De Morgan exhibition runs from Tuesday November 6 until Sunday January 27.
OCT 2012: New works by sculptor David Nash, created at Kew Gardens using wood sourced mainly on site, were officially unveiled in October, as his major exhibition entered its next phase. As featured in Juneâ€™s Surrey Life magazine, Nash, one of Britainâ€™s most renowned sculptors, has been working on a â€˜wood quarryâ€™ in Kewâ€™s arboretum since April of this year. The exhibition uses trees that have come to the end of their natural life at Kew Gardens (through storms, lightning, disease etc)
SEP 2012: In 1895, John Henry Knight, a gentleman farmer of Farnham, invented what was almost certainly the first petrol-fuelled motor car to be driven on public roads in England. The original three-wheeler was quickly replaced by a four-wheeled version, which was the only British car exhibited at the Horseless Carriage Show at Crystal Palace in 1896. Donations towards a major new piece of public art celebrating his life are being sought by the Farnham Public Art Trust.
AUG 2012: Previewed by The Queen during her Diamond Jubilee visit to Richmond Park, a new set of gates have been added to the historic vista from King Henryâ€™s Mound to St Paulâ€™s to mark the 300th anniversary of the cathedral. The Way Gates, to give them their proper title, were designed by artist/blacksmith Joshua De Lisle, 21, and selected from more than 15 submissions received by The Royal Parks when they decided to replace the gates on the fence of Sidmouth Woods.
MAY 2012: Up to 5,000 schoolchildren from 15 schools in the borough of Woking, all located along the Olympic cycle route, have been working with Guildford artist Sara Holmes to create a peloton of over 50 willow cyclists. The project, which started in October 2011, is on track to weave its way into local history books when they will be displayed in West Byfleet on the Olympic cycle route on Saturday July 28 and Sunday July 29 â€“ the opening weekend of the London 2012 Games.
APR 2012: A new exhibition at Kew Gardensâ€™ Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will display the work of artist Rachel Pedder-Smith, focusing on a painting over five-metres long, completed using herbarium specimens from the gardens. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is the first gallery in the world dedicated solely to botanical art and opened in 2008.
MAR 2012: AT the end of 2011, this pastel portrait of Farnhamâ€™s most famous son, William Cobbett, was accepted by the government in lieu of inheritance tax. Allocated to The Museum of Farnham, the picture is one of two pastel portraits of Cobbett by the painter, engraver and pastellist John Raphael Smith, the other being in the National Portrait Gallery. Born in Farnham in 1763, William Cobbett was the son of a tavern owner and became an influential writer, journalist and political reformer.
FEB 2012: Walkers in the Surrey Hills will be no stranger to the carvings of the internationally famous chainsaw sculptor Walter Bailey. Installed in 2002, they were originally part of a branding exercise to make people more aware of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), but have since become icons in their own right. Works can be found at Newlands Corner, Tatsfield, Young Street near Leatherhead and Hambledon, but there are 11 unique sculptures in all.
JAN 2012: Throughout his life, the celebrated Victorian artist GF Watts, who lived in Compton for many years, felt compassion towards the weak and the vulnerable.
His painting on the left, entitled A Dedication: (â€˜to all those who love the beautiful and mourn over the senseless and cruel destruction of bird life and beautyâ€™), is a protest against the fashion at the time for women to wear bird life on their clothes and hats. This work is on display at Watts Gallery, Compton...