7 art exhibitions to visit in Surrey this August

PUBLISHED: 13:57 29 July 2020

From the series Stay Home Superheroes, 2020 � Jo de Magneval

From the series Stay Home Superheroes, 2020 � Jo de Magneval


Art galleries across the county are reopening their doors. Please check individual websites for specific opening times and online booking requirements.

The Lightbox, Woking

The Lightbox will re-open on August 11 with an exhibition of The Ingram collection in the Main Gallery. The collection, which has been central to the gallery’s art and wellbeing work, travels the country through an extensive loans programme but always returns to Woking for the local community to enjoy.

From August 11 to September 27 the Lightbox will also be exhibiting work by local photographer Jo de Magneval in the free Art Fund Prize Gallery. The exhibition showcases this historic and challenging time, through a series of photographs that celebrate families and the windows to their worlds. For her Stay Home Superheroes series, Jo used her exercise hour to cycle around to people’s homes and capture them through their windows, and doors to documents each family’s story.

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

Amanda Hoskins: Expressions of Cornwall and Vicky Oldfield: Flowers: the eccentric and ordinary will be on show at New Ashgate until September 5 and Maker in Focus: Ellul Ceramics will run from August 8 to September 19.

Gallery director Dr Outi Remes says, “We are thrilled to reopen the gallery after such a long lockdown that made us revalue what is important to us. We welcome you to join us to celebrate the beauty of the British landscape and summer time. Come and enjoy the best contemporary art and craft safely with us in the times when travelling to larger and busier venues may not be desirable.”.

The Fountain Gallery, East Molesey

This month sees the beautiful, quirky and unusual ceramic figures, indoor/outdoor animals and evocative paintings of Vivien Phelan go on show at The Fountain Gallery from August 4 to 16, followed by Colleen Quill’s loosely handled, vibrantly coloured oil paintings of everyday objects, people and places from August 18 to 30.

Watts Gallery Artist’s Village

Etching the Archipelago brings together more than 40 aquatint etchings, including a number of new prints by Norman Ackroyd, inspired by his expeditions to the edge of the British Archipelago over almost 50 years. From representations of St Kilda UNESCO World Heritage Site to Orkney, you can see how Ackroyd has become ‘a master in the medium until August 6. Then from August 16 Unto This Last: Two Hundred Years of John Ruskin will examine Ruskin’s legacy as a social reformer, ecological thinker, and educator.

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