Surrey Hills Arts transforms Farnham Heath into natural art gallery
PUBLISHED: 18:38 27 June 2017
If you take a stroll down to Farnham Heath National Nature Reserve this summer you’ll discover some unusual and exciting artworks.
These temporary works have been made by local emerging artists studying craft, product design and textiles at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham as part of a project called Heathland Artworks.
Seven pieces in total have been created, all inspired by the heath and provides a new way to view and learn about the area.
“Our reserve at Farnham Heath is great for wildlife, but it’s also a place for people to visit,” says Mike Coates, RSPB Ranger, Farnham Heath. “This temporary exhibition will add a new element to the site, and hopefully attract a new audience to enjoy the reserve.”
Heathland Artworks is a project undertaken by Surrey Hills Arts, which is a partnership between Surrey Arts, Surrey County Council and the Surrey Hills.
It aims to engage and inspire people with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and its unique natural, cultural and industrial heritage through the arts.
“It has been fascinating seeing the students develop their artworks in response to the wildlife and environment on the heath,” says Ali Clarke, programme coordinator for Surrey Hills Arts. “The final pieces will be enlightening for visitors of all ages providing pauses for thought along the route.”
The Heathland Artworks exhibition is open for visitors at Farnham Heath until September 2017 and is free of charge. Pick up a leaflet, which includes a map of where each sculpture is sited, from noticeboards around the heath.
For further information about Surrey Hills Arts, visit www.surreyhillsarts.org
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