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Surrey Artists Open Studios 2009

PUBLISHED: 19:38 14 September 2010 | UPDATED: 16:02 20 February 2013

The Old Fire Station Studios in Godalming opens specially for Surrey Artists Open Studios

The Old Fire Station Studios in Godalming opens specially for Surrey Artists Open Studios

Surrey Artists Open Studios promises to be bigger and better than ever. Here, MATTHEW WILLIAMS meets just a few of the many artists who will opening their doors to the public

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine June 2009

Surrey Artists Open Studios promises to be bigger and better than ever. Here, MATTHEW WILLIAMS meets just a few of the many artists who will opening their doors to the public



Oxshott Art
5 Torland Drive, Oxshott KT22 0SA: 01372 844246

Ceramicists Ted Rex and Wendy van Dort will join painters John Davis, Jennifer Grosvenor and Verity Darby to show finished pieces and demonstrate work in progress throughout.

"We're working together as a group this year to offer an interesting range of exhibits and activities for visitors to see - from Ted throwing pots to Wendy decorating bowls and the rest of us painting using a range of media and subject matter," explains Verity, who is hosting the event at her studio. "Everyone is welcome to come along to meet us, enjoy a drink in the garden, and see some of our art as it is being produced."


Jono and Debi Retallick
77 Roman Way, Farnham GU9 9RG: 07779 169851

Along with Samantha Willes and Chris Bourne, Jono and Debi Retallick make up the Metal Monkeys - a group of artists working to create artwork in cast metal.

"Our studio will be showcasing our first iron pour, where the magic of molten metal is harnessed to create beautiful sculptures," says Debi. "We are really excited about being the first in Surrey to bring this process of making cast iron art to the public, and look forward to developing a community of artists through our workshop programme. Some of the sculpture made at the iron pour will be on show in various stages of the casting process."


Sally Brockbank and Jan Bastow
Holly Cottage, 61 Updown Hill, Windlesham GU20 6DW: 01276 476552

Windlesham-born sisters Sally Brockbank, left, and Jan Bastow inherited a life-long love of all aspects of the arts from their father. While they may be exhibiting together for Open Studios, their career paths have been quite different, with Sally working in textiles and Jan on sculpted dolls.

"We have found that participating in SAOS has raised awareness of our existence as artists in Surrey," says Sally. "Not only has it elevated our profile, it has encouraged and enabled other artists to take part - when we started there were five artists in Surrey Heath who opened their studios, whereas this year we have 15."


Jean Tolkovsky
11 Pirbright Cottages, Fox Corner, Worplesdon GU3 3PW: 01483 233794

Having graduated from Farnham College, now the University for the Creative Arts, in 1994, Jean Tolkovsky has juggled raising a family, teaching ceramics at Woking Adult Education Centre and producing her own works - from the practical to the purely decorative.

"This is my first year participating in Surrey Artists Open Studios," says Jean. "Having visited other artists over the past years, I am really looking forward to the experience this year."


Old Fire Station Studios
Queen Street, Godalming GU7 1BD: 07809 225695

Housed in studios within Godalming's old fire station, four contemporary artists, Charlie Rickett, left, Lucy Turner, Sophie Artemis-Pitt and William Bishop-Stephens, will be showcasing their painting, installation, animation, drawing and printmaking.

"Having participated in previous years, I find the opportunity to show my work to local people invaluable," says Charlie. "From my perspective, it is an extremely enjoyable couple of weeks welcoming people into the creative hub of the studio and providing an insight into working processes."



  • Surrey Artists Open Studios 2009runs from Saturday June 6 to Sunday June 21, with 380 artists across the county opening their doors. For more information, and full event listings, visit the website: www.surreyopenstudios.org.uk

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