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Visual Arts Exhibitions and Events

Absurdity and Abstraction by Benjamin Jensen and Russell Reed

Tuesday 22 February 2011

Benjamin Jensen and Russell Reed present an exhibition at the Lewis Elton Gallery.

A Celebration of Mahler

Tuesday 5 July 2011

In association wiht the Mahler Centenary Conference, 'Gustav Mahler: Contemporary of the Past?', Department of Music and Sound Recording, University of Surrey (July 7-9).

Fur, Feathers, Fingers and Fins

Tuesday 26 July 2011

Lockwood is a centre for adults with learning difficulties in Surrey. It aims to develop independence and abilities with their clients through community, arts and work experience.

THE G.F. WATTS SCULPTURE GALLERY

Wednesday 31 August 2011

A Photographic record of the restoration 2008 - 2011. 

SURREY SCIENCE CIRCUS

Saturday 17 September 2011

10.30 to 15.00

All ages are welcome to this free annual event, especially aimed at families with children.

THE BEATLES EXHIBITION

Tuesday 11 October 2011

A Day in the Life of the Beatles – photographs by Michael Ward and Hamburg Days – limited edition prints by Klaus Voorman

Guildford Book Festival Event - Writing Freedom: The English PEN Roadshow

Saturday 15 October 2011

16.30 tea and coffee, 17.00 PEN Roadshow

SURVIVORS - THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS THAT TIME LEFT BEHIND

Monday 17 October 2011

19.00
Richard Fortey

The British Olympics: Britains Olympic Heritage 1612 - 2012

Thursday 20 October 2011

18.00
Martin Polley

LIMNERSLEASE

Tuesday 1 November 2011

This exhibition will explore this artist retreat that began with a visit by George and Mary Watts to Compton in 1889 and ended with the creation of the Watts Gallery in 1903.

THE HUMAN CLAY

Tuesday 15 November 2011

40 works in stone, wood and clay by this sculptor of the Frink School, who uses methods of improvisation to quarry things inside himself. His carved sculpture is not pre-conceived; forms emerge, partly from pre-occupation with life and landscape, partly from vigorous observation of eminent sitters during intense portrait sessions.

SURREY SCULPTURE SOCIETY LECTURE

Wednesday 23 November 2011

19.30

An illustrated talk by Jon Edgar

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the lewis and mary elton art collection

Tuesday 10 January 2012

18.30

Professor Lewis and Mrs Mary Elton recently donated a substantial art collection to the University of Surrey. Their generous gift includes works by Picasso, Chagall, Klee and Cocteau, along with other paintings and objets d'art.

Anna Lea Merritt's Murals

Tuesday 17 January 2012

This exhibition of large photographs alongside studies, sketches and engravings will explore the little known mural paintings of the life of Christ for the church of St Martin's, Blackheath, Surrey completed in 1895 by the American artist Anna Lea Merritt.

Hidden Stars

Tuesday 7 February 2012

The University of Surrey does not have a degree programme in art, but it is absolutely packed with brilliant artists.

SURREY SCULPTURE SOCIETY SPRING LECTURE

Wednesday 7 March 2012

19.30

Julian Wild's work explores the potential of functional materials and construction systems and the ecpessive possibilites of a single line or a series of units.

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Sheila Healey

Tuesday 20 March 2012

A Retrospective of the artists eight decade career. To be opened by Kaffe Fassett, painter and textile designer. 

a talk by alan cotton

Monday 16 April 2012

18.30

Artist Alan Cotton gives a talk to accompany his exhibition at the Lewis Elton Gallery, about the people and places he has come across on his travels to Everest and around the world as Royal Tour Artist.

For more information, please visit Alan's website.

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Alan Cotton

Tuesday 17 April 2012

In association with Messum's of Cork Street, London. Alan Cotton is one of Britains most distinguished landscape painters.

Surrey Artists Open Studios

Wednesday 9 May 2012

10am - 5pm weekdays. Weekends by prior appointment (48 hrs)

To kick start the Open Studios event, we will be hosting one of three taster exhibitions which give the chance to view a selection of artists' work from across Surrey, providing an insight into what to expect when visiting studios in June and July.

the Surrey Sculpture Society Summer Lecture

Wednesday 23 May 2012

19.30

Michael Dan Archer is a British sculptor working in the UK and internationally in the field of public art and on gallery and site specific projects, and has exhibited worldwide.

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BT Art of Sport

Tuesday 29 May 2012

10am - 5pm (Lewis Elton Gallery)

BT Art of sport is an initiative launched by London 2012 premier sponsor BT that will see a group of leading UK artist create a body of work that will serve to tell the 2012 Olympic story through the medium of art.

Travels with the Royals - Jayne Fincher

Monday 11 June 2012

10am - 6pm weekdays

A fascinating and unique exhibition of photographers and ephemera to celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee by Royal Photographer Jayne Fincher.

Annual Architecture Lecture and Buffet supper

Thursday 14 June 2012

19.00

Dr Nigel Barker - Risk Averse: How Safe is England's Historic Environment? 

Annual Architechuture and sculpture walk

Sunday 24 June 2012

15.00

Learn about the University of Surrey's architecture and sculpture.

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Dickens Illustrated

Monday 25 June 2012

10am - 5pm Mon Fri, weekends by prior appointment (48 hrs)

The University of Surrey and Watts Gallery celebrate the Dickens bicentenary with an exhibition of Dickens illustrations from the 1830s to the present day.

Lewis and Mary Elton Art Collection

Saturday 8 September 2012

Until 28th October. Professor Lewis and Mary Elton donated a private collection of artworks to the University of Surrey in 2011. In January 2012 it was exhibited at the Lightbox, Woking.

Supernature: Lab-oratory

Thursday 13 September 2012

Until 4th October. This exhibition explores the aesthetic beauty of scientific processes in sight and sound. Slowly evolving musical cells, stunning images of microbacterial colonies, digital representations of the vastness of space, musical compositions derived from treerings and the hidden beauty of blood cells are exhibited as compelling works of art and marvels of scientific discovery.

Guildford Book Festival Exhibition

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Until 25th October. Tony De Saulles is the award-winning illustrator of the best-selling Horrible Science books. The exhibition features illustrations from the series including the latest title: Horrible Science House of Horrors. Come along and be among the first to enjoy cartoons from Tony’s latest book 99 Dead Snowmen, with adults (and their children) in mind.

What is Beyond?

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Until 15th November. "The randomness in nature and the beauty of theatrical physics may reveal a secret of existence. Can we ask, ‘What is beyond?’ Our present knowledge of physics cannot reply but perhaps these explorations into the art of glass may help.” Dr. Mohammed Sanduk

The Surrey Sculpture Society Autumn Lecture

Wednesday 14 November 2012

19:30

Based on the densely woven volume of nesting forms, Laura Ellen Bacon’s work transforms the craft of willow weaving into extraordinary sculpture that merges with its surroundings.

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Re-make, Re-use, Through Stitch and Print

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Until 19th December. Jennifer originally studied Fine Art and Mathematics and began using fabric and stitch in the 1980s. In this collection of work she is examining the old fashioned virtues of thrift and domestic economy.

The Society of Fickle Fingers

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Satirist Mark Michael studied at Winchester School of Art and achieved First Class Honours in Fine Art. The Society of Fickle Fingers comments on how mobile technology, internet and instant messaging have influenced the new ‘Me generation.’ 

He says “It’s important for me not to censor my thoughts; I love the reactions and happenings that I see everywhere from books, movies, television, the bludgeoning of advertising and excessive fear from the media. The digital age seems to have isolated and insulated us, forcing us to change.”

Like Sugar in Milk: Stories of Zoroastrian Migration to the South East of England

Tuesday 5 February 2013

Until 20 February. Like Sugar in Milk is a Heritage Lottery funded oral history and photographic exhibition.

It marks the culmination of an 18 month project involving over twenty volunteers. Volunteer ‘memory collectors’ from Sussex and Surrey have captured the migration stories of twelve Zoroastrian Elders from the wider South East region. The project has been guided by a Steering Group made up of members and leaders of Zoroastrian organisations.

Surrey Sculpture Society Lecture

Wednesday 13 February 2013

19:30

Angela Conner’s sculptures harness the natural forces of our environment using elements such as water and wind to move and unfold their abstract
forms. She has captured this energy in a staggering array of materials including clay, steel and glass. The breadth of her sculpture moves easily from figurative to modern kinetic art.

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The Weak Force Collaborative Art Installation

Tuesday 12 March 2013

'The Weak Force' is an international collaboration between artists Matthew Sansom (UK), Andy Thomson (NZ), Paul Cullen (NZ), Chris Braddock (NZ), Eugene Hansen (NZ), Laresa Ksoloff (Aus), Bruce Barber (Canada), and Kim Morgan (Can). It is part of 'Unified Field Theory', a larger arts research project based at Auckland University of Technology. Visit this multimedia artwork to explore connections between gravitational theory, the 100th anniversary of Luigi Russolo’s manifesto The 'Art of Noises', and questions about how and why artists work together.

For more information: www.uft-gravity.com

Capturing the Ephemeral

Tuesday 9 April 2013

Until 25th April. Bobbie Bale’s colourful abstract expressionist paintings are inspired by her wild garden. She explains that the seeds for the ideas had been germinating for some time when a particular experience galvanised her into action. After walking through wet grass, she turned back to see the silver pathway made by her footsteps emerge and, just as quickly disappear. The experience became a metaphor for the beautiful moment, change and memory.

West Surrey Artists Taster Exhibition

Monday 29 April 2013

Exhibition preview event: Monday 29th April, 6-8pm. Exhibition starts on Tuesday 30th April. 

A taste of what you can see when Surrey’s artists open their studios to the public from 8 – 23 June. This annual event gives you a valuable insight into how artwork is produced.

Mirror Mirror

Monday 3 June 2013

Exhibition preview event: Monday 20th May, 6-8pm. Exhibition starts on Tuesday 21st May and ends on Thursday 6th June.

Mother and son reflect two generations of artists’ flair, continuing an artistic tradition spanning many previous generations. This show focuses on Salli’s magical 2D sculptures and Marcus’s film of a moving sculpture, represented by a Gareth Pugh fashion garment.

Retrospective: In Praise of Wood

Tuesday 11 June 2013

Exhibition preview event: Monday 10th June, 6-8pm. Exhibition starts on Tuesday 11th June and ends on Saturday 29th June.

Kit says “I have always loved wood, both as a medium for sculpture and for woodcuts." Her woodcuts carve a fresh, contemporary edge from the oldest known technique for making prints.

The Guildford Society Annual Architecture Lecture

Wednesday 19 June 2013

19:00

"Threads in the Urban Fabric, Guildford in the 20th Century and Beyond"

Professor Alan Powers is a writer, tutor and curator specialising in the history of twentieth century British art, architecture and design.

Annual Architecture and Sculpture Walk

Sunday 30 June 2013

15:00

Guided walk led by Pat Grayburn and Professor Stephen Baker. Meet at the Alan Turing sculpture on the piazza near the School of Management.

Images of Tuscany: Watercolour Paintings

Tuesday 2 July 2013

Exhibition preview event: Monday 1st July, 6-8pm. Exhibition starts on Tuesday 2nd July.

Gheri’s economical but lyrical handling of watercolour illustrates the deep love the artist holds for the visual attraction of his native Sienese countryside.

In Search of Silence

Monday 22 July 2013

Exhibition preview event: Monday 22nd July, 6-8pm. Exhibition starts on Tuesday 23rd July.

An exhibition of paintings exploring the silent stillness of the landscape. The starting point is the place itself but the paintings eventually take over and follow their own path offering the viewer a contemplative space to dwell.

GAP NOW

Monday 2 September 2013

10.00-17.00 Mon-Fri; weekends by appointment

Preview - the exhibition opens on Monday 2 September: 18.00 - 20.00.

An exhibition of recent work by a group of artists called Guildford Art Perspective who worked together from 1992 to 2001. Their aim was to promote twentieth century values in arts practice.

'The Artist In His Environment' and 'Images of God'

Wednesday 2 October 2013

10.00 -17.00 Mon-Fri; weekends by prior appointment (Lewis Elton Gallery)

Two exhibitions by Norman Adams RA held at Guildford Cathedral and the Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey.

From small intimate watercolours to the large canvases of the 1980s and 1990s the work shown will span 50 years.

Picturing the Studio - The Rob Dickins Collection

Tuesday 5 November 2013

This exhibition is in collaboration with the Watts Gallery photographic archive. The exhibition will explore how artists’ studios were shown in the nineteenth century.

Artists and their Spaces - a talk by Professor Rob Dickins CBE

Thursday 7 November 2013

19.00 - 20.00

A talk by Professor Rob Dickins CBE, in relation to this week's opening of his exhibition at the Lewis Elton Gallery in conjunction with Watts Gallery.

Sculpture Society Autumn Lecture

Wednesday 13 November 2013

19.30

Merete Rasmussen redefines the boundaries of hand built clay structures and the capacity of the medium to define space through a measured use of striking colour, surface and linear flow.

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Glenn Sujo G.F. Watts Associate Artist - Lifelines

Monday 25 November 2013

The preview is preceded by a lecture in Griffiths Lecture Theatre: 17.00 - 18.00. 

Preview: Monday 25 November : 18.30-20.00. 

This exhibition marks the appointment of the G. F. Watts Associate Artist.  

Glenn Sujo has achieved international recognition as a visual artist, educator, author and curator with a special interest in the expressive, analytic, symbolic, and imaginative possibilities of drawing. 

A Lecture by Glenn Sujo - On Transience and Traces

Monday 25 November 2013

17.00 to 18.00
Glenn Sujo

Glenn Sujo was awarded a Paul Mellon Research Fellowship in 1993-4 for his innovatory ideas on drawing in art education, Sujo has continued to make a lively contribution toward the recovery of drawing language in art polemics and British higher education, through practice-led research, publications, exhibitions, and other curatorial projects. 

MON POTTERY CLASSES SPRING 2014

Monday 25 November 2013

18.00

For details on all Painting and Drawing or Pottery classes, please click here.

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WED POTTERY CLASSES SPRING 2014

Monday 25 November 2013

18.00

For details on all Painting and Drawing or Pottery classes, please click here.

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LIFELINES - Workshop

Saturday 7 December 2013

09.30 - 17.00

A two-day intensive workshop celebrating the vitality, power and resilience of drawn marks in response to the lithe human figure. This challenging, practical workshop is suitable for intermediate and advanced artists and students of Art. It incorporates a visit to the University's National Resource Centre for Dance

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WED PAINTING & DRAWING CLASSES SPRING 2014

Wednesday 11 December 2013

18.00

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The Ballad of Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing Exhibition

Tuesday 14 January 2014

The Neo-Futurist Collective presents: the Skinny Lattes and Vintage Clothing Exhibition.

Surrey Sculpture Society

Wednesday 12 February 2014

19.30

Kate MccGwire gives a talk on her work and how she aims to probe the unconscious mind for reactions that can be both sensual and sinister with her scultpure made out of hundreds of collected feathers. Interesting and engaging, this talk will be held in Austin Pearce Lecture Theatre 1.

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Love Your Campus (Get Creative) Workshop

Friday 14 February 2014

10am - 4pm

Feel the Love this Valentine’s Day and join in the “Love Your Campus” workshop with artist, Alison Roche.

Love Your Campus Exhibition and Competition

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Come and see the work created by staff and students as part of the Love Your Campus project, with a general but not exclusive focus on sustainability and recycling. Or maybe even take part in this exhibition and competition yourself!

Stations of the Cross

Thursday 6 March 2014

Arnold Daghani was a survivor of the Holocaust and his artwork, part of the University of Surrey's Art Collection can be seen at Guidlford Cathedral. A lecture on Daghani and 'Christian motifs in the work of Jewish Artists' is being held on Thursday 6th in the evening.

Played Out

Tuesday 25 March 2014

10am-5pm Monday-Friday; Weekends by appointment only (48 hours' notice please)

Played Out is an inter-media installation derived from the examination of the physical life-histories of a single guitar. The project explores how we conceive a physical object, where relations between materiality and imagination conflate and confuse. It is an extended site-specific work reaching into the variegated forms of knowledge and modes of understanding that exist within the university, and the ways they might expand our understanding of the guitar.

Private View: Cosmyth

Monday 7 April 2014

6pm

Artistic collaborations by Carlos España and Liliana Montoya. You are invited to come down to the Gallery for a drinks reception and to meet the artists.

From film through to installation, both artists explore their different relationships with the cosmos and myth.

Cosmyth

Tuesday 8 April 2014

10am-5pm Mon-Fri

Artistic collaborations by Carlos España and Liliana Montoya.

From film through to installation, both artists explore their different relationships with the cosmos and myth.

Private View: Surrey Artists' Open Studios

Tuesday 6 May 2014

6-8pm

Meet the artists and discover the workshops, demonstrations, activities and studios which will be open to visitors during the Surrey Artists' Open Studios.

WED POTTERY CLASSES (9 WEEKS) SUMMER 2014

Wednesday 7 May 2014

18.00

This will be a nine week course. For details on all Painting and Drawing or Pottery classes, please click here.

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Surrey Artists' Open Studios

Wednesday 7 May 2014

10am-5pm Mon-Fri; weekends by appointment only (48 hours' notice)

Meet the artists and discover the workshops, demonstrations, activities and studios which will be open to visitors during the Surrey Artists' Open Studios.

MON POTTERY CLASSES (9 WEEKS) SUMMER 2014

Monday 12 May 2014

18.00

For details on all Painting and Drawing or Pottery classes, please click here.

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Surrey Sculpture Society

Wednesday 14 May 2014

19.30

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Surrey Sculpture Society welcomes guest speaker, sculptor Sean Henry to the University. Internationally acclaimed, Henry's sculpture relies on the tension between the making and siting of figures in urban and outdoor settings where they have an emotional connection with their surroundings.

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Private View - Photosoc: A World of Culture

Wednesday 4 June 2014

6-8pm

Capturing the creative expression of Surrey students. Discover the world of Dance, Music, Theatre and Film at Surrey through the eyes and expertise of the University of Surrey's Photographic Society.

Photosoc: A World of Culture

Thursday 5 June 2014

10am-5pm Mon-Fri; weekends by appointment only (48 hours' notice)

Capturing the creative expression of Surrey students. Discover the world of Dance, Music, Theatre and Film at Surrey through the eyes and expertise of the University of Surrey's Photographic Society.

Annual Architecture and Sculpture Walk 2014

Sunday 6 July 2014

15:00

Find out about the University of Surrey's architecture and sculpture including some of the new buildings changing the landscape of campus. 

Guided walk led by Pat Grayburn and Professor Stephen Baker. Meet at the Alan Turing sculpture on the piazza near the Rik Medlik building.

Private View: Mario Minarini

Monday 4 August 2014

6-8pm

Mario Minarini attended the Art Institute in his native Florence. Originally, he studied to be a Goldsmith before turning to painting. He adopted a traditional Florentine style in painting and drawing composition, then studied with the maestro Alessandro Berti at the Accademia delle belle Arti in Florence. In 2008 Minarini was awarded the Fiorino d'Argento ex-aequo. His work has been exhibited in many Italian galleries.

Mario Minarini: Un Pittore Fiorentino

Tuesday 5 August 2014

10am-5pm Mon-Fri; weekends by appointment (48 hours' notice)

Mario Minarini attended the Art Institute in his native Florence. Originally, he studied to be a Goldsmith before turning to painting. He adopted a traditional Florentine style in painting and drawing composition, then studied with the maestro Alessandro Berti at the Accademia delle belle Arti in Florence. In 2008 Minarini was awarded the Fiorino d'Argento ex-aequo. His work has been exhibited in many Italian galleries.

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