Arts & Culture
Surrey has inspired some of the UK`s most influential and acclaimed artists, novelists, musicians and performers, a legacy which continues to this day. The unique mix of history with the here-and-now makes Surrey a melting pot of arts and history exploration and a rewarding day out.
Discover a painter`s palate of talent at Watts Gallery Artists' Village, home to over 100 stunning paintings and sculptures from one of England's greatest Victorian painters. Located on the site of the original home and studio of George and Mary Watts, visitors can see the artists` acclaimed work brought to life, along with a range of temporary exhibitions from some of the country's aspiring new talent.
For more contemporary arts and crafts inspiration, visit Farnham's New Ashgate Gallery, championing the creative talent of Surrey and beyond, and the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) Craft Centre, a free entry museum, home to internationally-renowned collections of modern British craft and inspiring exhibitions.
The award winning Lightbox provides an ever changing programme of cultural and contemporary exhibitions and things to do in Woking. A vast, contemporary cultural space it is home to the impressive Ingram Collection along with an interactive museum of the town and county, perfect for families and young children.
On a much larger scale, visit the Sculpture Park in Churt. Open all year round, the park spans ten acres and is home to over 600 stunning sculptures, the majority of which are available for sale. Or the topsy-turvy world of the Hannah Peschar Sculptor Park,near Ockley, featuring a hand-picked selection of some of Britain's most promising and talented artists.
For a behind the scenes glimpse of the life and works of Surrey's best artists, visit their homes and studios during Surrey's Open Studios. Taking place in June it's a perfect way to tour the county, meet individual artists and purchase some unique pieces of work.