Celebration of Craftsmanship in Clerkenwell

Celebration of Craftsmanship in Clerkenwell

Adam Aaronson is participating in the prestigious Celebration of Craftsmanship exhibition at Craft Central, in London’s Clerkenwell. The exhibition runs from 16-20th May. It is open from 12 noon until 7pm every day and is part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2017.

Celebration of Craftsmanship

Celebration of Craftsmanship usually takes place in Cheltenham in August. This exhibition at Craft Central is designed as a preview or taster of some of the artists selected for the Cheltenham show. The main exhibiton in Cheltenham is considerably larger than the London exhibition.

Clerkenwell Design Week

Clerkenwell is one of London’s largest design hubs. Apparently, there are more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world.  Clerkenwell Design Week celebrates this rich and diverse community. The event showcases leading UK and international brands and companies. These are presented in a series of showroom events,  exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

Celebration of Craftsmanship

Journey down memory lane

Craft Central, in St John’s Square is located less than five minutes walk from Turnmill Street, where Adam Aaronson’s first studio was situated from 1987 to 1989.

Adam says “It is very exciting to be back in Clerkenwell and to be exhibiting round the corner from my old studio. I found that this brought back many happy memories. The neighbourhood has changed enormously since the eighties and there is much more going on”.

Celebration of Craftsmanship

Visitors to Celebration of Craftsmanship will find a good selection of Adam’s landscape bowls and vases. Adam is also exhibitin some of his dramatic new lustre bowls. The works displayed are all unique one-off pieces. prices range from £175 to £750.

The main Celebration of Craftsmanship Exhibition takes place in Cheltenham during August. Adam will also be exhibiting there with a wider selection of his work. If you would like an invitation to the August exhibition please email Adam.

Collectors who are interested in contemporary makers, working in different disciplines, will find that this exhibition is well worth a visit.

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SAOS Hot Glass Taster Courses June 2017

Hot Glass Taster Courses

Hot Glass Taster Courses with Adam Aaronson during SAOS – Surrey Artists Open Studios June 2017
Hot Glass Taster Courses

This year, in addition to our popular “Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble” hot glass taster courses, (up to 10 people per session), we have also added two exciting new taster courses. These are: “Make a tumbler or bowl”, (up to 8 people per session) and “Make a goblet or wine glass” (up to 6 people per session).

 


GREAT FOR NOVICES

Hot Glass Taster CoursesYou don’t need any experience for any of these hot glass taster courses, as we take you through the process carefully. While they are mainly attended by adults, they are open to all ages from 9 upwards. Please note that children need to be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult. Please advise when booking if participants will be under 18. And if you would like to make more than one item, just book two spaces!

These taster courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops in which each participant makes their own coloured glass object from a choice of styles. These short courses mainly take place during Surrey Artists Open Studios in June. We also hold some hot glass taster courses during the four day Guildford Heritage Week in September. In November and December we have regular Christmas Bauble making courses. Our short courses are not available at other times of the year, except to groups (see http://adamaaronson.com/glassblowing-courses-group-bookings/). We also have longer, more intensive, beginners’ glassblowing courses almost every weekend – see here.

Hot Glass Taster CoursesEach session starts with a safety briefing and then Adam Aaronson gives a demonstration showing the method that each person will use, with assistance from Adam and one of his assistants, Will, Candice or Gina, to make their paperweight or other item. We adapt to each individual’s ability, giving you more or less assistance as required. Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works in turn on an individual basis with Adam and his assistant to create their unique piece. Your creations have to be annealed overnight and are generally ready for collection 48 hours after the course. Photographs are encouraged, so bring your camera or your phone and make sure it is charged up!

 

 

 


HERE ARE DATES, PRICES AND TIMES:

Week 1

Saturday June 3 – Hot glass taster courses

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 10.30am to 12pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Sunday June 4 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 10.30am to 12pm

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Week 2

Thursday June 8 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 4pm to 5.30pm

Choose between making paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 6pm to 7.30pm

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Friday June 9 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a goblet £75 – 11am to 12.30pm

Make a tumbler or bowl £50 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Saturday June 10 – Hot glass taster courses

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 10.30am to 12pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 -12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Sunday June 11 – Hot glass taster courses

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 10.30am to 12pm

Choose between making paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Hot Glass Taster Courses

Week 3

Thursday June 15 – Hot glass taster courses

Make a goblet £75 – 2pm to 3.30pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 4pm to 5.30pm

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Friday June 16 – Hot glass taster courses

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 11am to 12.30pm

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Saturday June 17 – Hot glass taster courses

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 10.30am to 12pm

Blow a tumbler or bowl £50 – 12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

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Sunday June 18 – Hot glass taster courses

Make a tumbler or bowl £50 – 10.30am to 12pm

Choose between making a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 -12.30pm to 2pm

Make a paperweight, heart, bird or bauble £40 – 4.30pm to 6pm

Hot Glass Taster Courses

Booking

To book any of these hot glass taster courses:

Phone  01483 375035 to book, or email adam@adamaaronson.com

Payment in full is required with booking and this can be made by card over the phone.

If you are emailing to book, please could you include your phone number, so we can contact you to arrange payment. NB We usually reply to emails within 24 hours. Unfortunately, sometimes our reply may end up in your junk mail, so if you haven’t heard from us, please check your junk mail folder.

Many thanks to Tony Waghorn, who recently attended one of our half-day beginners’ courses, for the images used on this page.

 

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge

Adam Aaronson is exhibiting a dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge at Birtley House.

Asked about the inspiration and thought process behind his dramatic rainbow glass rope bridge, Adam said:

“I often think that all people, regardless of their background, are really just in different phases of a similar metaphorical journey. Each person is seeking the security and happiness, which perhaps they can find at the end of the rainbow.

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam Aaronson

 

“For some, however, life can also involve a literal journey. A refugee, for example, seeking a safe haven, is likely to be on a long journey full of pitfalls, sometimes needing to cross several frontiers. Whereas a commuter on the daily trudge to work may see life as a treadmill. But their journey is nowhere near as precarious. However, sometimes if the traffic is held up or the train is delayed, the commuter can feel that the world is falling apart. Everything is relative and in reality the commuter knows that their future is secure.”

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Adam intends his ‘Rope Bridge’, aside from being a dramatic and colourful sculpture,  to be an allegory for this journey. Of course the journey is much more uncertain for some than for others. Life is full of pitfalls. What could be more precarious than a rope bridge made of glass?

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam Aaronson

“I have deliberately created a form with bright colours that echo a rainbow, perceiving this as a metaphor for our times. What we will find at the end of the rainbow?”

Adam has installed the ‘Rope-Bridge”  at the edge of the lake at Birtley and it crosses the water to an island, which seems like a safe haven. Visitors have commented that the reflections in the water are enchanting.

Dramatic Rainbow Glass Rope Bridge by Adam Aaronson

Other installation possibilities

The dramatic “Rope Bridge” comes with the steel supports shown, (not including the weights on the base), however, if you would prefer to consider different installation options, please contact us. For example you could suspend the “Rope Bridge” between two trees.

Each glass element has been individually blown. Each tread is approximately 50cm wide with a diameter of around 4cm. There are 49 elements in this dramatic rainbow glass rope bridge sculpture, including six clear elements. The clear elements, seen from a distance, suggest gaps in the bridge, accentuating the pitfalls in the journey.

 

Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition

Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition

at Birtley House, Bramley 2017

Surreu Sculpture Society Exhibition Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

This year, the first Surrey Sculpture Society Exhibition is taking place at Birtley House, Bramley.  Adam Aaronson is exhibiting exciting new sculpture there until June 4th 2017 as part of the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibition. Adam has been a member of the Surrey Sculpture Society since moving to West Horsley four years ago.

Surreu Sculpture Society Exhibition Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

“Crowdscene” by Adam Aaronson

This artwork comprises a number of unique elements exhibited together. Adam describes his thinking behind the work as follows:

“Crowds have their own critical mass, but they are full of individuals. I often wonder whether there is much difference between the crowd of commuters at a railway station during rush hour and a crowd of refugees. Each individual has a story to tell. Invariably their stories are similar. Their ambition, whatever their background, is to establish a stable, secure future for themselves and their families. Is there really much difference between a refugee and a commuter? Could it be simply that the commuter has achieved a greater level of stability in their life?

Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

“In creating ‘Crowdscene’, I have deliberately left a sense of ambiguity in the forms that I have used. Intentionally, I’ve left the viewer wondering what these elements are. They could be flowers, birds, fish, faces, caricatures, puppets or simply abstract glass shapes. The figures are not intended to be literal but are designed to resonate differently with each onlooker. They are all created as unique, stand-alone sculptures,  but you can group them together. I see them as rugged individuals, with their own personalities, but they can live together in harmony!”

Surreu Sculpture Society Exhibition Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

 

We supply each sculpture with its own detachable stainless steel post. If you would prefer to position the sculpture on a wall or plinth, Adam can adapt the fitting.

You can purchase the one-of a kind sculptures in Crowdscene from the exhibition. They cost £350 each, which includes the fittings and post. The sculptures are easy to install.

Crowdscene by Adam Aaronson

 

 

Blow your own glass Christmas bauble

Christmas 2016 – Blow your own glass Christmas bauble in West Horsley.

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We’ve been running our popular bauble making sessions for several years now and they’ve always been a great success, so much so that some people come back year after year!
Each place costs £40 per person and payment is required with booking.

This is an exciting, hands-on workshop where you make your own blown glass Christmas bauble to keep and treasure or give as a gift. Why not come with a group of friends and family for a fun-filled pre-Christmas outing?

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The sessions last around an hour and include a demonstration from Adam, who will then work with each person to blow their own bauble in a colour of their choice. If you’d like to make two baubles, just book two places!

After your bauble experience, you can browse our shop and gallery, packed with wonderful creative Christmas gifts, and enjoy a cup of mulled wine and a mince pie.

This year we have a number of afternoon and evening sessions and also some at weekends,

Here are the dates and times (updated December 8th):

Thursday, 8th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Friday, 9th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Saturday, 10th December, 9.45am (FULL) and 11.30am (FULL)

Sunday, 11th December, 9.45 and 11.30am

Thursday, 15th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Friday, 16th December, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm

Sunday, 18th December, 5.30pm (Full)

Tuesday, 20th December, 12.00pm

Wednesday, 21st December, 10.30am

We can also arrange special sessions for groups of ten or more participants. Please email for details.

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Adam Aaronson Nominated for Surrey Artist of the Year Award

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Adam Aaronson nominated for Surrey Artist of the Year Award 2016.

It was a great surprise to Adam when he heard that he had been nominated for this prestigious award.

Adam said “I was delighted to learn that I had been nominated for SAOY. This came totally out of the blue as the nomination was from the readers of Surrey Life Magazine, so I’d like to say thank you to them.”

How to vote

The winner of this award is determined by public vote. If you would like to vote for Adam, or one of the other nominees, you can do so if you visit the exhibition in person between before October 21st. It is not possible to vote online.

The winner receives a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show, so this is actually quite a big deal!

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate Gallery in Waggon Yard, Farnham and Surrey Artists Open Studios.

This aspirational event, running annually since 2009, offers a collective of local quality arts and craft, voted for by the public during open studio visits.

The top scoring artists come together for an exhibition at New Ashgate, one of the most prestigious galleries in the country. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, all offering different materials and techniques, from ceramics, collage, glass, jewellery, painting, and photography to printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork. Together these illustrate the wealth of Surrey creative talent.

The works by Adam Aaronson selected for SAOY at New Ashgate are an eclectic group designed to illustrate his diverse repertoire. These range from the pure forms of his “Sail” sculptures to his quirky abstract animals and birds. From his lyrical, simplicity of his “Flight” sculptures to his light-hearted Doodle vases and bowls, which based on a lifelong habit of doodling all over his notebooks

Adam Aaronson Red Doodle Bowl at Surrey Artist of the Year, New Ashgate Gallery

New Dawn at Westminster Hall

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Mary Branson’s New Dawn Sculpture at Westminster Hall.

Over the past two years Adam Aaronson and his team have been working together with the installation artist Mary Branson, on an exciting, secret project entitled “New Dawn”.  Mary is Parliament’s ‘artist-in-residence’ for women’s suffrage. Many visitors to Adam’s studio have noticed the buzz of activity but usually all questions about the project were met with deafening silence. Except that Adam did tell a few people that he was developing canapé dishes for a restaurant chain and this seemed to keep them happy!

Now the secret is out and if you missed it on the national news, New Dawn was unveiled on June 7th in Westminster Hall in the Palace of Westminster. This link takes you to the BBC News Report on the day. (Adam appears at 00.42 and 01.36)

Legacy Artwork

This legacy artwork is the brainchild of Mary Branson. Mary was commissioned, as part of her residency, by the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art. Her task was to develop a proposal for a site-specific work. The brief was for an artwork to be placed in a permanent location in the Palace of Westminster as part of the Parliamentary Art Collection. Finding a suitable location in such a huge building was challenging. However, Mary kept being drawn back to the entrance to St Stephen’s Hall, where suffragettes petitioning Parliament all those years ago, were barred from entering any further. As part of  her research, Mary discovered that Parliament is full of traditional art and sculpture. However, this mainly features male politicians. Women are hardly represented. So she wanted to redress the balance with a large scale contemporary work honouring the thousands of campaigners who paved the way for universal suffrage. The majority of these were, of course, women. Mary discovered that Charles Barry, in his nineteenth century rebuild of the Palace of Westminster, had originally intended the two alcoves, high above the doorways in Westminster Hall, to house an epic pair of artworks. These were intended to depict “War” and “Peace”, but his budget ran out. So the radiant calm of Mary Branson’s New Dawn turns out to be an ideal alternative for this location as it is sited exactly where Barrie had intended “Peace” to be celebrated.

New Dawn is a dynamic glass, metal, and light sculpture and marks 150 years since the philosopher John Stuart Mill presented to Parliament a petition calling for votes for women. This became a turning point for the women’s suffrage movement.

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Adam Aaronson’s involvement.

Mary Branson first approached Adam Aaronson in June 2014 when the concept was in its nascent stages and they have been working closely together on the project for almost two years. Mary’s inspiration came from the ends of the scrolls in the Original Act Room in the Victoria Tower in the Palace of Westminster. This is where all the legislation and petitions to parliament in our history are housed. Written on these vellum scrolls is the legislation that brought women the vote as well as the petitions of all the campaigners.

When Mary showed Adam her photographs of the scrolls, he too was similarly inspired and instantly on the same wavelength. So it fell to him to devise a way to reflect the imagery of the scrolls in glass. He achieved this by working with Mary to adapt the carefully honed techniques he is known for, to create the 168 glass scrolls used in New Dawn.

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Making the Glasswork

This link takes you to Making the Glasswork , one of three outstanding films that the Parliamentary Curator’s Office commissioned about New Dawn from WakeWood

Over a period of eighteen months, Adam and his team, painstakingly created the glass scrolls for New Dawn. The parameters they had to work to were exacting. More than 350 scrolls were produced to achieve the final result. Many of these had to be destroyed but a limited number of the glass scrolls that didn’t quite make the grade are now available to purchase from the Houses of Parliament Shop.

The hand-blown glass scrolls are of varying sizes and each of these 168 unique glass discs was hand-blown and carefully ‘spun’ to open them out flat. To produce the scroll effect, Adam applied powdered glass colours and silver leaf to the molten glass at specific points in the process. The colours of the glass scrolls were carefully chosen to reflect the coloured banners of the many organisations who spoke up in favour of women’s suffrage. These include the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, the Women’s Social and Political Union, the Women’s Freedom League and the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage.

Dynamic Lighting

To enable Mary Branson to make her vision of New Dawn into a reality, she also enlisted the help of a number of other leading craftsmen.  Ian and Colin Musson, a father and son team, produced the supporting metal work. Mary designed this in the shape of a portcullis. Chris Wilson of WLX Productions produced the lighting programme, which runs on a twelve hour cycle. New Dawn is unusual in that it is a dynamic artwork. Mary spent weeks devising the programme that changes the sculpture over a twelve-hour cycle that is governed by the ebb and flow of the tides of the River Thames. The historical significance of this is that the suffragette movement regarded itself as being on the rising tide of change, and the clock would not be turned back. The journey was still to be a long and tortuous one, but there was no going back and eventually women gained the vote.

Further information

You can find out more about New Dawn and the rich historical references that imbue it with an extra dimension, by downloading the brochure here

http://www.parliament.uk/about/art-in-parliament/online-exhibitions/elections-and-voting/new-dawn/

Mary and Adam have also designed a series of limited edition commemorative, New Dawn Scroll Bowls which can be purchased from the Houses of Parliament shop.

Measuring 6 metres by 4 metres, New Dawn is the largest publicly commissioned glass sculpture of its kind in the UK, to the best of our knowledge.

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This link takes you to Mary Branson’s website. If you scroll down to the picture of Mary and the image opposite shows the dynamic nature of the work, which is linked to the tides of the River Thames.

Thanks to Emma Brown for the images of New Dawn shown here.

Surrey Artists Open Studios – Hot Glass Taster Sessions

Hot Glass Taster Sessions at Adam Aaronson Glass Studio during Surrey Artists Open Studios 2016:

Make a paperweight, bird, heart, or other solid glass object, or blow a Christmas Bauble

Make a paperweight

Adam Aaronson Glass Studio

Regular morning and afternoon sessions; £40 per person (1.5 hours)

Phone  01483 375035 early to book. Up to 10 people per session. Or email adam@adamaaronson.com

These hot glass taster courses are dynamic, hands-on workshops in which each participant makes their own coloured glass paperweight, bird, heart or other solid object from a choice of styles. These short courses are only run during Surrey Artists Open Studios and are not available at other times of the year, except to groups (see http://adamaaronson.com/glassblowing-courses-group-bookings/ )

The session starts with a safety briefing and then a demonstration from Adam, showing the process that each person will use, with assistance from Adam and his assistant, Nikki, to make their paperweight or other item.

Next, each person chooses their colours and style and works with Adam and Nikki to create their unique piece. Paperweights and other items have to be annealed overnight and are generally ready for collection 48 hours after the course. The cost per person, per piece, is at the special SAOS rate of £40 including VAT.

These glassblowing courses are great fun for all ages and though mainly attended by adults, are also open to children aged from 11 years old. A parent, or other responsible adult must accompany children. Please advise when booking if participants will be under 18. No experience is necessary as we adapt to the individual’s ability, giving more or less assistance as required. Booking your experience ahead of your visit is recommended to avoid disappointment as spaces get booked up quickly.

Hot Glass Taster Sessions at Adam Aaronson Glass Studio dates and times:

Still a few places available on most dates.

Saturday June 4 and Sunday June 5

9.45am to 11.15 and 11.45 to 1.15pm

Thursday June 9

1.45pm to 3.15pm and 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Friday June 10, Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12

 9.45am to 11.15 and 11.45 to 1.15pm

Thursday June 16

1.45pm to 3.15pm and 3.45pm to 5.15pm

Friday June 17, Saturday June 18 and Sunday June 19

9.45am to 11.15 and 11.45 to 1.15pm

Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

Adam Aaronson has recently been working on several new sculptures for the annual Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden exhibiton  at Birtley House in Bramley. The exhibition opens on Saturday 30th April and is open to the public from 11am – 5pm until 5th June.

“I’m particularly pleased with my new totems” said Adam. “I first made totems around 1991/2 but these were much smaller, standing around 50cm high. It’s taken a while to come back to the ideas and scale them up, but I’ve been meaning to do this for some time and the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden at Birtley has given me the opportunity to do so”.

The Totems stand approximately 2 metres tall and are composed of colourful multiple blown glass elements supported by a stainless steel core.

Totem i at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden Totem II at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

Adam is also exhibiting two new “Cubes” and a “Tower”. These substantial works are formed using a process of casting hot glass from the furnace onto a steel table. They are supported on stainless steel bases.

Tower at Surrey Hills Sculpture GardenCube I at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

In addition, the exhibition features three of Adam’s “Bud” sculptures. These are blown glass elements supported by stainless steel posts.

Buds at Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden

The Birtley exhibition features a wide range of work from some outstanding sculptors and is definitely worth a visit, and is is open daily from 11am – 5pm. There are around 170 sculptures in total and these are set in the stunning formal gardens. This is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the extensive grounds at Birtley too.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Adam Aaronson has exhibited in the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden.

 

Adam Aaronson Glass at appART

Adam Aaronson Glass at appART

Adam always looks forward to participating in the annual Easter appART exhibition at Priors Field School  in Godalming. This year is no exception as the standard and range of the exhibits is exceptionally high.

The exhibition features work by 200 artists. It incorporates a fascinating Sculpture Trail around the beautiful gardens, which were originally designed by Gertrude Jekyll. There is also an indoor exhibition in the beautiful arts and crafts building designed by Charles Voysey. This is a wonderful tranquil setting, and with its rich history, it is an ideal location for an exhibition of this kind.

Buds appART

The sculpture trail features a staggering 705 exhibits and the indoor exhibition a further 472, so there is definitely something for everyone. Adam has a several sculptures installed in the grounds and is well represented indoors with some of his most recent landscape bowls.

Landscapes appART

The exhibition was opened on Friday 1st April by Tinx Newton, the Art Editor of Surrey Life magazine. The event marks 20 years of exhibition organizing by the directors of appART, Gwyn and Evelyn Phillips.

The exhibition runs from Saturday 2nd April to Sat 16th April 2016 and is open daily from 10am-4pm. Admission is free but there is a £2 charge for the comprehensive catalogue. A visit is highly recommended and you should allow at least an hour if you want to see and study all the exhibits.