More than 20 guest artists have already been selected. They include the following:
After completing courses in commercial art and graphic design, Allan then pursued a career in construction. The urge to get back to his roots eventually became too strong and led to him sculpting full time in his studio in East Sussex.
Allan focuses on using solid art to bring sculpture into the home and garden giving each piece a place of permanent residency.
He casts in various cold metals including bronze, copper and aluminium. The use of iron filings brings to life sculptures that age with a finish that is ever changing as rust forms with the seasons.
Commissions are most welcome, be it a variation of an existing piece or a completely new visual concept.
Amanda's fascination with the art world originates from her grandfather and his workshop, where he spent many contented hours sculpting, painting and making silver jewellery. Her grandmother's love of her garden and her obsession with nurturing her plants and wildlife, is the other impression Amanda recalls. Her own garden is now the inspiration for her artwork.
Amanda combines the elements of art and garden, mixing the intrinsic shapes and the natural beautiful colours with the fabulous colours of glass. As well as abstract glass pieces, She also creates panels with motifs; like flowers, butterflies, boats and birds. The glass is either supported in steel or slate; the smaller pieces can be hung from trees
The glass goes further than the garden and enriches anyone's home whether hung in windows or against walls and adds a unique sparkle to your room. Amanda also makes wall hangings from recycled jars and bottles and has a wide range of unique necklaces and smaller glass hangings.
Amanda's other role is that of a busy Art teacher, nurturing and encouraging young artists to express and explore their own talents.
Her passions, like most people do not stop there and to truly relax she loves walking in the quiet hills of Scotland exploring new areas.
Andrea's passion is animal portraits. Hampshire Portrait Studio was started by Andrea, a British artist who is passionate about painting portraits that bring out the character, personality and spirit of beautiful animals.
Andrea has been widely recognised including being selected as a finalist for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year 2015, featured on the front cover of Dec 2014 issue of the Society for All Artists Paint magazine, selected as Editor’s Choice in The Artist magazine 2012, winner of the Leisure Painter Christmas Card competition 2015, invited to give a demonstration by Painters Online in 2015, and has won numerous local art competitions.
Andrew Lievesley’s land and sea paintings are a response to the scenery he sees around him. Usually painted in acrylic, but sometimes with a content of mixed media he endeavours to add an element of abstraction to his interpretation of wild scenery.
Andrew is an enthusiastic long distance walker and photographer, using many of the images found on his travels as a base for his paintings.
Eric studied graphic design at Croydon College of Art. Then worked for a variety of companies as an Art Director, periodically taking time off to travel widely in Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. When not travelling, Eric works full-time on painting and sculptoral projects involving casting in bronze resin.
Inspiration for his work is derived from natural forms and textures. Eric’s work is constantly developing, always alert for new inspiration; commissions are welcome.
Hashim began his career as an illustrator working for design, advertising and editorial clients before moving into fine art, where his paintings have won numerous awards. He teaches worldwide and is a regular feature writer for Artist and Illustrator magazine.
Hashim's first book, entitled Vibrant Acrylics published by Search Press was released in 2012. He was a co-author and designed the Acrylics section in the 2016 publication of Artist's Painting Techniques by Dorling Kindersley. Inclusion in Who's Who in Art came in 2015.
Hazel Reeves - Artist statement:
'Curiosity in people, their faces and their stories form the heart of my artistic practice. I find clay to be a highly responsive and sensitive medium. I use the process of clay portrait sculpting as a catalyst. My aim is to move people – move them to tears, to ask questions, to participate, to tell their own stories, to take action.
'I am never happier than when I am combining my passion for portraiture with telling stories of struggles for social justice. This could be celebrating the achievements of rights activists and peace advocates, through sculpting their portraits – such as my commission to sculpt Sadako Sasaki, who has inspired peace activism worldwide, and my commission to sculpt disability rights activist Diane Mulligan OBE. Or it could involve inverting the norms of portraiture and sculpting those who are rarely deemed worthy of capturing in bronze, whose faces and stories are effaced from history.
'My artistic practice thus seeks to challenge the artificial divisions between people; between ‘me-you’, ‘us-them’. Live sittings provide the opportunity to have conversations that move us beyond stereotypes, highlighting difference, to finding connections and similarities.
'And my struggle is to find ways to do this that offer alternative, non-stereotypical portrayals, where the subject (sitter) joins me as an active partner in this reflective, story-telling, image-creating process.'
Among other commissions, Hazel was chosen to sculpt a 7ft 4in bronze of Sir Nigel Gresley for King’s Cross Station, unveiled on 5 April 2016, and her bronze sculpture of Sadako Sasaki for the Hed Wenn peace garden in Wales.
Jacqui's collage is fashioned from a fusion of recycled tickets, maps, recipes, labels, old photographs, poems, handwritten notes and doodles. Each of her pieces is unique and has a story to tell. A narrative woven into the artwork from snippets of printed literature and images.
Jacqui is very passionate about collage and the idea that new purpose can be given to materials which are perceived to be no longer of use. She treats the printed colours like tubes of pigment, blending them together to create the final composition.
Jacqui's pieces have been purchased by collectors from all over the world including Europe, North America and Africa. She has sold her work to The Natural History Museum of London and has produced work for corporate clients including EMI.
Jacqui was presented with The Coffee Art Project Industry Award and was the overall winner of The Coffee Art Project in 2015. The competition was judged in London's Brick Lane and then went on to tour Milan, Amsterdam and New York.
Living in China was a time when studying brush control had the greatest impact on the evolvement of Jeans style. Later working with artists from India and Pakistan introduced vibrant colours in her results compared to her previous more quiet watercolours created whilst living in Europe.
The combination of East meets West in her style is unavoidable and to be enjoyed. Free flow of water along with no fear of working directly minus the use of a preliminary sketch leads Jean to amazing results that often leave viewers of her working in awe. Light and the use of beautiful colour along with the ability to take any ordinary subject and turn it into an extraordinary painting with consistently unique results is what many artists aspire to achieve. Furthermore Jean has the ability to install enthusiasm and inspirational motivation in all around her.
Paintings by Jean can be found in homes all over the world. Favourite subjects are highly sought after from galleries as are places on her ever growingly popular workshops. These are always restricted in number of places to ensure the value for those attending.
Jean is a member of the SWA, Society for Women Artists, and won the Anthony J Lester Award in 2009 during the SWA Annual Exhibition where her work was likened to Joseph Crawhalls from the famous Glasgow Boys. She regularly writes for art magazines and exhibits in a number of galleries.
Born in the West Midlands and now living and working from his studio in Kent, Jonathan Hateley’s sculpture has been exhibited widely, both in the UK and Internationally.
Having created props for the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” and the English National Opera, Jonathan spent many years sculpting for models and effects in TV and film and illustrating children’s’ books. In 2003 he began creating his own work, thus turning his passion into a career. One of his earliest public commissions was undertaken for Kent County Council, creating three sculptures for new schools.
All aspects of the natural world inspire Jonathan. Working in clay, he enjoys the challenge of creating from both the real and imagined. Through his close observation and manipulation of materials, Jonathan is able to create detail and texture or surface bas-relief on his sculptures, which are hand finished and painted to accentuate the relief.
Jonathan is currently working on a series of stylised human figures, employing his own uniquely interpretative style to create an inspiring body of work.
Judy was born in London, but at 10 weeks old was moved to India. There she stayed in one place for probably the longest period of her life, until recently, four years! She has been what might be called a 'camp follower', or its Naval equivalent, with her father in the Army and husband in the Royal Navy. She always enjoyed visits to Art Galleries and Museums but did not realise she could join in with the joy of making something 'cultural' herself, until her children went off to school and Gerda Rubinstein helped to open her horizons when she was living at Greenwich Royal Naval College. It was there in the Painted Hall that she had her first exhibition and almost her first sale of her work - though at that time she would not sell! Since then she has, whenever possible, been developing her creating talents and has exhibited her work with some success.
Judy is a longstanding member of Surrey Sculpture Society and her work can be found in many private collections.
Katie has a BA (Hons) in wood, metal, ceramics and plastics from Brighton University. She majored in ceramics and graduated in 2011. She has been making sculpture ever since, mainly in clay, and is very fond of the use of colour.
She has a small workshop in her mum’s garden along the river in Godalming. Apart from exhibiting with the Surrey Sculpture Society, she runs pottery workshops working with children and adults with learning difficulties.
Katie loves learning about different cultures from far and wide, along with colour and pattern to create her work. Tantalising, bold, bright and outspoken; from ideology to technique, Katie Netley's recent works have been focused on exploring the influences of totemic tribal artefacts.
Katie has developed a confident and honest approach towards expression, whilst playfully working through concerns such as: folklore in diverse cultures, the raw celebration of ritual, the significance of dreams, representations of organic life, geometric recurring patterns, the voluptuous female form and the liberal use of intense colour.
Katie undertakes private commissions for ceramic sculptures and bespoke hand basins.
Margaret is a figurative sculptor, working mainly in clay to cast in bronze and various resins.
In her figures and portraits she loves to work from life, but also draws inspiration from classical and medieval sculpture, mythology and folklore. Recently Margaret has been particularly enjoying the challenge of capturing the personalities of various dogs.
Margaret has exhibited widely, including sculpture trails at Wisley Gardens, The Savill Garden and various National Trust properties, and has had work in a number of galleries in the south east of England.
Maureen Banfield Hamlin
Maureen is a painter and printmaker of the natural world, through the prism of her imagination where drawing is ever-present.
The underlying theme in her work is the influence of Time on Nature; the way that layers are deposited in a sedimentary, seemingly random pattern. In the last 18 years she has moved from Cornwall, to Chicago, and finally to Farnham.Since settling in Farnham she has built her own studio and print room, and qualified as an art teacher. She is an active member of the Borderlands Artists Consortium and Farnham Arts Society.
Recent work is exemplified by Borders and Bulrushes. This includes a series on borders and boundary lines, using different materials to blur the boundaries, on the one hand, or, on the other, to define borders. The Bulrushes series reflected a contemplation on time and place.
In recent years she has staged one-person shows at the Levy Centre in Chicago, and in various venues in Cornwall and the west of England, as well as regularly exhibiting in group shows at The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, The Lightbox Museum Woking, and the James Hockey Gallery Farnham.
Maureen has work in private collections in the UK and USA.
Moira Purver - Artist Statement:
'Though coming back to it later in life, I have developed a real passion for sculpture which has transformed my life.
'My first experience of modelling with clay was at school at the age of 17, and the self-portrait and 27 inch Rock Climber (completed then) have travelled with me throughout my adult life. It was many years before I was able to return to sculpture and in 2008, after moving to Dorset, I set up my own studio and now devote my time to sculpture.
'I work largely from life to capture the essential vitality and warmth of the figure whether the pose is restful or dynamic. My focus is studying the surfaces and movement in the human form and a large part of my work portrays the softness of the female form, however I have also completed several male sculptures using stronger muscle tone and textures. I received the America Square Conference Centre Award for my "Male Torso" at the Society of Women Artists open exhibition in 2010 and my life-size "Self-Contained Man" was included in the Royal West of England exhibition in 2014.
'I have always loved music and dance and have enjoyed working with specific dance forms in the Argentine Tango, Flamenco and Ballet, as well as experimenting with expressing other forms of movement and observing the impact on the body.
'I love the new challenges and excitement I experience as I learn new skills and my work develops.'
Roger Day - Artist Statement:
'Being artist and engineer, my body of work is wide and various, with utility sculptural wood installation as a specialisation. Seating has been a repeated theme and I have all relevant experience, from design considerations of health and safety, longevity and vandalism prevention, to custom anchorage and installation procedure.
'Aesthetically, my work has involved the mirroring of natures forms in bold abstract realisations, and specifically more recently the emulation of fluid movement. To this end I have invested the two years since my last major commission developing specialist cutting technology to be able to create innovative new forms of this nature, otherwise unobtainable by existing methods.'
Roger has had many private and public commissions including a major tree carving project at Manor House Girl's School and scultural forms at Boxgrove Gardens, Guildford.
Roger Dellar works from his studio in Haslemere, in Surrey. He has a keen interest in people and their behaviour, and is fascinated by the way the play of light transforms a subject; either working in the studio or plein air.
He is a member of The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, The Pastel Society, and The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Since 1996 has been an active member of The Wapping Group. He has won numerous awards.
Roger is President of the Haslemere Art Society.
Born in Yorkshire, Simon studied graphics and photography at Sheffield Polytechnic, moving to the south coast in the 90’s, working for many years as a designer and photographer. Using illustrative techniques learnt during his time as a designer, he designed sculptural concepts purely for pleasure, wanting something to enhance his own garden. It was one of his design clients form the art world that encouraged him to pursue his ideas and turn his concepts into reality.
Pieces are curvaceous, charmingly simple, almost two dimensional, which probably reflects his training as a graphic designer and his beliefs in the ‘less is more’ approach. Crafted from sheet steel, pieces are left to oxidise naturally, a process that highlights the intrinsic beauty of the material as the finish evolves with time.
Simon is at home working with steel and engineering processes. It’s something that is in his blood having grown up near Sheffield, spending his early years tinkering in his grandfather's engineering workshop and working his summer holidays in the steel works whilst studying in Sheffield. He still makes frequent visits back to his roots, an area for which he has a great affection.
Susie Lidstone - Artist Statement:
'I have been painting for 30 years and now work from my small studio in Farnham, Surrey. The vibrant ever changing colours of flowers, plants and trees throughout the seasons have always fascinated me and I find that Watercolour is the perfect medium to capture their qualities. I think that their appeal is timeless and I hope to capture both the calm and vitality I always feel when studying my subjects.
'I admire the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, in particular his ability to capture the lyrical quality of plant forms. Paul Hogarth and Graham Clarke for their quirky take on Architecture and buildings which I also paint to commission I have a fascination in painting bricks!; and finally Elizabeth Blackadder whose paintings filled me with delight as a child. Recently I had the pleasure of having some of my paintings displayed with hers at both a London event and an exhibition in Godalming.'
Susie gained her B.A Honours degree in Fine Art Printmaking from The WestSurreyCollege Of Art And Design in 1981.She is a full member of The Society Of Floral Painters and one of only a small number of women to be a full member of The Society Of Architectural Illustration. Susie has taught Adult Education classes and conceived and ran children’s workshops for seven years, based on projects designed by her; and still does one-off workshops at Museums.
Susie Greeting Cards are published by The Dandy Art House and Frozen Image. Her Limited Edition Prints and other products by Southfields Stationers. Her range of homewares are produced by Jacqui Joseph Designs.
Cards, Paintings, Limited Edition Prints, Cushions, Tea Towels and Notebooks are available online, at shops, Art Galleries, Museums and Florists.
Terri Smart - Artist Statement:
'I took up ceramics in 1990 when I was working as an architect in Hong Kong. The feel of the clay and my delight in making a structured piece out of a formless lump became more and more important in my life as I became familiar with the medium.
'I am influenced by natural elements such as wind and water and I like to emphasise the contrasts between nature and man, for example in my boat pieces where the size of the boat indicates just how puny we are compared to the vastness of the sea. I work from my studio at home in East Clandon, with views over the garden and surrounding fields which are a constant source of inspiration for my seed pod forms and of course any birds that happen to visit.
'Most of my work is hand-built in textured stoneware clays, and decorated with coloured slips, oxides and glazes before firing to 1260°C.'
Born in Moscow where her father was a British Journalist she was brought to England by her Russian mother at the beginning of the Second World War. After graduating at the Architectural Association she worked for the structural engineer Felix Samuely, designed a house for Sir Billy Williams, then chairman of the Arts Council and, encouraged by the painter Sir Matthew Smith and the Sculptor Ossip Zadkine took time off to study art at the Grande Chaumiere in Paris.
An embodied response to structure is a necessity in sculpture as in architecture, and led her naturally from one to the other.
Katerina works directly in clay without preliminary drawing and always from a model. Working in this way she captures the essence of a personality.
Her marriage to Ivor Porter, a member of the Foreign Service, took her abroad and gave her experience of many cultures.
She has exhibited widely in Britain, France and Belgium. She now lives in London and Provence.
Folding and pinching techniques taken from origami, together with stitching and gusseting skills taken from needlework and embroidery, are applied to flexible materials to construct organic sculpture that sits harmoniously in landscape and interior settings.
Carole is a Fellow of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and exhibits widely around the country including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibitions. Her work is held in private collections in the UK and Europe.