Art events and activities

Make culture count this summer using the Surrey Culture Map! This interactive map connects creative individuals with others in the arts and cultural sector. There's something for everyone! To find out more visit the Surrey Culture Map web page.


Every Friday evening: Ashford Art Club, Ashford

Join this friendly art club who meet once a week on a Friday evening from 7.15pm to 9.15pm. Non-tutored sessions including painting, still life and portrait (all abilities) with demonstrations 4 to 5 times a year. For 13 years and older with workshops with professional artist and annual trip. Annual fee £35 and £2 per week for refreshments and raffle ticket. To find out more visit the Ashford Art Club web page.


Every Saturday morning during term time: Saturday Morning Craft Club, Staines

This Saturday Morning Craft Club provides children aged 5 to 9 years (10am to 11am) and 8 to 11 years (11.30am to 12.30pm) with the opportunity to take part in art and craft activities, learn new skills and have fun! The club runs during term time and places must be pre-booked and paid in advance via Spelthorne Borough Council Craft Club web page.


Second Tuesday morning of each month (excluding September): The Arts Society, Dorking

The Arts Society Dorking brings together people through a shared interest in the arts. There are monthly lectures, visits to places of cultural interest, lectures with lunch, tours across the UK and opportunities to volunteer and socialise with those who have a mutual interest in the arts. To find out more visit the Art Society Dorking web page.


Fourth Wednesday of every month (excluding August and December): The Arts Society, Cranleigh

As a member society of The Arts Society you will enjoy all the benefits of a national arts group, which includes a high-quality quarterly journal, access to study days, foreign travel and contact with experts across the whole spectrum of the arts. Afternoon meetings begin at 2pm and evening meetings at 7.30pm. For more information visit the Arts Society Cranleigh web page.


Friday 23 September: Painting for under 5's at the Lightbox, Woking

Dress for mess and come along for some painting fun that improves sensory development and fine motor skills, as well as being creative and messy. To find out more visit the Painting for under 5's Lightbox web page.


Saturday 23 to Sunday 25 September: Contemporary Art Fairs Surrey, Esher

See over 160 curated artists, printmakers, photographers, sculptor, ceramicists and selected galleries, offering the best in contemporary art the UK has to offer. Meet the artists face to face, browse and admire the pieces and even have the opportunity to buy some as well. For more information visit the Jocky Club Sandown Park web page.


Saturday 1 October, Sunday 2 October and Tuesday 4 October: ShedArt Paints for Ukraine, Newdigate

ShedArt Gallery will participate in Arts Alive in October by painting for Ukraine. There will be paintings of sunflowers and other subjects in different media and sizes on display. The proceeds from the sale of these paintings will be used to purchase a bus pass for a local Ukrainian family, and the remaining funds will be donated directly to the charity Surrey Stands with Ukraine. To find out more visit the ShedArt Paints for Ukraine Shed Art Gallery web page.


Ongoing until Sunday 2 October: Beyond the Waves, Guildford

Beyond the Waves is a site-specific dance work by acclaimed choreographer and dancer, Chris Pavia, exploring the sculpture of G F Watts in the collection at Watts Gallery. Watts Gallery Trust commissioned the dance work in collaboration with DAISY (Disability Arts in Surrey) and Stopgap Dance Company. Visit the Watts Gallery Artists Village Beyond the Waves web page.


Every Tuesday and Saturday until 8 October: Georgian Women Portraits by John Russell, Guildford

Celebrate the re-opening of the galleries at Guildford House with this exhibition of portraits by renowned Guildford-born artist, John Russell (1745 to 1806). Successful pastel artist and Painter to King George III, Russell was one of the leading portrait painters of his time, capturing images of people from all walks of life, from quirky local characters, sober citizens, celebrities of the day and royalty. Visit the Guildford Borough Council Guildford House Gallery web page for more information.


Ongoing until October: The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Dorking

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden proudly exhibits an ever-changing collection of contemporary art curated carefully through the magical grounds. Broadleaved plants, tall trees and moving water frame, support and enhance the sculptures on display. Art and nature work in harmony - neither one outshining the other. To book tickets, visit the Hannah Peschar web page.


Ongoing until October: Making Space for Nature Art Exhibition, Leith Hill

Make space for nature by visiting the exhibition of 30 illustrations of Surrey Hills indicator species at the National Trust's Leith Hill Place. What is an indicator species you may ask? An indicator species is an organism whose presence, absence or abundance reflects a specific environmental condition. The exhibition is open to the public now and is included with the purchase of an entry ticket to Leith Hill Place, free for National Trust Members. For more information, visit the Surrey Hills web page.


Monday 24 October: Fabric Applique Workshop for Children with artist Linda Miller, Farnham

Take your drawing and turn it into a stunning piece of fabric and stitch using a variety of colourful fabrics. Create your own unique picture ready for hanging on your bedroom wall or sewing on your favourite item of clothing. Suitable for children aged 8 to 14 years old. Free admission but booking is required. To book your tickets visit the Fabric Applique Workshop for Children Eventbrite web page.