Visual arts

Surrey Arts aims to develop visual arts opportunities for artists of all ages and abilities. We work with local artists and arts organisations to increase participation and initiate projects.

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Visual art workshops

We hold an extensive database of local visual artists experienced in running workshops in a variety of settings. Artists range from feltmakers, sculptors, glass artists and printmakers. Whether we manage the workshops ourselves or source the artists on behalf of other organisations, the emphasis is on creativity, inclusion and learning new skills.

If you are a creative practitioner of any art form and would like to join the database, please sign up below.

Sign up to the Surrey Arts database


Arts clubs

Surrey Arts run arts clubs using local artists with a variety of art forms. There clubs are for the whole community from pre-school to adults. Please contact Surrey Arts for more information.


Surrey Artists Open Studios

Surrey Artists Open Studios (SAOS) are a unique member organisation supporting artists right across Surrey and its borders, including Kingston and Croydon.

They hold the biggest visual arts events in Surrey and its boarders, offering artist the opportunity to publicise and sell their work and the public a chance to meet and see artists at work, and take part in workshops and view taster exhibitions, from painting to jewellery and sculpture to textile.

The studios are usually open in the summer, starting in June and they also have an annual Christmas art fair and an online shop. You can join their mailing list and receive up to date information on news and events linked to Surrey Open Studios.

However, due to the current situation dates for the summer open studio events have not been published.

However, family art workshops delivered by Surrey Artist Open Studio artists are available online, free for the whole family to take part. Each workshop is for 2 hours over two days. Participants will need to register their family and the sessions will be delivered online via Zoom. Please visit our Surrey Music Hub, for more information and how to book.

You can however, watch the following YouTube video's to see how artists work and what life is like in their studios and how artists work goes from a sketchbook to completion.

How artists can join the SAOS

If you are an artist interested in publicising and selling your artwork at SAOS summer open studio events, networking with other artists, gaining access to creative events, then you can do so by joining the SAOS.

For more information and how to join, please contact the Surrey Artists Open Studios Coordinator:

Please note the deadline for the summer events is early January, prior to the following summer open studios dates.


Surrey Arts public art projects

Surrey Arts researches and delivers public art initiatives across the county. Surrey Arts public art projects have included inspiring views, garden journeys, contemporary art in the Surrey landscape and imagination pods and you can download details of these projects from this page.

If you would like to register your interest then please contact us:

  • Visual Arts Officer, Surrey Arts
  • Tel: 01483 519280 or 01483 519285 (Open Studios)
  • Email: sa.visual@surreycc.gov.uk

Visual arts advice surgeries

Three times a year (autumn, spring and summer) Surrey Arts Visual, hosts one-to-one advice surgeries for practising artists. These 45-minute sessions offer guidance or signposting tailored to the individual needs of the artist.

Topics are wide ranging and can include advice on professional development, fundraising, marketing and project development.

To book a place on the next available surgery, and to request a surgery questionnaire, please contact the Visual Arts Officer:
Telephone: 01483 519280 or email: caitlin@surreyopenstudios.org.uk