WORKSHOPS & ACTIVITIES

UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY

Next Show - SURREY (SPRING)

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Sample award winning gins from Silent Pool Distillers as you browse the stands.

Next Show - Newbury

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Licensed Restaurant
Our licensed restaurant serves lunches, cakes and snacks.

Wine & Gin Tasting
Enjoy new wines and old favourites or Silent Pool Gin as you browse the stands.

THIS IS YOUR DAY TO CREATE

At each of the Contemporary Art Fairs we have …

Live Painting Demonstrations

Over the course of the weekend watch selected artists create a masterpiece in their own style, in the Live Art Theatre.

 

Saturday 14th March

11am-12noon Marion Hedger

Intriguing abstracts created from a creative process using a mixture of intentional and spontaneous mark making with bold shapes and colours.

 

 

SATURDAY 14TH MARCH

12NOON-1PM MELANIE CAMBRIDGE

See how Melanie develops a painting from the beginning, working in broad strokes to lay down initial areas of colour and tone creating the basis for a landscape. Then watch her develop a seascape from blocked in colour towards a more complete work.  Melanie is represented at this event by The Wey Gallery on Stand 40

 

Saturday 14th March

1pm-2pm Dawn Reader

Landscape and Seascape art comes to life. Dawn shows us how she paints the first layer of clouds and a tree skyline in oils

 

 

Saturday 9th November

2pm-3pm Watts Gallery

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village.

Saturday 14th March

3pm-4pm Suzi Lowe

I will show my process of beginning an artwork by building up layers of paint in translucent and opaque layers of colour and texture. How by then adding layers of mixed media collage and using a variety of “found” utensils, I begin to create a sense of space and “find” my subject within the marks on the canvas.

Saturday 14th March

4pm-5pm 

More information coming soon

Sunday 15th March

11am-1pm Frances Ackland-Snow

SPONSORED BY LOXLEY ARTS

Interactive art project using materials supplied by Loxley Arts

 

Sunday 15th March 

1pm-2pm Caroline Bromley-Gardner

Caroline will demonstrate how she works, from the hand-stretched canvas through to planning the painting and progressing with the work. She will talk about colours, primary, secondary and complimentary and create a landscape with a dramatic sky. 

 

Sunday 15th March

2pm-3pm Gill Paterson

Much of Gill’s work has been inspired by exploring the exciting world of colour and light. Watch her demonstrate as she develops translucent washes into shape, creating the basis for her landscapes and seascapes. She frequently incorporates materials such as sand found on the beach into her finished creations. 

 

Sunday 15th March

3pm-4pm Simon Bor

Simon Bor demonstrates working on lino and the art of thinking in reverse

 

 

More information coming soon

Workshops

Each fair has a workshop corner offering a fun environment to get messy and a great opportunity in people’s busy lives
to have a really creative time.

Learn to make with clay in a drop-in workshop hosted by Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, suitable for all ages and abilities. Use press moulds and hand-building techniques to create a clay work of your own, before taking part in the collaborative art collection, We Make Pots.

Throughout 2020, Watts Gallery Trust’s Art for All Learning Programme is inviting both established artists and members of the local community to create terracotta pots. These pots will be fired and become part of the We Make Pots collection, which will be exhibited at Watts Gallery in June 2020 as part of the annual Art for All exhibition. Create your contribution at Contemporary Art Fairs – Surrey and see your work on display at Watts Gallery later in the year.

 

 

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village was founded by Victorian artists G F and Mary Watts. From 1895, Mary opened the doors of her studio every Thursday night to all of the community and taught them how to make with clay. The community went on to create the Grade-I listed Watts Chapel and even ran a successful pottery business.

As an independent charity, Watts Gallery Trust is committed to continuing the Watts’ legacy, 125 years on.

 

CHILDREN’S ART QUEST

Young visitors to the fair can show us just how much they know about art (probably more than mum and dad) by filling out a questionnaire about art techniques and artists exhibiting at the fair. A fun way for budding art enthusiasts to engage in the world of contemporary art.

Of course there will be prizes – Loxley Arts mini canvas and easel for every participant.

From their first colourful daubs to intricate pencil drawings, it’s wonderful to see your children’s artistic talents grow. As a parent, your careful guidance can help develop their creativity, whether or not your child is ‘a natural’ in the art room.

Are we born creative?  What is creativity?

Read our free guide to find out the answers to these questions and how to encourage creativity in your child and how to nurture their creativity and develop it as they get older.

Arty Party for Children

Art and Creativity Workshops

The Art Workshops at the Fairs are a great environment for children to get messy and have a totally creative time.

Children are inspired when they work with professional artists at our Creativity Workshops.

The artists teach the children foundation artistic skills such as handling a paintbrush and recreating an image.

The workshops are suitable for children and the young at heart.

Gin Tasting

Silent Pool Distillers will be offering discerning gin lovers a wonderful opportunity to taste from their award winning selection of gins.

 

 

 

The Prince’s Trust Miniature Canvas Sale

A chance for art buyers to acquire an original piece of art for only £45 whilst supporting The Trust’s amazing work helping young people transform their lives. Contemporary Art Fairs and their community of artists have raised over £75,000 for The Prince’s Trust with the sale of collectable miniature canvase donated by the artists. But be warned these treasures fly off the wall!

 

 

Free Auction Valuations

Whether you are looking to make some space for new art in your collection or just want to know more about a piece, why not take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. TV expert and Bargain Hunt regular, Thomas Forrester and his team from Special Auction Services are inviting visitors to bring along their treasured works of art for a free auction valuation over the weekend.No need to make an appointment.