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– Guildford’s leading arts charity which brings people together through a shared curiosity for the arts and a desire to support the arts in Guildford and the surrounding area.

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‘Anna Liber Lewis: Young Contemporary Talent from The Ingram Collection’

From 1 December 2018 – 6 January 2019 a new exhibition will be on display at The Lightbox gallery and museum. This exhibition is part of a series of solo shows from the artists represented in ‘Young Contemporary Talent’, a fast-growing element of The Ingram Collection. In recent years, The Ingram Collection has been supporting young artistic talent by acquiring the work of artists graduating from UK art schools. Several of the artists represented, such as Haroon Mirza, Suki Chan and Alexander Hoda, have already gained international reputations. The Ingram Collection’s annual Purchase Prize was established in 2016, and is open to artists who have graduated from a UK art school within the last three years. The prize exists to celebrate and support the work of young artists at the outset of their careers, and this exhibition will showcase the work of one of last year’s winners, Anna Liber Lewis.

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Christmas is closer than you may think (or wish!)

So, with grandparents in mind:

Watts Gallery Artists Village: Christmas Weekend

Saturday 24 – Sunday 25 November
10am – 4pm
£13 | Kids go free | Pre-booking required | Friends go free

Following last year’s sell-out event, the Christmas Weekend is back! Experience the sights, scents and sounds of midwinter this November.

Make beautiful Christmas crafts, from wrapping paper to wintry wreaths and unique poetry paper-chains inspired by our exhibition, Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse. Ice gingerbread goblins, make pomanders, tell Father Christmas your Christmas wishes, see performances by the Holly King and his merry band, and hear festive music and carol singing.

Enjoy warming food from the Tea Shop and fill your basket with seasonal delights from our artisan stallholders and our Shop.

BOOK BEFORE MONDAY 5 NOVEMBER and SAVE 20% – use the promocode Christmas18 at the online checkout!

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Carol singing

Enjoy the sounds of Christmas with carols, songs and music.

Words in the Woods

Discover poetry boxes in the Watts woodlands. Add your own words to create a collaborative poem, inspired by our Christina Rossetti exhibition.

Father Christmas

Find Father Christmas sitting by the fire and waiting to hear your Christmas wishes.

Holly King Play

Watch the Rabble Folk Theatre bring midwinter to our woodlands with their 19th century Christmas play.

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Winter Crafts
Winter Wreaths

Make beautiful wreaths using crystallised fruit, herbs and cinnamon.

Spiced Fruits

Fill your home with festive scents of orange and cloves whilst making this traditional decoration.

Print and Wrap

Print wrapping paper and gift cards inspired by poetry and nature.

Gingerbread goblins

Inspired by the Christina Rossetti poem, ‘The Goblin Market’, ice and decorate a winter creature that’s good enough to eat.

Poetry paper-chains

Weave the poetry of Christina Rossetti into paper garlands for your home. Tree Decorations Decorate Watts terracotta clay with glitter and ribbons.

Tree Decorations

Decorate Watts terracotta clay with glitter and ribbons.

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Food & Shopping
The Tea Shop

Our award-winning Tea Shop will be selling delicious seasonal food across the estate throughout the weekend, including pumpkin soup, mulled wine and homemade mince pies.


Get your shopping in early with a visit to our Gift Shop to buy gorgeous presents and stocking fillers.

Craft Stalls

Visit the stalls of local artisan producers and local craft makers, before relaxing underneath the glowing canopy with hot drinks and mince pies.

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Book before 5 November & save 20%
Anne Liber Lewis Exhibition at the Lightbox 1 Dec- 6 Jan

Anne Liber Lewis Exhibition at the Lightbox 1 Dec- 6 Jan

Fiercely challenging perceptions of women Graduating from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Fine Art Painting in ...
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Art for Christmas: Surrey Artists' Open Studios

Art for Christmas: Surrey Artists’ Open Studios

Cranleigh Arts Centre, Saturday 1 December 2018,  10am-4pm, Free Entry. Art for Christmas is returning for another one-day event presenting the ...
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Elisabeth Frink: A Collectors Passion from the Ingram Collection

Elisabeth Frink: A Collectors Passion from the Ingram Collection

13October 2018 - 6 January 201 at The Lightbox Commemorating 25 years since Elisabeth Frink’s death in 1993, Elisabeth Frink: ...
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Art@Clyde&Co Autumn 2018

Art@Clyde&Co Autumn 2018

The next exhibition in this continuing series will be on show for members of Guildford Arts and their guests to ...
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Art@Clyde&Co: Summer 2018

Art@Clyde&Co: Summer 2018

The next in this much admired series of Exhibitions of Art to be held on the offices of Clyde&Co, Solicitors ...
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Surrey Sculptors launch their 2018 lecture  programme

Surrey Sculptors launch their 2018 lecture programme

Surrey Sculptors launch their 2018 ‘Understanding Sculpture’  programme with a lecture by renowned sculptor Simon Buchanan Surrey-based sculptor Simon Buchanan has ...
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Art@Clyde&Co Spring 2018

Art@Clyde&Co Spring 2018

Once again Sue Dragon has brought together a stimulating collection of art works to hang on the office walls of ...
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Art@Clyde&Co Winter 2017

Art@Clyde&Co Winter 2017

Once again there is a visual feast to be enjoyed within the offices of Clyde&Co Solicitors. The participating artists are: ...
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Draft Minutes of the Guildford Arts AGM: 10th July 2017

Draft Minutes of the Guildford Arts AGM: 10th July 2017

Minutes of Guildford Arts Annual General Meeting, 10 July 2017, in the Vanbrugh Room, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Twenty people were ...
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