Surrey Sculptors launch their 2018 ‘Understanding Sculpture’ 
programme with a lecture by renowned sculptor Simon Buchanan
Surrey-based sculptor Simon Buchanan has been invited by the Surrey Sculpture Society to launch their 2018 ‘Understanding Sculpture’ programme of events by presenting the Society’s first Lecture of the year on Wednesday, 21st March.  The Lecture will take place at The Cass Art Space at the Cass Art Shop in Kingston-upon-Thames at 7pm.
Tickets to the lecture will cost £5 and are free to SSS members and students and are available from the SSS Lecture Organiser Janet Morton at or 07946 478046.
Simon Buchanan works mainly in stone and has been commissioned to create many large public and private sculptures, including a memorial for the Royal Sussex Regiment, hospital centrepieces and work for the Royal Family.  His work varies from figurative to abstract and he is interested in stylised forms that: ’catch the essence without getting caught up in the outward form’.
Simon was also the chief organiser of the highly successful international art festival, Art in Action until it ended in 2016 and he will talk about his plans to follow on from it in the future.
The SSS will be presenting a series of Lectures throughout 2018 with the second lecture by renowned sculptor Philip Jackson on the 18th May at 2.30 pm at his studio in Midhurst, West Sussex, which will include a tour of the studio and garden.  Philip Jackson has completed many public commissions and received numerous awards for his work.  Further SSS lectures will be confirmed for later in the year, including a lecture by glass sculptor Lisa Pettibone – visit the Society’s website for further information. 
Henriette Van der Does, Chair of the SSS commented:
“Our lectures are not only popular with sculptors of all abilities, they can also inspire those who are interested in the art form to take up sculpture and become members.  The Society supports and encourages new members and offers them opportunities to exchange ideas with fellow members through workshops and to exhibit their work at prestigious venues.”
The Surrey Sculpture Society’s 2018 programme of exhibitions starts with a sculpture trail at the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden on the Birtley Estate, Bramley on May 4th until 28th May, followed by sculpture trails at two RHS Gardens, with RHS Hyde Hall at Chelmsford opening on 23rd June – 22nd July and RHS Wisley, Woking starting on 18th August – 23rd September.  Savill Garden, on the Crown Estate at Englefield Green will follow, opening on 26th September until 5th November.  The final exhibition will be an indoor exhibition and arts event at the Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington from 22nd November until 25th November.  Details of opening times and directions may be found on the Society’s website –
For information on this event and the Surrey Sculpture Society visit: 

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