Surrey Hills Arts is an exciting new partnership between Surrey Arts, Surrey County Council and Surrey Hills Enterprises. It aims to engage and inspire people with the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and its unique natural, cultural and industrial heritage through the arts.
Funding has been received from the Mittal Foundation to establish a Surrey Hills Arts programme and the initial project, ‘Inspiring Views’ is already underway. The project will open up hidden views in the southern Surrey Hills, improve access, engage with communities and commission artists’ responses to these views.
Ali Clarke, Programme Manager, Surrey Hills Arts comments;
‘Artists have been inspired by the Surrey Hills throughout history and are still inspired today. Through the innovative responses of artists, visitors can experience the landscape in a new way.’
Surrey Hills Arts will commission five artists to create artworks inspired by far reaching views across the Greensand Way. These artworks will respond to the location and incorporate seating providing a reason to visit, pause and appreciate the outstanding view. Each will be beautifully crafted, innovative in design and relevant to the sense of place.
An education programme alongside each site will inspire and engage new audiences through talks, creative writing, poetry, sound and photography. There is potential to work with students, families and older residents on meaningful, creative and innovative activities to learn new skills in addition to connecting with their local environment. Visitors will discover these viewpoints, share the artists’ interpretation and have the opportunity to learn about the history and unique features of their local landscape.