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Linking Art & Landscape

Surrey Hills Arts continues to link art and landscape together through an exciting programme of work. This partnership between Surrey Arts, Surrey County Council and the Surrey Hills has already been responsible for commissioning and installing five unique artworks along the Greensand Way. These beautiful pieces not only complement the landscape but provide an even greater incentive to get out and explore the Surrey Hills.

This summer promises to be equally exciting as Surrey Hills Arts will be installing artworks across Farnham Heath as part of a project called Heathland Artworks. A series of works have been made by local emerging artists studying Craft, Product Design and Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. The pieces have been inspired by the heath and its wildlife and include sculptural sound waves captured from the birdsong on the heath, and curious woollen ‘spine trees’ to wander through.   Handmade birds depicting species that inhabit the heath – cross bill, tree pipit and nightjar will be found perching in the trees allowing visitors to gain a sense of these beautiful species often unseen through their clever camouflage and nocturnal habits.

Heathland Artworks provides a new way to view and learn about the heath and will be open for visitors at Farnham Heath from June 21st – September 2017 and is free of charge.

From June to November a 6-mile section of the North Downs Way National Trail, between Chantry Woods near Guildford, and ‘The Silent Pool’ will be brought to life through an exciting project called Surrey Soundscapes. Seven listening posts have been installed along the trail containing site specific sound tracks. Sounds have been collected through different seasons and include the humming of thousands of wasps on Holmbury Hill and the underwater recordings at Silent Pool. These natural and unique sounds present a new way to experience the North Downs Way National Trail in the Surrey Hills.

Artist Neal Cahoon has been creating the sound pieces through regularly walking the Trail throughout the seasons. His work has been made possible through a scholarship from the TECHNE Consortium, who offer selected PHD students the opportunity to develop skills in innovation, creativity and communication through a placement.

Neal will be leading a walk on Sunday 4th June from The Chantries Car Park past St.Martha’s to Newlands Corner returning on an alternative route and will give a deeper insight into the Surrey Soundscapes project as well as leading a couple of writing exercises. Click here to find out more and join the walk.

For further information on Surrey Hills Arts click here.

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