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Artworks appear on Farnham Heath

This June you’ll discover some unusual and exciting artworks appearing on Farnham Heath National Nature Reserve. These temporary works are being made by local emerging artists studying Craft, Product Design and Textiles at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham as part of a project called Heathland Artworks.

Seven pieces in total are being created all inspired by the heath and provides a new way to view and learn about the area.

Mike Coates, RSPB Ranger, Farnham Heath comments;

“Our reserve at Farnham Heath is great for wildlife, but it’s also a place for people to visit. This temporary exhibition will add a new element to the site, and hopefully attract a new audience to enjoy the reserve.”

Here’s a little taster of what you will discover;

  1. Horizontal and Vertical Sound by Steven Edwards


A set of clay sound wave sculptures that are inspired and generated from sound recordings of the Heath’s birds.

Each installation is formed from a sequence of clay cones which visualise the birdsongs from the Nightjar, Crossbill, Tree pipit, Woodcock, Woodlark and Green woodpecker.



  1. Woven Wings by Beth Town


An installation of giant bird wings reflecting key local species. Wings from the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nightjar and Woodcock were hand drawn and digitally printed onto fabric, their huge size revealing their intricate beauty often only glimpsed from afar.



  1. Coexistence  by Will Pike


An installation to celebrate the diverse wildlife of Farnham Heath. A steel wing sculpture in which each feather has been  inspired by the markings of the heathland inhabitants  and to express that like an ecosystem  a wing needs all of its feathers to function.



  1. Coy Birds by Alice McIlroy

An installation of ceramic birds: tree pipit, nightjar and crossbill, which can be hard to spot in the wild, representing the stars of Farnham Heath’s rarer visitors, bringing them up close and into view.





  1. Spine Trees by Tara Kennedy, Annette Mills, Delia Salter and Susan Stringfellow

An installation of textile ‘trees’ symbolising the fragile environment of the heathland. Strong verticals representing Scots Pine trees are wrapped with disparate pieces of wool and fabric demonstrating how everything in nature is bound together.

The choice of recycled textiles for this work includes some donated by the local community. Reclaiming and reusing these materials reflects on the restoration of the heathland, which through skilful management in recent years has become the outstanding nature reserve that it is today.


  1. A Resting Place by Carl Irving

Designed and crafted to entice touch and engage your senses.  This seat encourages you to unwind and discover the wealth of opportunity within the creative community of Surrey whilst taking in the glorious view.




  1. Here today, Gone tomorrow by Ann Downey


Each of these glass birds have their own colour. They start from a solid hue, gradually becoming paler, until the last bird is to totally transparent. This symbolises the idea of extinction and turning invisible to society.




Heathland Artworks is a project undertaken by Surrey Hills Arts which is a partnership between Surrey Arts, Surrey County Council and the Surrey Hills. 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.

Ali Clarke, Programme Coordinator for Surrey Hills Arts comments;

“It has been fascinating seeing the students develop their artworks in response to the wildlife and environment on the heath. The final pieces will be enlightening for visitors of all ages providing pauses for thought along the route.”

The exhibition will be open for visitors at Farnham Heath from June 21st – September 2017 and is free of charge. Click here for further information 

For further information on Surrey Hills Arts visit www.surreyhillsarts.org