Inspiring Views

Have your words engraved on one of our Inspiring Views sculptures

Surrey Hills Arts are offering a unique opportunity to have an inspiring quote, poem or words engraved onto a permanent sculpture in the Surrey Hills. ‘Perspectives’ is a pod-like shelter nestled in the Winterfold woods. The structure is made up of over 400 wooden tiles and half are still available for words to be engraved on.

For a donation of £50 you can have your own message on permanent display in the Surrey Hills landscape. Donations go into the Surrey Hills Trust Fund which helps to support a wide range of local projects from landscape conservation to community schemes.

Click here to find out more and order your wooden tile

 

Inspiring Views on the North Downs Way

A successful crowdfunding campaign has allowed us to reveal a hidden view across the weald near to Newlands Corner. Through the generosity of local people and the support of the North Downs Way National Trail, this latest ‘Inspiring Views’ project will be delivered through Spring 2020. The Albury Estate will support the clearance work and Surrey Arts will enable the involvement of community groups bringing those who do not usually access the countryside a new experience. Artist Will Nash has been commissioned to create an artwork that he has developed especially for this location called the ‘Optohedron’. Created from weathering steel and packed with timber from the woodland, this piece will complement its surroundings. Concealed within the timber will be three spherical kaleidoscopes, each one will be orientated to view a different element of the place bringing an interactive element for people to enjoy.

With thanks to our generous supporters:

Tom Wanless, Sophie Power, Gordon Jackson, Sheila Nockold, Andrew Rubio, Catherine Rowlands, Lesley Hounslow, Martin Cantor, Pamela Laing, Laura Catchpole, Martina Watson, Sue Beckwith, Vikki Leedham, Luna Russell, Tony Earnshaw, Alex Poulter, Peter Slade, Patricia Beckwith, Perdita Hunt, Rob Fairbanks, June Robinson, Ann Johnstone, Roy Hogben, Helen Overell, Kathleen Churchley, Christine Hopkins, Judith Tabb, Susan Dragon, Karl Newman, Alistair Burtenshaw, Stephanie Wright, Robert Watson, Vicky Oldfield, Gary Scholes, Ali Clarke.

To view our other ‘Inspiring Views’ projects inspired by far-reaching views along the Greensand Way, see below:

Take a look at our video & get inspired to visit the artworks

Click here to see a map of where the artworks are located

Artworks

All of the artworks respond to their location and incorporate seating providing a reason to visit, pause and appreciate the outstanding view. Each has been beautifully crafted, innovative in design and relevant to the sense of place.

Click here to view the artworks


Artists

Five artists were commissioned to create unique pieces for each site.

Click here to find out more about each artist.

Poetry

Poet John Wedgwood Clarke was commissioned as part of the Inspiring Views project to create poetry inspired by the views from the Greensand Way.

Click here to find out more & read the poems.

Sound

Sound artist and musician Graham Dowdall immersed himself in the landscape around the Inspiring Views sites.  He spent time walking, talking to people, recording sounds and gazing out at the views.

Click here to find out more and listen to his sound pieces.


Community

The Inspiring Views artists involved the local community around each of the locations. A series of walks, talks, workshops and demonstrations took place providing an insight into the work of the artist, the geology of the environment and the outstanding landscape.

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For further information on the Inspiring Views project click here to contact the Programme Manager.

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