This summer you’ll discover some unusual and exciting artworks on the Farnham Heath National Nature Reserve. Twelve temporary works have been 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.
All of the artworks are inspired by the heath and its wildlife and can be found amongst the trees and at the breathtaking viewpoints. Discover interactive kaleidoscopes, ceramic wheels displaying the native birds, printed woven textiles and more… Peer through some giant kaleidoscopes to create patterns of the natural materials from the heath, and rotate the ceramic wheels that bear the birds, reptiles and insects that live there.
Heathland Artworks is a Surrey Hills Arts project and provides a new way to view and learn about the heath. It will be a delight to younger visitors who can lead the trails around the twelve artworks. The project has given the students an invaluable experience in preparing a proposal, presenting this to a panel, creating and installing the works and they also aim to deliver associated workshops.
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.”
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.”
Heathland Artworks is open for visitors at Farnham Heath from June 21st – 28th October and is free of charge.
For further information on Surrey Hills Arts visit www.surreyhillsarts.org