Visit Reigate Hill this Easter and see some beautiful paper artworks on display at the 19th Century Fort. Local artist, Jane Ponsford has explored this special place and created some unusual paper art works that cleverly incorporate the materials of the surrounding landscape.
Jane comments; ‘Terrain’ has been a fantastic process of discovery and rediscovery for me, walking the Surrey Hills, collecting traces of materials from the landscape. The colours I have found to use in my papermaking have changed from place to place and as the seasons have turned such as gorse or oak galls as well as the enduring colours from the land, chalk and clay with flashes of iron and sand. I hope through working with people as part of the project some of this hidden beauty from our local places has been revealed.’
Engaging people along her entire journey, at Reigate Jane has worked with school children telling them about the Surrey Hills landscape and showing them her paper making skills.
You can see Jane’s ‘Terrain’ project on display through the windows of the Casemates of Reigate Hill Fort from 6 – 21 April. A perfect outing during the Easter holidays. Why not combine it with a picnic and walk along the North Downs Way or drop in at Gatton Park to see the stunning Capability Brown landscape.
Or why not come and meet the artist on Saturday 6 and 13 April 11am – 3pm.
There will be a special ‘In Conversation’ Event: ‘A fascination with the earth and what lies beneath our feet’ on Saturday 13 April from 1.30pm – 3pm. Jane will discuss her work with invited guest, artist and curator Kim Norton and you can also enjoy a guided tour of the exhibition plus refreshments. The event is FREE but please book your place on https://www.surreyunearthed.org/events/
A further opportunity to meet the artist and find out about this fascinating project will be on the closing day 21 April from 11am – 1pm.
Reigate Hill Fort is about a five minute walk along the North Downs Way from the National Trust car park and cafe at Reigate Hill, Wray Lane, Reigate RH2 0HX.
‘Terrain’ is part of the ‘Surrey Unearthed’ programme managed by Surrey Hills Arts and funded by Arts Council England, the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, the North Downs Way National Trail amongst others.
Surrey Hills Arts is a partnership between Surrey Arts, Surrey County Council and Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).