I wrote this for the Essential Surrey website – essentialsurrey.co.uk
Locals furious as Guildford Borough councillors support proposal to build over 2000 new homes on Green Belt land Three Farms Meadows in Ockham, the former site of Wisley airfield.
Green Belt land in Surrey could be under threat after plans to build a ‘new town’ were unveiled.
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Private gardens in Shere are opening their gates to the public this Sunday 29th June.
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Clandon Park near Guildford, is famous for its imposing Venetian Palladian architecture, impressive Marble Hall and intricate stucco ceilings. So it may come as a surprise that it was once used as a military hospital. Indeed, visitors to the property, which the National Trust has owned since 1956, can now see a First World War operating theatre, which has just been recreated within the building to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War and the role that the estate played.
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Design for a Neo-Palladian Villa overlooking Waynflete’s Tower, Esher Place 1730-1735
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
An exhibition examining the life and work of William Kent, one of the leading designers of early Georgian Britain, has opened at the V&A museum.
Continue reading William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain at the V&A Museum.
I visited Cherkley Court in Leatherhead in 2007 when the gardens were open to the public and the house was to be viewed on named occasions; a bright orangery spilled out onto a terrace where one could sip tea and be fed on the spectacular view of the Surrey Hills.
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An exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s work has opened at The Lightbox in Woking in Surrey.
The exhibition features paintings, sculpture, etchings, sketches and letters by Renoir, which illustrate the rise of his popularity. Renoir almost exploded into the art scene in 1874 when his work first came to the attention of British art collectors and two of his paintings were shown at an exhibition in London; in the same year six of his works featured in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris. Since then, Renoir has become one of the most internationally acclaimed artists whose art is coveted by collectors in the UK and all over the world.
The Lightbox is the first regional gallery to bring
together a cohesive representation of the work of Renoir held in British collections. ‘Renoir in Britain’ includes loans from The National Gallery, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate, Ashmolean Museum, The British Museum and The Courtauld Gallery.
It’s a fantastic exhibition, I highly recommend a visit!
‘Renoir in Britain’ is at The Lightbox in Woking until 20th April 2014. Free entry (donations welcome)
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am – 5.00pm Sunday: 11.00am – 5.00pm.
Surrey. GU21 4AA
The Lightbox is also hosting a lecture on Thursday 27th March at 1pm by Christopher Riopelle, Curator of post-1800 paintings at the National Gallery on ‘Renoir’s Life and Legacy’ (£6 adults, £5 concessions. Advance booking required 01483 737837.)
Pure Collection shop, Reigate
Tone of voice: sotto voce.
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