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Things to do: June


G F Watts: England’s Michelangelo

■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until 26 Nov

A showcase featuring a number of the artist’s most important works from museum and private collections brought together for the first time. This exhibition will draw attention to the wide range of topics Watts treated, from Symbolism, social realism and spirituality to portraiture, philanthropy and pictorial allegory. Highlights will include one of the nation’s top 10 favourite paintings – the iconic Choosing (1864), which portrays Watts’s charismatic teenage muse, and first wife, Ellen Terry.

Music in the Follies
■ Painshill, Cobham ■ Tues 27 – Fri 30 June

Painshill has planned four evenings of music in the follies. On Tues it’s Yehudi Menuhin School in the Grotto; Wed is the Surrey Cantanta Choir; Thurs is Jazz Trio by Jon Majin; and on Fri it’s Jazz Quartet by Al Nicholls. A glass of Painshill sparkling wine is included in £22 ticket price for each event.


Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Mind Over Matter
■ G Live, Guildford ■  Tues 27 June

From light-hearted to strikingly poignant, Mind Over Matter covers Sir Ranulph’s childhood, misdemeanours at school, army life and early expeditions, right through the Transglobe Expedition, to his current Global Reach Challenge, which includes the record breaking and immensely challenging projects – which saw Sir Ranulph receive the Guinness Book of Records accolade as Greatest Living Explorer – while suffering frostbite and risking life and limb in some of the most ambitious private expeditions ever undertaken.


Dom Pipkin: The Sweet Sounds of New Orleans
■ Cranleigh Arts Centre ■ Fri 30 June

One of Europe’s most authentic and spirited blues and jazz piano players, Dom Pipkin brings his acclaimed one man show on the road with a rollercoaster ride through the rich world of New Orleans, featuring astonishing stories and some truly breath-taking piano. Pipkin has performed extensively in New Orleans, and shared stages with international icons Allen Toussaint, Dr John, and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins. His work has ranged from teaching Jonathan Ross the piano, to privately entertaining the film director Stanley Kubrick, and performing to the opening committee of the 2012 London Olympics.


Ruth Rendall: A Judgement In Stone
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 26 June – Sat 1 Jul

Settle in, pass the Maltesers, there’s been a murrr-da. If you like your theatre with a bucketload of murder, mystery and suspense then you’ll love Ruth Rendall’s A Judgement in Stone. The plot goes like this: Eunice struggles to fit in. When she joins a wealthy family as their housekeeper the reason for her awkwardness leads to a terrible tale of murder in cold blood – on Valentine’s Day! Randall’s story unravels a lifetime of deceit, despair and cover ups which, when revealed, brings a shocking revelation almost as grizzly as the murder itself. This production has an interesting cast including Corrie’s Andrew Lancel, Hertbeat’s Sophie Ward and movie star Shirley Ann Field with the surprising addition of Antony Costa. Yes, him, from the boy band Blue.


Olive Edis: War Photographer
■ Farnham Maltings ■ until 26 Aug

Image © Imperial War Museums

Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century, and Britain’s first female war photographer. The Road to Ypres explores the unique collection of photographs taken by Edis during her month-long tour of war-torn Europe in March 1919.


Emma Bridgewater: Pomegranates
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until 31 Aug

Entrepreneur, ceramics designer and author Emma Bridgewater has produced new work inspired by the pomegranate, a symbolic fruit associated with healing and the afterlife and which features in Mary Watts’s designs for the Aldershot Panels and Watts Chapel. Her new work will be on display in the Mary Watts Gallery; admission is included with a day ticket. Ceramics and other merchandise by Emma Bridgewater will be available for purchase in the shop at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village.


Monumental Murals
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until 5 Nov

GF Watts (1817-1904), Study for ‘Alfred Inciting the Saxons to Prevent the Landing of the Danes’, c1846. Watercolour. Watts Gallery Trust

 This is first exhibition to explore and showcase Watts’s mural projects, including the first public display of Apollo and Diana (1855). The show will bring together, for the first time, two rare fragments painted by Watts in the 1850s for grand private homes.

A Life in Art: G F Watts 1817-1904
■ Watts Gallery and Artists’ Village, Compton ■ until 5 Nov

GF Watts (1817-1904), Self-Portrait Study known as Fear’, c1835-36. Charcoal. Watts Gallery Trust

 This exhibition will give you an introduction to G F Watts, taking you on a chronological journey through his life and showing some of his finest drawings.




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