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Picturing People: The Ingram Collection
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 1 Apr

Tom Benedek (b.1991) Eggs Benedict (2016), Oil on canvas © The Artist

This exhibition will feature portraits and self-portraits from The Ingram Collection. The Ingram Collection is a unique private collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, collected by entrepreneur and philanthropist Chris Ingram. The exhibition explores over 100 years of works that depict everyday people, mythological characters, celebrities, soldiers and footballers. Day Pass: £4.50 or Annual Pass: £7.50. Under 18s free.


Butterflies in the Glasshouse
■ RHS Garden, Wisley, Woking ■ until Sun 18 March

Great Mormon butterfly (Paplio memnon), photographed at RHS Garden Wisley during the 2016 Butterflies in the Glasshouse event

I have the fondest memories of visiting Wisley’s butterflies Glasshouse a few years ago and being surrounded by these beautiful creatures, watching them flutter their intricate and colourful wings amidst the tropical plants. The cathedral- like glasshouse has more than 50 different species which fly freely among the Tropical Zone. These vibrant and exotic beauties showcase their magnificent designs in an Eden of plants including palm trees, bananas, bromeliads and climbers, as well as the aquatic plants that thrive in the warm jungle pool. Admission is available on the day or book a time slot in advance to skip queues. Free with normal garden admission.


Dionne Swift: Maker in Focus
■ Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ until Wed 24 Jan

Ashgate gallery are showcasing Dionne Swifts art work. Painting with cloth and thread, Swift creates an emotional response to the landscape. Her energetic style is evident as she builds layers of texture and colour, mixing threads to create semi abstract scenes. As well as wall- based artworks her beautiful hand painted, and embroiled scarves and lampshades will also be shown at the exhibition.


Eastern Influence
■ Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ until Wed 24 Jan

Hendrike Barz-Meltzer’s Aadjustable necklace, grey & white

Exploring the dialogue between east and west, this group exhibition features the work of four artists brought together through their shared expression of the technical skill and spirit of the oriental arts. Through their craft, Tim Andrews, Adam Frew, Hendrike Barz-Meltzer and Nao Fukumoto O’Neill explore the rich aesthetic of the Far East, which continues to infuse western contemporary craft.


Sarah Shaw: Animus
■ Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ until Wed 24 Jan

Sarah Shaw’s Rorschach series, Selfie. Diptych. Oil on canvas.

Brighton artist Sarah Shaw shows her work in Jan and Feb. Her paintings hover in a place between figuration and non-figuration which allows the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. Sarah is the first prize winner at British Women Artists Competition (2017) and the winner of the University of Chichester’s Fine Art award for the South of England (2016).


Turner’s Techniques in Watercolour
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 20 Jan 

Thomson’s Aeolian Harp, 1809 (oil on canvas) by Turner, Joseph Mallord William (1775-1851)

This painting class is for the adults, so get creative and join local artist Robin- Lee Hall for a workshop exploring Turner’s working methods in watercolour. The workshop will consist of looking at his colour palette and the various techniques he used to create a landscape. Using these methods participants will paint a watercolour landscape inspired by paintings from the Turner exhibition. Costs: £25. If you book a friend’s ticket, it will be discounted to £22. Time: 10.30am- 1.00pm.


Yoga for Beginners
■ Ebb and Flow Yoga, Farnham ■ Mon 22 Jan – Mon 26 Feb

This comprehensive 6 week course for beginners will teach you all the essentials you will need to begin your yoga journey, instilling you with the groundwork and confidence to attend regular classes or begin a home-practice. The course is aimed at complete beginners who have never done yoga before.


Sunset Boulevard 
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 22 Jan – Sat 27 Jan

Ria Jones is starring as Norma Desmond in the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard. Norma Desmond, living on Sunset Boulevard, lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis is on the run from the tax man and stumbles into Norma’s reclusive world and is slowly seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes trapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences. Described as “Musical theatre gold,”. Tickets: £18.00 – £52.50.


Exhibition: Kingston characters
■ Rose Theatre, Kingston ■ Tue 23 Jan – Sat 3 Mar

Displayed at the Rose Theatre, Local artist Ruth Blackford has created a quirky and unique collection of stitched textile portraits of Kingston-upon-Thames’ local characters. Using an explosion of colour, pattern and texture, she has created portraits of traders, residents, buskers, students, and people of prominence. She captures not only a likeness, but the very essence of their characters.


The Importance of Being Earnest
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Wed 24 Jan – Thurs 1 Feb

The Original Theatre Company is presenting a wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival of Oscar Wilde’s, The Importance of Being Earnest. Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin, the beautiful Gwendolen, but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. For Jack, however, this is not as easy as it sounds, having started life abandoned in a ‘handbag’ at Victoria station. Tickets From £21.00 – £32.50.


Crafting Live
■ Sandown Park, Esher ■ Thurs 25 Jan – Sat 27 Jan

Starting the event off with a day workshop on the Thursday, hosted by Stephanie Weightman and Nancy Watt, Crafting Live is the perfect place for all craft lovers. The shows are Friday and Saturday (10am- 5pm.) Both days will have an array of exhibitors of stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, ribbon, beads and much more. You will have the opportunity to stock up on all of your craft essentials, as well as finding inspiration for you  from demonstrations. Adults tickets: £5.00 per day. Buy 2 days and get 25% off.


English Wine and Fondue Evening
■ Hawkins Bros Wine at Secrett’s, Milford ■ Fri 26 Jan

If you’re not making it to the slope for skiing this winter, there’s not need to miss out on the wine and fondue – thanks to Hawkins Bros wine in Milford. They’re hostingan informal evening of an English cheese fondue made from Mayfield Swiss, Sussex Charmer, Court Garden Ditchling White wine and a splash of Hawthorn’s Gin. To dip there will be: Hungry Guest baguettes, Suffolk salami, cornichons, silverskin onions and other delights from Secrett’s award-winning deli. The food will be paired with English wine, including Greyfriars Pinot Gris 2016. Tickets are £10. Bookings here.


Godalming Gag House Comedy Club
■ Cafe Mila, Godalming ■ Fri 26 Jan

Godalming’s monthly comedy club is back in 2018, and brimming with banter. The first club for the year welcomes a lineup that includes Jarlath Regan, MC Laura Lexx (pictured), Jonny Pelham and Ben Pope.


Feel Fabulous Workshop
■ Hazelwood Nursery (The Larks), 19 Bluehouse Lane, Oxted ■ Sat 27 Jan

Grab your gals together and have an afternoon of fabulousness! Beat the January blues and let’s make 2018 a year of body positivity and self confidence! There will be a confidence boosting seminar, a strutology dance class and goodie bags! It’s on from 3pm-6pm. Tickets are £25 (or £22 if you book before Jan 12).


Reiki & Restorative Yin Self-Care Workshop 
■ Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Lifestyle Salon & Spa, Guildford ■ Sat 27 Jan

It’s only naturally to feel rather exhausted in the aftermath of the busy Christmas season. Therefore, rejuvenate yourself with a deeply relaxing Yin Yoga class.  In this slow, deep stretch restorative workshop, teacher Rebecca will take you through a relaxing practice, combined skillfully with the healing powers of Reiki. You will be taken through an extended guided meditation to really send you down deep to nourish and heal your mind & soul. The class will be closed with some warming chai and delicious vegan cake, leaving you replenished and ready to face the world again. Time 13- 15pm. Price: £30.


Burns Night Celebration at Denbies Wine Estate
■ Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking ■ Sat 27 Jan

In celebration of the poet Robbie Burns, Denbies are putting on a night dedicated to what many people consider the national poet of Scotland. It will commence in the Denbies cellar, followed by dinner and a traditional Ceilidh band in the Conservatory.  The night will include sparkling wine on arrival and a 4-course meal including haggis, neeps & tatties. There will be entertainment and wine to accompany the meal throughout the course. Without a doubt the evening would not be complete without a wee dram.  Tickets: £57.00.

Asana Addicts Workshop
■ Ebb and Flow Yoga, Farnham ■ Sat 27 Jan

Asana Addict is an intermediate to advanced Vinyasa practice. It’s for those who love physical practice. Flows are deep, strong and sometimes funky. You’ll be led through kramas (steps) to work towards peak poses.

Yoga for Beginners
■ Ebb and Flow Yoga, Farnham ■ Sat 27 Jan – Sat 3 Mar

This comprehensive 6 week course for beginners will teach you all the essentials you will need to begin your yoga journey, instilling you with the groundwork and confidence to attend regular classes or begin a home-practice. The course is aimed at complete beginners who have never done yoga before.




Hogwarts in the Snow
■ Harry Potter Studios, Leavesden, Watford ■  until 4 Feb

Hogwarts in the Snow – as regular as Christmas!  The festive makeover will see Christmas trees line the Great Hall, the Gryffindor common room dressed for the season and a blanket of filmmaking snow covering the majestic Hogwarts castle model. Visitors will even be able to touch samples of the different types of ‘snow’ used during production, each selected for its ability to float like falling snow, crunch under foot or glisten in the light like ice. Trust me, your kids will love it.


Cézanne Portrait
■ National Portrait Gallery, London ■ until 11 Feb 2018

Brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK . Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work.


National Theatre Posters
■ Wolfson Gallery, National Theatre, South Bank, London ■ until 31 March 2018

Theatre posters advertising National Theatre productions from 1963 to the present day are on display in a free exhibition at the building until March. Curated by Rick Poynor, professor of Design and Visual Culture at the University of Reading. it explores changing promotional styles and features some famous productions.


■ Tate Modern, London ■ now until 2 April 2018

The Tate Modern’s comprehensive retrospective of Modigliani’s work is quite a treat. During his brief, turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable style. His nudes that are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. First shown in 1917, police closed down his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency. Also expect sculptures, and portraits of his friends, lovers and supporters, including Pablo Picasso and his partner Jeanne Hébuterne.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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