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MON 12 - SUN 18 MARCH

Rising Stars 2018
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

This is an exhibition of artists and makers who have made the shortlist for the Rising Stars award 2018 – and it’s a brilliant opportunity for collectors to learn more about the stars of the future. Past exhibitors have gone on to high profile careers. The makers in this year’s shortlist are Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O’Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang. newashgate.org.uk

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges – Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ ends Sat 14 Apr

Julie’s wall and free-standing sculptures take inspiration from the fragility of the eroding coastline, where she lives in Dorset. Her work is influenced by the changing sea, using delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards and colours. She also explores the senses and takes delight from watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like? Will it break? newashgate.org.uk


Mary Watts: Pioneering Suffragist
■ Watts Gallery, Guildford ■ until Sun 2 Dec

To coincide with the anniversaries of enabling women’s right to vote, Watts gallery will be Drawing on new research undertaken by Dr Lucy Ella Rose, exploring Mary Watts as a figurehead of non- militant feminism in her community. It also features strong female figures and symbols of freedom, that appear in Mary Watts’s work. Free with admission. wattsgallery.org.uk

Asthanga Yoga
 Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Salon and Spa, Guildford  Tue Mornings

Instead of giving something up for Lent, why not take something up? Asthanga Yoga is an ancient style of yoga designed to work every single muscle. Elanor is holding an Asthanga workshop (Sun 4 Mar) to help beginners develop an understanding of this practice and the many benefits. Asthanga yoga classes will be taking place on Tuesday mornings at 6.30- 7.30am.  maryannweeks.co.uk

Creative Pilates
■ Mary Ann Weeks Aveda Salon and Spa, Guildford ■ Thurs Nights

Renew your intentions to improve your health and wellbeing with Creative Pilates. It’s a mat-based Pilates with a twist. Instructor Elena will use her dance background to influence, shape and enhance this lively Pilates session. Sessions take place on Thursdays at 7.30- 8.30pm. maryannweeks.co.uk

 

An evening of Cheese and wine
■ G Live, Guildford ■ Mon 12 Mar

Delve into five tasting glasses of selected wines with expert insight from a Cellar Wines sommelier. Each wine will be matched with artisanal cheeses. You’ll learn about the intricacies of matching cheese to wine and find out what makes these wines and their producers so special. Time: 7.30pm- 9.30pm. glive.co.uk

Birdsong
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Mon 12 Mar- Sat 17 Mar

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1, Birdsong is the hit stage show based on Sebastian Faulks world famous novel. The story is set in pre-war France, when a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with Isabelle Azaire. Faced with the unprecedented horror of war, Stephen clings to the memory of Isabelle as the world turns upside down and explodes around him. Tickets from: £ £14.90 – £37.90. atgtickets.com

Great Expectations
■ Richmond Theatre ■ Mon 12 Mar – Sat 17 Mar

A thrilling and theatrical new adaptation of Great Expectations takes to the stage, starring Nichola McAuliffe as Miss Havisham. Pip is given an unexpected chance to better himself by visiting the reclusive Miss Havisham. In the decaying grandeur of her house he meets Estella and falls in love. Helped by an anonymous benefactor, he moves to the city to pursue his dream of winning Estella’s heart and becoming part of the educated elite. Tickets: from £19.90. atgtickets.com

 

Jay Rayner’s Ten (Food) Commandments
■ Rhoda McGaw Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 15 Mar

Award-winning restaurant critic and Masterchef judge, Jay Rayner, has a reservation with the Rhoda McGaw Theatre inviting the audience to join him at his table, for some food for thought. He’ll explain why thou shalt always eat with thy hands, why thou should most definitely worship leftovers, and why thou must celebrate the stinkiest of foods. Includes Q&A and book signing. Tickets £19.25. atgtickets.com

Throwback Thursday 
■ Hummings Lounge, Esher ■ Thurs 15 March

Who’s for a cocktail? And some fun and funky throwback classic tunes. Think Diana Ross, Prince, Michael Jackson, Donna Summers. Head to Hummings Lounge in Esher for Throwback Thursday – it’s a party night for grown ups. You’ll have to book ahead, it’s £10 a ticket. Click here to book. Throwback Thursday

Ramster Gardens season open
■ Ramster Garden, Chiddingfold ■ Sat 17 Mar – Sun 10 June

If you’re ready to schuck off the winter and get a good dose of spring, Ramster Gardens is the perfect spot. With more than 25 acres of gardens that includes woodlands, lakes and more formal gardens, the display is stunning at this time of year. The daffys are out, and the magnolia, camellia and rhododendron displays are wonderful. And on Sunday 18 March there’s a special 2 for 1 entry for adults. ramsterevents.com

Guildford GAG House Comedy Club
■ The Back Room, The Star Inn, Guildford ■ Sat 17 Mar

Absurd ideas and big laughs are firmly on the agenda for Guildford Gag House Comedy Club this month, as Steve Best, MC Jason Patterson, Tanyalee Davis and Ross Smith take over the Back Room of The Star Inn. Tickets: £13.50. Starts at 8pm. gaghousecomedy.com

 

Picasso: Paper & Clay
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ Sat 17 Mar – Sun 24 Jun

The exhibition Picasso: Paper & Clay will showcase work spanning almost seven decades of Pablo Picasso’s career, demonstrating his sense of liberation and experimentation across mediums and focusing on two areas of his creativity with works produced on paper and in ceramic. thelightbox.org.uk

 

Exhibition: Out of the Dolls House – 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage and Fashion
■ Farnham Maltings ■ until Sat 2 Jun

From corsets to bra-burning, fashion has been closely linked to women’s equality for well over 100 years. Discover- at the Farnham Museum- how fashions have changed during the last 100 years, as the role of women in society has been radically altered since first getting the vote in February 1918. Open every day from 10:00 – 17:00. Entry free. farnhammaltings.com

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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