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FRI 9 - SUN 11 MARCH

Rising Stars 2018
■ New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham ■ until 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 ■ Sat 3 Mar – 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

Awful Auntie 
■ New Victoria Theatre, Woking ■ Thurs 8 Mar- Sun 11 Mar

Watch out! Citizens of Woking are being advised to look out for a giant owl and the most awful Auntie in history. The pair will be up against a brave little girl and her ghostly friend in the world premiere production of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie. Described as thrilling, scary and hilarious all at the same time, it sounds like a hoot! Tickets from £22.50. atgtickets.com

 

 

 

 

Wam Bam Club
■ Camberley Theatre ■ Fri 9 Mar

You can’t say no to a cocktail… and this explosive cocktail -of Burlesque, Circus, Comedy, Music and Magic- does not disappoint. Direct from London’s West End, the prestigious Wam Bam Club brings a spectacle of glitz and glamour with a selection of the finest cabaret acts. Tickets: £24.50. camberleytheatre.biz

 

Mother’s Day Weekend at RHS Gardens Wisley
■ RHS Garden Wisely ■ Sat 10 Mar & Sun 11 Mar

We’ve found the perfect treat for all the wonderful mums out there…and it includes food and flowers! Can you go wrong? Specially for Mother’s Day, The Terrace Room will be open for either a two-course lunch or afternoon tea (£25 per person), which includes a complimentary gift for Mum. To build up an appetite, firstly enjoy the beauty of early spring blossom and bulbs in flower, with a walk around the garden. Learn about more unusual species and see beautiful displays at The Orchid Society of Great Britain Spring (Sun 11 Mar). There will also be experts and growers on hand with advice and orchids to buy. rhs.org.uk

Marcel Ronay’s Art: Tranquillity and Stability after two World Wars
■ The Lightbox, Woking ■ until Sun 11 Mar

Marcel Ronay, Chiswick Urban Scene, © The Marcel Ronay Estate

Marcel Ronay was born 1910 in Budapest to a Jewish Romanian father and Catholic mother. His personal and artistic journey saw him emigrate through Hungary, Germany and Austria (during WW1) before finally settling in England in 1936 where his family set up residence. This exhibition will showcase works created in England in the 1940s and the 1950s. Marcel Ronay’s pastoral and bucolic images reflect his personal contentment in England, after meeting his wife and having a family. Visitors will be inspired by his colourful seascapes, riverscapes, urban scenes and forest landscapes displayed. thelightbox.org.uk

Orchid Festival
■ Kew Gardens, Richmond ■ ends 11 March

Things are going totally tropical this month at London’s gorgeous Kew Gardens. Their annual orchid festival takes in Insta-friendly displays of the vibrant Thai blooms, Thai street food and musical performances, workshops on how to grow these notoriously tricky flowers and Thai afternoon tea at The Botanical restaurant. King prawn, lemongrass and coriander tartlet followed by Thai sticky coconut cream rice with mango salsa? Yes please. kew.org

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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