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Things to do: This weekend


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.

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?

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.

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.

■ 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.

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.



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.


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.

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.

Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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