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FRI 19 - SUN 21 JAN

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).


Private Lives
■ Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford ■ Tue 16 Jan – Sat 20 Jan

Photography by Sheila Burnett

In Noël Coward’s Private Lives, directed by Michael Cabot, strong passions and stronger personalities set the stage for a classic battle of the sexes. Set in 1930 France, two newlyweds have adjoining honeymoon suites at the same hotel. When Amanda overhears a familiar voice singing a forgotten song, an old spark reignites, with spectacular consequences. Prices from: From £19.00 – £29.50.



Compiled by Alice Ridsdale

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