‘Thresholds’: behind the veil at St George’s

Thresholds: Behind the veil at St George’s, Saturday 10 – Sunday 18 September

ECAN artists Janet Medway, Claire Reed and Ann Varlow, bring into view the hidden spaces of St George’s Church through their installation, ‘Thresholds’.

Heritage Open Days in September celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to Heritage properties. We are delighted to present work by artists from the Epsom Contemporary Artist’s Network during this week of events exploring the hidden architectural treasures. They invite you to join them in St George’s Church, Esher, for a series of events celebrating its historic setting.

‘What initially caught our imagination about this building was the many thresholds and overlooked areas which, as we began to explore them, revealed a complex and intriguing history. Inspired by this and the idea of conservation and protection so crucial to the life of St George’s, we will be using traditional and new media to create an environment through which you can experience things concealed and revealed within the church’.

We are offering free drop-in workshops suitable for all ages 7 years to 70 years from 12th to 16th September. So come and join us on a journey of discovery, revealing the secrets of this fascinating building and explore the creative potential of this historic setting. The work that has been created will then be showcased during the weekend of 17th and 18th September.

A Digital Response with Claire Reed

Monday 12th September, 10am – 3pm

Experiment with your mobile phone camera or video to capture your response to St George’s Church. Bring your mobile phone and, if you have one, your phone’s USB cable.

Atmospheric Drawing with Ann Varlow

Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th September, 10am – 3pm

Using a range of drawing media, explore the changing moods of the church evoked by the new installation. Materials supplied.

Creative Drawing on Fabric with Janet Medway

Thursday 15th and Friday 16th September, 10am – 3pm

Explore St George’s through layers of drawing on translucent fabric. Materials supplied.

Tea and coffee will be provided and there will be a break for lunch.

Directions: St George’s Church is near the junction of Claremont Lane (the A244) and Esher Park Avenue behind the Bear Public House. The closest Bus stop is on Esher High Street (2 mins) and it is near both Esher Station and Claygate Station for trains to London and the south coast. There is parking directly outside (including disabled parking) or a pay car park at the Civic Centre (5 mins). Walk to St George’s from the car park via a path next to the Library.

For more information, please email us at medwayuk@aol.com or phone Jane Ponsford, Visual Arts Organiser on: 01372 467720.

Epsom Contemporary Artists Network (ECAN) is a support and networking hub for contemporary artists in Surrey. It organises the annual summer arts festival at Bourne Hall, Ewell and aims to provide opportunities for Surrey residents to experience contemporary art outside London.

Claire Reed is an artist and graphic designer based in Surrey. A core member of ECAN, she holds a First Class BA Honours Degree in Fine Art. She has written for Art and Christianity Enquiry (ACE) Journal and her multi-disciplinary art practice has featured in solo and group exhibitions in London and the South East.

Janet Medway is a Surrey based artist and core member of ECAN. She gained her BA in Fine Art in 2009. Working across a range of disciplines from drawing to 3D installation, her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in London and Surrey.

Ann Varlow is a visual artist and Membership Secretary of ECAN. She specialises in drawing, having obtained her Fine Art degree from the University of the Creative Arts. She has exhibited in London and the surrounding areas.

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