Richenda Court’s ‘Dance Signatures’ project begins

This exciting project will follow our 2012 artist in residence, Richenda Court as she explores the relationship between art and dance. Richenda, who studied both fine art and dance at Brighton University, will be inviting dancers into St George’s Church, running workshops for local secondary schools, and using the residency to push her own work into a new dimension. Her studio will be open to the public each Friday, and here you are welcome to watch her work progressing, and even take part yourself. The launch of her project is on Thursday 6 March between 6.30 and 8.30 pm. Do join us to welcome Richenda to St George’s. RSVP to or phone on 01372 464881
Dance Signatures Richenda Court
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Modern Madonnas Exhibition – call for applications

‘Modern Madonnas’ is a selected group exhibition on the theme of motherhood, taking place from 26th May- 17th June, at St George’s Arts, Esher. We are looking for contemporary interpretations of the ‘mother and child theme’, both figurative and abstract, and welcome submissions of painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography textile and installation. Please email for an appointment to see the space, if you would like to submit a site-specific proposal. The selection panel will include Alison Clarke, Surrey Arts Officer.

St George’s Arts is based at St George’s Church, a beautiful historic church, which has been hosting contemporary, innovative exhibitions and residencies since 2007.

To apply, please email a CV, statement and up to 6 images of your work to

or post a CD to    ‘Modern Madonnas’

St George’s Arts
St George’s Church
Esher Park Avenue
KT10 9RQ

Include title, size and medium, and a SAE for return of CD (if posting). Images should be around 1mb in size. Work sent must be available from May.

Deadline for applications: 26th March


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Richenda Court: Dance Signatures, 8 March – 26 April

Following the success of ‘The Colour of Music’ last year we present another crossover project for 2012, this time bringing together art and dance. This exciting residency will follow artist Richenda Court as she explores the relationship between movement and visual art, through printmaking.

Richenda, who studied both fine art and dance at Brighton University, will be inviting dancers into St George’s Church, running workshops for local secondary schools, and using the residency to push her own work into a new dimension. Her studio will be open to the public each Friday, and here you are welcome to watch her work progressing, and even take part yourself.

Launch Exhibition: Thurs 8 March 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Admission: Free

Residency: 9 March – 26 April 2012

Open Studio: Every Friday 10.00am – 2.30pm (except 6 April), Saturdays 17 March and 21 April 10.00am – 5.00pm

Admission: Free

Final Exhibition: Thurs 26 April 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Admission: Free

Contact tel: 01372 464881 / 07799 107108

Call 01372 464370 for information about this event and other activities

you can also email St. George’s Arts

St George’s Church is near the junction of Claremont Lane (the A244) and Esher Park Avenue behind the Bear Public House. The nearest Bus stop is on Esher High Street (2 mins). 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. Additional parking (free in the evenings) can be found on the other side of Claremont Lane.

Coming next! watch out for Modern Madonnas

A group exhibition which is a contemporary take on motherhood.

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News about St George’s Arts

We would like to welcome Rebecca Price who is taking on the role of curator and exhibition organiser at St George’s. Jane Ponsford who initiated the visual arts programming at St George’s stepped down in October to spend more time on her own work. Rebecca will be familiar to many visitors to St George’s being one of our artists-in-residence. Her popular project ‘The Colour of Music’ brought music and the visual arts together in 2011.
More details about the exciting arts programme at St George’s in 2012 coming soon.

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Make your mark at the Big Draw

The Big Draw is coming to St George’s Arts in Esher on Saturday 8 October. Local artists Jane Ponsford and Louise Nason are leading an afternoon of FREE drawing activities for all ages at historic St George’s Church (behind the Bear Public House on the High Street). The theme this year is Our World’ and they are inviting everyone to join in and make your mark. There is no need to book, just drop in on the day between 1 and 4.30pm and have a go, all materials are provided. Comments Jane, ‘we will be looking at our world from another point of view, drawing what we see, hear or feel. Join in and look at things differently.’

No need to book; all welcome

Tea coffee and soft drinks available

St George’s Arts, St George’s Church, Esher Park Avenue, Esher, Surrey KT10 9RQ

St George’s Arts is based at the Tudor church of St George, Esher, behind the Bear Public House. It aims to involve local people in a range of arts events. This year St George’s has been working with artists on a variety of projects with people from Elmbridge. St George’s Arts gratefully acknowledges support from The Churches Conservation Trust, The Friends of St George’s, The R C Sherriff Trust, The Surrey Community Foundation and Elmbridge Borough Council.

For more information please contact: Jane Ponsford, Visual Arts organiser at St George’s Arts: 01372 467720

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The church has become a time traveller…

‎’Thresholds’ Installation by Janet Medway, Claire Reed and Ann Varlow at St George’s Arts. The exhibition has been open for a couple of days now and visitors have been very interested. Comments in the visitors book include: ‘Like Hitchcock!’, ‘very atmospheric and ‘uncanny’ experience…loved the video”..’the old church has become a time traveller’..’the ticking of the clock’…’inspiring and revelationary’..’fascinating use of unseen spaces’.. The exhibitions continues until the 18th of September and there are some very interesting workshops. Come over and see what you think.













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‘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 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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