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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Coming up in September, ‘Thresholds’




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The Colour of Music Finale

A reminder that Rebecca Price’s residency at St George’s is drawing to an end.

Please join us for the finale of her Colour of Music project on Friday 15 July, 6.30pm – 8.30pm.

Rebecca will be showing the results of her  project with new work made during the course of the residency.

At 7.30pm Christopher Goldsack and Pam Phillips will perform ‘The Work of the Painter’ by Poulenc.

Refreshments provided,

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


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Drink tea. Eat cake. Save historic churches.

Midsummer art and music tea party

St George’s Church is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust: the national charity protecting historic churches at risk. Buildings like St George’s are kept open and in use – living once again at the heart of their communities. Find out more about role of the CCT by visiting their website

What are your plans for Sunday 19th June?

Why not come and join us for a Tea Party with musical entertainment in the charming setting of St George’s Church in Esher!

During the afternoon, there will be the chance to view the ‘Colour of Music’ exhibition by our artist-in-residence, Rebecca Price.
The tea party will begin at 2.30pm, when Rupert Bawden and Norman Starrit will play Kodaly’s duo for violin and cello, accompanied by Rebecca’s vibrant paintings based on this piece of music.
Later, there will also be a musical programme performed by young musicians, and the opportunity to watch Rebecca working, talk to her about her project, and even join her drawing while the musicians play.

And of course, lots of delicious tea and cake!

All proceeds from the tea party will go to the Churches Conservation Trust to help with their valuable work protecting our built heritage.

Date: Sunday 19 June
Venue: St George’s Church, Esher Park Avenue, (Behind Bear Pub) Esher
Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm

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Music and painting

Rebecca’s studio at St George’s Arts, showing her work in progress, will be open each Friday 9.30am – 3pm during her residency. On the dates and times below you can come and listen to the instrumentalists practising, and watch the artist-in-residence at work. Her launch exhibition is also open for you to enjoy.

Fri 6 May: open studio 9.30am – 3pm

Fri 13 May: 11.00 am –; John and Paddy Ford;  Clarinet practice session

Fri 20 May: 10am – 12 noon; John Asher; violin

Fri 27May: 10.30 – 11.30am; Richard Manning; cello and Linda Marley; piano

Fri 3 June: 10.15am; Cello duet; Rosemary Healing and Gillian Lawrence

Thurs 9 June: 9pm – 11pm; The Delius Quartet; (Janet Smith, George Mitchell,                              Liz  Hart, Julian Ogilvie)

Fri 10 June: Violin practice session

Fri 17 June: 10.30 – 12 noon; violin practice etc
Sun 19 June: (TCCT Tea party):  2.30 – 3.00pm; Rupert Bawden; violin and Norman Starritt; cello

Wed 22 June: 8pm; Alice Coulson; oboe

Fri 24June: Morning; Local quartet: (Lin Watchorn, Judy Paxton, Jill Palmer, Jillian Coton)

Fri 1 July: 9.30am – 3pm; open singing lesson

Thurs 7 July: 10.15 – 12.00 noon; The Oxted Quartet; (Claire Dillon, Anne Warren, Jane Swanson, Cara Warren)

Fri 8 July: open studio 9.30am – 3pm

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Workshops and events to join in

There are some wonderful workshops and other events to take part in over the next few weeks. Booking is essential. Please phone: 01372 467720

Time to Be – A Retreat Day for Artists Roz Cran

Artist Roz Cran invites artists and creative people to a day of space, time and quiet reflection and solitude both in the calm of St George’s Church and outside. More information on our What’s on page

Date: Wednesday 18 May

Time: 11.00am – 3.30pm

Cost: £8.00

Booking essential: 01372 467720 or email:

Please be aware of the weather on the day, as we will be walking outside as part of the activities. Bring suitable footwear and clothing if wet. Simple lunchtime refreshments are provided but please bring food to share.

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May – July

The Colour of Music Rebecca Price

Artist Rebecca Price combines art and music in the unique setting of St George’s. During the residency Rebecca will be running a series of painting workshops for adults interested in learning about colour, line and expression in relation to music.

Painting workshops for adults with Rebecca Price

Dates: Tuesday 17 May postponed until June

Wednesday 25 May

Wednesday 8 June

Tuesday 28 June

Time: 9.30am -1.30pm

Cost: £8 per workshop

Booking essential: 01372 467720 or email:

Tea and coffee available


Open Studio to meet the artist, Rebecca Price and to see work in progress


Fridays 6, 13, 20 and 27 May

Fridays 3, 10, 17 and 24 June

Fridays 1 and 8 July

Time: 9.30am – 3.00pm


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The Colour of Music PV

Rebecca Price’s ‘The Colour of Music’ project has started at St George’s with an exhibition of her work. She will be based at St George’s over the next few weeks and the studio is open to visit on most Fridays in May, June and July 9.30 am – 3 pm so do pop in and see what she is working on.

Private viewThe Colour of Music

Private view of The Colour of Music

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