Birtley Woodland Art Space
Birtley Woodland Art Space is a community arts, crafts and wellbeing outdoor studio managed by Ruth Wheeler and Lorraine Ellery Matthews for people to come together and learn from professional instructors passionate about sharing and passing on their knowledge and skills to others. Ten amazing artists will exhibit at ’Birtley Woodland Art Space’ open studio displaying paintings; textiles; mosaics; wood and ceramic sculpture; Willow art; 2d art; jewellery; metal and green woodwork and outdoor furniture The outdoor studio space is nestled within the woodland beyond the lake on the Birtley Estate in Bramley, a beautiful Surrey Hills location, so picturesque with its lakes and gardens and woodland walks and not surprisingly it is classified as an ”AONB” an area of outstanding natural beauty!”
Ruth Wheeler has worked in Surrey for 26 years as a Sculptor and Mixed Media Artist specialising in Wood Carving and Chainsaw Sculpting as well as Wood Pyrography. Ruth is an experienced art facilitator in varied art forms and delivers Wood Art and Craft Workshops at different venues and arts centres in Surrey as well as in Birtley Woods. She often works to commission and also exhibits and shows her work at Art and Craft Fairs in the South of England. Ruth will be showing a series of new outdoor sculptures, 2d Wood and Painted Wall Art, Ceramics and will also be showing her functional Yoga Creative range of products. Ruth is inspired by The local Surrey Landscape, particularly Birch Trees, Ferns, Woodlands, Landscapes as well Indian, African and Maori Cultures.
Lorraine Ellery Matthews is an experienced tutor, skilled at making handmade sculptures, decorative art pieces, plant supports and seasonal crafts from wood she coppices and harvests locally. Lorraine combines these skills with her experience and ability to deliver personable, varied and interesting workshops and training courses for all. Lorraine will be displaying a selection of Willow sculptures and wood crafts and will be on hand to talk about forthcoming training courses and workshop at Birtley Woodland Art Space. You will also find some examples of Hazel Wattle Hurdles and Rustic Gates on display, created by her husband and business partner Paul Matthews a national award-winning hedgelaying professional, experienced horticulturist and also an experienced tutor.
Denise Jaques is an award winning artist, based in Farnham, Surrey UK. She makes contemporary shimmering mosaic art for the home and garden. Often working to commission, Denise creates site specific pieces for exhibitions, private clients, as well as commercial artwork for both interior and exterior spaces. Her work has a strong sense of colour, pattern and rhythm and plays with the idea of distorted reflections. She explores scale and dimension by working on a range of projects from large scale pieces of public art and sculpture, private commissions and fine art pieces for galleries and exhibitions.
Kirsty Furguson is an artist and silversmith based in the Surrey Hills. Originally training in art and photography, Kirsty’s interest in jewellery was sparked in 2004 after taking a night class in silversmithing. Since then Kirsty’s passion for handmade jewellery has continued and she has experimented with various styles and techniques leading to the birth of Time and Tide Jewellery. Each piece of her jewellery is designed and handcrafted taking inspiration from the North Yorkshire coast where she grew up, and the Surrey Hills. An environmentally conscious artist, her pieces are made from recycled Eco silver, the packaging used is where possible recycled, sustainable and does not contain plastic.
Caroline Rutter has been active creating and selling 2D and 3D Glass Art through Open Studios and Surrey Country Markets for the last 10 years. Having created the first BA in Equine Studies, horses are her main passion but glass birds and fish will be found in the Birtley Woodland illustrating how beautifully they can enhance your outdoor space. In 2021 she is combining Leatherwork with the glass in innovative ways which are strongly influenced by archaeological horse harness excavations.
Denise Blackburn is an artist inspired by nature – mainly trees, mountains and water. Her paintings are abstract and she aims to trap layers of light between the colours. Denise spends time in contemplation in nature and ideas for her paintings come out of her reflections on that. Denise also undertakes paper mache and mono prints of leaves, flowers and seeds. Denise has been running art and contemplation retreats in her home for a number of years and in the past year has offered these online via Zoom.
Creative Response is an arts for wellbeing charity working with individuals who are vulnerable due to physical, mental, learning difficulties and substance misuse problems. Practising artists work alongside participants to share skills, knowledge and creativity in a safe and supportive environment. This gives a new focus and the experience of engaging with life in a different way. The aim is to foster resilience and so enable them to move on to achieve greater independence and sense of well-being.
George Chapman – having spent his life tied to a desk fretting over numbers, rushing to meet deadlines and trying to get the answers right decided to let his creativity run free. In his days of office imprisonment, George dabbled in jewellery making and marquetry, but his eyesight is not up to the fine detail work as it once was. George, at this time is on a new journey discovering blacksmithing and green woodwork and is enjoying the challenge of learning these traditional skills and seeing what he can create in a natural way. ”I am loving the new connection to nature, after all what greater art is there than what she gives. I have joined the Surrey Artists to share my journey of discovery and challenge myself to publicly grow my creativity. I hope you find something in my work that resonates with your spirit.”
Henry Williams graduated from Plymouth University in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in 3D design. During his time there Henry worked under Roy Tam, where he became fascinated by the art of steam bending wood. The skills he picked up at university led him to win the Public’s Choice Award at the New Forest Trust Fine Crafted Wood Competition with a steam bent oak bench in 2011. After leaving University, Henry launched Henry Williams Design in July 2012. Since launch, Henry has expanded his skill set beyond just making bespoke furniture, and has been making oak doors and windows for Sussex listed buildings. Henry’s inspiration for his unique style and work comes from the rural surroundings in which he grew up. An advocate of sustainably sourced materials and local businesses, he always tries to use the best local materials from the surrounding
John Lord creates work consisting predominantly of drawing. In addition John also make constructions from found objects which he uses as stencils to incorporate into his drawing processes.
We would like to invite you to visit our site and meet the artists and makers, view their work, watch demonstrations and learn more about what they have to offer and to do this safely. In order to manage capacity please register your attendance in advance via our booking system, you can access this via our website, you will see there are various entry times for you to choose. Please aim to arrive at your chosen time. On arrival drive through the Birtley Estate gated entrance signposted 'Birtley House' and after a few hundred yards turn left into the field car park. You will also see toilet facilities in the car park too. You will then need to follow the SAOS signs and walk straight across the lawn down toward the woods and across the path into the Woodland Art Space, this will also be signposted. We would like to assure our visitors and trainees that we run COVID 19 secure events and have clear policies and risk assessments in place that we will share with you on registration.
Birtley is situated just outside Bramley Village where you will find a couple of pubs and cafes. There is also a cafe at Smith Brook kilns a few miles up the road.
There is a bus stop just outside Birtley House which is the Guildford to Cranleigh bus route.
Birtley Woodland Art Space
- Saturday 5th June Open
- Sunday 6th June Open
- Monday 7th June Closed
- Tuesday 8th June Closed
- Wednesday 9th June Closed
- Thursday 10th June Closed
- Thursday 10th June (Evening) Closed
- Friday 11th June Open
- Saturday 12th June Open
- Sunday 13th June Open
- Monday 14th June Closed
- Tuesday 15th June Closed
- Wednesday 16th June Closed
- Thursday 17th June Closed
- Thursday 17th June (Evening) Closed
- Friday 18th June Open
- Saturday 19th June Open
- Sunday 20th June Open