Elmbridge: Moving Art exhibition

Elmbridge: Moving Art Exhibition is a new initiative that was launched this spring to showcase the wealth of artistic talent in the Borough.

The project, run by Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in partnership with The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council, aims to give local artists the opportunity to showcase their work in a prime exhibition space in the Borough. 49 entries were selected from submissions by local artists aged 15+ who wished to take part in the exhibition. They either live in the Borough, work here or have an affiliation with local arts organisations or societies. 

Their work will be on display at the Robert Phillips Gallery at the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre in Walton-on-Thames from 19 July to 13 August, and then will be travelling to various venues across Elmbridge. Local residents will have the opportunity to discover unique creations by local artists and to talk to them about their work.

This project is the first of its kind in the Borough and was implemented following a public consultation regarding arts initiatives in Elmbridge. Residents indicated that they had an interest in visual arts and wanted more opportunities to visit galleries showcasing works from local artists.

Councillor Janet Turner, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said: "The number of submissions we received exceeded all expectations. This is a truly wonderful result for the first year and we are delighted to have the chance to support local artists showcasing such a wonderful range of artworks."

Emily Boulting, Director of the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre added: "Pieces cover various genres and use a wide range of media, such as oil, acrylics, watercolour, pencil sketching, embroidery, photography, fabrics, mixed media, pen, ink, linocut print and porcelain. The quality of the work is truly outstanding. Some works were created using innovative materials but they all have a distinctive style. Others include popular landmarks and landscapes across Elmbridge. We hope many visitors will come to the gallery this summer so that they can appreciate the breadth of local talent in their neighbourhood. They will be in for a real treat."

Many of the artists will be at the Robert Phillips Gallery at some point during the exhibition, so there will be a chance to talk to them about their work. Most of the work on show and an exhibition catalogue will be for sale. The gallery is open daily 10am-4pm and admission is free.

For further information about this exhibition, the Robert Phillips Gallery, the Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre and the RC Sherriff Trust, please visit www.riverhousebarn.co.uk and www.rcsherrifftrust.org.uk, email arts@rcsherrifftrust.org.uk / arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474 584.

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