West Horsley Place Craft Fair: 26/28 Nov 2021- report from Ingrid Skoglund

The whole event was spectacular with each room in the house and the barn taken by different arts and local food organisations. The standard and creativity were very professional and eye catching. Visitors were steady throughout the three days. We were able to utilise the Morning Room effectively with numerous browsers displayed around the room allowing visitors to touch and examine artworks.  Hanging work was by invitation to some of our artists who helped to steward as part of the arrangement.  


Many thanks to all those who helped to make both exhibitions such a success👋👏 

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Exhibition at West Horsley Place: 5th - 14th November 2021

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Exhibition.  The standard was very high and many visitors, members and tutors commented favourably on the excellent show and left their written comments in our visitors' book.  

AWARDS were made as follows. 

The Gerald Kaufman Award: Ron McGill – TOWARDS THE HARBOUR  

The Aquarius Open Award:  Anne Zoutsos - THE WOLF  

Guildford Financial – Best of Guildford Award: Viv Markley - PAVED WITH GOLD

RSM Accountants Best Contemporary Artwork: Fiona Champion – UNCONDITIONAL LOVE


The George Weil Award for best Mixed Media: Ingrid Skoglund – FLIGHT OF THE OPTIMIST

Guildford Arts Open Award: Kim Page - PEONIES  

The President’s Award: David Jobson – BORDER SCENE 


Images of the artists with their award winning artworks can be seen on Facebook and on Instagram.  The links to these can be found at the top left of this page. 

Thanks to all who entered and to all those who helped to make this such a successful post-covid show.  

2019 Selection Day for New Exhibiting Members

Our Selection Day was on Saturday 27 July 2019 in St Catherine's Village Hall and was well attended.  

Congratulations to the following members who are now acclaimed Exhibiting Members of the Society.

David Hardcastle, Janina Klein, Val Thorpe, Stephen Pitchforth, Michael Gallone, Sandra Tingle, Sarah Thien and Therese Ferrero. 

We look forward to seeing their work at our Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place.

We hope that those who were not successful this time will not be discouraged and will try again next year.


At Trinity Church on Guildford High Street we had a busy day dealing with many visitors.  Many were in town because it was Guildford Heritage Day and were pleased to see us opposite Abbott House representing the creative side of the Guildford area.  

Sales went well and all visitors were interested and inquisitive.  Many thanks to  everyone for help and time and support. and to the Church volunteers who provided drinks and cakes to all.  Our Exhibition Secretary reports "It was great fun although my feet at the end of the day didn’t agree". 

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2019 Autumn Exhibition at West Horsley Place 

Our exhibition ran from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 10 November 2019 with Exhibiting Members' works on show at West Horsley Place, Epsom Road, West Horsley, KT24 6AN.  This is just off the Epsom Road (A25) on the north side after you have gone easterly past the Squires Garden Centre. 

This Grade 1 old manor house is where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I dined. It was left in her will by the Countess of Roxburghe to Bamber Gascoigne. He transferred it to the Mary Roxburghe Trust which is now rescuing and restoring the 380 acre estate and the Grade 1 Manor House. 

Some of the works shown are also in our on line Gallery on this website, which you can view by clicking here or going to the Gallery page above.

This exhibition was very successful with a great many visitors from the prosperous areas surrounding West Horsley Place. They were pleased to visit works of art in a very well known Manor House that used to be private and secluded but is now being restored. 

Thanks to everyone who helped make this exhibition such a success, our best ever and to the exhibition team that worked so hard to make the 2019 exhibiting year a memorable one. 

Prize Winners

We would like to thank Giles Reid, Trustee of West Horsley Place @WestHorsleyPlace who opened our exhibition on Saturday 2 Nov 2019.  Giles was introduced by our Chairman, Sinclair Webster. 

Our President June Allison officiated the awards presentation to the following artists at the opening.

AJS Award to Maggie Butler for "Bird Form" 

George Weil Award to Christine Taharian for "The View"

Mary Wilkie Award to Michael Gallone for "Clacton Beach"

The Aquarius Award to Valerie Thorpe for "Maltese Harbour" 

The President’s Award to Anne Heat for "Chamomile and Cup" 

The Country Club Award to Fiona Champion for "Amur Leopard"

The RSM Contemporary Artwork Prize to Margaret Benton for "Girl Blue" 


The 2019 Spring Exhibition was showcased this year at a brand new venue - The Pavilion at Guildford Cricket Club in Woodbridge Road - a big step away from the familiarity and support of Guildford House where we had exhibited for many years.

The new display boards were erected professionally and competently by Bob Milton and a team of helpers and with tables and fresh crisp linen supplied by The Pavilion the Exhibition infrastructure gradually took place.   
Thanks to the creative efforts of the stewards it all fell into place very quickly and the results looked just great.   


The Spring Exhibition Prize Winners

The visiting public voted to choose the prize winners which are shown below.

First Prize: Feel the Breeze Cornwall by Bara Aylwin

Second Prize: Birds Over The Allotment by Tony Todd

Third Prize: Garden Plants by Margaret Arnold 

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