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      Feeling & Matter : Creator & Creature of Art in Guildford

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      September 21, 2019

      Saturday  12:00 PM (on various days)

      Shere Lane , Shere
      Guildford, Surrey

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      Feeling & Matter : Creator & Creature of Art

      This summer, a new Charity Pop-Up Gallery with Garden will celebrate art whilst raising awareness of and funds for mental health with Oakleaf and nature conservation with WWF-UK. This summer's exhibition, Feeling & Matter, will exhibit the diverse creative output of the English painter, sculptor, picture restorer and writer, John Rich. "An artist is both creator and creature of art, a product and producer of its history, the past to which the artist responds and the future for which he or she is responsible." John Rich, a contemporary of Peter Blake and David Hockney and exhibited alongside them, would go on to have critically successful one-man shows in London. However, affected by bi-polar, he went into self-imposed exile and did his best to focus on a growing family. When he emerged his works did not appear to fit the fashion of the day and, not for the first time, he questioned his place in the new art world order. “The concepts of ‘quality’, ‘better than’ or ‘of a higher or finer order’ – indeed any judgement – is seized upon as evidence of the heresy of elitism, class privilege and snobbery. The punishment for which is exile.” Eventually he would give up any attempt at recognition and he went on to produce a significant body of work, rapidly developing through various styles. “The intention of the artist is to invest matter with meaning.” If we are open to them, there are occasional, fleeting moments of insight, comfort or revelatory engagement which strike us, often by surprise, for example in encounters with the natural world. Through his art, John Rich's work serves both as a record and as a source of these experiences. The original works and studies by the artist can be seen on the new website dedicated to his art and a curated selection on display this summer at the Charity Pop-Up Gallery with Garden in Shere, England. These are steps toward John Rich regaining the recognition that eluded him for many years. Feeling & Matter is a retrospective celebration of his work. The adjoining garden complements the gallery and reflects the life-long relationship between the artist and his muse. Artworks on show include those kindly on loan from the private collection of Lord & Lady Levy. Supported by Surrey County Council, Careprint, Treacle Media, Country Pictures, Kinghams, Albury Organic Vineyard.  Before You Travel If you are making a special trip to see the Charity Pop-up Gallery with Garden, please check our Facebook or Instagram page or this website first to ensure the gallery is definitely open. The Charity Pop-Up Gallery with Garden is run by volunteers and circumstances beyond our control may result in closure. Notice of any such problems will be issued via Instagram, Facebook and this website with as much advance notice as possible. FAQs   What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? BY CAR From London, follow the A3 to Guildford for approximately 45 minutes. Shere village is about 15 minutes drive east from Guildford via the A25. From Dorking, the village is about 20 minutes heading west on the A25. Free public and Blue-Badge parking is at Shere Recreation Ground (GU5 9HF) or in the village centre, which is just 2 minute’s walk to the Charity Pop-Up Gallery with Garden. BY TRAIN The nearest train station is in Gomshall village which is 1 mile east of Shere. Note that the train service is limited at weekends. The quickest route from London is currently London Victoria via Redhill to Gomshall. Alternatively, catch the South Western Railway service to Guildford and then take a train to Gomshall or a bus or taxi to Shere. BY BUS The nearest bus stop to the Charity Pop-up Gallery with Garden is at the Village Hall in Shere, about 5 minutes walk away. The route is between Guildford, Chilworth and Dorking however the service is limited at weekends. From Guildford, get a number 23 bus or number 25 bus, from Compass Travel. BY FOOT Once you're in Shere, pedestrian access to the Charity Pop-Up Gallery with Garden is just 2 minutes walk from the village centre, just beyond the newly-refurbished William Bray pub on Shere Lane. Please take care crossing the road to reach the pedestrian entrance of the gallery. If you enjoy trekking, then we recommend Trek Hire UK, a shop just up the road from us on Shere Lane that opened in 2009 and is packed full of useful gear for trekking and trail running. BY BICYCLE Cycling is the ideal way to see and experience the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is very popular in the area of Shere. Whether you are a mountain bike or road bike enthusiast, the Surrey Hills has something for all abilities. There is a national cycle route that passes through Shere. For more details visit the Sustrans website here and the Surrey County Council cycle routes site here. There are numerous places to secure your bicycle in Shere village before the short walk to the Charity Pop-Up Gallery with Garden.   Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? The gallery and garden is open to everyone. Please see the website for any access considerations.   Is there a Special Preview of the exhibition I could attend? Please get in touch with the gallery via and tell us who you and in what capacity you would like to attend the private view. How can I contact the organizer with any questions? 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