|Farnham: the Georgian Craft Town|
Just an hour's drive from London, Farnham is a beautiful country town with some of the finest Georgian architecture in the south and a parish church and castle dating back to the 12th century. Farnham has a wealth of tempting opportunities for shopping, eating out, sightseeing or just sitting in gardens and flower-filled yards.
The town is rich in cultural organisations that champion contemporary crafts and arts, including the Farnham Maltings, the James Hockey Galleries at the University College for the Creative Arts and the Crafts Study Centre, all of which are committed to promoting crafts and Farnham as a creative community. Our presence, as a thriving set of creative organisations working in Farnham, benefits the town artistically, socially and economically.
The Crafts Study Centre is a major museum, specialising in an unrivalled collection of 20th century and contemporary British crafts. The Tanner Gallery presents work from the Centre’s collections of ceramics, textiles, calligraphy and furniture, from the pioneer makers such as Bernard Leach, through to innovative contemporary practitioners such as Takeshi Yasuda and Ewan Clayton. The temporary exhibition gallery hosts new exhibitions by major contemporary craft practitioners.
UCA at Farnham, Falkner Road, Farnham GU9 7DS
Tuesday to Friday, 10am-5pm. Admission free.
Tel: 01252 891 450
The James Hockey Galleries are public exhibition space integral to the University College for the Creative Arts. Within the framework of Higher Education research and professional management, the exhibitions aim to enrich and engage an increasingly inclusive society, and recognise the multicultural contribution of the arts. The presentation of work by school children, students, and amateurs from the community is balanced with projects showcasing arts professionals and specialists with a national and international reputation.
UCA at Farnham, Falkner Road, Farnham GU9 7DS
Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am–4pm. Admission free.
Tel: 01252 892 646
Farnham Maltings is a collection of buildings set in the heart of Farnham that provides a place in which people can imagine, create and discover. The Maltings encourages people to make their artwork, supports the establishing of new creative businesses and presents a programme of film, music, exhibitions and festivals. Farnham Maltings is also home to Third Space, a new producing company for the South East of England supported by the Arts Council of England dedicated to making surprising, thoughtful and delightful new work for the region's villages and market towns.
Bridge Square Farnham GU9 7QR
Tel: 01252 726 234
Farnham is an ideal centre for exploring the surrounding countryside with it gentle hills, rivers, leafy lanes, historic buildings and picturesque villages. Farnham is also well situated as a centre from which to visit many places; Windsor, Winchester, Portsmouth to mention just three with historic connections. The sea is only an hour’s drive away.
Farnham is part of the Surrey Hills which offers some of South East Englands most beautiful and accessible countryside. Famous beauty spots include Box Hill, Leith Hill and Devil’s Punch Bowl. This special corner of England has lots to offer you from breathtaking countryside to imposing stately homes such as Clandon Park, picturesque gardens and contemporary art galleries.
Explore the area further and you will discover why Surrey Hills is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Shaped by the Downs to the north and the Greensand Hills and Weald clay to the south it is an area of contrast and variety. The area gave the world the remarkable partnership of Sir Edwin Lutyens, architect, and Gertrude Jekyll, garden designer; and is where the arts and crafts movement flourished.
West Dean College and Gardens is a unique community, a creative and rich mélange of craftspeople and artists, conservators and restorers, working alongside farmers, foresters, builders and gardeners. West Dean College is run by the Edward James Foundation, a charitable trust based in a fine country house with an estate encompassing park and gardens, an arboretum, farms, forestry and a nature reserve.
Goodwood Sculpture Park, the home of 21st century British sculpture, boasts 26 acres of woodland in an area of outstanding natural beauty containing more than 60 large-scale sculptures.
For further information see Visit Britain at www.visitbritain.com.
Craft Study Centre
James Hockey Galleries
West Dean Collage
Goodwood Sculpture Park