2021 Surrey Artist Open Studios comes to Birtley Woodland Art Space!

2021 Surrey Artist Open Studios comes to Birtley Woodland Art Space!


Birtley Woodland Art Space is delighted to be showcasing 10 talented artist during the month of June. Their outdoor studio is one of 162 locations and 286 artists taking part in running open studios across the county and nearby borders, this is a real celebration of artists working across all art forms. Surrey Artists Open Studios is a fantastic opportunity to meet Surrey based artists and makers, and to find out more about their work.


The artists and makers will demonstrate and exhibit a selection of mixed media, paintings, textiles, mosaics, ceramics, Willow art and craft, handmade jewellery, metal and green woodwork, pyrography, wood art, outdoor furniture design, leather works, sculptures and stained glass.


Ruth Wheeler

Mixed Media Artist specialising in Wood Carving, Sculpting and Pyrography.


Lorraine Ellery Matthews

Willow sculptures, decorative art pieces and plant supports.


Denise Jaques

Contemporary shimmering mosaic art for the home and garden.


Kirsty Furguson

Artist and silversmith showcasing her Time and Tide Jewellery collection.


Caroline Rutter

Leatherwork combined with glass in innovative ways.


Denise Blackburn

Abstract paintings that trap layers of light between the colours.


George Chapman

Traditional and naturally creative blacksmithing and green woodwork.


Henry Williams

Bespoke furniture using the skill of steam bending plus oak doors and windows for listed buildings.


John Lord

Constructions from found objects used as stencils to incorporate into his drawing processes.


Creative Response is an arts for wellbeing charity working with individuals who are vulnerable due to physical, mental, learning difficulties and substance misuse problems.

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!”


Release your inner creativity and participate in an ‘Art In The Woods’ taster workshop on Saturday 5th, 12th or 19th June. You can try your hand at a choice of Willow Art & Craft, Wood Carving or Pyrography, Botanical Cyanotype Printing, Abstract Paintings and Wall Hangings from a textured mosaic. To learn more and to purchase either a half-day or full day ticket click here.


This community-wide event has many benefits; not only are you supporting artists in the local community, but you could also be inspired, learn new skills or have a go at making something yourself. There are many artist led trails to help you plan a day out, some can be walked or cycled, combining culture and being outdoors. Birtley Woodland Art Space is featured in the West Guildford Trail and Lorraine’s work is also featured in the East Trail with Aileen Hamilton – Creative Jewellery Studio & Friends.


Lorraine & Ruth are also running further events, half-day/full-day workshops during the next two weekends, including:


Willow In The Woods (Friday 11th & 18th June)

Pyrography & Wood Carving (Friday 11th & 18th June)

Nia In The Woods (Saturday 12th June - 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

Yoga In The Woods (Sunday 20th June - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.)

Yoga Nia & Yoga Nigra Night In The Woods (Saturday 19th June 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.)


Birtley Woodland Art Space is a community arts, crafts and wellbeing outdoor studio managed by fellow Surrey Hills Enterprise members Ruth Wheeler (Yoga Creative/Sculpt It) and Lorraine Ellery Matthews (Hedges & Hurdles Country Skills & Crafts) for people to come together and learn from professional instructors passionate about sharing and passing on their knowledge and skills to others.


You can either pre-register your open studios visitors slot in advance or just turn up on the day and provide your contact details on arrival. Government Covid 19 policies and guidelines at the time of this event will apply.


Working with various artists, woodcrafters and wellness professionals, Birtley Woodland Art Space offers a varied programme of events for all ages and abilities throughout the year.