Fircroft summer exhibition and art fair

This is a local well known; art fair and exhibition, which is, held twice a year.

Last year I approached them for work experience, and subsequently did publicity photos for them.

This year I helped out with the whole set up of the fair, from the paper work, press release, social media set up to deliveries, invite sending, to the display organisation, installation, sculpture prep. Opening night organisation and sales, deliveries.

I pretty much had a go or was shown everything.

This was a good grounding in showing me what is involved with a show of this size with only two people managing it from the start. . Planning and having your contacts and paperwork in order and ready to go is a major part, along with knowing which artists will be showing and what they will be bringing.

The list of people invited to the private view was large and this proved to be a good start with lots of big work being sold on the first weekend of the show. Having this kind of list of contacts is essential for the work to be sold and the show to go well, this is about the business side of art not just the political or conceptual ideas, which is also important but for the artist to survive solely on their work, they should be able to create work that is sellable as well and conceptual, unless they are happy earning money doing a different job along side the art work.

Having a good up-to-date client list is essential to keep this type of show going from year to year, also keeping notes on what they buy and what they like. Whether that is a one off piece or to add to a collection.

During my time at Fircroft I also learnt how to restore and polish spring stone sculpture, which came from Africa. This was a skill I can use in the future too.

As part of this show, this year they worked with me to curate a part of the sculpture garden with students work from UCA Farnham.

This is the first year they have exhibited work that has purely conceptual ideas, along side their usual works and it proved very popular, we got lots of both positive and curios responses’ with lots of questions about the work and about the Uni as a whole.

I chose three other artists that created work relevant to what I was planning, and placed them in a part of the sculpture garden that was on the sculpture trail so they stumbled upon it as people walked the trail.

Overall this was a really good experience and showed me the good and the bad of setting up an exhibition within your home.


Press release
The Fircroft Summer Exhibition
paintings • sculpture • ceramics • jewellery • prints • glass
Saturday 4th – Sunday 19th June 2016
DAILY 11-5 Thursdays 11-8
Fircroft, off New Road, Albury Heath, Surrey GU5 9DD
DIRECTIONS: From the A25 Guildford to Dorking road, take the A248 opposite Silent Pool, then turn left into New Road and follow the signs.
tel: 01483 202333 – email:
Free entry
Fircroft, an early Victorian house on Albury Heath in the Surrey Hills, is the home of artist Frank Taylor and his wife Christine who this year are celebrating 21 years of summer exhibitions with a larger than ever collection of works by artists from around the country.Frank, whose paintings became widely known through the prints published by CCA, the Art Group, Castlebar Graphics and IKEA, cut short a career in art education (he was at the time head of fine art and graphics at Salisbury College) in order to travel and paint. He has lived and worked at Fircroft for the past two decades and is showing a small retrospective of paintings and prints from that period along with new paintings and collages.
This year, two “new” sculptors with contrasting styles are showing indoor and outdoor pieces. London-based John Brown’s sculptures are of the human figure, simplified and abstracted, and express ideas concerning emotions and relationships. Paul Harvey’s highly regarded sculptures are of wildlife subjects, mainly birds – his studio is set in his own small nature reserve. Paul and John’s sculptures will join those of regular exhibitors Steve Blaylock, Darrell Evanes, George Hider, Ben Geenwood and Dominic Benhura showing steel, bronze and stone sculptures in the wooded gardens. Paul Jones, the eminent Dorset painter, exhibiting at Fircroft for the third time, is showing a collection of recent paintings. Paul has developed an unusual way of working, which often involves setting fire to the surface of his paintings and manipulating the paint surface in order to achieve remarkable images of the geology and landscape of Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.
New pieces by internationally respected ceramicists John Maltby and John Bedding are on show along with more functional ware by Kevin Warren, Pru Green, Christine Bull, Sophie Smith and Wendy Fowler. Whacky fish, geometric shapes and sophisticated floral designs can be found in the distinctive work of Ros Ingram, Georgie Gardiner and Lise B Moorcroft.
This year we have linked with a group of fine art students from Farnham University for the Creative Arts. Their work is conceptual and plays on the themes of fake, play and restrictions.
There is a large and diverse display of jewellery and a range of functional items by glassmakers and metal smiths. So why not take the opportunity to spend a few hours browsing the artworks that Christine and Frank have gathered in their home and wild mature wooded garden in the glorious setting of the Surrey Hills.

This is the work we installed for the conceptual exhibition by the students.

Altered Realities

This small exhibition has been organised and curated by Nichola Rodgers with curation help from Larina Baker of Farnham UCA Fine arts.

Frank and Christine have kindly allowed me to curate this exhibition within their sculpture garden and during the art fair.

It is based around the themes of fake, play, change and restriction. These pieces challenge or perceptions and expectation of what we are seeing. Creating work from the everyday object allows the artist to push the narratives of each object, so it is approached in a new way.



Nichola Rodgers


The Piece is entitled: Grounded


Artist Statement

My work is centred around and influenced by ruins, objects, spaces and their human connections. Informed by a variety of cultural and critical issues.

Through sculpture, photography and installation I explore the relationships between materials, objects and people by deconstructing and re-evaluating their potentials. It is for the viewer to create their own narratives and shake of their expectations of things.

When the public see my work I want it to have depth and texture, by allowing the work to have a haptic nature. This allows the public to create connection with the objects in new ways.

About the piece:

This Piece has been created with discarded metallic balloons, which have been grounded with concrete and tied with vintage music tapes. Here I am exploring the part of an event or period that is usually forgotten. The end of an era, the end of the party, the last time something was used. And how this affects us to create a kind of nostalgia. The use of concrete and tapes shows us how industry and technology is taking over and change our natural environment.

This piece is a commission only piece but can be made to any size.



Jenna Fox


The Piece is entitled: “City 33”

Artist Statement

I am 50-year-old woman who finally has the chance to develop as an artist and I am in my second year of my Fine Art BA at UCA, Farnham. I am developing my practice around the urban environment. I am a third generation builder and have renovated over 190 properties. I have been exploring the point where fantasy and reality sit and create fantasy pieces that mimic real buildings. I enjoy the absurd and like to add a twist to my work.


About the piece:


This piece is a city where the houses were created using plaster. Their shape was altered and so that many are deformed and out of kilter. I then painted them using pink high gloss exterior paint. It is a tongue in cheek look at the built environment. I have used standard building materials for all the piece, the composite weather proof board, the metal legs, the astro turf and the paint. I am at my happiest in a DIY store surrounded by the possibilities they offer to create.


Varity Baird



The Piece is entitled: Metamorphosis Blossom

Artist Statement

Metamorphosis Blossom is inspired by the journey of me becoming an artist in the first year of my Fine Art Bachelor’s degree at University of Creative Arts, Farnham. Growing up on the Isle of Wight and my past sailing experiences inspired me to explore the phenomenon of ropes. They are vital in the system of sailing a boat, yet they are overlooked in many ways. Throughout my first year I have discovered how I connect with art and the ways I work. I find it fascinating how a materials value or persona can be changed through manipulation to either a resolved product or the unravelling of its manufactured process. The artist Franz Kline inspired me to look at ways to change objects significance through simplifying its form, and he often described his brush strokes as ‘expanding as entities themselves’. This transferred into my work as a way to discover the potential of the material that is otherwise overshadowed by associations of the rope and not appreciated for its aesthetics. The physical unravelling of the rope enhanced the value of its existence to me because of the time I’ve invested into it, despite how destructive the process was.

About the piece:

This is a collection of ropes that have been transformed and given new meanings, we see rope but it isn’t how we expect to see it. We read the name Blossom but our minds see role. That juxtaposition is want is being played with.


Larina Baker


The Pieces are entitled: dysfunctional spine, Pain or Pleasure

 Artist Statement

 I have been previously interested in skateboarding, exploring the space within a vert skate park; investigating the limitations within skateboarding in society and subsequently developing work stimulated by the urban landscape, and Guy Debord Situationist international theory of the derive. The dérive plays a significant part in my practice, as it’s an unplanned journey through a landscape, usually urban, on which the subtle aesthetic contours of the surrounding architecture and geography subconsciously direct the traveller.

I am also exploring elements of the micro and macro of spaces that are frequently overlooked experimenting with methods of Archiving, collecting and recording using photography, video editing and collaging.

About the piece:

Artwork 1:

Title: Dysfunctional spine

Dimensions: W – 22” in L – 44”in H – 20”in

Materials used: Ply wood and Fence wall spikes.

Description: The dysfunctional spine acts as a comment on the Defensible Architecture frequently used in public space. Placing anti-skateboarding spikes on top of a skateboard spine, intends to expose the absurdity of them, as it aims to remove the functionality of a space but in reality, creating more of an attraction to the skateboarder as it just presents a new challenge.

Health and safety warnings – Warning there are spikes on top and screws underneath which are considerably sharp and when moved please move carefully and carry flat.

Artwork 2:

Title: Pain or Pleasure

Dimensions: W- 39” in L- 31”in

Materials used: Wood and Spray paint

Description: The drain can be either a skateboarder’s heaven or a skateboarder hell; regarded as an obstacle to Ollie over or a Potential hazard causing injury. The regular community normally overlooks this valuable element of the urban landscape and it is given status when added to the urban playground, when only navigated by street skateboarder






































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