International Sculptor Jonathan Hateley to open AppArt 2024

Each year AppArt invites a prominent artist to open our annual Easter Art Exhibition and Sculpture Trail at Prior’s Field School in Godalming. This year sculptor Jonathan Hateley has agreed to do this and exhibit some of his organic figurative sculptures.

Jonathan embarked on his artist journey 2003, having previously sculpted for models and effects in TV and film, and created props for the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” and the English National Opera.

Living and working from his studio in the East Sussex countryside, all aspects of the natural world inspire Jonathan’s artwork. Working in clay, he enjoys the challenge of creating from both the real and imagined. Through his close observation and manipulation of materials, Jonathan is able to create detail and texture or surface bas-relief on his sculpture, which are hand finished and painted to accentuate the relief.  His latest sculpture “Calmer Seas” cleverly reflects the ripples and waves of the sea in the figures dress.

Visitors can expect a wonderful and eclectic mix of 2D and 3D works both inside the School’s magnificent theatre and outside in the Gertrude Jekyll inspired garden. There are likely to be around 800 artworks on display and there will be most mediums represented including paintings, sculpture, glass, textiles, ceramics, batik and photography.

AppArt is fortunate to be supported by leading artists from the local area and much wider afield and has acquired a reputation of being a leading gallery of high quality and affordable art.

Jamel Akib returns to AppArt this year and he has a huge following all over the country. His distinctive style is instantly recognised and his paintings always reflect movement and a very colourful palette as in “Surfacing”. We are really delighted that sculptor Ev Meynell’s work will feature both indoors and outdoors after several year’s absence. Many of his pieces experiment with metamorphoses between the human and natural world and between figurative and abstract modes.  “Freedom” is an elegant sculpture of a white figure holding or about to release a dove to the sky.

Soraya French who opened AppArt in 2023 will be exhibiting some of her colourful floral works and African scenes.  Roger Dellar’s work always makes an impression and this year he is presenting some smaller studies that are sure to impress

AppArt’s exhibition will take place from the 30th March to 13th April and it will be open daily from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free.

AppArt was founded in 2012 by Evelyn & Gwyn Phillips to encourage interest in the visual arts in the Surrey area. They hold an annual exhibition at Prior’s Field School  and smaller events at their Grayswood Studio. They have been curating exhibitions for over 20 years.