The Guildford Institute launches biggest programme yet for Autumn

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Frankie Gale

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Frankie Gale

The Guildford Institute launches biggest programme yet with new autumn brochure

The Guildford Institute, a charity providing cultural education to the local community and beyond, has launched its autumn brochure. With its biggest programme to date, look forward to the change in season and choose from nearly 100 events and activities on offer from September to December.

This autumn, the Institute has several exciting events inspired by the focus of Celebrating Genius and will explore many famous (and some forgotten) names in history. From individuals with close connections to Surrey to others from around the globe, highlights include a fascinating course on Oscar Wilde and talks on inventor Barnes Wallis and author Lucie Duff Gordon.

There will be lots of opportunities to get creative as the Institute’s art and craft workshops continue to grow. Learn how to create a unique landscape using needle felting, join a relaxing day-workshop and paint a floral masterpiece, or spend a mindful morning capturing nature in art.

New additions to the programme include Beginners Yoga and Chair Yoga, perfect for those starting out, returning after a break or looking for a gentle form of yoga. This term will also see the return of Italian courses to the building, with opportunities for beginners through to advanced level.

Other highlights in the Institute’s packed programme include its popular Open Mic Night, a special 1940s event with Joanna Foat, author of Tales of the Lumberjills, and an evening lecture on Yinka Shonibare, one of the UK’s leading contemporary artists.

Amy Rice, Institute Manager, says: “With the cooler months ahead, autumn is the perfect time to visit our welcoming space. Whether you have a passion for art history, music, languages, are keen to discover new places or meet new people, we have something for everyone. Booking on to one of our activities is also a great way to support our charity”.

This term’s brochure cover, Summer’s Fall, is by local abstract artist Sarah E. Jones. Working in acrylic and mixed media, she is drawn to landscape, seascape, nature and spirit – fusing the natural world with the spiritual.

The Institute’s autumn term will run from 4 September to 17 December 2024. Advance booking for all paid Institute activities is essential. View the Institute’s autumn brochure online via or pick up a copy from the building.