New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Exhibitions are at the heart of our work and we run an all-year programme of exhibitions.
We support emerging artists and makers in the county through professional, business and audience development in the market place. We work to raise aspirations and inspire excellence through partnerships.
We deliver outreach and gallery workshops with artists for diverse audiences.
Established in 1959, the Ashgate Gallery began life as an artists’ co-operative. The New Ashgate Gallery Trust was formed in 1976 and we became a not-for-profit organisation operating out of the current premises in Waggon Yard, a seventeenth century Grade II listed building in in the centre of the Farnham Craft Town. During the years, the gallery has administered the profits from craft and art sales to create prizes and scholarships, and for the purchase of artworks for local and national museums. It was one of the first provincial galleries to show artists with an international reputation as well as supporting local talent.
Today, New Ashgate Gallery provides an unparalleled resource for Farnham, Surrey and beyond. It is the destination for viewing and buying the best of affordable contemporary art and craft by established and emerging artists and makers. The Gallery curates an exciting programme of exhibitions and is dedicated to champion the best contemporary art and craft in the market place. As a charity, it also fosters emerging artists and makers through mentoring and touring exhibitions, working in partnership with organisations such as Crafts Council. Moreover, the trust supports diverse audiences through a community programme of gallery and outreach workshops, led by local and regional artists.
The University for the Creative Arts (UCA) and New Ashgate Gallery announced a partnership in March 2013. A Memorandum of Agreement was signed, enabling UCA students to show and sell more work at the gallery.
We sell work by more than 200 artists and makers every year. Through the sale of contemporary art and craft, our collectors support British practitioners. Any funds raised are invested in cultivating arts and crafts through exhibition opportunities, professional practice programmes, mentoring and partnership projects. Commission on sale of work is paid to artists, supporting the creative lives of artists and makers. The gallery commission funds the overheads and further charitable activities - our passion for exhibitions and creative learning.