New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond

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Gallery team

Dr Outi Remes, Gallery Director at New Ashgate
Dr Outi Remes, Gallery Director at New Ashgate

Alison Woodley, Art Consultant
Alison Woodley, Art Consultant

Rachel Lartey, Art Consultant
Rachel Lartey, Art Consultant

Mihaela Coman, Art Consultant
Mihaela Coman, Art Consultant


Outi Remes, Gallery Director

Together with the trustees, Outi leads the service, strategic direction and organisational objectives of the Gallery as the educational charity. She has more than fifteen years of experience in the sector. Before joining the team at the New Ashgate Gallery, she worked as the Head of Exhibitions at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire.

Outi was awarded a PhD from the University of Reading and she has also lectured and worked for Richmond American International University in London, Birkbeck College, the University of London, the University of Reading and the Randolph Macon Woman's College, Reading. She is a steering committee member of the Museums and Exhibitions Group and the Association for Art History (AAH), that creates dialogue between academics and arts professionals. Outi is the editor of three art books: 'Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art' (with Pam Skelton), 'Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters' (with Laura MacCulloch & Marika Leino) and 'Crossing Borders: Translation and Nostalgia in Contemporary Art' (with Ming Turner).


Alison Woodley, Art Consultant & Gallery Administrator (on maternity leave)

Alison became a permanent member of staff in 2011 after volunteering at the gallery for two years. She has a background in textiles having completed a degree in textile design and working as a self-employed weaver for four years. Alison also gained an MA in contemporary crafts from UCA Farnham in 2007.

Since working at the gallery Alison has developed a love for ceramics and particularly enjoys meeting the artists and learning about their inspirations and processes.


Rachel Lartey, Art Consultant (Mon, Wed - Sat)


Rachel has a broad ranging career in the Arts, prior to joining the New Ashgate Gallery she worked as an Arts Consultant at Gas Gallery, London. She has extensive Art Fair and sales experience along with a real love of finding new and exciting Art and Craft talent. Prior to this commercial experience she worked as Senior Curator at National Arts In Health charity, Paintings in Hospitals. Rachel was responsible for the management of a sizeable Modern British Art collection displayed throughout UK Healthcare sites. Earlier on in her career, Rachel managed Westbury Farm Studios a progressive Artist's collective in Buckinghamshire.

Rachel graduated in 2002 with a BA in Arts Education from Bretton Hall, University of Leeds and completed an MA in Museum and Arts Management from University of Greenwich 2006.


Mihaela Coman, Art Consultant (Tue)

Mihaela graduated the MA Jewellery at University for the Creative Arts in 2019. She is a narrative jeweller, selected at few international fairs. She has a strong background in cultural management, she worked over ten years for Humanitas, the most prestigious publishing group in Romania. 


Vicky Rowsell, Bookkeeper

Board of Trustees

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New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

01252 713208

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