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Autumn season of exhibitions and events

View here our exciting programme of autumn exhibitions and workshops, including the Surrey Artist of the Year competition, Choice!, Jane Crisp and many more.

Open: Tue - Sat, 10am - 5pm

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New Ashgate Gallery curates a programme of 20-30 annual exhibitions and related events, often working in partnership with local and national art organisations. In addition to our lead exhibitions in the Pavilion Gallery, affortable Craft Collection, Maker in Focus and projects in the Balcony Gallery are worth the visit. While we also show work by established artists, supporting emerging talent in the market place is close to our heart.

Autumn Craft Collection - Celebrate the Harvest

Melina Xenaki, ceramic plant and flower pots

10 September to 5 November 2016

Autumn Craft Collection - Celebrate the Harvest

A wonderful and bespoke collection of ceramics, jewellery, textiles and wood - a must-see for gifts and special occasions.

Highlights include Lindy Barletta, Beverly Bartlett, Sally Burnett, Arjan van Dal, Victoria Claire Dawes, Hannah Facey, Katherine Lees, Clare McKewan, Karen McMillan, Jeremy Nichols, Sabira Silcock, Misun Won, Melina Xenaki, Sevak Zargarian and many more.

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Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 Competition

Adam Aaronson, Celadon Sails, glass, 2016

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17 September to 5 November 2016

Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 Competition

The New Ashgate Gallery invites members of the public to come and vote for their favourite artist.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality arts and craft as voted for by the public during open studio visits. The top scoring artists come together for a programme of events. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, all offering different materials and techniques, from ceramics, collage, glass, jewellery, painting, and photography to printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork - the wealth of Surrey creative talent.

Again, during the exhibition, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2016. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show. The shortlisted artists are Adam Aaronson, Hannah Bruce, Christine Hopkins, Denise Jaques, JoJo Rowley, Jule Mallett, Rachel Mulligan and Jim Tucker.

The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

The season includes workshops for adults and artists - please contact us for information.

View the catalogue at: https://issuu.com/newashgate/docs/issuee_booklet_surrey_artist_of_the

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Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Mirka Janeckova, Coral Ring, silver ring

17 September to 5 November 2016

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

ACJ members work in a myriad of materials, from paper & plastics to precious metals, titanium, copper, enamel, steel, found objects and much more. Crossing the boundaries between body adornment and wearable sculpture, the work is exciting, thoughtful and fresh.

We are delighted to present new and fantastic jewellery by Dauvit Alexander, Elizabeth Campbell, Shimara Carlow, Dani Crompton, Amanda Denison, Michelle Fernandez, Shelby Fitzpatrick, Karen Fox, Emma Habbeshon, Masako Hamaguchi, Susi Hines, Mirka Janeckova, Marion Lebouteiller, Fiona Luing, Katy Luxton, Cathy McCarthy, Mandy Nash, Poppy Porter, Alice Portnoy, Jennifer Saker, Abigail Stradling, Su Trindle, Charlotte Verity, DeeLyn Walsh, Trish Woods and Kat Zahran.
Here is a treasure box of delights, jewellery for women & men, beautifully made and wearable.

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Jane Crisp - Contemporary Take on the Classic Trug - Maker in Focus

Jane Crisp in her studio

17 September to 5 November 2016

Jane Crisp - Contemporary Take on the Classic Trug - Maker in Focus

As a child Jane was taught the importance of looking after our habitats, environment and each other and the positive affect this has on our lives. She became interested in the beauty of necessity, the mother of all invention. Jane believes that functional objects can be elevated, in very simple ways creating heirlooms and longevity in designs we live with every day.

Jane takes inspiration from her local Norfolk and Cambridgeshire countryside, history and tradition, flora and fauna. She loves colour and the textural qualities of natural materials like wood, wool and copper. Jane experiments with the power of invention through processes such as steam-bending that expose the natural properties of materials but also references history and sentiment.

Jane amplifies these traditional values, in an innovative way using the simplification of processes, crafts and construction techniques to celebrate the simplicity of design that unifies form and function. This innocence, honesty and naivety expose an understanding of how it was made to teach and inspire children and adults in the mythology of making and materials.

Christiane Zschommler: Surrey Artist of the Year 2015: One Year On

Christiane Zschommler, Frozen II

Christiane Zschommler, Fleeting Moments II

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17 September to 5 November 2016

Christiane Zschommler: Surrey Artist of the Year 2015: One Year On

Christiane Zschommler was crowned the Surrey Artist of the Year in 2015.

In Christiane's work, the meditative studies of colour, light and texture were taken within a 500 metres stretch of the Basingstoke canal in West-Byfleet, Surrey over the last three years and allow you to look into the details in a way that you almost forget what you are looking at. They create an illusion that occurs when the abstract rendered image transports the viewer and the literal subject itself is lost. The photographs evoke the passing of time.

Since living on the canal Christiane's photographic work is driven by the theme of water, capturing the changing qualities of natural light in her immediate surroundings. Focusing on details, shapes, surfaces and texture, there is no horizon to orient the viewer. The elements-water and sky, merge without perspective and intertwine into a rhythm of colour. Freezing the motion of water or framing a small part of it, the image becomes an abstraction, something that exists only for the briefest of moment and is unrepeatable.

Attempting to capture these fleeting changes and freeze these transient moments always feels like embarking on a journey, like escaping into a thinking space and it seems to act as a catalyst for triggering thoughts. One can discover patterns and implications that are not always present in the image.

Water resonates with memory, pictures like memories dissolve into one another, coming into focus and fading away, retreating into a different world.

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Back to Basics Photography with Claire Lewis

Photo: Claire Lewis

3 October 2016

Back to Basics Photography with Claire Lewis

10am-4pm

Join Claire Lewis, a talented photographer whose expertise spans several genres as she guides you through some of the basic settings to get you off auto and achieve more from your camera. Enjoy the gallery and surrounding location as your muse for this workshop.

Experience is not necessary but participant must have a DSLR camera.

Advance booking essential. £10 adults / £5 students / free to New Ashgate Angels.

The workshop is part of the Farnham Craft Town celebrations and our Surrey Artist of the Year programme that is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and organised in partnership with the Surrey Arts.

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Demystifying the Art World: Full-day participatory workshop for artists & designer-makers with Be Smart About Art - NOW FULL

Photo copyright Chris King

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17 October 2016

Demystifying the Art World: Full-day participatory workshop for artists & designer-makers with Be Smart About Art - NOW FULL

NOW FULL

Monday 17 October 2016, 11am-5pm at the New Ashgate Gallery

Free admission but booking is essential as places are limited.
Bookings: gallery@newashgate.org.uk / 01252 713208

Are you keen to get a foot into the art world, yet find it inaccessible?

Would you like to know how to price your art and understand best practices for editioning?

Do you wonder how to start getting noticed by galleries, and even exhibit with them?

** If you've answered 'YES' to any of the above, this professional development session is for you! **
In this participatory workshop for artists (emerging to mid career), you will discover:
The varying roles in the industry (from art consultants to independent curators) and best practices on how you can develop relationships with them (also including commission split);

The change of the traditional artist / dealer relationship in recent times, and how you can take advantage of this for the benefit of your career;

What you can do to establish credibility, develop your artist brand and come across with confidence when talking about your practice;

The three golden rules to pricing art, editioning art, and a TON of art world insider insight into pricing for profitability;

The three top proven ways to attain gallery representation, and a whole host of practical tips to get out there, get seen and to work towards your goals.

Real-life success stories will be shared, to provide essential understanding as to how you can successfully break into the art world, even if you come from another industry or don't have an arts qualification.

You'll be provided a workbook to use throughout the session which will later serve as a useful reference guide.

Trainer: Susan Mumford [MInstSMM MA FRSA MPSA]
Mumford is a game-changer in the 21st Century art world. She's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker and author. While running a gallery in Soho, London, she founded the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a non-profit trade network with London, New York and Virtual chapters. Several years later, she started a social enterprise called Be Smart About Art, which helps art world professionals thrive in a changing industry. In late 2015, her first book was published: Art is your life. Make it your living.

The workshop is part of the Farnham Craft Town celebrations and our Surrey Artist of the Year programme that is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and organised in partnership with the Surrey Arts.

Workshop: Introduction to Mosaics with Denise Jaques

Denise Jaques in her studio

18 October 2016

Workshop: Introduction to Mosaics with Denise Jaques

NOW FULL

10am-2pm, New Ashgate Gallery

On this introduction to mosaics workshop at the New Ashgate Gallery, you will create or select a design, explore colour, cut, shape and apply tiles to create your own mosaic using a direct method. All materials and equipment will be provided. Previous experience of mosaic is not necessary. But watch out, as mosaics can be addictive!

Denise is a mixed media artist specialising in mosaics. She uses glass, ceramics and found pieces to create movement, rhythm and distorted reflections. She creates mosaic pieces for the home, garden and to wear. Denise has been teaching mosaics, art, crafts and textiles in adult education for more than 20 years. She is the founder of Mosaic Happy that organises mosaic workshops in Denise's studio. Denise's work can be viewed as part of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition.

Advance booking essential. £10 adults / £5 students / free to New Ashgate Angels.

The workshop is part of the Farnham Craft Town celebrations and our Surrey Artist of the Year programme that is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and organised in partnership with the Surrey Arts.

Shakspeare Glass: Maker in Focus

12 November 2016 to 7 January 2017

Shakspeare Glass: Maker in Focus

We are delighted to exhibit a large selection of Shakspeare Glass this Christmas - from large wall mounted sculpture to beautiful festive baubles.

Will Shakspeare set up Shakspeare Glass 25 years ago in a small workshop next to his home in Burnham On Sea, blowing contemporary, handmade art glass for galleries in the UK and abroad. Today, Will has become one of the leading British glassmakers, known for his wide range of work and his individual contemporary style. His work has been featured in press and television including many programmes such as Kirstie's Homemade Home and Kirstie's Homemade Christmas with Kirstie Allsopp. Will has also worked in Central and South America as a consultant in glass production and design. According to Will:

My new collection of work is inspired by a new hobby, scuba diving, and my ongoing snorkeling trips. In particular I have tried to capture the feel of the sea with the shoals of glittering and flittering fish, the shadows from the sunlight through the reeds and seaweeds and the reflections on the pebbles and rocks on the seafloor in the shallows of the coastal regions.

Contemporary Textiles

Maiko Dawson, Market Tote and Tablet Purse, leather

12 November 2016 to 7 January 2017

Contemporary Textiles

New Ashgate presents work by 9 textile makers, all perfectly balancing the important visual elements of pattern, colour and design with the physical and tactile nature of textiles.

Each maker is chosen for their ability to combine techniques, often traditional, with new ideas or cutting edge materials. Fusing outstanding craftsmanship with an eye for the current craft market, makers have impressed with their designs for decorative, wearable, collectible products.

The exhibition includes some of the hottest up-and-coming names in the textile art market: Maiko Dawson, Matthew Harris, Michelle House, Janie Knitted Textiles, Syrah Jay, Laura Mirjami, Claire Moynihan, Sally Nencini and Jacky Puzey.

There will be something to suit all tastes, perfect for gifts or a treat for yourself.

Winter Exhibition

Hattie Shaw ceramic lights

Victoria Radcliffe, Whiskey on the Rocks’, Sterling silver mountain with cork stopper and crystal glass tumbler. Photo: J. Lampson

  • Whiskey On The Rocks, Sterling Silver Mountain With Cork Stopper & Crystal Glass Tumbler. Photographer Jerry Lampson

12 November 2016 to 7 January 2017

Winter Exhibition

The Christmas season brings together more than 50 artists and makers. Find craft-led gifts and unique ideas as well as inspiration from bespoke home decorations and wall art to adorable jewellery.

Painting, pastel, print and photography by Angela A'Court, Mychael Barratt, Neil Bousfield, Tim Burns, John Duffin, Sally Anne Fitter, Phil Greenwood, Finn Hopson, Catherine Hyde, Peter Jackman, Jennie Jewitt-Harris, Tessa Pearson, Garry Pereira, Tony Watson and many more.

Sculpture by Naomi Beevers, Sarah Cox, Claire Ireland, Faye Mayo, Jane Muir and Midori Takaki.

Craft including ceramics, jewellery, photography, textiles, wood, glass and basketry by: Adam Aaronson, A Jewel Made in Greece, Ruta Brown Lucy Burley, Marshall Colman, Matthew Corbishley, Lisa Dakin, EM Jewellery, Judit Esztergomi, Robert Goldsmith, Kathryn Hinton, Jan Lewin-Cadogan, Peter Layton, Judith Needham, Victoria Radcliffe, Hattie Shaw, Meryl Till, Yo Thom, Ali Tomlin, Hilary Williams and many more.

Support the excellence in arts and crafts by the UK artists and makers in this special season. We are a charity: all funds raised are invested in cultivating arts and crafts through exhibition opportunities, professional practice programmes, mentoring and partnership projects. Buying art work Christmas will make a difference.

Gift cards are available. Ask about Own Art, the scheme that makes buying art affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan, representative 0% APR.

Celebrating 50 years

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

01252 713208
gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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