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Summer season of exhibitions and events

View here our exciting programme of summer exhibitions, including our 50th anniversary at Waggon Yard exhibition with many of our favourites and the 40th anniversary exhibition by the glass artist Peter Layton.

Opening hours: Tue - Sat 10am - 5pm

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New Ashgate Gallery curates a programme of more than 25 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.

Rural and Urban Perspectives: A Photographer's View

Charlie Waite, Mandalay, Myanmar

23 April to 4 June 2016

Rural and Urban Perspectives: A Photographer's View

Five photographers have come together to present their perspective on dynamic, stylish urban and rural settings.

The exhibition showcases work by Valda Bailey, Finn Hopson, Tom McLaughlan, Sue Roche and Charlie Waite.

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Sally Anne Fitter and Celia Wilkinson - Outside and In

Cosmos in Gold vase by Sally Anne Fitter

23 April to 4 June 2016

Sally Anne Fitter and Celia Wilkinson - Outside and In

Two artists showcasing a delight of colour through still life collages and acrylic landscapes.

Celia's paintings are a very personal response to her surroundings and events in her life. They have become a visual diary, hence the change in tempo of some of the paintings. Celia is interested in the process of deconstructing the landscape and piecing it back together with the aim of expressing more than just what she sees but allowing the viewer to experience what she is feeling at the time. In Celia's most recent paintings, she has allowed her subconscious to take charge. She never plans a painting but starts with a simple brushstroke which is where the journey begins.

Sally Anne Fitter's still life collages are stylish and vibrant, the perfect complement to Celia's landscapes. Sally Anne works mainly in acrylic on canvas, layering and working into the paint to create texture. Sally regularly incorporates collage and gold leaf into her paintings. She uses a vivid and rich colour pallete, influenced by her training as a textile designer. She employs pattern and decoration to apply vivid colours.

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Peter Layton: 40 Years of Excellence in Glassmaking

Peter Layton, Black Burano Sailform Pair. Photo by Ester Segarra

23 April to 4 June 2016

Peter Layton: 40 Years of Excellence in Glassmaking

The potential of glass, as an exciting medium for expressive art, has long been under-appreciated. This is rapidly changing as studio glass artists become more adventurous and as fine artists increasingly value its unique properties and versatility and begin to utilise this extraordinary medium in their art.

We feel it is important to acknowledge Peter Layton as someone who has done more than most to advance/further the development of glass as a creative medium for artistic expression.

Peter, affectionately considered the 'grand old man' of British glass will turn 80 next year. Coincidentally his studio, London Glassblowing, among the first in Europe is also celebrating its 40th anniversary as a vibrant creative hub.In the last 40 years scores of talented glassmakers have worked under his tutelage, producing incredible collaborative projects and individual works of glass art.

This exhibition is proposed to mark the occasion, and to celebrate his long and active involvement with the international studio glass movement, in particular his important contribution at the forefront of the British Glass scene.

Peter Layton will be attending the private view on Friday 22 April, please contact us to book a place for a free mini talk by Peter before the private view at 5.45pm.

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A Jewel Made in Greece

23 April to 4 June 2016

A Jewel Made in Greece

This contemporary jewellery showcase presents stunning Greek jewellery by 15 renown Greek makers. The exhibition highlights the creative dialogue between the culture and the history of Greek jewellery. It will provide visitors with a collection of pieces that are influenced by ancient Greek adornments. From Mycenaean masks, Byzantine silver wedding crowns to Macedonian burial wreaths, each has been re-imagined as a rich source of inspiration for a contemporary creation that has attracted international acclaim.

We are delighted to present work by Apostolos Kleitsiotis, Eleni Orfanou, Michael Pelamidis, Polina Sapouna-Ellis, Elen Zolia, Margarita Chrissaki, Eleni Daskalaki, Mary Samoli, Christina Soubli, Tina Karageorgi, Vaso Kaloudioti, Dolly Boucouyiannis, Vally Kontidis, Sarina Beza, Tatiana Choremi and Xenia Nefelly Vlachou.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with A Jewel Made in Greece (AJMIG).

Crafts of Child's Play

Sally Nencini, Dollys

11 June to 23 July 2016

Crafts of Child's Play

This exhibition will showcase new work that is inspired by play, children stories, childhood memories and/or has an idiosyncratic childlike quality. It is often also created with children in mind. Join us to celebrate the art of timeless childhood and find many ideas for younger "collectors" of art.

Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

Gareth Mason, A Secret Keeper

11 June to 23 July 2016

Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

Established in 1959, the Ashgate Gallery began as an artists' co-operative. In 1966, it moved to its current location in Waggon Yard, Farnham. In 2016, the trust celebrates the 50th anniversary in its beautiful 17th century Grade II listed gallery.
The celebration culminates in an exhibition that will showcase the history of creativity, beauty and heritage in the gallery - one of the key not-for-profit organisations in the Farnham Craft Town.
The exhibition offers a showcase of past, present and future artists and makers who have worked with us. It will present new work by Adam Aaronson, Peter Beard, Peter Blake, Emma Dunbar, Michael Fairclough, Peter Hayes, Akiko Hirai, Richard Jack, Anita Klein, Heidi Koenig, Margaret O'Rorke, John Maltby, Gareth Mason, Fiona Millais, Jane Muir, Debbie Prosser, Duncan Ross, Jeni Ross, Guy Royle and Sarah Spackman.

We are inviting members of the public to come forward and reminisce any stories about their memories of the gallery from 1966, to get in contact email gallery@newashgate.org.uk

Sarah Spackman Workshop: A Closer Look at Colour - Working with Oil Paint

Sarah Spackman, On the Shelf

Sarah Spackman, Then There Were Three

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20 June 2016

Sarah Spackman Workshop: A Closer Look at Colour - Working with Oil Paint

20 June, 11am-3pm

This course is open to anyone who would like to learn about, or to improve their colour mixing skills. Using oil paints, we will look at how colours are created, and what effect they have on each other in a painting. Working from a simple still-life set up, we will mix a large variety of colours and look at the difference between them. Experience is not necessary, just a large palette to give plenty of space in which to mix paint.

You will need:

- oil paints: Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium Red, Alizarin Crimson Viridian Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue and Ultramarine.
- a palette knife, a large palette, 2 oil painting brushes of different sizes (eg. 2 and 4), 2 jam jars.
- low odour solvent e.g. Sansodor Lots of rags (very important), 2 small boards or canvases e.g.. 25x30cm or thereabouts.

Sarah Spackman explores the world through objects and still life. 'I am very interested in how we see things and relate them to their surroundings', she explains. 'I love my studio. It's only a short bike ride from home, but when I am there, I am in a different world.' Her paintings are quiet in their presence, but nonetheless powerful and engaging to the viewer. Her palette is meticulous and organised, her colours carefully mixed before going anywhere near the canvas. Although her subject matter deals mainly with the things we see every day, flowers from the garden, pots used around the house, fruit from the allotment, Sarah feels that there are many ways of looking at things. Every painting is an exploration of the form and colour of the object. The space that these objects inhabit, and the space between them and the artist is all part of the painting. These are small paintings taking a closer look at things we have around us, but do not always notice. They take the object out of the ordinary and make the viewer look again. Sarah Spackman has worked full time as an artist since graduation from Byam Shaw and Camberwell Schools of Art in 1981. Her work is found in numerous private collections and has been acquired by the Allied National Bank of Ireland. She works from her East Oxford studio at the Edith Road Workshops, a former punt-building workshop. Her former exhibition credits include The Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition, and Discerning Eye at Mall Galleries.

Places are limited. Call to book: 01252 713208. Admission: £10; students: £5. Free to Gallery Angels.

The course is part of our 50 Years at Waggon Yard celebrations. It is supported by the Farnham Town Council.

Claire Lewis Course: Back to Basics Photography

Photo: Claire Lewis

27 June to 4 July 2016

Claire Lewis Course: Back to Basics Photography

27 June and 4 July
Two Mondays mornings: 10am-2.30pm

Criteria: Bring your SLR camera and the manual. Be prepared to go walkabout.

Claire Lewis a talented photographer with expertise spanning several genres will be joining us to guide you through some of the basic settings, focusing on Aperture and Shutter speed. Working off Auto helping you achieve more from your camera. Claire has worked alongside charities, businesses and families creating story-board photo shoots to capture the essence of time, place and people both in the UK and overseas.

Places are limited. Call to book: 01252 713208. Admission: £20; students: £5. Free to Gallery Angels.

The course is part of our 50 Years at Waggon Yard celebrations. It is supported by the Farnham Town Council.

Hothouse 6: Showcasing the best makers in UK today

30 July to 10 September 2016

Hothouse 6: Showcasing the best makers in UK today

This showcase will demonstrate the value and importance of innovative handmade craft. Hothouse 6 offers a vital stepping stone for craft artists wishing to break into the sector. As a result, the selected makers will soon be snapped up by prestigious retail outlets and manufacturers and soon to be occupying the shelves of the likes of Liberty London or Harrods.

Hothouse 6 is a Crafts Council initiative where selected makers take part in the six-month programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 and Christiane Zschommler

Christiane Zschommler, the 2015 winner of the competition, also exhibits new work

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17 September to 5 November 2016

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 and Christiane Zschommler

The New Ashgate Gallery invites members of the public to come and vote for their favourite artist.
Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a valuable partnership between New Ashgate gallery and Surrey Artists Open Studios. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality fine arts and craft as voted for by the public during their June Surrey open studio visits.

The top 10 artists come together for a programme of events including exhibition throughout the New Ashgate Gallery. 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.
Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favourite 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 worth £1,000 and a solo show at New Ashgate Gallery.

During the exhibition, there will also be an opportunity to view work by Christiane Zschommler who was crowned the Surrey Artist of the Year in 2015. In Christiane's work, freezing the motion of water or framing a small part of it becomes an abstraction, of something that exists only for the briefest of moments. There is poetry within the constantly rippling water.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is organised by New Ashgate in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine is the official Media Partner of the competition.

Celebrating 50 years

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

01252 713208
gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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