New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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New Ashgate Gallery curates a programme of more than 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.
15 January to 27 February 2016
Kate Schuricht is an established British ceramic artist working in raku and stoneware firing. Her range of work includes boxes, tapered vessels, jugs and wall vases. Her pieces are often shown in groupings or small collections, combined with wood, slate or stone. Raku firing breathes a new life into the pieces. Crackles work differently over each form, finding their unique pathway to delineate the surface of a sphere, box, cylinder or jug. The distinctive crazing is truly unique.
Kate studied Three Dimensional Design at the University of Brighton, specialising in ceramics and visual research. After graduating in 1996, Kate was selected for an international ceramic residency in Japan, where she worked alongside established Japanese, Korean and American artists. On her return, Kate set up her business at Cockpit Arts, London, where she was based for nearly 10 years. Now a Professional Member of the Crafts Potters Association, Kate has completed commissions for a number of private and public collections, including British Airways, the British Embassy in St Petersburg, Craftspace and Cowley Manor. Her work is collected worldwide and features in several printed publications and films.
15 January to 27 February 2016
StueyB is a filmmaker, making short films for luxury brands like McLaren, The Balvenie and Vita Gottlieb. StueyB is drawn to shapes and the way that lights falls upon and around those shapes. There is peace to be found in their consideration - whether they are devised of angles or curves. His work transforms what he saw at shutter release into what he felt at the time. Bodies become landscapes; architectural features become spaces for the mind to explore.
Stuey's practice is the battleground where his desire for cleanliness and order meets his fascination with chaos and its lack of structure. This very tension between order and chaos is the engine behind his motivations. It is this internal battle that has defined his style. He says:
Metaphorically, it's a chess move... I release the shutter, then in post-production I take two steps back and one to the left, to simplify and subvert, and complete the image. If it's too tight I'm not challenged, if it's too loose I'm not satisfied. When I get it right, I'm balancing on the edge of a razor blade and I'm share the emotion I had when I took the shot.
Influenced by the cubists and their depiction of faces of 3D objects, presented in two dimensions, this series looks at simple architectural features as the subject matter.
Architects design solid structures but also consider the spaces between the walls; after all, these spaces are created for us to inhabit. Corners is a working title for a series in progress, looking at combining images to create spaces not meant for human habitation, but as spaces for the mind to explore.
The human figure is a complex of shapes that join smoothly, creating beautiful tones, especially where they meet. Curves are seen to replicate their form and radii all over the body, similar to the way that fractals replicate themselves.
Using very specific crops this work abstracts the figure into strange and calming landscapes.
15 January to 27 February 2016
One of our loved favourites, Peter Jackman, offers a new collection of paintings and original prints to start 2016. Peter's drawings and paintings are interpretations of landscapes and objects within the landscape in a semi abstract form. They represent impressions and reactions to particular places and objects. They are developed from sketches, photographs and memories: which, through stages of drawings and over drawing, with layers or various media, tend to become more abstract as the work evolves. As each piece progresses the work becomes its own reference, where the original source image may just be represented in the form of some particular shape, texture or colour.
Peter also attempts to render an image that portrays something of his personal reaction to a particular place or scene. His current work is a result of recent visits to the north and south of Iceland. The landscape there is physically and visually challenging and as a result Peter has found his mark making and colour palate has become more robust as a result.
15 January to 27 February 2016
A dynamic of six artists come to New Ashgate Gallery this January. All based in the East of Surrey, there is an exciting mix on offer. We are delighted to welcome Joseph Harrington whose work is shown internationally, won numerous awards, most recently the Craft & Design award at the International Festival of Glass Biennale 2013. Striking glass landscapes looking at erosion as a spectacle of discovery and generation of form, revealing a sense of the history and movement of a place.
Complimenting Joseph's work are Lesley Jones paintings and Bill Hall's etchings. Lesley achieves exquisite technique in her angelic paintings, depicting the essence of the landscape and bringing calm to the viewer, whilst Bill's etchings offer simple observations that tell intriguing stories.
Heidi Harrington's screen-printed ceramic designs are inspired by both the movement and stillness in nature combined with an enjoyment of the traditional depictions of landscape on ceramic objects for interiors.
Bringing more dialogue to the show are Marilyn Kyle's prints and installation pieces, exploring the contradictions within the lives of most families: the joys and the sadnesses.
The final member is Adam Green, his paintings are novel yet sophisticated. The continued presence of ornamental, hypnotic patterns draw from his love of Mexican and African iconography. He takes alternative reference from vintage commercial images, pulling together diverse elements to achieve a quirky, but dynamic composition. Humour flows throughout all of his work, giving the underlying complexity a more approachable edge.
15 January to 27 February 2016
Hilary Mayo will be exhibiting a collection of new work inspired by a recent visit to Rio De Janiero, perfectly complementing Peter Jackmans' abstract mixed media images.
Hilary's ceramics vessels and sculptural pieces are inspired by fragments of visual memory, and this new collection of works respond to Mayo's recent visit as a volunteer at the Rio de Janeiro Street Child World Cup. Drawn from photographs documenting the Vidigal favela and the notorious 'City of God' suburb, the fragile rims, cracked glazes and imperfections in her work reflect both the poverty of the people who live there, and the beauty that can still be found in the details.
Hilary has just completed the Crafts Council Hothouse programme for emerging makers funded by the Arts Council.
Georgia Lingwood, Locust.
4 March to 16 April 2016
Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated exhibition is accompanied by professional development and a cash prize. In the past, many of the selected exhibitors have gone on to a high profile career and elite programmes such as Hothouse supported by Crafts Council.
For many artists and makers who have just completed an MA or BA, they are at a cross roads, where they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but do not have the proven exhibitor track record that most galleries look for. The New Ashgate Gallery offers an important platform and for many the starting point to an exceptional career.
The selected shortlist consists of Mike Barrett, Charlotte Biszewski, Aimee Bollu, Emma Buckley, Rachel Butlin, Karen Donovan, Carol Hunt, Tae Yeon Kim, Georgia Lingwood, Joanna Lloyd, Sarah Luxford, Jane Ogden-Swift, Henry Pucknell, Emma Rule, Emily Stapleton-Jefferies, Mircea Teleaga, Yan Tengjun, Albeiro Rojas Tomedes and Melissa Yarlett. One of the participant will be chosen by a panel of judges as the Rising Stars 2016 winner - she or he will receive a cash prize and an exhibition at New Ashgate in 2017.
The selectors were Rebecca Skeels, Post Graduate Subject & Senior Tutor for University of Creative Arts Farnham; Caitlin Heffernan, Visual Officer for Surrey Arts and Caroline Jackman, artist and arts manager.
The programme is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust and organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.
5 March to 16 April 2016
We are delighted to host a new collection of work by Emily Gardiner, a year on from winning Rising Stars 2015. Her work is superbly made and full of humour and question, bringing ceramics to life.
The physicality of matter and convergence of materials are at the heart of Emily's practice. Coming from a background in interactive media, Emily is unsettled by the modern obsession with virtuality. She believes the physical offers something tangible and therefore more 'real' than virtual experience, which is essentially illusory. Emily proposes that if material is reality and reality is truth, the raw, visceral qualities of matter could anchor us to the real world through their physical and tangible existence, in a way that the virtual cannot.
22 April to 4 June 2016
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 paints from memory which allows her to capture the essence of the place incorporating her inner landscape. 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 Ann Fitter's still life collages are stylish and vibrant, the perfect complement to Celia's landscapes. Sally works mainly in acrylic on canvas, layering and working into the paint to create texture. Sally regularly incorporates collage and gold leaf in her paintings and uses a vivid and rich colour pallete, which is evident from her training as a textile designer in the use of pattern and decoration.
23 April to 4 June 2016
Five photographers have come together to showcase 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.
10 June to 23 July 2016
Celebrating 50 years since the Ashgate Gallery came to Waggon Yard. The exhibition will celebrate creativity, beauty and heritage, offering a showcase of past, present and future artists and makers who have worked with us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
30 July to 10 September 2016
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.