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New season of exhibitions and events

The new season highlights include exhibitions by makers from the Crafts Council's Hothouse 7, Mandy Cheng, Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year competition and many more. season highlights include

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‚ÄčNew 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.

Summer Craft Collection

Janet Yeun Yau, Nested White Pearl necklace

6 May to 2 September 2017

Summer Craft Collection

The new season brings new makers to the gallery. Our specially selected Craft Collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles by makers which includes:

Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Daniel Boyle, Carys Davies, Caroline Finlay, Katharina Klug, Fiona Luing, Sabine Nemet, Katy Mitchell, Anna Pope, Sanders & Wallace, Geoffrey Swindell, Katalin Szallas, Rebecca Wilson and Janet Yeun Yau.

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Jane Wormell: Botanical Landscapes

Jane Wormell, Early Summer, oil on linen

12 August to 23 September 2017

Jane Wormell: Botanical Landscapes

Jane works from a studio in North London where she has created a flower-filled courtyard garden, where she gathers the subjects that inspire her paintings.

Jane's work encompass small, intense studies of individual plants and large expansive canvases of hedgerows and flower borders. She is driven by her love of plants and the English landscape, and a quiet intensity and northern light infuses her work.

She is interested in the structure of the plants but also the atmosphere they create and their relationship with the vegetation around them. Jane says: I think my botanical subjects as landscapes, exploring the interplay of light and tone and the spaces and rhythms between each plant to bring out the beauty and the drama of the forms.

Jane works in oil on linen, building up layers of colour to create carefully constructed, highly detailed paintings. An obsessive gardener, Jane is never happier than when sitting with a cup of tea and a seed catalogue amongst her plants.

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Maker in Focus: Mandy Cheng: The Graceful Minimalist

Mandy Cheng, Platter – Movement, porcelain. Photo: the artist.

12 August to 23 September 2017

Maker in Focus: Mandy Cheng: The Graceful Minimalist

Mandy Cheng's porcelain works are designed to look graceful and minimalist, they conjure a feeling of lightness and a sense of movement.

Her signature mesmerizing patterns mimic the vivid diversity of nature, but are not painted on. Using a lamination method, the patterns are meticulously prepared by repeated cutting and layering of porcelain sheets. Her hands-on approach ensures every pattern is unique and unrepeatable.

Being creative and technically minded, Mandy continues to develop the skills needed to overcome the combined challenges of the natural fragility of porcelain, the complex lamination method, and the difficulty of hand building thin walled larger works.

Her beautiful creations are both functional and decorative: timeless collectible objects to behold and use.

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Hothouse 2017:  Spot the Talent

OLL, Crease brooch, Fold brooch, Sandwich necklace. Polymer, gold filled wire. Photo: Anya Kovalieva

12 August to 23 September 2017

Hothouse 2017: Spot the Talent

This exhibition celebrates fresh, innovative and bespoke craft and is part of our programme to introduce some of the most exciting new makers to art lovers and collectors.

The makers are selected from the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse 2017 programme that offers a stepping stone for new makers wishing to break into the sector. Join us to see their work before the makers are spotted by high profile manufacturers and retail outlets as Liberty London or Harrods. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts.

The exhibition features work by Elizabeth Jane Campbell, Casabi Designs (Chloé Smith), Majeda Clarke, Forest + Found, Kate Haywood, Sarah Hitchens, Line Nilsen, OLL (Anya Kovalieva), Amanda Priest, Julia Rushworth, Sophie Southgate and Charlotte Wilkinson

The New Ashgate Gallery is a Hothouse partner. Hothouse 2017 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. It includes workshops, 1:1 mentoring and connects the maker to a national network of makers and organisations. It provides the maker with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful business when they need these skills most - at the start of their career.

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Views of Farnham: Part 2: John Bryce & Susie Lidstone (with trugs by Jane Crisp)

John Bryce, Farnham Castle, wood engraving. Copyright: the artist

Susie Lidstone, Castle Street, watercolour.

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12 August to 23 September 2017

Views of Farnham: Part 2: John Bryce & Susie Lidstone (with trugs by Jane Crisp)

Following on from a very successful Farnham Views Part 1, we are delighted to bring together two more local artists and their observations of the town and surrounding areas.

Before retirement John Bryce worked as a research scientist at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Farnborough. He now pursues an active career as a painter and printmaker. As a wood engraver, John produces original limited edition prints. The process involves engraving an image onto an end-grain boxwood block. This is then inked and printed onto paper using a Victorian Albion Press. John is very influenced by the effects of light as they occur in the sky, on buildings and on water and he has tried to depict this in his recent wood engravings. He uses the engraving tools to cut a variety of marks on the block to express the drama and mood of an experienced event.

Susie Lidstone has been painting for some 30 years and works from her small studio in Farnham. Susie trained in Fine Art Printmaking at West Surrey College of Art and Design and has gone on to accept commissions from all over the world. Susie is one of only a few women worldwide to be a full member of The Society of Architectural Illustration. Fascinated by the architecture of Farnham and all its alleyways, Susie enjoys capturing the hidden parts of Farnham and the shops that have gone but form so much of the history of the market town.

Susie and John's work is shown with award-winning classic trugs by Jane Crisp, inspired by local heritage and low tech processes.

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Autumn Craft Collection

WWAN, Krysta drop earrings, 18ct Gold Plated Silver, lapis lazuli

9 September to 11 November 2017

Autumn Craft Collection

This autumn season the New Ashgate Gallery presents a specially selected range of ceramics, paper sculpture, jewellery, glass and textiles, with new work from makers including Suzanne Breakwell, Marshall Colman, Adele Goulty, Rosy Gounaris-Milner, Jaroslav Hrustalenko, Maisie Jones, Paper Metal (Julie Bailey), Charlotte K Moore, Amelia Strong and WWAN jewellery (Margaux Clavel).

The craft collection showcases established local and national makers plus emerging designers fresh from this year's graduate shows.

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

Mary Branson, ‘Movement’, Screenprinted Somerset velvet 'Black' 280gsm, Lascaux Inks, 15 layers

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30 September to 11 November 2017

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

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 to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. 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: ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodwork.

The shortlisted artists are Adam Aaronson, Joanne Alwyn, Naomi Beevers, Mary Branson, Alex Freeman, Emma Godden, Nikki Hearnshaw, Christine Hopkins, Su Jameson, Jule Mallett, Katie Netley, Alison Orchard and Ali Tomlin.

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 2017. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show.

The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. The 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.

Denise Jaques: Winner of the 2016 Surrey Artist of the Year Competition: One Year On

Denise Jaques, The Pier, mixed media mosaic

30 September to 11 November 2017

Denise Jaques: Winner of the 2016 Surrey Artist of the Year Competition: One Year On

Denise Jaques is a mixed media artist specialising in contemporary mosaics. She is the winner of Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 and is a member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics). Denise creates artwork for interior and exterior spaces. Her work has a strong sense of colour, pattern and rhythm, and plays with the idea of distorted reflections. She is fascinated with the journey of experimentation and excited by the unknown destination.

Artwork Places I have lived and loved
Her recent artwork relates to places she has lived and loved. Denise has created a series of abstract landscapes and seascapes inspired by the Surrey countryside, Essex coast, and beyond. She uses the reflective qualities of glass to capture the ever changing light on the natural environment.

The Garden Swaying Mosaics
Denise also creates mosaics for exterior spaces. She has developed her craft to create fun, shimmering mosaic art for the garden. These pieces gently sway, projecting a scattering of ethereal reflections around the exterior space.

If you would like to try mosaic making, contact us to book for Denise's workshops in the gallery.

The Surrey Artist of the Year project is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Patricia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker: Beautiful Form

Olivia Walker, Sheep Skin Bowl, limoges porcelain, thrown and hand-built

30 September to 11 November 2017

Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker: Beautiful Form

This exhibition brings together Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker. Over the last few years, Mirka and Olivia's work has become known for its exceptional beauty and skill of making.

Dreamy landscapes of the deep sea inspire Mirka's forms while her jewellery is a container for wearer's emotions, memories and hopes. Her pieces refer to the body in an abstract way, exploring the relationship between people and their subconscious mind. The work is made from porcelain, glass, sterling silver and white pearls. Porcelain has the potential to be shaped into virtually any form and challenges restricted traditional cuts of gemstones. Porcelain pieces appear fragile but they are surprisingly durable with hardness 7 on Mohs scale - the same as most semiprecious stones.

Olivia's work plays within the space where the man-made and the natural intersect. Olivia throws precise forms in porcelain before covering and submerging them in organic repetitive patterns, made up of individually applied shards of porcelain. These accretions are always different. They speak of organisms - fungus, coral and bacteria - but are unidentifiable, growing over and eating up the form beneath. Olivia is interested in the tension between the ordered and precise object - mechanically thrown and trimmed on the wheel, and the rough, mossy, textured growth upon.

Textile Workshop: Create your own Beautiful Bird with Artist Naomi Beevers

Naomi Beevers birds

16 October 2017

Textile Workshop: Create your own Beautiful Bird with Artist Naomi Beevers

Monday 16 October, 2-4.30
£10 / free to Ashgate Angels, booking required: 01252 713208 (max. 10 participants)

Create your own beautiful bird on a vintage cotton reel using recycled fabric, simple stitches and watercolour paints. No previous experience is required.

Naomi Beevers is an experienced textile and mixed media artist celebrating her surroundings in Surrey whilst still being influenced by the sunny side of her early years by the sea. She uses domestic items and gives them a quirky twist. Her current collection features familiar birds and fish.

This workshop is part of the Surrey Artist of the Year project that is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Particia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Workshop: Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year

Denise Jaques, Surrey Artist of the Year 2016

23 to 24 October 2017

Workshop: Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year

Family Mosaic Mirror (max. 6 families: 1 adult and up to 2 children age 5+)
New Ashgate Gallery, Monday 23 October, 10.00-12.30
£5 / free to Ashgate Angels, bookings: 01252 713208

Join Denise to create a beautiful mosaic mirror for your home.

2 Day Mosaic Workshop (max. 6 adults)
Monday 23 October, 1.30-4.30 & Tuesday 24 October, 10.30-3.30
£20 for 2 days / free to Ashgate Angels, bookings: 01252 713208

Day 1: Guided tour by Denise of gallery and her current exhibition.
Plan and design own mosaic.
Demonstration of how to cut, shape and apply tesserae, start application.
Day 2: Application of tesserae - the fun bit!

The workshops are supported by the Farnham Town Council.
The Surrey Artist of the Year project is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Particia Baines Trust.

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

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