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.
16 August to 9 November 2014
Beautifully blending into traditional or contemporary environments, our Autumn Craft Collection is a handpicked selection of original and affordable jewellery, textiles, ceramics and glass that reflects the latest trends of contemporary practices. The makers have been chosen based on the strength and quality of their work from major events such as Collect, Made in Chelsea, the Cockpit and Clerkenwell Studios. Our special feature will focus on work by Luke Bishop and Jelka Quintelier - Black Lune, selected from New Designers, the On Year One showcase.
Also, we are pleased to present new work by Cressida Borrett, Jo Davies, Ken Eardley, Jin Eui Kim, Ainsley Francis, Michelle Fernandez, Heidi Harrington, Kate Schuricht, Lara Scobie, Ima Pico and Gabi Wolf.
27 September to 16 November 2014
Janine combines the traditional craft of enameling with fresh, contemporary designs. Enameling is the art of fusing glass onto metal. It is a versatile, durable, strong and impervious material which is well-suited for every room in the home or workspace from kitchen to bathroom, from washroom to boardroom.
Janine takes inspiration from the shape of things around her such as trees, flowers, leaves and seed heads. Exploiting the sensitive relationship between the copper and enamel is at the heart of her work. She is constantly playing with the materials, seeing where they can take her.
27 September to 25 October 2014
Janet Crook, the 2013 Surrey Artist of the Year, is interested in movement. She makes small automations out of found objects, which she then develops into ceramic in an effort to make them last in curious hands. Janet uses simple movements of nodding weighted heads on animals, or wings on fairies from knitted wire. She is still experimenting with other more complicated movements and is keen to see what the next firing will bring.
After studying animation, Janet has shown at the British Film Festival (1987) and at the BAFTA awards in 1986. Janet has also exhibited at Tate Gallery and has written music video story boards for bands such as Madness and Dire Straits. Creating ceramic figures seemed like a natural progression from those models she made in her film production years.
The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine is the official Media Partner of the competition.
27 September to 16 November 2014
The prize, now in its sixth year, celebrates the partnership between New Ashgate Gallery and the Surrey Artists' Open Studios. It also enables the public to take part and support artists in Surrey. The public was invited to vote during the Surrey Artists' Open Studios summer event. The artists receiving the most votes will be invited to showcase their work as part of the Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition.
Visitors to the exhibition voted for their favourite artist again, during the first three weeks of the exhibition. The votes were counted and combined with those from a panel of judges for the announcement of the Surrey Artist of the Year 2014 on 17th October. The winner will receive a solo exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery and a cash prize. The 2014 winner is Rachel Mulligan.
The shortlisted artists are Adam Aaronson, Christine Hopkins, Iona MacKenzie Laycock, Terri Smart, Joe Szabo, Jean Tolkovsky, Jim Tucker, Claire Waterhouse, Barbara Westwell and Emily Westwell.
According to Diana Roberts, Tourism Manager at Guildford Tourist Information Centre: The Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition is really important for local tourism; it raises the profile of the area. The New Ashgate Gallery is a little gem of a place to visit.
The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust.
The Surrey Life magazine is the official Media Partner of the competition.
6 to 29 October 2014
Explore Japanese calligraphy, create a stained glass masterpiece or conjure up a horror hat for Halloween
We organise free workshops throughout October, the month of Craft, in celebration of Farnham's Craft Town status. New Ashgate Gallery will deliver workshops in the gallery and in the community, making craft accessible to anyone who is curious and would like to have a go.
- Artists: Exciting Taxation and Getting Paid! (Mon 6 October, New Ashgate Gallery, 1.30-4pm)
- Artists: Understanding Makers Rights & the Essential Art of Protecting Your Work Online (Mon 13 October, New Ashgate Gallery, 1.30-4pm)
- Adults: Introduction to Japanese Calligraphy (Mon 20 October, New Ashgate Gallery, 10am-4pm)
- Adults: Stunning Traditional Stained Glass (Tue 21 October, St Andrew's Church, 10am-4pm)
- Families: Spooky Halloween Headwear (Wed 29 October, Farnham Museum, 10.30am-12.30pm)
Bookings: email@example.com. Spaces are limited.
These workshops are supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Farnham Town Council.
28 October to 1 November 2014
Unique sculptures by Karen Marks, delicate yet intriguing drawings and collages by Jennie Jewitt Harris and wonderfully quirky and imaginative work from Jaci Foster.
Saturday 1st November - come and meet the artists.
8 November 2014 to 3 January 2015
Presenting a range of knitted, woven, printed, felted and stitched textiles for you and your home, this exhibition aims to showcase the variety of techniques within the field of textiles. The makers chosen for this exhibition are concerned primarily with process, exploring what can be achieved with traditional techniques within a contemporary market. These often repetitive techniques can be time consuming, which many makers see as a welcome diversion from the demands of modern life.
All six makers perfectly balance the visual elements of pattern and colour with the physical and tactile nature of textiles.
Laura Adburgham, Louise Renae Anderson, Helen Chatterton, Syrah Jay, Dionne Swift and Sally Weatherill. Curated by Alison Woodley.
22 November 2014 to 17 January 2015
A festive exhibition of beautiful handmade porcelain lights by artist Amy Cooper. Amy's work addresses the fragility and transience of life and the natural world through the transformative properties of light on porcelain. She continues to explore a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. The work is slip cast porcelain, each piece individually altered, either through manipulation when plastic or painstakingly masked and sandblasted at bisque. Amy's porcelain range includes table lamps, lampshades and tea-light holders.
Amy's work has been exhibited in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Dubai, as well as extensively throughout the UK and she says: All my pieces are slipcast and individually altered and decorated, no two are exactly the same.
22 November 2014 to 17 January 2015
A must see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft. All work is handmade, making it unique and perfect for anyone looking for that special Christmas gift!
Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked many of the artists at major events such as Collect, Made, New Designers and the Festival of Crafts. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by these talented established and emerging artists.
Painting and print - Mychael Barratt, Ruth Barrett-Danes, Sophie Bartlett, Ed Boxall, Tim Burns, Kathleen Caddick, Diana Croft, Emma Dunbar, Hugh Dunford Wood, Rachel Grigor, Peter Jackman, Helen Minns, Vicki Nigoumi, Simon Palmer, Tessa Pearson, Trevor Price, Sarah Spackman, Richard Tuff and Rosemary Vanns.
Craft - Emma Alington, An Alleweireldt, Alice Barnes, Richard Baxter, Hannah Bedford, Rowena Brown, Sarah Cox, Jack Doherty, Lucy Easton, Corrinne Eira Evans, EM Jewellery, Fiona Findlay, Rowena Gilbert, Richard Heeley, Fionna Hesketh, Elin Horgan, Anna Colette Hunt, Paul Jackson, Mirka Janekova, Chito Kuroda, Peter Layton, Katherine Lees, Joanna Lloyd, Alex McCarthy, Emma Mogridge, Jane Muir, Namiko Murakoshi, Sally Nancini, Sarah Packington, Desa Philippi, Bryony Rich, Lara Scobie, Kate Scott, Will Shakspeare, Barry Stedman, Charlotte Stockley, Rosie Sutcliffe, TheBigForest, Louise Walker, Jill Walker and Janie Withers.