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New season of exhibitions and events

Known for selecting art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists from across the UK. Our festive exhibitions present glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than 50 talented artists.

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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.

Sarah Shaw: Animus

Sarah Shaw, Rorschach series, Selfie. Diptych. Oil on canvas

13 January to 24 February 2018

Sarah Shaw: Animus

Sarah Shaw's paintings hover in a place between figuration and non-figuration which allows the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. Symbolic images are explored in the painterly dialogue to speak of some of the conditions of being human and also of the concept of living through time.

"Shaw's paintings sneak right up to the classical formulas of beauty and composition, and then quickly back away again leaving the viewer wanting. She dangles completion in front of the onlooker like an unreachable carrot. While this palpable manipulation is at times uncomfortable, its reflection in contemporary life is equally so. The works evokes the emotions of incompleteness and wanting that can riddle this over-promised and unfulfilled 3rd millennium reality." (Seth Orion Schwaiger MFA, GSA)

Sarah graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2001 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. Her work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad. She works from her studio in Brighton. Sarah is the first prize winner at British Women Artists Competition (2017) and the winner of the University of Chichester's Fine Art award for the South of England (2016).

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Eastern Influence

Hendrike Barz-Meltzer, Adjustable Necklace

Tim Andrews, Lidded Curling Piece

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13 January to 24 February 2018

Eastern Influence

Exploring the dialogue between east and west, our group exhibition features the work of four artists brought together through their shared expression of the technical skill and spirit of the oriental arts. Through their craft, Tim Andrews, Adam Frew, Hendrike Barz-Meltzer and Nao Fukumoto O'Neill explore the rich aesthetic of the Far East, which continues to infuse western contemporary craft.

With a long well established career in ceramics, Tim Andrews is renowned for his raku pieces. His attention to form and surface is evident in the powerful presence of his vessels. Limited colour palettes and linear decoration provides the basis to play and explore the interaction between controlled and expressive techniques in the firing process. Continuously evolving, Tim's pieces explore the religious, aesthetic, cultural relationship between the east and west. Experimentation is equally central to Adam Frew's work on the potter's wheel, achieving personal expression through the energetic and often intuitive throwing process. His Korean inspired pots or Moon Jars evoke the simplicity of the eastern form, while spontaneity dictates dynamic forms, colour and gestural brushwork.

While ceramics are embedded in eastern tradition with an enduring appeal, so too are textiles. Hendrike Barz-Meltzer designs jewellery that experiments with an ancient Japanese braiding technique, Kumihimo. Her pieces evoke her interest in minimal contemporary design, combining the use of metals with the detail and tradition of silk braiding. Nao Fukumoto O'Neill explores Japanese tradition through her hand woven textiles, which she has developed to incorporate modern techniques and materials. From Kimonos to scarves and wall hangings, Naos' pieces convey variations of colour pattern and styles inspired by her travels and enhanced by her knowledge of natural dyes and production processes.

Through the work of these four artists, viewers can explore the simplicity of eastern forms through skilled processes that evoke a timeless yet contemporary aesthetic.

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Dionne Swift: Maker in Focus

Dionne Swift, Gold and Hill. Free machine embroidery

13 January to 24 February 2018

Dionne Swift: Maker in Focus

Award winning Textile Artist, Dionne Swift paints with cloth and thread to create an intuitive, emotional response to the landscape. Her energetic style is evident through drawings and stitch based work, she builds layers of texture and colour, mixing threads to create semi abstract scenes.

As well as wall based artworks, Dionne will also be showing her beautifully hand painted and embroidered scarves and lampshades.

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Virginia Ray and Paul Wearing: The Natural Pleasures of Mr Yorke

Virginia Ray, Mr Yorke's Follies. Mixed media

Paul Wearing, Cylinders

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13 January to 24 February 2018

Virginia Ray and Paul Wearing: The Natural Pleasures of Mr Yorke

Mini talk by Virginia at 7pm. Private View, 12 January, 6pm - 8pm. All welcome.

The New Ashgate Gallery welcomes back Virginia Ray for an exhibition of new paintings. Virginia returns to the North Yorkshire landscape where her family has lived and worked for generations, showing a real sense of belonging and identity. Her passion for painting this area has led to extensive research into the Yorke family who lived in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Through memory and personal connections, Virginia's new body of work illustrates how the lives of the Yorke family were linked with the landscape and in particular Fish Pond Wood and Yorkes Folly. Observation, research and imagination merge with her personal memories. Referencing her own and found photographs and incorporating materials gathered from the landscape itself, Virginia seeks to create an interwoven layering of local history with memory, using the texture and colour of Yorkshire. Working in the tradition of British Romantic Landscape artists such as Paul Nash, Virginia returns to the same subject for inspiration, North Yorkshire.

The Yorke family were important landowners in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire and the story of the woods and grounds around their home at Bewerley Hall is intriguing. Over three generations, the Yorkes made a huge impact on this landscape but it was in the nineteenth and early twentieth century that interest in the pleasure gardens and parkland was at its height. The work in this exhibition is concerned with Virginia's memories of this landscape and with the Yorke's creation and enhancement of these areas of pleasure.

Virginia's work is shown with Paul Wearing's ceramics
Paul engages with the relationship between nature and culture through the glazed surface and form of coil-built vessels. The vessel is a great symbol of civilisation and echoes the man-made and structural environment in which I live. In contrast to this, naturally occurring textures found within urban and rural environments perpetually interact and alter this order. Surfaces have undergone energetic change and transformation through forces of growth and decay, and it is these events, these moments which affirm life. Such textures can be rendered through volatile and blistering glazes. The tension between the man-made form and natural [glaze] phenomena brings into focus the nature of our materiality and fragility. It is at its most potent however when calling us to exist in the present, inviting us to experience sensuous, tactile qualities, reconnecting us with a direct, immediate perception of the world. The ruinous surface as a call to live, to experience and grasp the moment is rooted in time.

The vessels are formed by press-moulding the base and coiling the walls; a slower technique allowing me constant flexibility and control. Certain marks and textures revealing the making process remain as a ground for the glazing. Paul's treatment of the glazed surface renders evidence of brush marks and chemical reactions. Once applied, the materials are set to react within the conditions of the oxidised firing process reaching around 1230 degrees centigrade. Glazing and firing processes are repeated until the optimum depth and complexity of surface appears.

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13 January to 14 April 2018

Spring Craft Collection

A specially selected collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles - a must-see for gifts and special occasions.

Highlights include new work by Anne Barrell, Joanna Howells, Holly McAfee, Judit Patkos, Wendy Penrose, Elizabeth Renton, Meryl Till, Tone Von Krogh and Louise Vaesson Walker.

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Julie Massie: Fragile Edges - Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On

Julie Massie, Gold Edges

3 March to 14 April 2018

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges - Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On

Julie Massie has taken inspiration for her wall sculptures and free standing sculptures from the fragility of the eroding coastline where she lives at Hengistsbury Head in Dorset. This coastline is constantly changing throughout the seasons as the waves break onto the shore. This fragility is represented by the delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards that she uses to create her work. The colours she uses are inspired by the colours of the sea, at times dull and at other time glistening in the sunshine; and the colours in the surrounding vegetation that change as the seasons change.

Her work also explores the senses, especially touch and sight. Physical touch is the fundamental element of human development and culture; and she enjoy watching people's reactions when then touch her work. What does it feel like or will it break?

Rising Stars is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

Rising Stars 2018

Rising Stars is organised in partnership with the UCA Farnham

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3 March to 14 April 2018

Rising Stars 2018

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new craft 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 the Crafts Council. Therefore, the exhibition is a great collector opportunity to learn more about the stars of the future.

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The programme is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

The Pastel Society

John Tookey

3 to 24 March 2018

The Pastel Society

We are delighted to present new work by the members of the Pastel Society. Encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world, the Society was founded in 1898. The members are professional artists living and working in this country and overseas. Membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and enthusiasm.

The exhibition will be presenting an exciting selection of artworks by Sarah Bee, Matthew Draper, Jeannette Hayes, Jenny Halstead, Norma Stephenson, Keith Roper, John Tookey and Mark Rowbotham.

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