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.
9 August to 20 September 2014
Peter Hayes is interested in - why and how 'things' are made of clay. One of the major introductions he had to ceramics was digging Neolithic Iron Age and Roman Samien shards on archaeological digs somewhere in Wales while trying to survive as an art student in Birmingham. He is drawn to shapes of artefacts and objects from other cultures and other times, but that remain timeless.
Erosion and change through time and nature are recorded in a piece. Peter's work is not to compete with nature; but for the work to evolve within the environment. The minerals, like iron and copper, that he introduces into the 'Raku' ceramic surface have their affect on the clay during the time they are submerged in the river or the sea. This erosion process continues with sanding so that the texture and cracks do not interrupt the surface but become an organic, integral part of the patina. Each individual piece takes on its own developing surface; its own history and its aesthetic.
9 August to 20 September 2014
The exhibition presents a variety of collectable print work from the Ochre Print Studio, Guildford. The Studio is dedicated to contemporary fine art printmaking and attracts artists from all over Surrey who choose to work in this medium. Possibilities in printmaking afford the artist expression with the drawn or painted, carved or etched or the digital or photographed image and result in a diverse range of original art works.
The exhibition presents both traditional printmaking and contemporary print technology by Nicola Atchley, Helen Baines, Ruth Barratt-Danes, Susan Eyre, Julia Gascoigne-Palmer, Christine Hopkins, Julie Hoyle, Caroline Jackman, Philip Laslett, Helen Locke, Annee Robson, Marielle Schram and Emma Tabor.
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.
The shortlisted artists are Adam Aaronson, Christine Hopkins, Iona McKenzie Laycock, Rachel Mulligan,Terri Smart, Joe Szabo, Jean Tolkovsky, Jim Tucker, Clare Waterhouse, Barbara Westwell and Emily Westwell.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite artist again, during the first three weeks of the exhibition. The votes will be 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.
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, 10am-4pm. Venue tbc)
- 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.
On 1st November come and meet the artists.