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Spring season of exhibitions

Highlights include the Virginia Ray solo show, Akiko Hirai ceramics, Love London original linocuts by Jennie Ing and Ann Burnham; Chris Taylor Maker in Focus, Nina and Guy Royle showcases and many more.

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.

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24 January to 14 March 2015

The Royle family - Nina & Guy Royle new work

Nina strives to capture and understand the complex relationship that exits between her thoughts, gestures and surrounding environment. Furthermore, they relate the poetics observed in everyday life and how they link with broader questions about nature, space, time and change.
The series of paintings on show stem from the idea of a line; be that painted, thought or travelled. The line is a thread that joins composition elements together as if they are a constellation. It loops around to make a moon, it divides a painting to make a window frame and when criss-crossed, it becomes the bare branches of trees in winter

Since the 1980's Guy has primarily worked as a jeweller with interests in printmaking and sculpture. By using the simplest of tools and methods he works mainly with sheet silver and gold which he cuts,
bends and forms, while being aware of the natural characteristics of the material. To compliment this metal work he also uses found pebbles and semi-precious stones which he grinds and shapes into beads. So wonderfully wearable. Guy has been a favourite maker with the gallery for many years.

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24 January to 14 March 2015

Akiko Hirai

Showcasing large ceramic pieces from this prolific maker, who's profile compliments Virginia's dramatic Yorkshire landscapes.

Akiko Hirai was born in Japan March 1970. She initially studied cognitive psychology in Japan and obtained her degree in Bachelor of letters before coming to England. During her first visit to England to study English language, she was attracted by the English culture and complexity of multi cultural society in London. It made her aware of her own cultural influence in her visual perception. Her interests lead her to her second visit to England in 1999. She met many English potters and learned how to work with clay, soon after that she took a degree course in ceramics at the University of Westminster, then went onto graduate from Central St. Martins. After her graduation Akiko found her studio in The Chocolate Factory N16 in Stoke Newington amongst other varying artists where she now practises her ceramic work.

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Spring Craft Collection

Louisa Taylor ceramics

24 January to 2 May 2015

Spring Craft Collection

Known for selecting the best of craft talent, the galley team has handpicked many of their makers at events such as Collect, Art in Clay, Art in Action, Rising Stars, New Designers, Made. The exhibition presents both established and emerging artists, focusing on affordable, high quality crafts by: Adam Aaronson, Holly Bell, Suzanne Breakwell, Lucy Burley, Marie Canning, Tania Clarke Hall, Charlotte Day, Samantha Donaldson, Katharina Klug, Laura Murphy, NandN textiles, Sian Patterson, Miranda Peckitt, Sarah Pulvertaft, Silverdashery, Katalin Szallas, Louisa Taylor, Joy Trpkovic, Melina Xenaki, Mizuyo Yamashita, Timea Sido and many more.

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Chris Taylor: Maker in Focus

Chris Taylor, Group of Vases, various sizes, terracotta brick clay, coloured slip, underglaze print, decals and lustre. Photo: Ester Segarra

24 January to 14 March 2015

Chris Taylor: Maker in Focus

An exhibition of work by ceramicist Chris Taylor who decorates his conventional shape pots in exciting and unexpected layers of colour and pattern.

Whilst completing his Master degree at the Royal College of Art, Chris undertook an artist residency in China. This period allowed him to explore underglaze printing and the busy streets full of advertising posters and graffiti inspired him to 'find a new way to decorate'. The results of this can be seen in the overlapping use of floral patterns, vibrant glazes and muted washes.

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Love London: Jennie Ing and Ann Burnham

Ann Burnham, A - Z London 1, linocut

24 January to 14 March 2015

Love London: Jennie Ing and Ann Burnham

This Foyer showcase brings together to Jennie Ing and Ann Burnham, the printmakers who find their inspiration in dynamic London skylines and silhouettes. Jennie's work is inspired by an interest in architecture, a fascination with the way space is taken up in our cities and what it is that gives a place its identity. This, combined with her love of the patterns, repetitions and colours found in the built environment lead to her colourful layered linocut prints. Much of her work is of London's iconic buildings, but some is of lesser known views and of landmark buildings in other cities. She works in relief print, using the reduction method to achieve her layers of bold colour.

Ann's prints are inspired by a fascination with the textures and patterns found in both the natural and manmade landscape around us, as well as a sense of mystery about where things may lead and where they may have originated. She enjoys the direct and rich mark making of the collagraph and monoprint processes as well as the more precise methods of reduction linocut and etching, which probably reflect her graphics background.

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24 January to 14 March 2015

Virginia Ray: Land Has Memory

Virginia's family have lived and worked for generations in the landscape of Nidderdale, North Yorkshire and it is this landscape that is the focus of her work. In this Area of Outstanding Beauty, Virginia sees not only rolling hills and vegetation but also a layering of time. To her, this landscape has memory and it is the fluidity and cycle of life on the land that is her interest. In particular, she is interested in the lead mines, the quarries and the building of the reservoirs in the Dale. Incorporating cement and old photographs in her work, Virginia seeks to highlight the cultural and human histories of this landscape.

As Tacita Dean states, 'Land is space in which the process of remembrance continues to activate the past.'

Virginia Ray has an MA in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Virginia's work is shown with the renown ceramic artist Akiko Hirai.

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Rising Stars 2015

23 February to 9 May 2015

Rising Stars 2015

20 March - 11 May
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, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate, Farnham, accompanied by professional development and a £500.00 prize.

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 just the right platform and for many the starting point to an exceptional career

New Ashgate Gallery Farnham Craft Town

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

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