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Winter season of exhibitions and events

The Christmas season brings together more than 50 artists and makers. Find craft-led gifts and unique ideas as well as inspiration from bespoke home decorations and wall art to adorable jewellery.

Christmas hours from 13 Nov: Mon - Sun, 10am - 5pm

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New 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.

Contemporary Textiles

Maiko Dawson, Market Tote and Tablet Purse, leather

12 November 2016 to 7 January 2017

Contemporary Textiles

New Ashgate presents work by 9 textile makers, all perfectly balancing the important visual elements of pattern, colour and design with the physical and tactile nature of textiles.

Each maker is chosen for their ability to combine techniques, often traditional, with new ideas or cutting edge materials. Fusing outstanding craftsmanship with an eye for the current craft market, makers have impressed with their designs for decorative, wearable, collectible products.

The exhibition includes some of the hottest up-and-coming names in the textile art market: Maiko Dawson, Mathew Harris, Michelle House, Janie Knitted Textiles, Syrah Jay, Laura Mirjami, Claire Moynihan, Sally Nencini and Jacky Puzey.

There will be something to suit all tastes, perfect for gifts or a treat for yourself.

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Shakspeare Glass: Maker in Focus

Seagrass

12 November 2016 to 7 January 2017

Shakspeare Glass: Maker in Focus

We are delighted to exhibit a large selection of Shakspeare Glass this Christmas - from large wall mounted sculpture to beautiful festive baubles.

Will Shakspeare set up Shakspeare Glass 25 years ago in a small workshop next to his home in Burnham On Sea, blowing contemporary, handmade art glass for galleries in the UK and abroad. Today, Will has become one of the leading British glassmakers, known for his wide range of work and his individual contemporary style. His work has been featured in press and television including many programmes such as Kirstie's Homemade Home and Kirstie's Homemade Christmas with Kirstie Allsopp. Will has also worked in Central and South America as a consultant in glass production and design. According to Will:

My new collection of work is inspired by a new hobby, scuba diving, and my ongoing snorkeling trips. In particular I have tried to capture the feel of the sea with the shoals of glittering and flittering fish, the shadows from the sunlight through the reeds and seaweeds and the reflections on the pebbles and rocks on the seafloor in the shallows of the coastal regions.

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Winter Exhibition

Midori Takaki, Angel, ceramics stoneware

Victoria Radcliffe, Whiskey on the Rocks’, Sterling silver mountain with cork stopper and crystal glass tumbler. Photo: J. Lampson

  • Whiskey On The Rocks, Sterling Silver Mountain With Cork Stopper & Crystal Glass Tumbler. Photographer Jerry Lampson

12 November 2016 to 7 January 2017

Winter Exhibition

The Christmas season brings together more than 50 artists and makers. Find craft-led gifts and unique ideas as well as inspiration from bespoke home decorations and wall art to adorable jewellery.

Painting, pastel, print and photography by Angela A'Court, Mychael Barratt, Neil Bousfield, Tim Burns, John Duffin, Sally Anne Fitter, Phil Greenwood, Finn Hopson, Catherine Hyde, Peter Jackman, Jennie Jewitt-Harris, Virginia Ray, Tessa Pearson, Tony Watson and many more.

Sculpture by Naomi Beevers, Sarah Cox, Claire Ireland, Faye Mayo, Jane Muir and Midori Takaki.

Craft including ceramics, jewellery, photography, textiles, wood, glass and basketry by: Adam Aaronson, A Jewel Made in Greece, Ruta Brown, Lucy Burley, Marshall Colman, Matthew Corbishley, Lisa Dakin, Mirka Janeckova, Denise Jaques, EM Jewellery, Judit Esztergomi, Robert Goldsmith, Karen Fox, Emma Habbeshon, Kathryn Hinton, Jan Lewin-Cadogan, Peter Layton, Katy Luxton, Judith Needham, Victoria Radcliffe, Meryl Till, Yo Thom, Ali Tomlin, Sue Trindle, Kat Zahran, Hilary Williams and many more.

Support the excellence in arts and crafts by the UK artists and makers in this special season. We are a charity: all funds raised are invested in cultivating arts and crafts through exhibition opportunities, professional practice programmes, mentoring and partnership projects. Buying art work Christmas will make a difference.

Gift cards are available. Ask about Own Art, the scheme that makes buying art affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan, representative 0% APR.

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Colour! Print by John Hoyland and Glass by Paul Stopler

John Hoyland, Soulless Stars Cascade

Paul Stopler, group shot, cast-glass, 2015-16 photo: E. Segarra

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14 January to 25 February 2017

Colour! Print by John Hoyland and Glass by Paul Stopler

Colour! brings together two artists of different generations: John Hoyland, one of the leading British painters of his generation and Paul Stopler, one of the most exciting names in the glass art today.

As the critic William Feaver wrote, 'A pukka Hoyland is a work not of hand and eye, but of total Self.' And it was this whole-hearted commitment to painting that characterised his six decades of work. His career was decisively influenced in the late 1950s and 1960s by his experience of American Abstract Expressionism. But as an artist and a man he was enough of an individual to be able to knowingly absorb and deflect those influences, and set himself on his own path.

After an initial dalliance with figurative painting in the 1950s he became a life-long proponent of the possibilities of non-figurative imagery, which possessed for him, he once wrote, 'the potential for the most advanced depth of feeling and meaning'. As Andrew Lambirth writes: 'His paintings are abstracts but they are not about absolutes. They are... very particular emotions, thoughts and feelings dependent upon the act of looking.Stopler is a Bristol based glass artist practicing lost-wax kiln-casting. He graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2011, before joining Bristol's Maze Studios in 2012.

Paul's practice is concerned with the craft of lathe-turning waxes to produce unique cast glass vessels. This has led to the development of new cast pieces that reproduce the complexity of the turned wax vessels. Using finishing techniques where the glass is rotated as abrasive grinding and polishing medium are applied, has enabled vessels to be completed in the same turned motion in which the forms were made in the wax.

The pieces are ground and polished to a satin finish, facilitating a soft interior view of light, tone and colour within the glass. Selected facets are polished for contrast. A single translucent colour is chosen for its potential to transmit changing hues and light accents; the deeper the mass of glass, the more saturated the colour.

Craig Underhill: Maker in Focus

Craig Undershill, In the Sky

Craig Undershill, On the Wall

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14 January to 25 February 2017

Craig Underhill: Maker in Focus

An exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Craig Underhill. Craig's work evokes the feeling of landscapes that he has visited or travelled through. The work is influenced by the inconsequential visual effects that are created in landscapes by the repetitive and methodical actions of humankind as we go about our day to day or year to year routines.

Craig uses the surface of his slab built vessel forms like a canvas onto which he applies mark-making techniques, layers of engobe, slip and underglaze colours. Exploring ideas through drawing is an important part of his making process, which Craig tends to do before committing himself to the ceramic pieces.

Craig says:

In each piece that I make I have endeavoured to create a balance between forms that are man made and those that are naturally created. Some edges have an eroded, random feel while others are straight and angular appearing man made rather than naturally formed. Surfaces are build up of layers of colour and engobe that are painted and over painted, fired and refired, working all the time as a painter applying paint rather than a potter glazing a pot... The fascination of making work is the discovery of finding new ways to express ideas and feelings that couldn't be expressed in any other way.


Trevor Price: New Print and Painting with Wire Sculptures by Jane Clift

Trevor Price, Coastal Study, painting on board

14 January to 25 February 2017

Trevor Price: New Print and Painting with Wire Sculptures by Jane Clift

MINI TALK BY TREVOR on Friday 13 January, 5.45-6pm - free admission.

Trevor Price is one of our favourite artists - he specialises in drypoints and etchings that are handmade and hand printed in his studios in London and St. Ives.

Trevor studied at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and is currently the societies Vice President. Trevor exhibits widely throughout Europe and has won several national printmaking awards, and in 2011 at Printfest, the art fair dedicated to printmaking, he became the'Printmaker of the Year'. His work is held in various collections including the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), Yale University (USA), The Office of Public Works (Dublin), and The Bank of England.

Trevor's work will be shown with fantastic wire sculptures by Jane Clift. For Jane, sculptures are a representation of strength, wholeheartedness, warmth and softness as only a mother and grandmother can be. She is based in Dartmouth and Jane loves to create birds and small animals. Jane uses lots of different wire using this medium as others would use a pencil to sketch her sculptures which are a celebration of movement, grace and humour.

David Mayne: The Sculptor

David Mayne, Through the Birchwood (detail) - etched and oxidised steel and wood

14 January to 25 February 2017

David Mayne: The Sculptor

Over the past 30 years David has developed his work from raw assemblage with found objects to the much more refined pieces he now creates. One thing has remained constant - the use of metal. David started using this material after visiting one of Sheffield's scrap yards while studying his fine art degree. He was instantly drawn to the colour and texture of discarded steel and its inherent qualities.

David has a lifelong passion with nature and landscape - from early days of climbing and hill walking to mountain biking and fell running. He now lives in Holmfirth near areas of stunning woodland and wild and beautiful hills and moorland. The work he now creates is a response to this landscape and other wilderness environments he has encountered.

When he is not working on exhibitions and private commissions, Mayne continues his practice as a sculptor working in the public realm, creating landmark features for local authorities, visitor centres, large scale PLCs and health trusts. Clients include, Marks and Spencer, Leeds University, Carilion Civil Engineering, Taylor Wimpey, British Waterways and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

Views of Farnham: introducing Fiona Pearce and Jan Gaska

Fiona Pearce, Flower Market

4 March to 15 April 2017

Views of Farnham: introducing Fiona Pearce and Jan Gaska

The exhibition brings together two artists who are insipred by the hictoric views of Farnham and its surrounding areas.

Rising Stars 2017

Rhian Malin ceramics

4 March to 15 April 2017

Rising Stars 2017

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.

The shortlist was selected from more than 60 applications. The selectors were Rebecca Skeels, Post Graduate Subject & Senior Tutor for University of Creative Arts Farnham; Gemma Curtis, Craft Programme Co-ordinator, Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Gallery Director, New Ashgate Gallery.

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

Celebrating 50 years

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