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 25 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.
10 May to 10 August 2014
The Summer Craft Collection brings an exciting display of summer treats by a variety of emerging and established contemporary makers. Original, beautiful and affordable jewellery, textiles, ceramics and glass carefully handpicked by the gallery team to reflect a range of contemporary practices.
A special feature will focus on the work by Peter Layton, the glass maker with an excellent reputation for versatility in design and the innovative use of material and technique, including blowing, kiln forming and casting to create architectural elements and sculptures that enrich the spaces for which they are conceived. Also presenting new work by Vicki Ambery-Smith, Lydia Barclay, Ciara Bowles, Fliff Carr, Justine Free, Emily Gliddon, Meg Green, Catherine Hicks, Akiko Hirai, Sian Hughes, Marie Krazizky, Melissa Simpson, Rosie Sutcliffe, May Wild Ceramics and Emma Williams.
11 June to 2 August 2014
Ann Miller is interested in the way art is affected by the culture in which it exists - and how it reflects the society of its time. She explores how current social, political and cultural issues can be conveyed. She reacts to issues and try to maintain a level of ambiguity to question the viewer's response, thereby challenging our relationship to the materiality of the culture in which we are embedded. Her materials and processes are investigated and ultimately transformed through either destruction or manipulation.
Ann's latest project has involved questioning our relationship with newspapers through their manipulative power and authority to make aspects visible or invisible. She is interested in their position in shedding light on and exposing what some authorities want hidden. Their manipulation exploits the difference between perception and reality. She used an irreversible, destructive process to reflect on the precariousness and fragility of the information. This may involve burning sections of the newspaper or pulping it to create a plinth as a symbol of the power of the press.
Ann graduated in 2014 has has BA in Fine Art from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
14 June to 26 July 2014
After studying Ceramics at Wimbledon and Camberwell Art Schools, Lucy Burley moved out of London and works from a studio in the Hampshire countryside, an environment that she finds a great source of inspiration.
Responding to the changes in seasons, Lucy creates a feeling of harmony through simple forms and a broad but delicate colour palette. Bowls, jugs and bottles are thrown on the wheel using white earthenware clay. Lucy finishes the vessels with a smooth earthenware glaze of her formulation, which gives an eggshell like texture. The work has a sense of timeless simplicity intended to be both decorative and functional.
Lucy's ceramics are partly inspired by the still life paintings of Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, whose work featured groups of vessels and were noted for their tonal subtlety. Lucy uses various tones of specific colours, aiming to create related vessels that have the same sense of belonging to a family.
21 June to 2 August 2014
In 2013, Crafts Council announced 38 makers for its six-month Hothouse programme from January 2014, which is delivered in partnership across four regions: the South West, North, South East and Midlands. Alongside the Craft Study Centre, Farnham and Making Space, Havant, New Ashgate Gallery has been supporting the programme of emerging makers in the South East.
Celebrating the talent in the programme, New Ashgate Gallery invites twelve makers, three from each cohort to exhibit in the gallery's summer exhibition that will focus on bespoke, collectable crafts, priced £1,000 or less. While showcasing the work, the exhibition will also be a collector opportunity for those who wish to buy the work and invest in new talent.
We are delighted to announce that the twelve makers selected for the exhibition are Jenny Ayrton, Elaine Bolt, Sarah Brown, Sue Brown, Marie Canning, Adam Collins, Katharina Eisenkoeck, Elaine Jenkins, Alex McCarthy, Imogen Noble, Paula Ortega and Stephanie Tudor.
28 June to 2 August 2014
Denise was born in Boston USA and studied at the London Guildhall University where she gained a BA and MA in fine art.
Denise mainly works in oil and acrylics on canvas and paper and enjoys the instinctive way the work comes through during the processes. The work keeps a sense of depth but with a subtle feel. The method used for both oil and acrylic mediums are similar, approaching the work with an instinctive objective allowing for the image to evolve creating a balanced empathy between the colours and surface plains. The paint is worked in stages allowing layers of colour to come though creating rich textures thus forming an element of ambiguity which has been an important focus of her work.
Recently Denise has turned her attention to painting abstract seascapes and the image of the boat in a pure tranquil form creating an almost fragile and ethereal quality to the work. The canvases have developed an unconscious quality releasing the canvas from restraints and allowing the work to develop naturally.
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 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
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 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.