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Spring season of exhibitions and events

The spring season brings together more than 40 artists and makers. Highlights include Trevor Price, John Hoyland, Craig Underhill, David Mayne, Paul Stopler, Rising Stars 2017, Emma-Jane Rule, Views of Farnham with Fiona Pearce and Jan Gaska and Spring Craft Collection.

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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.

Spring Craft Collection

Emily Kidson, Teal and grey circle brooch, 2016. Formica, walnut, oxidised silver/silver.

21 January to 29 April 2017

Spring Craft Collection

A wonderful and bespoke collection of ceramics, jewellery, textiles and wood - a must-see for gifts and special occasions.

Highlights include new work by Rebecca Callis, Dani Crompton Jennifer Hall, Emily Kidson, Emma Mogridge, Kathie Murphy, Ingrid Saag, Moya Tosh and Hajra Williams.

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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

We are delighted to introduce two artists who are inspired by the historic views of Farnham and its surrounding areas.

Fiona has a passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside. Her daily runs in the countryside are her greatest inspiration. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush. She has a degree in art from the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham.

Jan is a figurative painter and printmaker. Jan's new plein air paintings explore Farnham and its surrounding countryside. Jan studied Fine Art at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Masters in Printmaking and Illustration from the Bucks Chilterns University. He also teaches printmaking and is the New English Drawing Scholar 2016-2017.

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Rising Stars 2017

Loucinda Nims, Sugar Bowl and Spoon

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 makers in this year's shortlist are Evgeniia Balashova, Holly Suzanna Clifford, Matt Davis, Amanda Denison, Joanna Hayward, Alice Heaton, Emily Higham, Isabel Howe, Emma Johnson, Monette Larsen, Danny Lee Design, Karen Lester, Catherine Phillips, Rhian Malin, Julie Massie, Laura Marriott, Tina MacLeod, Lauren Nauman, Loucinda Nims, Suzanne Seed, Troo Studio and Rosie Wesley.

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.

View the Rising Stars 2017 digital catalogue at: https://issuu.com/newashgate/docs/rising_stars_2017_catalogue_with_co

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Emma-Jane Rule: Winner of Rising Stars 2016: One Year On

Emma-Jane Rule, Silver Vases

4 March to 15 April 2017

Emma-Jane Rule: Winner of Rising Stars 2016: One Year On

Using the technique of foldforming alongside more traditional metalworking practices such as hammer forming and hand raising, Emma-Jane explores the malleable and intriguing natures of silver and copper. Encouraging pleated metal to curve and stretch in a designed direction, using hammers or a rolling mill, is a serendipitous way of working. Creating many opportunities for the metal to evolve and dictate the final form. Overcoming these challenges and learning how metals move suits Emma-Jane's playful and intuitive approach to metalworking.

Her work is organic and tactile, reflecting the undulating lines and rhythms found in the natural world, which is where she finds her inspiration. Additional surface textures, patinas and burnishing compliment and enhance the forms and the metal's natural lustre. Emma's designs include sculptural jewellery as well as decorative and functional contemporary metalwork for, unique items of luxury for everyday use and treasured heirlooms for the future.

Emma Dunbar:  Journeys a Far and Back in the Kitchen

Emma Dunbar, Winter table, 46 x 46cm

29 April to 17 June 2017

Emma Dunbar: Journeys a Far and Back in the Kitchen

We are delighted to welcome Emma Dunbar back to her much anticipated new solo exhibition.

Emma paints in Hampshire and Cornwall. She gathers ingredients from her daily life to create colourful and recognisable paintings. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art.

Emma works mainly on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. Her training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath. This group of paintings draw inspiration from daily walks and recent trips to Greece, Iceland and Austria. Beautiful fruits in the greengrocer, her brown cats, Eric and Ian, and Simon the dog, next to her ever growing collection of mugs and jugs with flowers from the garden, all come joyfully together to celebrate the ordinary.

Join us for a free mini talk by Emma Dunbar in the Private View on 28 April, 6-8pm.

Maker in Focus: Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy, Platinum Lustre Vase

29 April to 17 June 2017

Maker in Focus: Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy's work is inspired by simple ceramic profiles that lend themselves to having a harmonious connection with the textured surface, which is a response to his fascination for touch. These tactile qualities are inspired by textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. Each artwork is thrown and then fired several times: metal oxides add depth whilst the gold, platinum and copper lustre add a sense of opulence. The action is often focused on elements of foot and rim.

Alex says: 'No two pieces are ever the same; this is intentional. Each piece has its own story to tell. I want the viewer to interact with the work through touch and perhaps see if they can feel the pots journey'.

Alex has a First Class Honours from the Cardiff School of Art and Design and has won several awards including the Craft & Design Selected Makers Award. He also completed the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse programme for the best new talent in crafts.

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