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Winter season of exhibitions

Highlights include the Winter exhibition, Contemporary Textiles Focus, Virginia Ray solo show, Amy Cooper and Chris Taylor Maker in Focus 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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Contemporary Textiles Focus

Dionne Swift

8 November 2014 to 3 January 2015

Contemporary Textiles Focus

Presenting a range of knitted, woven, printed, felted and stitched textiles for you and your home, this exhibition aims to showcase the variety of techniques within the field of textiles. The makers chosen for this exhibition are concerned primarily with process, exploring what can be achieved with traditional techniques within a contemporary market. These often repetitive techniques can be time consuming, which many makers see as a welcome diversion from the demands of modern life.

All six makers perfectly balance the visual elements of pattern and colour with the physical and tactile nature of textiles.

Laura Adburgham, Louise Renae Anderson, Helen Chatterton, Syrah Jay, Dionne Swift and Sally Weatherill. Curated by Alison Woodley.

View work from the show

Winter exhibition

TheBigForest, Christmas Santa

22 November 2014 to 17 January 2015

Winter exhibition

A must see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft. All work is handmade, making it unique and perfect for anyone looking for that special Christmas gift!

Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked many of the artists at major events such as Collect, Made, New Designers and the Festival of Crafts. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by these talented established and emerging artists.

Painting and print - Mychael Barratt, Ruth Barrett-Danes, Sophie Bartlett, Ed Boxall, Tim Burns, Kathleen Caddick, Diana Croft, Emma Dunbar, Hugh Dunford Wood, Rachel Grigor, Peter Jackman, Helen Minns, Vicki Nigoumi, Simon Palmer, Tessa Pearson, Trevor Price, Sarah Spackman, Richard Tuff and Rosemary Vanns.

Craft - Emma Alington, An Alleweireldt, Alice Barnes, Richard Baxter, Hannah Bedford, Rowena Brown, Sarah Cox, Jack Doherty, Lucy Easton, Corrinne Eira Evans, EM Jewellery, Fiona Findlay, Rowena Gilbert, Richard Heeley, Fionna Hesketh, Elin Horgan, Anna Colette Hunt, Paul Jackson, Mirka Janekova, Chito Kuroda, Peter Layton, Katherine Lees, Joanna Lloyd, Alex McCarthy, Emma Mogridge, Jane Muir, Namiko Murakoshi, Sally Nancini, Sarah Packington, Desa Philippi, Bryony Rich, Lara Scobie, Kate Scott, Will Shakspeare, Barry Stedman, Charlotte Stockley, Rosie Sutcliffe, TheBigForest, Louise Walker, Jill Walker and Janie Withers.

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Amy Cooper: Maker in Focus

Amy Cooper

22 November 2014 to 17 January 2015

Amy Cooper: Maker in Focus

A festive exhibition of beautiful handmade porcelain lights by artist Amy Cooper. Amy's work addresses the fragility and transience of life and the natural world through the transformative properties of light on porcelain. She continues to explore a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. The work is slip cast porcelain, each piece individually altered, either through manipulation when plastic or painstakingly masked and sandblasted at bisque. Amy's porcelain range includes table lamps, lampshades and tea-light holders.

Amy's work has been exhibited in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Dubai, as well as extensively throughout the UK and she says: All my pieces are slipcast and individually altered and decorated, no two are exactly the same.

View work from the show

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.

London Silhouettes: Jennie Ing and Ann Burnham

Ann Burnham, A - Z London 1, linocut

24 January to 14 March 2015

London Silhouettes: 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.

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: Akiko Hirai, Charlotte Day, Holly Bell, Louisa Taylor, Marie Canning, Suzanne Taylor, Tania Ufer and many more.

Virginia Ray: Land Has Memory

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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