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New season of exhibitions and events

Known for selecting art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists from across the UK. Our exhibitions present glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, print and painting.

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‚ÄčNew Ashgate Gallery curates a programme of 20-30 annual exhibitions and related events, often working in partnership with local and national organisations. In addition to our lead exhibitions in the Pavilion Gallery, affordable Craft Collection, Maker in Focus and projects in the Balcony Gallery are worth the visit. 

While we show work by artists at all stages of their careers, supporting emerging talent in the market place is close to our heart.

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Spring Craft Collection

Ulli Kaiser, Beaded Earrings

12 January to 13 April 2019

Spring Craft Collection

The new season brings new makers to the gallery. Our specially selected Craft Collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, jewellery and textiles by makers which includes: Peter Hayes, Ken Eardley, Laura Crosland, Kathryn Green, Richard Heeley, Jodie Hook, Ulli Kaiser, Bettina Starke, Barry Stedman, Catherine Thomas and many more.

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Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shape

Ken Eardley, ceramic plant pots

12 January to 23 February 2019

Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shape

Brighten up your home and kitchen with Ken Eardley's decorative ceramic ware that brings vibrancy into the everyday.

With a background in textiles, Ken explores his passion for strong graphic patterns and colour in his fun, bold and functional ceramics featuring birds, flora and fauna, polka dots and love hearts.

Ken's pieces are hand-made glazed earthenware and made using press-moulds. His ranges include vases, jugs, mugs, bowls and lamps and are all hand-painted. Ken lives in Brighton.

At the same time in the gallery, we feature new paintings by Emma Dunbar that celebrates the joyful richness of the everyday, creating a beautiful dialogue with Ken's work.

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Emma Dunbar: Colour in the Snow

Emma Dunbar, Snowdrops

12 January to 23 February 2019

Emma Dunbar: Colour in the Snow

What excites me about making a painting is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing. (Emma Dunbar)

We are delighted to welcome back Emma Dunbar's vibrant and dynamic paintings for a much anticipated solo show. While Emma's show will feature all seasons, for the first time, Emma has prepared a substantial new body of work, exploring colour in the snow, making this show a special treat to our collectors and art lovers.

The exhibition also explores the joyful richness of the everyday. Emma gathers ingredients from her home, travels, the landscape, combining pattern and familiarity to create colourful and recognisable paintings. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art while 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.

At the same time in the gallery, we feature the decorative ceramics by Ken Eardley. Ken's colour and patterns focus on brightening up any kitchen and interior, bringing vibrancy into the everyday. They enter into a dialogue with Emma's work.

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Peter Hayes: Fire, Earth Water - Evolving Ceramics

Peter Hayes, Standing Stone

12 January to 23 February 2019

Peter Hayes: Fire, Earth Water - Evolving Ceramics

My aim in my work is not to compete with nature; but for the work to evolve within the environment. (Peter Hayes)

We are delighted to welcome back Peter Hayes, the internationally renown sculptor and ceramicist working in Bath.

The distinctive organic appearance of Peter Hayes' work builds on the techniques and methods he learned in Africa, India, Asia and New Mexico. Peter is drawn to the shapes of artefacts from other cultures and times that remain timeless.

Peter is interested in the process of change in objects: his work does not compete with nature; but evolves within the environment. For example, the introduction of minerals into the ceramic surface such as iron and copper with the elements of time and erosion creates unique pieces. Similarly, the individual character of materials exposes both limitations and tolerance. As Peter says, each individual piece takes on its own developing surface; its own history and aesthetic.

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Rising Stars 2019

Benjamin Pearey, Indestrucible Croc, Stoneware. Photo: Benjamin Pearey

2 March to 13 April 2019

Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts - this year, the exhibition is bigger than ever, following a record number of applications.

This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.

This year, the project received 109 applications. 30 makers have been selected for the exhibition by a panel of craft professionals, focusing on their potential and talent; Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Programmes, School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Gemma Curtis, Crafts Programme Coordinator, the Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery.

Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.

The selected makers of exceptional talent are: Angelina Jane, Arra Textiles, Louise Bell, Georgia Buck, Holly Burton, Eve Campbell, Jenny Chan, Sara Chyan, Kim Colebrook, Mihaela Coman, Natalie Eagle, Tamir Erlich, Alice Funge, Alysa Freeman, Susanna Gogarty, Iona Hall, Qiang Li, Marek Liska, Sam Lucas, Ruth Martindale, Bekky May, Annette Mills, Poppy Norton, Benjamin Pearey, Mitch Pilkington, Nastassia Ramazankhani, Kyle Ramsey, Catherine Rua, Jinya Zhao and Marissa Ziesing.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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Monoprints: Tessa Pearson and Louise Davies - passion for bold colour

Louise Davies, Spanish Grove, monoprint

Tessa Pearson, Gold Border Carnival, mixed watermedia

  • Tessa Pearson NAG Gold Border Carnival 24x30cm Mixed Watermedia

2 March to 13 April 2019

Monoprints: Tessa Pearson and Louise Davies - passion for bold colour

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once. This is unlike most printmaking that allows editions. This exhibition brings together two artists, Louise Davies and Tessa Pearson, who use the technique in their printmaking.

Louise Davies uses intense layers of translucent colour and overlapping shifting shapes that are pulled together by calligraphic lines that define the subject matter. Much of this work stems from Louise's formative years in the West of England and its countryside. Later moving to London Louise recalls the landscape by adding her romantic notion of colour to emphasise the beauty of nature, induced by nostalgia for the past: suns rising and setting, turbulent storms, calm and troubled waters. Louise also uses drama and vibrant colour in her London and cityscapes. Buildings are back lit by luminescent skies that add magic and excitement to the already vibrant city. The River Thames is set alight with neon colours that reflect the mood of the image.

Louise Davies R.E. is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. She has devoted the last thirty five years to her art work having trained as a painter and printmaker.

Tessa Pearson has always been in love with colour, and has spent her life seeing the world as a myriad of pattern and captivating images. Marvelling at patches of brilliant yellow in a dramatic patchwork green landscape, the glimpse of a violet pot against a cobalt blue wall will thrill her. Trained in textile design, her influences have been many, from Matisse to Hodgkin and the bold colourists of mid twenty first century painters Patrick Heron and Albert Irvin.

Tessa sees gardens as living paintings: she immerses herself in the planting, responding to their colour, rhythms and characteristics. These moments have built a rich recollection of imagery for her monoprints that use unpredictable water media, experimental printmaking processes and spontaneous mark making with digital imagery. They capture the liveliness and energy from Tessa's observations.

Tessa studied Printed Textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, where she won the Courtauld's Prize. She is also the winner of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition at the New Ashgate Gallery in 2012.

Emily Jane Bruce: Carnival - Rising Stars 2018: One Year On

Emily Jane Bruce, Rising Stars 2018 winner, Big Top

2 March to 13 April 2019

Emily Jane Bruce: Carnival - Rising Stars 2018: One Year On

Emily Jane Bruce is the winner of the prestigious Rising Stars 2018 prize and we are delighted to welcome her back for her One Year On exhibition. Rising Stars is a platform for the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK.

Emily Jane creates mixed media soft sculptures and traditional illustrations. Emily's work stems from her love of antique toys, haberdashery and lettering; items with qualities of the uncanny and the priceless period of childhood nostalgia.

Carnival, Emily's first solo show, is a weirdly wonderful celebration of all things fantastical, bringing to life characters and creatures from the secret world of the circus and bygone showman's era. Emily's whimsical creations invite you to relive the aged splendour of the big top tent through her unique style and lovingly made details.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Ray Sheldon: Exercises in Spacial Arrangement

Ray Sheldon, Leaf Series No 2, 2019

20 April to 8 June 2019

Ray Sheldon: Exercises in Spacial Arrangement

Ray is a modernist at heart. His work explores the dynamics of still life; somewhere between the figurative and abstraction and is striving for simplification, by reducing a composition to its essential characteristics.

Ray prepares his own gesso boards and canvases manipulating the surface. The planning of colour masses is vital: colour can arouse the deepest thoughts and emotion. As Ray says:

"For me a still life painting is a living thing. Each work is reworked many times, objects rearranged, the negative spaces are as significant as the objects. I love the play between the flat surface and the illusion of depth and solidity. I don't feel restricted by my subject, Giorgio Morandi showed me how to paint and keep busy with just one theme."

PRIZE: a celebration of image

Peter Archer, Harbour Entrance, 2018

Martin Greenland, Retreat – Returning, 2018

  • Martin Greenland 2018 04 Retreat Returning

20 April to 8 June 2019

PRIZE: a celebration of image

Private view: 26 April 2019, 6-8pm - all welcome

The exhibition brings nine award-winning artists to Farnham: all of them are internationally accomplished and recognised for excellence and talent through a prestigious art prize.

The exhibition presents painting by Peter Archer (Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize), Gareth Edwards (BP Portrait Award), Martin Greenland (John Moores Painting Prize), Charlotte Harris (BP Portrait Award) and print by John Hoyland (John Moores), Sir Terry Frost (John Moores), Sandra Blow (Guggenheim International Award) and Bruce McLean (John Moores).

It reflects on the Gallery's beginnings 60 years ago: New Ashgate was the first provincial gallery with nationally and internationally known artists such as Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Graham Sutherland.

This will be an exceptional opportunity to appreciate and collect work by these highly accomplished stars of the art world outside London and close to home.

Maker in Focus: Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson, Madrugada Jug, 80cm

20 April to 8 June 2019

Maker in Focus: Paul Jackson

The unique character of Paul Jackson's work derives from two interrelated processes. Each piece is first thrown on the wheel, then subtly altered in form - giving the pot an individual character and strength defined by a journey of discovery. The journey continues during decoration, where the pot's elegance and sense of balance grow directly out of Paul's concern for harmony between form, colour and the painted surface.

Paul uses white earthenware to construct his energetic and sinuous forms. The clay allows for the dynamic shaping of the pieces which form the vessels which go on to be given diverse and colourful decoration. Recently Paul has also diversified in his methods, using local stoneware and porcelain in a salt glaze kiln. This has given rise to the new porcelain series which celebrates the glaze effects in their own right, albeit with some references to the coastline and rock formations of North Cornwall.

Paul has exhibited widely in both the UK and the US.

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