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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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Maker in Focus: Paul Jackson & Dynamic Shaping

Paul Jackson, Madrugada Jug, 80cm

20 April to 8 June 2019

Maker in Focus: Paul Jackson & Dynamic Shaping

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.

Ray Sheldon: Exercises in Spatial Arrangement

Ray Sheldon, Leaf Series No 2, 2019

20 April to 8 June 2019

Ray Sheldon: Exercises in Spatial 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."

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Summer Craft Collection

Suzanne Claire Williams, 3Oval Weave Necklace

20 April to 31 August 2019

Summer Craft Collection

Our specially selected craft collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, jewellery, and textiles by makers which include; Richard Baxter, Jenny Chan, Ken Eardley, Alysa Freeman, Diane Griffin, Rebecca Halstead, Helen Harrison (Kilnworks), Abigail Marsh, Tessa Pearson, Mitch Pilkington, Catherine Rua, Katalin Szallas, Yo Thom and many more

Free family workshops: Crafting Flowers & Celebrate Farnham in Bloom with Us. Join us for a drop-in session at Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadows, 30 June, supported by Farnham Town Council.

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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 (David Simon Contemporary Art Prize / the Platform Prize / National Maritime Art Prize), Martin Greenland (John Moores Painting Prize), Charlotte Harris (BP Portrait Award) and Michael Porter (Derek Balmer Painting Prize / European Prize for Painting, Belgium).

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.

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Maker in Focus: Janine Partington & exploring colour and line through mark-making into leather

Janine Partington, Precarious

15 June to 27 July 2019

Maker in Focus: Janine Partington & exploring colour and line through mark-making into leather

This exhibition presents new leather wall panels, vessels and brooches by Janine Partington, one of our most popular makers, recently selected for the prestigious Collect Open.

Janine is best known for her craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design, also included in the show.

In June 2018 Janine completed a part-time MA in Design with distinction at the University of the West of England and she made the creative leap into working with a very traditional material, leather, in a fresh, contemporary and unique way. Drawing on past experiences with printmaking, bookbinding and embroidery Janine has explored mark making through the carving and painting of leathers to create distinctive and appealing surfaces. Her pieces often become abstracted landscapes. However, her inner need for harmony means there is a deeply ingrained subconscious check that ensures a balanced final composition.

Diaspora

Dawn Beckles, I Can Feel It

15 June to 27 July 2019

Diaspora

In relation to art, 'Diaspora' has been used to discuss artists who have migrated from one part of the world to another and who express their diverse experience of culture and identity in their work; often expressing alternative narratives, challenging ideas and structures of the art world.

New Ashgate Gallery welcomes 17 artists of African/Caribbean heritage to showcase their work. Artists include: Ade Adesina, Annie-Marie Akussah, Kwame Akpokavi, Lolonyo Amegayibor-Bunge, Darren Appiagyei, Dawn Beckles, Freya Bramble-Carter, Enam Gbewonyo, Atta Kwami, Wole Lagunju, Catherine Lucktaylor, Jacqueline McFarlane, Rich Miller, Studio Nelle, Onome Otite, Mona Tabbicca, Robi Walters and Sharon Walters

Repurposed

Julie Chappell, Golden spotted

15 June to 27 July 2019

Repurposed

Repurposed brings together artists who work with either recycled, reused or found materials, making beautiful and compelling works. Breathing new life into discarded objects and offering a platform for discussion on the subject of sustainability and recycling.

Workshops and talks will accompany the exhibition, contact the gallery for information, gallery@newashgate.org.uk

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

01252 713208
gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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