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Summer season of exhibitions and events

View here our exciting programme of summer exhibitions and workshops, including our 50th anniversary at Waggon Yard exhibition with many of our favourites.

Open: Tue - Sat, 10am - 5pm

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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.

Summer Craft Collection

Ali Tomlin ceramics

7 May to 3 September 2016

Summer Craft Collection

This summer season the New Ashgate Gallery has chosen a wonderful and diverse collection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, wood and glass. The exhibition presents both established and emerging artists which include: Kirsty Adams, Adele Brereton Lucy Burley, Penny Eccles, Diana Greenwood, Rachel Jones, Ekta Kaul, Emily Thatcher, Morrison Thomas and Ali Tomlin.

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Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

Gareth Mason, A Secret Keeper

11 June to 23 July 2016

Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

Established in 1959, the Ashgate Gallery began as an artists' co-operative. In 1966, it moved to its current location in Waggon Yard, Farnham. In 2016, the trust celebrates the 50th anniversary in its beautiful 17th century Grade II listed gallery.
The celebration culminates in an exhibition that will showcase the history of creativity, beauty and heritage in the gallery - one of the key not-for-profit organisations in the Farnham Craft Town.

The exhibition offers a showcase of past, present and future artists and makers who have worked with us. It will present new work by Adam Aaronson, Peter Beard, Peter Blake, Emma Dunbar, Michael Fairclough, Peter Hayes, Akiko Hirai, Richard Jack, Anita Klein, Heidi Koenig, Margaret O'Rorke, John Maltby, Gareth Mason, Fiona Millais, Jane Muir, Debbie Prosser, Duncan Ross, Jeni Ross, Guy Royle and Sarah Spackman.

The private view will take place on 10 June, 6-8pm. Ceramic artist Gareth Mason will be giving a mini talk about his work before the private view at 5.50pm. The Mayor of Waverley Borough Council will open the exhibition at 7pm. The music in the evening is by sisters Rachel and Helen Palmer, the Little Iris. They are also playing at Maltings on 29 July.

We are inviting members of the public to come forward and reminisce any stories about their memories of the gallery from 1966, to get in contact email gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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Crafts of Child's Play: Celebrating timeless childhood

Sally Nencini, Dollys

11 June to 23 July 2016

Crafts of Child's Play: Celebrating timeless childhood

This exhibition celebrates timeless childhood. At the dawn of the 20th century, Arts and Crafts reformers, social theorists and psychologists explored childhood. Artist and makers were deriving inspiration from the new movement of revising childhood. Children's innocence, and the naiveté they display in the exploration of their environment, offered artists means of examining social conventions or revealing absurdity. This kind of playful and unpredictable attitude to cultural norms initiated new, uncanny explorations in the work of expressionists and surrealists.

Join us to celebrate a craft showcase that is inspired by play, children stories and childhood memories. The work is showing playfulness and often an idiosyncratic childlike quality. Adults are invited to enjoy delightful craft work whist young visitors are encouraged to become art lovers and collectors.

The exhibition presents work by Jenny Ayrton, Kim Bagley, Beatrix Baker, Ed Boxall, Jennifer Collier, BLOTT WORKS, Sally Nencini, Judith Needham, TheBigForest, Resurface Designs.

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Claire Lewis Course: Back to Basics Photography

Photo: Claire Lewis

27 June to 4 July 2016

Claire Lewis Course: Back to Basics Photography

27 June and 4 July
Two Mondays mornings: 10am-2.30pm

Criteria: Bring your SLR camera and the manual. Be prepared to go walkabout.

Claire Lewis a talented photographer with expertise spanning several genres will be joining us to guide you through some of the basic settings, focusing on Aperture and Shutter speed. Working off Auto helping you achieve more from your camera. Claire has worked alongside charities, businesses and families creating story-board photo shoots to capture the essence of time, place and people both in the UK and overseas.

Places are limited. Call to book: 01252 713208. Admission: £20; students: £5. Free to Gallery Angels.

The course is part of our 50 Years at Waggon Yard celebrations. It is supported by the Farnham Town Council.

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Ed Boxall Family Drop In: Relief Printing with Toys

Ed Boxall, Whispering Pines

2 July 2016

Ed Boxall Family Drop In: Relief Printing with Toys

Artist Ed Boxall will be helping children make fabulous prints, using toys. Lego, toy cars, broken board games and even smashed up games consoles will be used to make printing blocks. The workshop is all about making through playing and using materials in surprising ways.

Ed is also a storyteller and will be telling some of his stories with giant books during the day. The books were made with lots of the printing techniques the children will be trying and so will be an inspiration for the children.

Drop in any time from 11 AM to 3PM. Age 4+, accompanied by adults. No booking is required.

The event is supported by the South Street Trust, Farnham.

Tim Southall: Scenes in Print

Tim Southall, A Bark in the Night

30 July to 10 September 2016

Tim Southall: Scenes in Print

As a figurative artist, Tim Southall makes work that is a response to the world, taking inspiration from the rural environment in which he lives and works. Through his attempt to describe some of the oldest classical themes with a modern voice, he expresses something fresh and exciting. Often capturing an expectant scene and animals in mid moment, Tim leaves the viewer to wonder what will happen next.

From initial sketches and thoughts, Tim's ideas then spread out into whatever medium seems best to transform them into a piece of art. The results are not direct representations or specific places but an emotive response to a place or scene.

Painter and printmaker, Tim Southall is a graduate of Northumbria University and the Royal College of Art. He has a studio in Southern Spain.

This exhibition will showcase a collection of Tim's screenprints, monoprints and etchings, all of which are informed by drawing and a strong use of composition.

Hothouse 6: Meet the best new makers

Sally Burnett, 2016-Fylde3

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30 July to 10 September 2016

Hothouse 6: Meet the best new makers

This exhibition demonstrates the value and importance of innovative handmade craft and is part of our programme that introduces the most exciting new makers to collectors. The work is selected from the prestigious Crafts Council's Hothouse programme that offers a vital stepping stone for craft artists wishing to break into the sector. As a result, these makers will soon be snapped up by prestigious retail outlets and manufacturers and soon to be occupying the shelves of the likes of Liberty London or Harrods. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts when they are still fresh and affordable.

The exhibition presents highly collectable work by Ranti Bamgbala, Sally Burnett, Toby Cotterill, Arjan van Dal, Victoria Claire Dawes, Bola Lyon, Tina MacLeod, Rhian Malin, Kira Meyer, Melissa Montague and Hannah Tounsend.

The New Ashgate Gallery is a Hothouse partner: Hothouse 6 is the Crafts Council initiative where selected makers take part in the six-month programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK. It consists of ten one-day workshops, a two-day residential, six hours of 1:1 mentoring and connects the maker to a national network of makers and organisations. It provides the maker with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful business when they need these skills most - at the start of their career.

Katherine Lees: New Ashgate Winner at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings 2015

Katherine Lees, Screen printed porcelain vessels new work for 2016. Image: K Lees

30 July to 3 September 2016

Katherine Lees: New Ashgate Winner at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings 2015

Katherine Lees was selected by the New Ashgate Gallery team as the most exciting maker at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings, in October 2015. Katherine is a designer-maker specialising in ceramics which she combines with textiles and precious metals to produce unique objects including screen-printed porcelain vessels and contemporary porcelain jewellery.

Katherine's porcelain vessels are individually made by hand applying print directly to the raw clay surface through a screen. This unusual making technique is used to ensure every vessel is a one-off piece. By combing this relatively new decorating technique with porcelain pressed from Victorian vessels, Katherine produces a product that is contemporary and unique yet somehow reminds us of days gone by.

Katherine is based at her studio; set up in 2013 in the heart of Manchester's creative hub. Inspired by Victorian antique objects, her work celebrates charms, amulets and the symbolism and beliefs we hold which surround these types of objects.

Katherine says: 'I was delighted to be selected by the New Ashgate team at The Festival Of Crafts, Farnham Maltings in October 2015. I have designed some new pieces of work especially to show at New Ashgate Gallery in August 2016. The exhibition will include screen printed porcelain vessels, wall pieces and porcelain jewellery elements.'

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 and Christiane Zschommler

Christiane Zschommler, the 2015 winner of the competition, also exhibits new work

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17 September to 5 November 2016

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 and Christiane Zschommler

The New Ashgate Gallery invites members of the public to come and vote for their favourite artist.
Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a valuable partnership between New Ashgate gallery and Surrey Artists Open Studios. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality fine arts and craft as voted for by the public during their June Surrey open studio visits.

The top 10 artists come together for a programme of events including exhibition throughout the New Ashgate Gallery. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, all offering different materials and techniques, from ceramics, collage, glass, jewellery, painting, and photography to printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork - the wealth of Surrey creative talent.
Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favourite artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2016. The winner receives a bursary worth £1,000 and a solo show at New Ashgate Gallery.

During the exhibition, there will also be an opportunity to view work by Christiane Zschommler who was crowned the Surrey Artist of the Year in 2015. In Christiane's work, freezing the motion of water or framing a small part of it becomes an abstraction, of something that exists only for the briefest of moments. There is poetry within the constantly rippling water.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is organised by New Ashgate in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust.

Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

17 September to 5 November 2016

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

ACJ members work in a myriad of materials, from paper & plastics to precious metals, titanium, copper, enamel, steel, found objects and much more. Crossing the boundaries between body adornment and wearable sculpture, the work is exciting, thoughtful and fresh.

Here is a treasure box of delights, jewellery for women & men, beautifully made and eminently wearable.


Celebrating 50 years

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Waggon Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

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