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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 festive exhibitions present glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than 50 talented artists.


View our August - November leaflet 

‚ÄčNew 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.

Autumn Craft Collection

1 September to 3 November 2018

Autumn Craft Collection

A specially selected collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles - a must-see for gifts and special occasions.

Highlights include new work by Dee Barnes, Donna Barry, Marshall Coleman, Rowen Ford, Georgie Gardiner, Kyra Mihailovic, and Meryl Till.

15 September to 3 November 2018

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2018

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality arts and craft as voted for by the public during the hugely popular open studio season. The top scoring artists come together for a programme of events. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, all offering different materials and techniques: ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

During the exhibition, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2018. Voting must be done in person at the gallery.

The winner receives a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show. This year the winning artist is also gifted a stand at Contemporary Art Fair's annual show at Sandown Park - such an exciting opportunity!

We are delighted to announce that the Surrey Artist of the Year Competition will include the following artists from across the county: Ruta Brown, Nicky Chubb, Grace Ellen, Niki Hearnshaw, Diana Jane, Denise Jaques, Susie Lidstone, Jule Mallett, Liane Matthews, Janine Rees, Joe Szabo, Jane Silk, Jean Tolkovsky, Catherine Warren, Stephanie Wright.

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15 September to 3 November 2018

Accidentally on Purpose

Chemistry, light, skill and chance are the key ingredients for the recipe of 'Accidentally on Purpose'. The New Ashgate Team have carefully selected a trio of artists who have all mastered working with their materials and the element of the unexpected within their finished works.
Local photographer Simon Painter will be exhibiting his high energy photographs. Simon uses light and movement whilst shooting to change the focus of an image from the objects in the scene, to the light between those objects. He manipulates and distorts subjects to create atmosphere and beauty. "My work is not a representation of reality but uses the world around me as a brush with which to create new images. I try to create a sense of movement in all my images. My urban landscapes reflect hectic city life but the ethereal soft nature of the pictures also represents more of the non-physical side to our lives such as thoughts, emotions and dreams." The consequences of this unpredictable process are Simon's stunning, vibrant, semi-abstract prints, available on aluminium or glazed and framed.
Lynn Pascoe creates beautiful Cyanotypes informed by the Cornish landscape in which she lives. This photographic process starts with light sensitive emulsion applied to fine art paper. An image can be created from a transparency or negative, or objects can be place on top of the emulsion to produce photograms. Exposure to ultra-violet light fixes the image and the unexposed areas are then 'washed' away in water to process and develop the image.
Victorian botanists famously used this technique to document seaweed and other plants. The process was also historically used to produce engineering blueprints - it's called a cyanotype due to the distinctive blue colour of the print.
Bryony Rich is showing a selection of her wonderfully volcanic-looking Raku fired ceramics. After the first firing the pots are glazed with copper oxides, giving the surface a matte lustre. The work is removed from the kiln at bright red heat and subjected to post-firing reduction (or smoking) by being placed in containers of combustible materials. Each pot goes through a well-practiced process but can never be replicated. The finished article is left to create its own 'infinite spectrum of exciting colours and surface qualities.'

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15 September to 3 November 2018

Su Jameson: Surrey Artist of the Year 2017 - One Year On

A solo exhibition of work by 2017 Winner Su Jameson.
Liphook based artist Su Jameson makes one-off hand built ceramic figurative sculptures. Drawn from personal experiences, interactions and observations her work explores the complexities of being human; issues around belonging, strength and fragility, and communication. Source ideas are at once particular and universal, as a result it aims to be thought provoking and invite reinterpretation. Porcelain, black and crank stoneware clays create textural structures and surfaces; whilst painted on coloured slips, oxides and glazes are used to accentuate form and narrative.

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Mary Branson

13 October 2018

Mary Branson

Mary Branson is a fascinating speaker who tells a compelling story of her work as an artist and creator of fine art light installation New Dawn which is on permanent display in the Houses of Parliament. Mary created the work to reflect the passionate, and at times scandalously bloody, historic campaign for women's suffrage.

Mary's creation reflects the fact that she is an ardent narrator for the forgotten voices of women and men who laboured tirelessly for women's suffrage. Her meticulous research into many forgotten parliamentary archives has given Mary a fascinating insight into the real lives of people from the turn of 20th century Britain, which she brings to life with touching wit and candour.

Pre-booking required | 13 October
10:30am
| At the New Ashgate Gallery
Duration 1 hour + Q & A's
This is a free to attend talk, booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email gallery@newashgate.org.uk to book a place.

Introduction to papercutting for adults with Lucy Dorothy

15 October 2018

Introduction to papercutting for adults with Lucy Dorothy

Create a beautiful paper cut. In this taster session you will be introduced to the wonderful relaxing art of paper cutting. After being shown the techniques involved, you will be able to create your own paper cut using a template provided. You'll also be given plenty of advice and tips regarding the mounting and framing of your finished design.
Pre-booking required | 15 October
10:30am - 1:30 pm
Adult workshop (max 10 participants)
Suggested donation of £10 to cover materials cost.
This is a free to attend workshop, booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email gallery@newashgate.org.uk to book a place.

Stop Motion Animation Workshop For Teens with Christopher Eales

22 October 2018

Stop Motion Animation Workshop For Teens with Christopher Eales

Full-day Stop motion Workshop: The workshop is an introduction to the fundamentals of animation through the cut-out replacement animation technique. Participants can expect to explore the medium using a contemporary take on a traditional animated toy and will have the opportunity to leave with their own animated GIF.
Pre-booking required | 22 October
10am - 4pm workshop 11+ (max 10 participants)
£20 per Teen. Please bring a pack lunch

Accidentally on Purpose Art with Kerry Lemon

25 October 2018

Accidentally on Purpose Art with Kerry Lemon

A chance to learn alongside an artist whose work has been commissioned by Liberty London, Jo Malone, Virgin Airways and Harrods among many others. Although Kerry's drawings can be found in widely diverse contexts including international print, retail, architecture and branding, she would be the first to tell you that she draws every day for the sheer joy of it - because drawing helps us to slow down and to truly experience the world around us. Kerry's workshops will be fun and informal and will help you to develop your own artistic practice at home.
Pre-booking required | 25 October
10am-12pm
Children's workshop 11+ (max 10 participants)
2pm-4pm
Adult workshop (max 10 participants)
Suggested donation of £10 to cover materials cost

This is a free to attend workshop however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email gallery@newashgate.org.uk to book a place.

Paper Cutting for Teens Workshop with Lucy Dorothy

26 October 2018

Paper Cutting for Teens Workshop with Lucy Dorothy

Create a beautiful paper cut. In this taster session you will be introduced to the wonderful relaxing art of paper cutting. After being shown the techniques involved, you will be able to create your own paper cut using a template provided. You'll also be given plenty of advice and tips regarding the mounting and framing of your finished design.
Pre-booking required | 26 October
10.30am-1.30pm
Children's workshop 11+ (max 10 participants)
Suggested donation of £10 to cover materials cost

This is a free to attend talk, booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email gallery@newashgate.org.uk to book a place.

27 October 2018

Emily Jo Gibbs - An Illustrated Talk

Emily Jo Gibbs - Emily Jo Gibbs is a British Artist who over the last two decades has established an international reputation for her delicate textiles. Emily gives an illustrated talk about her 25 year career in textiles, including her most recent project for Collect 18 The Value of Making.

Pre-booking required | 27 October
10:30am
| At the New Ashgate Gallery
Duration 1 hour + Q & A's
This is a free to attend talk, booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email gallery@newashgate.org.uk to book a place.

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Waggon Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

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