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New Ashgate Gallery curates a programme of 25 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. 

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Rising Stars 2014

Hajnalka Rezes, Red connected cutlery, Connected bowls, double ended spoons with a plate 2013

  • Arts Council Lottery
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • Milton Keynes Arts Centre
  • Smiths Row
  • a-n, the Artist Information Company

8 March to 19 April 2014

Rising Stars 2014

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated, selling exhibition will tour from New Ashgate, Farnham (8 March - 19 April), to Milton Keynes Arts Centre (26 April - 31 May) and Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds (7 June - 12 July).

The winner will receive a cash prize, an exhibition and support from a-n The Artists Information Company. This year's shortlist consists of Élodie Alexandre, Elizabeth Ashdown, Juliette Bigley, Rachel Britch, Jessica Coleman, Polly Collins, Brittany Delany, Eva Farkasova, Joanna Fronczak, Jessica Frost, Kerstin Haigh, Ruth Harrison, Anna Collette Hunt, Mirka Janeckova, Anum Khan, Lisa Larcombe, Beatrice Larkin, Anne Laycock, Beth Lewis-Williams, Agnieszka Maksymiuk, Elise Menghini, Kelly Munro, Izzy Parker, Anastasija Pjatnicka, Hajnalka Rezes, Charlotte Stockley, Julia Webster, Simon Wilks, Penny Wheeler, Hannah Rose Whittle, Cristina Zani and Sevak Zargarian. We also present new jewellery by Heather Woof, the 2013 winner of Rising Stars award.

Open submissions were invited from undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates who completed their study in last 24 months. The judges were Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre; Lucy Day, the Day + Gluckman curatorial partnership and a professional development advisor at a-n The Artists Information Company; and Rebecca Skeels, designer-maker and Subject Leader for the Post Graduate School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts.

Rising Stars 2014 is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, a-n The Artists Information Company and University for the Creative Arts. It is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

View the programme: leaflet
View the makers: catalogue
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View information about the Rising Symposium, here

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HOLD IT! The Art of the Modern Medal: British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project

Carrie Dickens, home/here, Royal College of Art, The Worshipful Company of Founders Grand First Prize (£750)

  • British Art Medal Society

8 March to 19 April 2014

HOLD IT! The Art of the Modern Medal: British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project

The Student Medal Project, now in its 21st year, is a success story for bringing the art of the modern medal into the art college curriculum, whether in sculpture, metal work or jewellery. It is an introduction to the age-old art of bronze casting, where students themselves each create a small but powerful work of two-sided relief sculpture, which can be held in the hand.

This exhibition takes us from the political to the personal, the abstract to the mainstream, as the students - and some professional makers - express their creativity and craftsmanship in the surprising medium of the modern art medal.

The British Art Medal Society, which is behind this Project, is based at the British Museum. It also commissions medals every year for sale to its members, arranges lectures and conferences. At the British Museum can be found the country's wide-ranging collection of modern art medals, including student medals it has purchased. Each year colleges around the UK are invited to participate, plus an academy from abroad, this year, the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. The culmination of the Project is the annual exhibition, which in 2014 will be held at New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey. The winners were selected from 115 medals by students in the UK, and 13 from the University in Sofia, and 6 from the High School. They are:

- The Worshipful Company of Founders Grand First Prize: Carrie Dickens, home/here, Royal College of Art
- The Grand Second Prize, presented by Thomas Fattorini Ltd: Anna Everett, Bring 'Em Back, Stafford College
- The Worshipful Company of Cutlers for a 'cutting edge' medal: Nicola Kerslake, You Will be my Death, Falmouth University
- The Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers, Dustin Jessen, My Sister and her Daughter (meine schwester & ihre tochter), Royal College of Art
- The 'Herbie Prize' for a medal that deals with a current topic/social/political: Halina Dominska, What are you thinking when you look at me?, Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery
- Pangolin Editions: Natasha Brayton, Time Medal, Loughborough University, 3D Design and New Practice
- Morton & Eden Ltd: David Beattie, Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hounds, West Wales School of the Arts.
- Prize presented by Niagara Falls Castings Ltd: Holly Higgins, we beat on...', Edinburgh College of Art, Jewellery & Silversmithing.
- Honourable Mention Prize, the Bigbury Mint (an individual cast tin piece): Megan Sarah Davies, Home is Where the Heart is, West Wales School of the Arts
- The 'Best Guest Prize' to the invited foreign academy/university
- Lunts Casting Ltd: Nikoleta Ivanova, Door, National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Organic Matter: Rising Stars Commission by Rachel Britch

  • Blank

8 March to 19 April 2014

Organic Matter: Rising Stars Commission by Rachel Britch

Installation in the Foyer Ceiling
Rachel will be giving a talk on 2 April, 5.30-6.30pm. Free admission, no booking required.

Rachel Britch's practice focuses on current global issues, specifically on sustainability and growing urban populations. Working with these ideas allows her to develop interior hand crafted objects that are concept lead. Through her degree Rachel developed precision making skills and found her passion for large scale installations and site-specific sculpture. Using re-cycled and biodegradable materials connected without chemicals or adhesives sheds a light on ideas surrounding over consumption and waste. Objects are constructed out of repeated elements, building up to create something complex out of simple units. Through this way of working unlikely or waste materials are used to create innovative, hand crafted objects. Rachel's practice straddles both conceptual design and handmade craft sectors, creating products that are beautiful and ethical. Rachel Britch lives and works in Manchester.

Rising Stars 2014 is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, a-n The Artists Information Company and University for the Creative Arts. It is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN): Message - Beyond Adornment

Dani Crompton

  • JSN

26 April to 7 June 2014

The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN): Message - Beyond Adornment

Members of the Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) have looked at the concept of 'Message - Beyond Adornment' in their designs that is more than just decorative and to express a range of 'messages' that are environmental, social, personal or philosophical.

The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network is a group run by and for its members with the aim of strengthening links and opportunities between makers in the local area around Farnham and Surrey. The skills and use of materials of the members are diverse and numerable, creating a dynamic selection of pieces. The exhibition will present work by Dani Crompton, Poppy Porter, Rebecca Skeels, Ruta Brown, Sarah Broadhead, Chantal Walters and Janet Richardson.

In addition to the pieces created by the members of the group, the exhibition involves the public by inviting them to expressing their views through jewellery. They are asked to design and submit a reversible necklace that says 'I Agree' on one side and 'I Disagree' on the other; terminology commonly used in today's world of international social media. The necklaces will then be swapped among the participants.

Emma Dunbar: A few of my favourite things

Primulas and peppers, 61 x 61cm, acrylic on board

26 April to 14 June 2014

Emma Dunbar: A few of my favourite things

Emma Dunbar is in conversation with Norma Corkish, Chair of New Ashgate Trustees, 25 April, 5.30-6pm. Free admission.

A much-awaited solo exhibition by Emma Dunbar brings colour and bold forms to New Ashgate Gallery.

Emma's paintings have been painted in Hampshire and Cornwall. She gathers ingredients from landscape to create colourful and recognisable paintings. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art.

Emma works on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. Her training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the scratches through surfaces that reveal pre-laid colours underneath. Her influences come from Cornish holidays, cats and children wandering onto wet paint, beautiful fruits in the greengrocer and her growing collection of cups, mugs and jugs. Emma's paintings have been internationally reproduced in greetings cards, posters, limited edition etchings and fabric designs. Emma describes her pictures as though they were a stage set: a jug of favourite anemones taking centre stage while other elements and set back in their plane as painted flats to create distant views.

Emma says:
What excites me about making a painting is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing.' Graphic accuracy is not something pursued. The viewer is offered an edited version of the colours with flattened fruit, red and orange boats might be relocated next to each other to form stripes on a beach while bold bunches of flowers appear on what we know is a table or windowsill in the foreground.



Ashraf Hanna: Maker in Focus

Ashraf Hanna: Two Vessels

26 April to 7 June 2014

Ashraf Hanna: Maker in Focus

Ashraf Hanna is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist whose work is concerned with exploring how scale, colour, texture and material inform our perception and understanding of form. The space an object occupies through its scale has a significant role in determining our relationship with it. Colour, whether bright, soft, intense or vivid has a powerful effect in defining its character. Textural treatment invites us to examine the tactile qualities of the surface and how this influences our ability to read and comprehend a form. This is further emphasised when choosing the material, solid, dense ceramics or translucent glass.

Ashraf is interested in lines and spaces that develop through manipulation of the volume within forms and also their relationship to one another. The interaction between sharp and organic lines creates subtle and sometimes pronounced curves that invite the eye to engage with the sculptural aesthetics of the form.

Summer Craft Collection: Summer Treats

Peter Layton, Beach group

10 May to 10 August 2014

Summer Craft Collection: Summer Treats

The Summer Craft Collection brings an exciting display of summer treats by a variety of emerging and established contemporary makers. Original, beautiful and affordable jewellery, textiles, ceramics and glass carefully handpicked by the gallery team to reflect a range of contemporary practices.

A special feature will focus on the work by Peter Layton, the glass maker with an excellent reputation for versatility in design and the innovative use of material and technique, including blowing, kiln forming and casting to create architectural elements and sculptures that enrich the spaces for which they are conceived. Also presenting new work by Vicki Ambery-Smith, Lydia Barclay, Ciara Bowles, Fliff Carr, Justine Free, Emily Gliddon, Meg Green, Catherine Hicks, Akiko Hirai, Sian Hughes, Marie Krazizky, Melissa Simpson, Rosie Sutcliffe, May Wild Ceramics and Emma Williams.

Lucy Burley: Maker in Focus

Lucy Burley, earthenware group

14 June to 26 July 2014

Lucy Burley: Maker in Focus

After studying Ceramics at Wimbledon and Camberwell Art Schools, Lucy Burley moved out of London and works from a studio in the Hampshire countryside, an environment that she finds a great source of inspiration.

Responding to the changes in seasons, Lucy creates a feeling of harmony through simple forms and a broad but delicate colour palette. Bowls, jugs and bottles are thrown on the wheel using white earthenware clay. Lucy finishes the vessels with a smooth earthenware glaze of her formulation, which gives an eggshell like texture. The work has a sense of timeless simplicity intended to be both decorative and functional.

Lucy's ceramics are partly inspired by the still life paintings of Italian artist Giorgio Morandi, whose work featured groups of vessels and were noted for their tonal subtlety. Lucy uses various tones of specific colours, aiming to create related vessels that have the same sense of belonging to a family.

Hothouse 4: New Ashgate Selects

21 June to 2 August 2014

Hothouse 4: New Ashgate Selects

In 2013, Crafts Council announced 38 makers for its six-month Hothouse programme from January 2014, which is delivered in partnership across four regions: the South West, North, South East and Midlands. Alongside the Craft Study Centre, Farnham and Making Space, Havant, New Ashgate Gallery has been supporting the programme of emerging makers in the South East.

Celebrating the talent in the programme, New Ashgate Gallery invites twelve makers, three from each cohort to exhibit in the gallery's summer exhibition that will focus on bespoke, collectable crafts, priced £1,000 or less. While showcasing the work, the exhibition will also be a collector opportunity for those who wish to buy the work and invest in new talent.

Denise Franklin: Light - Water - Passage

Denise Franklin: After Storm

28 June to 2 August 2014

Denise Franklin: Light - Water - Passage

Denise was born in Boston USA and studied at the London Guildhall University where she gained a BA and MA in fine art.

Denise mainly works in oil and acrylics on canvas and paper and enjoys the instinctive way the work comes through during the processes. The work keeps a sense of depth but with a subtle feel. The method used for both oil and acrylic mediums are similar, approaching the work with an instinctive objective allowing for the image to evolve creating a balanced empathy between the colours and surface plains. The paint is worked in stages allowing layers of colour to come though creating rich textures thus forming an element of ambiguity which has been an important focus of her work.

Recently Denise has turned her attention to painting abstract seascapes and the image of the boat in a pure tranquil form creating an almost fragile and ethereal quality to the work. The canvases have developed an unconscious quality releasing the canvas from restraints and allowing the work to develop naturally.

New Ashgate Gallery Farnham Craft Town

New Ashgate Gallery
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Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
United Kingdom

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