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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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Autumn Craft Collection

Bronwen Gwillim jewellery

7 September to 2 November 2019

Autumn Craft Collection

Our specially selected collection of ceramics, jewellery and textiles. All items are beautifully hand-crafted by some of the UK's most talented designer-makers: they are perfect pieces for any home or to give as beautiful gifts if you can bear to part with them!

The highlights include new work by Lucy Burley, Lisa Crockard, Karen Dawn Curtis, Niki Fulton, Mirka Golden Hahn, Bronwen Gwillim, Helen Harrison, Sam Walker, Angie Mehew, Cat Dunnand many more.

View work from the show

Light and Form: Where the Land Meets the Sea

Jo Pannifer, Sea Curves

17 to 28 September 2019

Light and Form: Where the Land Meets the Sea

An exhibition inspired by the elemental meeting of sea, sand and sky and featuring photography by Phillip Edwards, Lisa Mardell and Jo Pannifer, with jewellery by Tracy King.

Light and Form is a group of photographers and jewellers based in the Surrey Hills. Whether creating images of the landscape, or incorporating textures into delicate silver, we share a passion for representing the natural world in an artistic form.

Catherine Warren: One Year On - Surrey Artist of the Year 2018

Catherine Warren, Fish Pot Jetty, acrylic & mixed media on canvas

  • Fish Pot Jetty Catherine Warren 30x30cm Acrylic Mixed Media On Canvas

21 September to 2 November 2019

Catherine Warren: One Year On - Surrey Artist of the Year 2018

We are delighted to welcome back Catherine Warren, the winner of the Surrey Artist of the Year competion in 2018.

Catherine takes inspiration from landscapes and nature, from close to her home in Farnham, to the Dorset and Cornwall coast and as far as the Caribbean.

She is particularly drawn to colour, light and contrast and tries to produce paintings with energy, freedom and movement. She says, I strive to capture something of the essence of a 'moment in time', the atmosphere and experience of a certain place. Her paintings encompass the energy of nature alongside that of our own presence in the landscape: the marks we make (both by our presence and through manmade structures), the balance of landscape and humans, and how we sit alongside each other, blend into each other, jar against each other.

Catherine works mainly in acrylics, incorporating mixed media such as chalk, oil pastels and charcoal. She uses a range of tools, from brushes and palette knives to rollers and bamboo skewers, to provide contrast and bring vitality to her work. She enjoys adding depth to her paintings with both complementary and unexpected colour and mark-making combinations, so her work can be further enjoyed close up as well as making an impact from a distance.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Contemporary Art Fairs. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

View work from the show

Surrey Artist of the Year 2019

Will Johns, Blonde on Green and Pink

  • Blonde On Green And Pink By Will Johns. Acrylic W 68cm X H 60cm

21 September to 2 November 2019

Surrey Artist of the Year 2019

The New Ashgate Gallery invites members of the public to come and vote for their favourite artist.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the 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 open studio visits. 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: painting, printmaking, glass, textiles and mixed media.

The shortlisted artists are: Clare Bowen, Orlanda Broom, Jennifer Court, Diana Croft, Clare Edworthy, Penny Fleet, Robyn Horsburgh, Christine Hopkins, David Johns, Will Johns, Julie Noles, Philip Ryland, Penny Webb, Pippa Ward and Abigail Wicking.

Again, during the exhibition, until 18th October, 12noon, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2019 on 18th at 7pm. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000, a solo show at the New Ashgate Gallery and a complementary Winner's Stand at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.

View the exhibition catalogue at: https://bit.ly/2k5OfMw
Buy the exhibition catalogue at: https://bit.ly/2m44kmE

The season includes workshops for adults, families and artists - please contact us for information.

The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Contemporary Art Fairs. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

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Madeleine Jude, New Ashgate Gallery Craft Prize at the Festival of Crafts, Jane Crisp and Judith Needham

Madeleine Jude, Monksbelt throw and cushions

1 October to 2 November 2019

Madeleine Jude, New Ashgate Gallery Craft Prize at the Festival of Crafts, Jane Crisp and Judith Needham

Madeleine Jude is a textile designer and handweaver known for her beautifully soft lambswool throws, cushions and home textiles, woven using complex block weave techniques.

Her designs are influenced by Scandinavian weaving traditions and her colour aesthetic has much in common with the beautiful and naturalistic colour palette of early 20th century Swedish women rug weavers such as Marta Maas-Fjetterstrom and Ingegerd Silow. Each of her designs is a celebration of her great love of colour and pattern and an exploration of new weave structures and design elements. Every piece is meticulously handwoven, hand fringed or blanket stitched and hand finished by Madeleine in her Surrey studio, and as a result every piece is unique.

The exhibition also includes best-selling, bespoke trugs by Jane Crisp's and fabulous baskets for cats by Judith Needham.


Adult workshop: Mindful Mark Making and Slow Stich with artist Ekta Kaul

Ekta Kaul workshop

7 October 2019

Adult workshop: Mindful Mark Making and Slow Stich with artist Ekta Kaul

7 October, 10.30-3.30pm - £5, max. 8 participants, booking is required, 01252 713208 / gallery@newashgate.org.uk (If the cost of the workshop, £5, is prohibiting you from attending it, please email us for a free place).

Slow down, take the time to observe and develop mindfulness through stitch. Responding to the shapes and colours in the beautiful Bishop's Meadow nearby, the students will explore simple mark making. Under Textile Artist Ekta Kaul's gentle guidance you will evolve a personal vocabulary of hand stitches inspired by mark making. Ekta will also share processes and techniques that she uses within her own work. A Wabi-Sabi approach will be explored. This course is suitable for beginners and experienced sewers.

Ekta Kaul is an award winning textile artist and experienced educator who explores places, histories and belonging through stitched maps.

The workshop is part of the Surrey Artist of the Year season and celebrating the Farnham Town Month. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust.

Adult workshop: Weaving with Natural Rush with artist Judith Needham

Judith Needham, Rush Mat

14 October 2019

Adult workshop: Weaving with Natural Rush with artist Judith Needham

14 October, 2-4pm - £5, booking is required, 01252 713208 / gallery@newashgate.org.uk (If the cost of the workshop, £5, is prohibiting you from attending it, please email us for a free place).

Spend a fun afternoon learning to weave with natural rush. You will make a small table mat or coaster. Starting with a checkerboard centre and a pairing weave around the edge, there's scope for some variation in design. Some of the techniques will be familiar to those who have made willow baskets but there are interesting differences too. Rush is a much softer material so kinder on the hands than willow! The variations in colour give an appealing effect and it also smells gorgeous!

The workshop is part of the Surrey Artist of the Year season and celebrating the Farnham Town Month. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust.

Reflections & Projections with Alison Branagan | Networking & Memberships with Rebecca Skeels: Professional Development Day for Early Career Artists and Makers

Alison Branagan

Rebecca Skeels

  • Rebecca Skeels

21 October 2019

Reflections & Projections with Alison Branagan | Networking & Memberships with Rebecca Skeels: Professional Development Day for Early Career Artists and Makers

Monday 21 October 2019, 10:00-15.30, New Ashgate Gallery
Free but booking is essential, gallery@newashgate.org.uk / 01252 713208
Lunch is not included.

10.00-12.30: Reflections and Projections
We will explore opportunities, contemporary promotional strategies and gain clarity in relation to your market. We will also explore current, future and forecasted trends. Handouts will be provided and the workshop is suitable for all levels and a range of disciplines, makers, designers, artists and photographers.

Alison Branagan is an author and visual arts consultant and an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins. Over the last decade she has written several business start-up and enterprise books and has studied different approaches to teaching business theory and enterprise skills. She has also devised and facilitated upon many enterprise projects for universities and business support organisations. She is an Associate of the Institute of Consulting, a Member of the Society of Authors and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is also an associate of The Design Trust and a consultant for the Association of Illustrators.

13.15-15.30: Networking and Memberships
Rebecca will discuss networking, memberships and other activities that may not be in the business plan and she will draw on her knowledge and extensive experience of working with different organisations, groups and individuals.

Rebecca Skeels started her business in 1994 after graduating from the University of Wales. Since 1994, Rebecca's thirst for knowledge and her passion for sharing has lead her to graduate from Central Saint Martin's, MA Project by Design and achieving a PGC in Higher Education and is now a research student at the University for Creative Arts.

The event is part of the Surrey Artist of the Year season and celebrating the Farnham Town Month. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust.

Family workshop: Here comes Frankie with artist Jennifer Court

Frankie Sound Cloud with Jennifer Court

28 October 2019

Family workshop: Here comes Frankie with artist Jennifer Court

28 October, 2-3.30pm - free admission, but booking is required at: gallery@newashgate.org.uk
Suitable to children from 4 to 10 years with a guardian; max. 8 children.

In the family workshop, we will tell a story featuring the five senses that are inspiration for our piece of artwork. We will explore how to use the five senses to build up layers of interest and create a sensory experience for the participants to explore.

The workshop is led by artist Jennifer Court who explores the five senses in her practice. She uses them to capture a sensory experience of a place or object. Whether it be a still forest or the delicious taste of a piece of fruit, the sensations that she feels ripple down through me and into the work.

All materials will be included and the participants will be guided through different processes to create interesting effects.
The workshop is part of the Surrey Artist of the Year season and also celebrating the Farnham Town Month. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust.

Winter Exhibition

Virginia Ray, Reeds Dancing

9 November 2019 to 4 January 2020

Winter Exhibition

This exhibition presents a specially selected collection of painting, print, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles by some of the UK's most talented artists and designer-makers. It is a must see festive exhibition for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft, presenting perfect pieces for any home, or to give as beautiful gifts - if you can bear to part with them.

Hygge: the art of intimacy and simple acts

Jeni Ross, Observers Scattered (detail), woven tapestry

9 November 2019 to 4 January 2020

Hygge: the art of intimacy and simple acts

Hygge is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment at ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. It only requires consciousness, a certain slowness, and the ability to not just be present - but recognize and enjoy the present. Hygge is about an art of creating intimacy (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there's no one English word or simple definition to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, 'contentness', security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.

For the festive season, we have invited makers that create handcrafted artworks that help us to survive the cold, dark and sameness of the winter time. These objects will celebrate, acknowledge and break up the mundane. With so many cold, dark, days, the simple act of a lighting a candle and enjoying a beautiful cup of coffee could make a huge difference to one's spirit.

Maker in Focus: Will Shakspeare: Shakspeare Glass

Shakspeare Glass, Hedgerow Conglom

9 November 2019 to 4 January 2020

Maker in Focus: Will Shakspeare: Shakspeare Glass

We are delighted to exhibit a large selection of Shakspeare Glass this Christmas - from larger sculptures to beautiful vases and festive baubles.

Will Shakspeare is one of the country's best known glass blowers. He has been featured regularly in the press and on TV including Inside The Factory, Kirstie's Homemade Home and Kirstie's Homemade Christmas with Kirstie Allsopp, and in the Telegraph Magazine with David Nicholls. Will says:

It is interesting to see how a thread of an idea expands into a body of work, and in which direction it takes me. Sometimes I am not happy with where it is going, and at others I am pleased with where it has got to. At present I am in a landscape 'period' and enjoying a different way of looking at glass and bringing my inspiration home.

Will set up Shakspeare Glass over 25 years ago and has supplied many galleries and well-known stores in that time. He has also worked in Central and South America as a consultant in glass production and design.

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

01252 713208
gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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