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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.

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PRIZE: a celebration of image

Peter Archer, Harbour Entrance, 2018

Martin Greenland, Retreat – Returning, 2018

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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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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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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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Diaspora

Dawn Beckles, I Can Feel It

15 June to 27 July 2019

Diaspora

This ground-breaking exhibition brings twenty artists and makers of African/Caribbean heritage to showcase their work, not previously seen in Farnham.

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.

The exhibition presents work by: 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, Natalie Manima (Bespoke Binny), Jacqueline McFarlane, Rich Miller, Studio Nelle, Abe Odedina, Onome Otite, Mona Tabbicca, Robi Walters and Sharon Walters.

The exhibition is an exceptional opportunity to appreciate and collect work by these twenty artists who bring diverse and fresh narratives to the canon of art.

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

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.

Crafts in Bloom: create a sunflower & celebrate Farnham in Bloom

Sonia Percival

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30 June 2019

Crafts in Bloom: create a sunflower & celebrate Farnham in Bloom

Free Family Drop-In Workshop, Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadows, 12noon-6pm
No booking is required, suitable to all ages


Join us to create a craft sunflower and to celebrate Farnham in Bloom, local wildlife and recycled craft materials with Sonia Percival, the Farnham based mixed media textile artist. With Sonia, you will create your own flower to take home; using recycled fabrics and locally sourced plant material. We will use paper, print and fabric and celebrate the brilliance of flowers, plants and wildlife. Sonia will share ideas about the creativity that can be found in sustainability.

All materials are provided and we are looking forward to seeing you at the New Ashgate pitch at Picnic in the Park. Please also ask us about our free family activity pack and the Crafting Blowers exhibition in August.

The event is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with curator Loucia Manopoulou. Crafts in Bloom is supported by Farnham Town Council.

Vacation: Vocation - Trevor Price with sculpture by Richard Jack

Trevor Price, Turned wood table and bottles II

3 August to 14 September 2019

Vacation: Vocation - Trevor Price with sculpture by Richard Jack

Trevor Price is one of our long-term favourite artists - Trevor specialises in drypoints and etchings that are handmade and hand printed in his studios in London and St. Ives. For this exhibition, he has also created a new body of paintings.

Trevor studied at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Trevor exhibits widely throughout Europe and has won several national printmaking awards. In 2011 at Printfest, the art fair dedicated to printmaking, he became the 'Printmaker of the Year'. His work is held in various collections including those by his Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum (China), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), Yale University (USA), Office of Public Works (Dublin), University of Wales and Bank of England.

Trevor was commissioned in 2019 to produce his largest print to date (105x170cm) on the theme of The Silk Road, with the resulting work destined for Beijing and to hang in an exhibition in the National Art Museum of China later in the year.

Trevor's work will be shown with sculptures by Richard Jack. Richard was born in Zimbabwe and began his career as an artist in South Africa in the 70s. In 2002, he moved to the UK where he continues to exhibit both locally and internationally. He has been commissioned for both private and public sculptures in Zimbabwe, UK, Denmark and Germany.

Richard's figurative sculptures incorporate the mediums of wood, stone and steel. They are influenced by Africa and the times we live in. Contrasts of form, material and surface reflect the ambiguities of existence: the combination of strength and fragility, timelessness and the passage of time, the individual and the group. A recurring theme is the importance of the family, comforting and supporting one another in this rapidly changing world. In art, Richard has found the means to express his continually changing thoughts, imaginings and memories. It is about life, light and form - balanced, tense, suspended and under pressure.

Ann Marie Whaley: A Different Space

Ann Marie Whaley, Blazes View, oil

3 August to 14 September 2019

Ann Marie Whaley: A Different Space

Ann Marie draws and paints in the landscape, especially in London, Hampshire and Dorset, and responds to all the sensations of a certain place.

Painting outdoors is unlike any other creative experience, nourishing her imagination and the artist's stockpile of colour, shape and line. Ann Marie's outdoor sketches depict a different space on the paper and canvas; a space that conveys some of what it feels like to be in that landscape, not simply an image of what it looks like.

Ann Marie is inspired by great painters as Corot, Rubens, Diebenkorn, Derain, Morandi and Macke. Now living in London, she grew up in Arkansas, USA, and working in the English landscape is Ann Marie's way to celebrate England, her new home country.

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