New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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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 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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20 April to 31 August 2019
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.
3 August to 14 September 2019
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.
3 August to 14 September 2019
The exhibition joins the celebrations of Farnham in Bloom. Artists throughout the centuries from all cultures have been drawn to the beauty and elegance of flowers. Virginia Wolff remarks that we need to understand the beguiling beauty of a single flower, in order to grasp the meaning and potential of life itself.
Vanessa Hogge's decorative ceramic wallflowers and vessels bring a unique textural and visual dimension to any wall or table. Inspired by her passion for all things botanical, and influences as diverse as Frida Kahlo, Indian miniature paintings and Marianne North, Vanessa breathes life into her clay in the form of dahlias, chrysanthemums, daisies, hydrangeas and Daphne.
The inspiration for Janet Twinn's textiles comes from observation of the natural world, she uses drawing and photography to capture the moment from the changing colours of the season to the detailed structures found in garden flowers.
Lucy Burley's ceramic vessels are not only inspired by the colours of flowers, but the bottle vases are also intended as a vehicle for displaying a single bloom, as described by Virginia Wolff; also, for many years she has taken inspiration from my daily walks around West Street Cemetery, close to her house, where Farnham Town Council have created a beautiful wildflower area, which when in bloom has inspired many of her glaze colours
The jeweller Rosie Wesley is fascinated by the concept of taking something from our natural environment and transforming it or assembling it into something else; giving it a new life away from its original environment. Her work allows you to appreciate natural spaces everyday, and preserve a part of them forever.
Peipei Yu's work was captured and designed at her mother's garden in China in 2018. She was sitting in the garden and saw the flower bloom; Peipei observed the leaf texture and recorded the reflection on the pond. Since the rapid development of urbanization, it is hard to have a garden at home in the city. In the city, you could smell the cars and the factories but the nature, the greens. Those works remind the artist of her childhood memories.
The exhibition is curated by Loucia Manopoulou.
3 August to 14 September 2019
Over the past 30 years David has developed his work from raw assemblage with found objects to the much more refined pieces he now creates. One thing has remained constant - the use of metal. David started using this material after visiting one of Sheffield's scrap yards while studying his fine art degree. He was instantly drawn to the colour and texture of discarded steel and its inherent qualities.
David has a lifelong passion for nature and landscape - from early days of climbing and hill walking to mountain biking and fell running. He now lives in Holmfirth near areas of stunning woodland and wild and beautiful hills and moorland. The work he now creates is a response to this landscape and other wilderness environments he has encountered.
David Mayne is a sculptor of national repute who produces work for galleries, public spaces and the domestic environment. When he is not working on exhibitions and private commissions, Mayne continues his practice as a sculptor working in the public realm, creating landmark features for local authorities, visitor centres, large scale PLCs and health trusts. Clients include, Marks and Spencer, Leeds University, Carilion Civil Engineering, Taylor Wimpey, British Waterways and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.
David Mayne's work is available for commissions and you can order any of his sculptures, including the sold pieces listed below, at the gallery. Please contact us for further information - there is no extra fee for commissions.
3 August to 14 September 2019
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.
7 September to 2 November 2019
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.
17 to 28 September 2019
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.
21 September to 2 November 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.
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.
The season includes workshops for adults, families and artists - please contact us for information.
Catherine Warren, Fish Pot Jetty, acrylic & mixed media on canvas
21 September to 2 November 2019
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.
1 October to 2 November 2019
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.