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New season of exhibitions and events

The season highlights include Emma Dunbar's new solo exhibition, City Life, Alex McCarthy: Maker in Focus, Graham Dean's 'Dirty Yellow', Cathy Miles and the Summer Craft Collection.

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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 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.

Summer Craft Collection

Janet Yeun Yau, Nested White Pearl necklace

6 May to 2 September 2017

Summer Craft Collection

The new season brings new makers to the gallery. Our specially selected Craft Collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles by makers which includes:

Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Daniel Boyle, Carys Davies, Caroline Finlay, Katharina Klug, Fiona Luing, Sabine Nemet, Katy Mitchell, Anna Pope, Sanders & Wallace, Geoffrey Swindell, Katalin Szallas, Rebecca Wilson and Janet Yeun Yau.

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Graham Dean: Dirty Yellow. New paintings by one of Britain's most powerful figurative painters

Graham Dean, Shadow Play, 2017, watercolour

24 June to 5 August 2017

Graham Dean: Dirty Yellow. New paintings by one of Britain's most powerful figurative painters

We are delighted to present a new body of work by one of the best known names in figurative art - Graham Dean. Dean's career has spanned over four decades and his work has been exhibited worldwide. His watercolours are described as 'extraordinary' and 'immensely powerful', depicting relentless investigation of the human body.

These paintings use the figure not in a literal way but as a vehicle to convey ideas, emotions and psychological states: they escape the illustrative through the artist's ability to draw a broader meaning from the deeply personal.

For this exhibition, Dean will present the new "Dirty Yellow" collection that has not been exhibited in the UK. He says: "With 'Dirty Yellow', I changed the way I work, adopting a fluid style, mixing two colours - yellow and charcoal grey. When the paint dried I sometimes worked into the image but more often not as the 'vibrancy' of the painting could be lost."

Dean's (b. 1951, Merseyside) solo exhibitions include Waterhouse & Dodd, Stephen Lacy, Jill George, Austin Desmond in London and at Frans Jacobs/Judith Bouwknegt in Amsterdam. His group shows include John Moores, ICA, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Royal Academy. Dean has participated in some of the most prestigious art fairs, including FIAC, Paris, TEFAF, Maastricht and Basel Art Fair.

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Cathy Miles: Maker in Focus

Cathy Miles, Large Bright Orange Bird

24 June to 5 August 2017

Cathy Miles: Maker in Focus

Cathy Miles makes quirky, three-dimensional drawings and sculptures depicting birds and everyday objects out of wire and found objects.

Cathy's work exploits the boundaries between the 2 and 3 dimensional through the use of line while she captures the essence of her subjects. Cathy blends fact and fiction to create pieces that encourage the viewer's imagination. Cathy's sculptures tell a witty and facilitating story.

Cathy has won many awards and exhibited across the world.

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Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft

Tracey Bush, British Butterflies

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24 June to 5 August 2017

Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft

For this celebratory exhibition, the New Ashgate Gallery is delighted to partner with Making Space, the Havant based craft organisation that creates opportunities for people to enjoy and take part in high quality craft; expanding understanding of what craft is, does and can be. It's audiences discover and develop design and making skills, increasing personal wellbeing by working alongside professional makers.

Over the last ten years, Making Space has championed craft making, learning and participation by working with some of the most prominent as well as with some of the most exciting emerging craft talent in the UK.

This exhibition will bring these makers together in Farnham and will feature work by: Alex Archbold (kiln formed glass), Tracey Bush (artist books and paper cut assemblages), Kathryn Green (textiles), Kate Reid (illustration), Rachel Reynolds (printed textiles and surface pattern design), Catharine Russell (ceramics), Peter Levy (ceramics), Sarah Macrae (jewellery), Sophie Main (jewellery), Sue Paraskeva (ceramics) and Lindsay Taylor (embroidered textiles).

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Sarah Spackman: Observations

Sarah Spackman, Valerie Blue Vase with Daffodils, oil on linen

24 June to 5 August 2017

Sarah Spackman: Observations

Sarah Spackman paints things we see everyday: flowers from the garden, pots used in the kitchen, fruit from the allotment. There are many ways of looking at things - we can see objects in the normal sense of the word, as things existing remotely from ourselves or we can experience things through sight as if they are tangible. Sarah's paintings seek to explore the this tangibility, and the tactile space between the viewer and the object. She uses colour to recreate things we have around us but do not always see, and makes us look again.

Sarah is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. She lives and works in Oxford. Her work is included in many private collections and also selected for the contemporary art collection of the AIB Bank.

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Exotic Blooms – Polypropylene Ring Adult Workshop with Sarah Macrae

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24 July 2017

Exotic Blooms – Polypropylene Ring Adult Workshop with Sarah Macrae

Monday 24 July, 2pm-4pm
Tickets: £5. Book online at: http://makingspace.org/product/nag-polypropylene-rings/

The workshop takes place at The Garden Gallery, Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DX.

Following the event there will be an 'In conversation event' at the gallery at 4.30pm.

Sarah Macrae will teach participants how to design and make a ring using polypropylene. Sarah is a member of The Designer Jewellers Group and Association of Contemporary Jewellery. She works in a variety of materials both precious and non-precious to produce exciting contemporary pieces. In this workshop, she will introduce you to polypropylene, a flexible, vibrantly coloured plastic, for making jewellery. Learn to cut, form, bend, connect and finish this exciting material to create your own unique piece of jewellery.

If you have any questions please call / email Making Space on 023 9247 2491 / admin@makingspace.org The workshop will take place in The Garden Gallery and there are 15 adult places. As spaces are limited, we do require advance bookings. Once payment has been made, you are guaranteed a place.

For this workshop, we work in partnership with Making Space and it coincides with the Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft exhibition in the gallery.

The workshop is funded by South Street Trust.

Scroll Books: A Family Workshop with Tracey Bush

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31 July 2017

Scroll Books: A Family Workshop with Tracey Bush

Monday 31 July, 1.30pm-3.30pm at New Ashgate Gallery
Tickets: £5 per family. Book online at: http://makingspace.org/product/nag-scroll-books

Following the event there will be an 'In conversation event' at the gallery at 4pm.

Make your own scroll book to take away. Incorporate words and images into a corrugated paper sheet which is bound into a unique wrapped cover. These are based on Korean and Chinese scroll books like the Diamond Sutra. Please bring small scraps of paper you might wish to incorporate, and words to include (maybe a poem or a paragraph or two of prose).

If you have any questions please call / email Making Space on 023 9247 2491 / admin@makingspace.org
This workshop is a family workshop and is suitable for children 5yrs+. There is a maximum of 10 child places available and a max ratio of 1 adult: 2children. (15 places in total). As spaces are limited, we do require advance bookings. Once payment has been made, you are guaranteed a place.

For this workshop, we work in partnership with Making Space and it coincides with the Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft exhibition in the gallery.

The workshop is funded by South Street Trust.

Hothouse 2017:  Spot the Talent

OLL, Crease brooch, Fold brooch, Sandwich necklace. Polymer, gold filled wire. Photo: Anya Kovalieva

12 August to 23 September 2017

Hothouse 2017: Spot the Talent

This exhibition celebrates fresh, innovative and bespoke craft and is part of our programme to introduce some of the most exciting new makers to art lovers and collectors.

The makers are selected from the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse 2017 programme that offers a stepping stone for new makers wishing to break into the sector. Join us to see their work before the makers are spotted by prestigious manufacturers and retail outlets as Liberty London or Harrods. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts.

The exhibition features work by Elizabeth Jane Campbell, Casabi Designs (Chloé Smith), Majeda Clarke, Forest + Found, Kate Haywood, Sarah Hitchens, Line Nilsen, OLL (Anya Kovalieva), Amanda Priest, Julia Rushworth, Sophie Southgate and Charlotte Wilkinson

The New Ashgate Gallery is a Hothouse partner. Hothouse 2017 is a Crafts Council initiative where selected makers take part in the six-month programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK. It includes workshops, 1:1 mentoring and connects the maker to a national network of makers and organisations. It provides the maker with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful business when they need these skills most - at the start of their career.

Maker in Focus: Mandy Cheng: The Graceful Minimalist

Mandy Cheng, Platter – Movement, porcelain. Photo: the artist.

12 August to 23 September 2017

Maker in Focus: Mandy Cheng: The Graceful Minimalist

Mandy Cheng's porcelain works are designed to look graceful and minimalist, they conjure a feeling of lightness and a sense of movement.

Her signature mesmerizing patterns mimic the vivid diversity of nature, but are not painted on. Using lamination method, the patterns are meticulously prepared by repeated cutting and layering of porcelain sheets. Her hands-on approach ensures every pattern is unique and unrepeatable.

Being creative and technically minded, Mandy continues to develop the skills needed to overcome the combined challenges of the natural fragility of porcelain, the complex lamination method, and the difficulty of hand building thin walled larger works.

Her beautiful creations are both functional and decorative: timeless collectible objects to behold and use.

Jane Wormell: Botanical Landscapes

Jane Wormell, Early Summer, oil on linen

12 August to 23 September 2017

Jane Wormell: Botanical Landscapes

Jane works from a studio in North London where she has created a flower-filled courtyard garden, where she gathers the subjects that inspire her paintings.

Jane's work encompass small, intense studies of individual plants and large expansive canvases of hedgerows and flower borders. She is driven by her love of plants and the English landscape, and a quiet intensity and northern light infuses her work.

She is interested in the structure of the plants but also the atmosphere they create and their relationship with the vegetation around them. Jane says: I think my botanical subjects as landscapes, exploring the interplay of light and tone and the spaces and rhythms between each plant to bring out the beauty and the drama of the forms.

Jane works in oil on linen, building up layers of colour to create carefully constructed, highly detailed paintings. An obsessive gardener, Jane is never happier than when sitting with a cup of tea and a seed catalogue amongst her plants.

Views of Farnham: Part 2: John Bryce & Susie Lidstone

John Bryce, Farnham Castle, wood engraving. Copyright: the artist

Susie Lidstone, Castle Street, watercolour.

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12 August to 23 September 2017

Views of Farnham: Part 2: John Bryce & Susie Lidstone

Following on from a very successful Farnham Views Part 1, we are delighted to bring together two more local artists and their observations of the town and surrounding areas.

Before retirement John Bryce worked as a research scientist at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Farnborough. He now pursues an active career as a painter and printmaker. As a wood engraver, John produces original limited edition prints. The process involves engraving an image onto an end-grain boxwood block. This is then inked and printed onto paper using a Victorian Albion Press. John is very influenced by the effects of light as they occur in the sky, on buildings and on water and he has tried to depict this in his recent wood engravings. He uses the engraving tools to cut a variety of marks on the block to express the drama and mood of an experienced event.

Susie Lidstone has been painting seriously for some 30 years and works from her small studio in Farnham. Susie trained in Fine Art Printmaking at West Surrey College of Art and Design and has gone on to accept commissions from all over the world. Susie is one of only a few women worldwide to be a full member of The Society of Architectural Illustration. Fascinated by the architecture of Farnham and all its alleyways, Susie enjoys capturing the hidden parts of Farnham and the shops that have gone but form so much of the history of the market town.

Susie and John's work is shown with award-winning classic trugs by Jane Crisp, inspired by local heritage and low tech processes.

Denise Jaques: Winner of the 2016 Surrey Artist of the Year Competition: One Year On

Denise Jaques, The Pier, mixed media mosaic

30 September to 11 November 2017

Denise Jaques: Winner of the 2016 Surrey Artist of the Year Competition: One Year On

Denise Jaques is mixed media artist specialising in contemporary mosaics. She is the winner of Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 and is a member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics). Denise creates artwork for interior and exterior spaces. Her work has a strong sense of colour, pattern and rhythm, and plays with the idea of distorted reflections. She is fascinated with the journey of experimentation and excited by the unknown destination.

Artwork Places I have lived and loved
Her recent artwork relates to places she has lived and loved. Denise has created a series of abstract landscapes and seascapes inspired by the Surrey countryside, Essex coast, and beyond. She uses the reflective qualities of glass to capture the ever changing light on the natural environment.

The Garden Swaying Mosaics
Denise also creates mosaics for exterior spaces. She has developed her craft to create fun, shimmering mosaic art for the garden. These pieces gently sway, projecting a scattering of ethereal reflections around the exterior space.

If you would like to try mosaic making, contact us to book for Denise's workshops in the gallery.

The Surrey Artist of the Year project is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Particia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker: Beautiful Form

Olivia Walker, Sheep Skin Bowl, limoges porcelain, thrown and hand-built

30 September to 11 November 2017

Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker: Beautiful Form

This exhibition brings together Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker. Over the last few years, Mirka and Olivia's work has become known for its exceptional beauty and a skill of making.

Dreamy landscapes of the deep sea inspire Mirka's forms while her jewellery is a container for wearer's emotions, memories and hopes. Her pieces refer to the body in an abstract way, exploring the relationship between people and their subconscious mind. The work is made from porcelain, glass, sterling silver and white pearls. Porcelain has the potential to be shaped into virtually any form and challenges restricted traditional cuts of gemstones. Porcelain pieces appear fragile but they are surprisingly durable with hardness 7 on Mohs scale - the same as most semiprecious stones.

Olivia's work plays within the space where the man-made and the natural intersect. Olivia throws precise forms in porcelain before covering and submerging them in organic repetitive patterns, made up of individually applied shards of porcelain. These accretions are always different. They speak of organisms - fungus, coral and bacteria - but are unidentifiable, growing over and eating up the form beneath. Olivia is interested in the tension between the ordered and precise object - mechanically thrown and trimmed on the wheel, and the rough, mossy, textured growth upon.

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

Denise Jaques, Mosaic Shards, detail

30 September to 11 November 2017

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

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, from ceramics, collage, glass, jewellery, painting, and photography to printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork.

Again, during the exhibition, 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 2017. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show.

The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. 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 and artists - please contact us for information.

Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year

Denise Jaques, Surrey Artist of the Year 2016

23 to 24 October 2017

Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year

Family Mosaic Mirror (max. 6 families: 1 adult and up to 2 children age 5+)
New Ashgate Gallery, Monday 23 October, 10.00-12.30
£5 / free to Ashgate Angels, bookings: 01252 713208

Join Denise to create a beautiful mosaic mirror for your home.

2 Day Mosaic Workshop (max. 6 adults)
Monday 23 October, 1.30-4.30 & Tuesday 24 October, 10.30-3.30
£20 for 2 days / free to Ashgate Angels, bookings: 01252 713208

Day 1: Guided tour by Denise of gallery and her current exhibition.
Plan and design own mosaic.
Demonstration of how to cut, shape and apply tesserae, start application.
Day 2: Application of tesserae - the fun bit!

The workshops are supported by the Farnham Town Council.
The Surrey Artist of the Year project is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Particia Baines Trust.

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard
Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
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