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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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Spring Craft Collection

Ulli Kaiser, Beaded Earrings

12 January to 13 April 2019

Spring Craft Collection

The new season brings new makers to the gallery. Our specially selected Craft Collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, jewellery and textiles by makers which includes: Laura Crosland, Kathryn Green, Richard Heeley, Jodie Hook, Ulli Kaiser, Bettina Starke, Barry Stedman, Catherine Thomas and many more.

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Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shape

Ken Eardley, ceramic plant pots

12 January to 23 February 2019

Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shape

Brighten up your home and kitchen with Ken Eardley's decorative ceramic ware that brings vibrancy into the everyday.

With a background in textiles, Ken explores his passion for strong graphic patterns and colour in his fun, bold and functional ceramics featuring birds, flora and fauna, polka dots and love hearts.

Ken's pieces are hand-made glazed earthenware and made using press-moulds. His ranges include vases, jugs, mugs, bowls and lamps and are all hand-painted. Ken lives in Brighton.

At the same time in the gallery, we feature new paintings by Emma Dunbar that celebrates the joyful richness of the everyday, creating a beautiful dialogue with Ken's work.

Emma Dunbar: Colour in the Snow

Emma Dunbar, Snowdrops

12 January to 23 February 2019

Emma Dunbar: Colour in the Snow

What excites me about making a painting is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing. (Emma Dunbar)

We are delighted to welcome back Emma Dunbar's vibrant and dynamic paintings for a much anticipated solo show. While Emma's show will feature all seasons, for the first time, Emma has prepared a substantial new body of work, exploring colour in the snow, making this show a special treat to our collectors and art lovers.

The exhibition also explores the joyful richness of the everyday. Emma gathers ingredients from her home, travels, the landscape, combining pattern and familiarity to create colourful and recognisable paintings. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art while her training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath.

At the same time in the gallery, we feature the decorative ceramics by Ken Eardley. Ken's colour and patterns focus on brightening up any kitchen and interior, bringing vibrancy into the everyday. They enter into a dialogue with Emma's work.

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Peter Hayes: Fire, Earth Water - Evolving Ceramics

Peter Hayes, Standing Stone

12 January to 23 February 2019

Peter Hayes: Fire, Earth Water - Evolving Ceramics

My aim in my work is not to compete with nature; but for the work to evolve within the environment. (Peter Hayes)

We are delighted to welcome back Peter Hayes, the internationally renown sculptor and ceramicist working in Bath.

The distinctive organic appearance of Peter Hayes' work builds on the techniques and methods he learned in Africa, India, Asia and New Mexico. Peter is drawn to the shapes of artefacts from other cultures and times that remain timeless.

Peter is interested in the process of change in objects: his work does not compete with nature; but evolves within the environment. For example, the introduction of minerals into the ceramic surface such as iron and copper with the elements of time and erosion creates unique pieces. Similarly, the individual character of materials exposes both limitations and tolerance. As Peter says, each individual piece takes on its own developing surface; its own history and aesthetic.

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Cheese and Wine Night with Farnham Chamber of Commerce

7 February 2019

Cheese and Wine Night with Farnham Chamber of Commerce

Farnham Chamber of Commerce members, local businesses and residents are invited to attend for a cheese and wine evening on 7 February in the Gallery, between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

Guests will be invited to view our exhibitions: Colour in the Snow by Emma Dunbar, Fire, Earth Water by Peter Hayes and Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shapes. With Valentine's day just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to meet and network with like-minded businesses and see what the Gallery has to offer. The evening is also an opportunity to meet Emma Dunbar, the lead artist of the season.

Farnham based independent financial advisers and Chamber members, Fish Financial Limited has kindly agreed to sponsor the wine which will be provided by a local wine supplier. Park Steele sponsors the cheese which will be provided by a local vegan cheese supplier.

The event is free to attend but we would ask you to please register your attendance so that we can cater. Bookings at: https://bit.ly/2ELHWXi

Rising Stars 2019

2 March to 13 April 2019

Rising Stars 2019

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 be showcased at the New Ashgate, accompanied by professional development for makers and a £500 prize. The makers are graduating students or recent graduates who completed their studies in last 36 months or have a pivotal moment in their early career. They have been selected for the exhibition by a professional panel of experts, focusing on their potential and talent.

Many makers who have recently completed an MA or BA are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. The New Ashgate Gallery offers just the right platform, and for many, the Rising Stars project is a starting point to an exceptional career. Therefore, Rising Stars is both an opportunity both for the makers and art collectors who wish to support and collect new work by future stars.

The panel of judges are Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Programmes, School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Gemma Curtis, Crafts Programme Coordinator, the Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Monoprints: Tessa Pearson and Louise Davies - passion for bold colour

Louise Davies, Spanish Grove, monoprint

Tessa Pearson, Gold Border Carnival, mixed watermedia

  • Tessa Pearson NAG Gold Border Carnival 24x30cm Mixed Watermedia

2 March to 13 April 2019

Monoprints: Tessa Pearson and Louise Davies - passion for bold colour

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once. This is unlike most printmaking that allows editions. This exhibition brings together two artists, Louise Davies and Tessa Pearson, who use the technique in their printmaking.

Louise Davies uses intense layers of translucent colour and overlapping shifting shapes that are pulled together by calligraphic lines that define the subject matter. Much of this work stems from Louise's formative years in the West of England and its countryside. Later moving to London Louise recalls the landscape by adding her romantic notion of colour to emphasise the beauty of nature, induced by nostalgia for the past: suns rising and setting, turbulent storms, calm and troubled waters. Louise also uses drama and vibrant colour in her London and cityscapes. Buildings are back lit by luminescent skies that add magic and excitement to the already vibrant city. The River Thames is set alight with neon colours that reflect the mood of the image.

Louise Davies R.E. is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. She has devoted the last thirty five years to her art work having trained as a painter and printmaker.

Tessa Pearson has always been in love with colour, and has spent her life seeing the world as a myriad of pattern and captivating images. Marvelling at patches of brilliant yellow in a dramatic patchwork green landscape, the glimpse of a violet pot against a cobalt blue wall will thrill her. Trained in textile design, her influences have been many, from Matisse to Hodgkin and the bold colourists of mid twenty first century painters Patrick Heron and Albert Irvin.

Tessa sees gardens as living paintings: she immerses herself in the planting, responding to their colour, rhythms and characteristics. These moments have built a rich recollection of imagery for her monoprints that use unpredictable water media, experimental printmaking processes and spontaneous mark making with digital imagery. They capture the liveliness and energy from Tessa's observations.

Tessa studied Printed Textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, where she won the Courtauld's Prize. She is also the winner of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition at the New Ashgate Gallery in 2012.

Emily Jane Bruce: Carnival - Rising Stars 2018: One Year On

Emily Jane Bruce, Rising Stars 2018 winner, Big Top

2 March to 13 April 2019

Emily Jane Bruce: Carnival - Rising Stars 2018: One Year On

Emily Jane Bruce is the winner of the prestigious Rising Stars 2018 prize and we are delighted to welcome her back for her One Year On exhibition. Rising Stars is a platform for the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK.

Emily Jane creates mixed media soft sculptures and traditional illustrations. Emily's work stems from her love of antique toys, haberdashery and lettering; items with qualities of the uncanny and the priceless period of childhood nostalgia.

Carnival, Emily's first solo show, is a weirdly wonderful celebration of all things fantastical, bringing to life characters and creatures from the secret world of the circus and bygone showman's era. Emily's whimsical creations invite you to relive the aged splendour of the big top tent through her unique style and lovingly made details.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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Farnham
Surrey GU9 7PS
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