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Summer season of exhibitions and events

View here our exciting programme of summer exhibitions and workshops, including our 50th anniversary at Waggon Yard exhibition with many of our favourites.

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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

Ali Tomlin ceramics

7 May to 3 September 2016

Summer Craft Collection

This summer season the New Ashgate Gallery has chosen a wonderful and diverse collection of ceramics, textiles, jewellery, wood and glass. The exhibition presents both established and emerging artists which include: Kirsty Adams, Adele Brereton Lucy Burley, Penny Eccles, Diana Greenwood, Rachel Jones, Ekta Kaul, Emily Thatcher, Morrison Thomas and Ali Tomlin.

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Katherine Lees: New Ashgate Winner at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings 2015

Katherine Lees, Screen printed porcelain vessels new work for 2016. Image: K Lees

30 July to 10 September 2016

Katherine Lees: New Ashgate Winner at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings 2015

Katherine Lees was selected by the New Ashgate Gallery team as the most exciting maker at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings, in October 2015. Katherine is a designer-maker specialising in ceramics which she combines with textiles and precious metals to produce unique objects including screen-printed porcelain vessels and contemporary porcelain jewellery.

Katherine's porcelain vessels are individually made by hand applying print directly to the raw clay surface through a screen. This unusual making technique is used to ensure every vessel is a one-off piece. By combing this relatively new decorating technique with porcelain pressed from Victorian vessels, Katherine produces a product that is contemporary and unique yet somehow reminds us of days gone by.

Katherine is based at her studio; set up in 2013 in the heart of Manchester's creative hub. Inspired by Victorian antique objects, her work celebrates charms, amulets and the symbolism and beliefs we hold which surround these types of objects.

Katherine says: 'I was delighted to be selected by the New Ashgate team at The Festival Of Crafts, Farnham Maltings in October 2015. I have designed some new pieces of work especially to show at New Ashgate Gallery in August 2016. The exhibition will include screen printed porcelain vessels, wall pieces and porcelain jewellery elements.'

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Tim Southall: Scenes in Print

Tim Southall, A Bark in the Night

30 July to 3 September 2016

Tim Southall: Scenes in Print

As a figurative artist, Tim Southall makes work that is a response to the world, taking inspiration from the rural environment in which he lives and works. Through his attempt to describe some of the oldest classical themes with a modern voice, he expresses something fresh and exciting. Often capturing a scene and animals in mid moment, Tim leaves the viewer to wonder what will happen next.

From initial sketches and thoughts, Tim's ideas then spread out into whatever medium seems best to transform them into a piece of art. The results are not direct representations or specific places but an emotive response to a place or scene.

Painter and printmaker, Tim Southall is a graduate of Northumbria University and the Royal College of Art. He has a studio in Southern Spain.

This exhibition will showcase a collection of Tim's screenprints, monoprints and etchings, all of which are informed by drawing and a strong use of composition.

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Hothouse 6: Meet the best new makers

Sally Burnett, 2016-Fylde3

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30 July to 10 September 2016

Hothouse 6: Meet the best new makers

This exhibition introduces the most exciting new makers to collectors. The work is selected from the prestigious Crafts Council's Hothouse programme that offers a vital stepping stone for craft artists wishing to break into the sector. These makers will be snapped up by prestigious retail outlets and manufacturers. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts when they are still fresh and affordable.

The exhibition presents highly collectable work by Ranti Bamgbala, Sally Burnett, Toby Cotterill, Arjan van Dal, Victoria Claire Dawes, Bola Lyon, Tina MacLeod, Rhian Malin, Kira Meyer, Melissa Montague and Hannah Tounsend. Hannah recently won the New Designer's One Year On exhibition in London.

New Ashgate is a Hothouse partner: Hothouse 6 is the Crafts Council initiative where selected makers take part in the six-month programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.

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Still Life Photography by Andrew Stevens & Helen Fox

Andrew Stevens

6 to 10 September 2016

Still Life Photography by Andrew Stevens & Helen Fox

Photography - Andrew Stevens
Art Direction & Post Production - Helen Fox.

Andrew Stevens has spent his entire working life as an advertising, fashion and editorial photographer working for clients as diverse as American Express and Vogue magazine to Zeneca. His work has taken him all over the UK; US; 10 countries in Europe; Turkey; Iraq; Singapore; Japan; India; the Canaries etc.

As one of the youngest Senior Lecturers at a UK university, at 25, he gained Fellowships in Art, Design and Photography and a Master of Arts degree and a Doctorate in Philosophy whilst lecturing. Helen Fox is a prize winning illustrator, Art Director and fine artist who has work in private collections in the UK and abroad.

Taking time out from commercial work he and Helen, his creative partner, spent a year working in the studio creating a series of still life images based on a common theme of a wooden articulated artist's hand, and have created a series of large prints in an edition of 25 and smaller prints in an edition of 40.

Autumn Craft Collection - Celebrate the Harvest

Melina Xenaki, ceramic plant and flower pots

10 September to 5 November 2016

Autumn Craft Collection - Celebrate the Harvest

A wonderful and bespoke collection of ceramics, jewellery, textiles and wood - a must-see for gifts and special occasions.

Highlights include Lindy Barletta, Beverly Bartlett, Hannah Facey, Karen McMillan, Jeremy Nichols, Sabira Silcock, Misun Won, Melina Xenaki and many more.

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 and Christiane Zschommler

Christiane Zschommler, the 2015 winner of the competition, also exhibits new work

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17 September to 5 November 2016

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2016 and Christiane Zschommler

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. 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 - the wealth of Surrey creative talent.

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 2016. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show. The shortlisted artists are Adam Aaronson, Hannah Bruce, Christine Hopkins, Denise Jaques, JoJo Rowley, Jule Mallett, Rachel Mulligan and Jim Tucker.

During the exhibition, there will also be an opportunity to view work by Christiane Zschommler who was crowned the Surrey Artist of the Year in 2015. In Christiane's work, freezing the motion of water becomes abstract - something that exists only for the briefest of moments. There is poetry within the constantly rippling water.

Join us for a free mini talk by Christiane on Friday 16 October, 5.45-6pm, before the private view. Complimentary drinks are served.

The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. 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.

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Mirka Janeckova, Coral Ring, silver ring

17 September to 5 November 2016

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

ACJ members work in a myriad of materials, from paper & plastics to precious metals, titanium, copper, enamel, steel, found objects and much more. Crossing the boundaries between body adornment and wearable sculpture, the work is exciting, thoughtful and fresh.

We are delighted to present new and fantastic jewellery by Dauvit Alexander, Elizabeth Campbell, Shimara Carlow, Dani Crompton, Amanda Denison, Michelle Fernandez, Shelby Fitzpatrick, Karen Fox, Emma Habbeshon, Masako Hamaguchi, Susi Hines, Mirka Janeckova, Marion Lebouteiller, Fiona Liuing, Katy Luxton, Cathy McCarthy, Mandy Nash, Poppy Porter, Alice Portnoy, Jennifer Saker, Abigail Stradling, Sue Trindle, Charlotte Verity, DeeLyn Walsh, Trish Woods and Kat Zahran.

Here is a treasure box of delights, jewellery for women & men, beautifully made and wearable.

Jane Crisp - Contemporary Take on the Classic Trug - Maker in Focus

Jane Crisp in her studio

17 September to 5 November 2016

Jane Crisp - Contemporary Take on the Classic Trug - Maker in Focus

As a child Jane was taught the importance of looking after our habitats, environment and each other and the positive affect this has on our lives. She became interested in the beauty of necessity, the mother of all invention. Jane believes that functional objects can be elevated, in very simple ways creating heirlooms and longevity in designs we live with every day.

Jane takes inspiration from her local Norfolk and Cambridgeshire countryside, history and tradition, flora and fauna. She loves colour and the textural qualities of natural materials like wood, wool and copper. Jane experiments with the power of invention through processes such as steam-bending that expose the natural properties of materials but also references history and sentiment.

Jane amplifies these traditional values, in an innovative way using the simplification of processes, crafts and construction techniques to celebrate the simplicity of design that unifies form and function. This innocence, honesty and naivety expose an understanding of how it was made to teach and inspire children and adults in the mythology of making and materials.

Back to Basics Photography with Claire Lewis

Photo: Claire Lewis

3 October 2016

Back to Basics Photography with Claire Lewis

10am-4pm

Join Claire Lewis, a talented photographer whose expertise spans several genres as she guides you through some of the basic settings to get you off auto and achieve more from your camera. Enjoy the gallery and surrounding location as your muse for this workshop.

Experience is not necessary but participant must have a DSLR camera.

Advance booking essential. £10 adults / £5 students / free to New Ashgate Angels.

The workshop is part of the Farnham Craft Town celebrations and our Surrey Artist of the Year programme that is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and organised in partnership with the Surrey Arts.

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Workshop: Introduction to Mosaics with Denise Jaques

Denise Jaques in her studio

18 October 2016

Workshop: Introduction to Mosaics with Denise Jaques

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10am-2pm, New Ashgate Gallery

On this introduction to mosaics workshop at the New Ashgate Gallery, you will create or select a design, explore colour, cut, shape and apply tiles to create your own mosaic using a direct method. All materials and equipment will be provided. Previous experience of mosaic is not necessary. But watch out, as mosaics can be addictive!

Denise is a mixed media artist specialising in mosaics. She uses glass, ceramics and found pieces to create movement, rhythm and distorted reflections. She creates mosaic pieces for the home, garden and to wear. Denise has been teaching mosaics, art, crafts and textiles in adult education for more than 20 years. She is the founder of Mosaic Happy that organises mosaic workshops in Denise's studio. Denise's work can be viewed as part of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition.

Advance booking essential. £10 adults / £5 students / free to New Ashgate Angels.

The workshop is part of the Farnham Craft Town celebrations and our Surrey Artist of the Year programme that is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and organised in partnership with the Surrey Arts.

Winter Exhibition

Hattie Shaw ceramic lights

Tony Watson

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12 November 2016 to 7 January 2017

Winter Exhibition

This is the top exhibition for handcrafted, unique and affordable art and craft Christmas ideas - made in the UK.

This Christmas season brings more than 50 artists and makers to the gallery and the online shop (newashgate.org.uk/shop). Find unusual ideas and craft-led gifts as well as inspiration on everything from bespoke home decorations and art to unique jewellery British artists.

There will be a special textile collection that introduces a variety of current techniques, including some of the hottest up-and-coming names in the market. The work will be bold and intricate, from scarves, ties to detailed walled based work.

Support the excellence in arts and crafts by the UK artists and makers in this special season. We are a charity: all funds raised are invested in cultivating arts and crafts through exhibition opportunities, professional practice programmes, mentoring and partnership projects.

Gift cards are available. Ask about Own Art, the scheme that makes buying art affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan, representative 0% APR.

Celebrating 50 years

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

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