New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond

Shopping cart0 itemsCheckout

Spring season of exhibitions and events

The spring season brings together more than 40 artists and makers. Highlights include Trevor Price, John Hoyland, Craig Underhill, David Mayne, Paul Stopler, Rising Stars 2017, Emma-Jane Rule, Views of Farnham with Fiona Pearce and Jan Gaska and Spring Craft Collection.

Download our:

​Spring Season Leaflet

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.

Trevor Price: New Print and Painting with Wire Sculpture by Jane Clift

Trevor Price, Coastal Study, painting on board

14 January to 25 February 2017

Trevor Price: New Print and Painting with Wire Sculpture by Jane Clift

Trevor Price is one of our favourite artists - he 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, unseen before.

Trevor studied at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and is currently the societies Vice President. Trevor exhibits widely throughout Europe and has won several national printmaking awards, and 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 the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), Yale University (USA), the Office of Public Works (Dublin), and the Bank of England.

Trevor's work will be shown with fantastic wire sculptures by Jane Clift. She is based in Dartmouth where she creates birds and small animals. Jane uses lots of different wire using this medium as others would use a pencil to sketch her sculptures which are a celebration of movement, grace and humour.

View work from the show

Colour! Print by John Hoyland and Glass by Paul Stopler

John Hoyland, Soulless Stars Cascade

Paul Stopler, group shot, cast-glass, 2015-16 photo: E. Segarra

  • Paul 20Stopler 20group

14 January to 25 February 2017

Colour! Print by John Hoyland and Glass by Paul Stopler

Colour! brings together two artists of different generations: John Hoyland, one of the leading British painters of his generation and Paul Stopler, one of the most exciting names in the glass art today.

As the critic William Feaver wrote, 'A pukka Hoyland is a work not of hand and eye, but of total Self.' And it was this whole-hearted commitment to painting that characterised his six decades of work. His career was decisively influenced in the late 1950s and 1960s by his experience of American Abstract Expressionism. But as an artist and a man he was enough of an individual to be able to knowingly absorb and deflect those influences, and set himself on his own path.

After an initial dalliance with figurative painting in the 1950s he became a life-long proponent of the possibilities of non-figurative imagery, which possessed for him, he once wrote, 'the potential for the most advanced depth of feeling and meaning'. As Andrew Lambirth writes: 'His paintings are abstracts but they are not about absolutes. They are... very particular emotions, thoughts and feelings dependent upon the act of looking.Stopler is a Bristol based glass artist practicing lost-wax kiln-casting. He graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2011, before joining Bristol's Maze Studios in 2012.

Paul's practice is concerned with the craft of lathe-turning waxes to produce unique cast glass vessels. This has led to the development of new cast pieces that reproduce the complexity of the turned wax vessels. Using finishing techniques where the glass is rotated as abrasive grinding and polishing medium are applied, has enabled vessels to be completed in the same turned motion in which the forms were made in the wax.

The pieces are ground and polished to a satin finish, facilitating a soft interior view of light, tone and colour within the glass. Selected facets are polished for contrast. A single translucent colour is chosen for its potential to transmit changing hues and light accents; the deeper the mass of glass, the more saturated the colour.

View work from the show

David Mayne: The Sculptor

David Mayne, Through the Birchwood (detail) - etched and oxidised steel and wood

14 January to 25 February 2017

David Mayne: The Sculptor

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 with 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.

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.

View work from the show

Craig Underhill: Maker in Focus

Craig Undershill, In the Sky

Craig Undershill, On the Wall

  • On The Wall Copy

14 January to 25 February 2017

Craig Underhill: Maker in Focus

An exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Craig Underhill. Craig's work evokes the feeling of landscapes that he has visited or travelled through. The work is influenced by the inconsequential visual effects that are created in landscapes by the repetitive and methodical actions of humankind as we go about our day to day or year to year routines.

Craig uses the surface of his slab built vessel forms like a canvas onto which he applies mark-making techniques, layers of engobe, slip and underglaze colours. Exploring ideas through drawing is an important part of his making process, which Craig tends to do before committing himself to the ceramic pieces.

Craig says:

In each piece that I make I have endeavoured to create a balance between forms that are man made and those that are naturally created. Some edges have an eroded, random feel while others are straight and angular appearing man made rather than naturally formed. Surfaces are build up of layers of colour and engobe that are painted and over painted, fired and refired, working all the time as a painter applying paint rather than a potter glazing a pot... The fascination of making work is the discovery of finding new ways to express ideas and feelings that couldn't be expressed in any other way.

View work from the show

Spring Craft Collection

Emily Kidson, Teal and grey circle brooch, 2016. Formica, walnut, oxidised silver/silver.

21 January to 29 April 2017

Spring Craft Collection

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

Highlights include new work by Rebecca Callis, Dani Crompton Jennifer Hall, Emily Kidson, Emma Mogridge, Kathie Murphy, Ingrid Saag, Moya Tosh and Hajra Williams.

View work from the show

Rising Stars 2017

Loucinda Nims, Sugar Bowl and Spoon

4 March to 15 April 2017

Rising Stars 2017

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new craft by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated exhibition is accompanied by professional development and a cash prize. In the past, many of the selected exhibitors have gone on to a high profile career and elite programmes such as Hothouse supported by the Crafts Council. Therefore, the exhibition is a great collector opportunity to learn more about the stars of the future.

The shortlist was selected from more than 60 applications. The selectors were Rebecca Skeels, Post Graduate Subject & Senior Tutor for University of Creative Arts Farnham; Gemma Curtis, Craft Programme Co-ordinator, Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Gallery Director, New Ashgate Gallery.

The programme is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

Emma-Jane Rule: Winner of Rising Stars 2016: One Year On

Emma-Jane Rule, Silver Vases

4 March to 15 April 2017

Emma-Jane Rule: Winner of Rising Stars 2016: One Year On

Using the technique of foldforming alongside more traditional metalworking practices such as hammer forming and hand raising, Emma-Jane explores the malleable and intriguing natures of silver and copper. Encouraging pleated metal to curve and stretch in a designed direction, using hammers or a rolling mill, is a serendipitous way of working. Creating many opportunities for the metal to evolve and dictate the final form. Overcoming these challenges and learning how metals move suits Emma-Jane's playful and intuitive approach to metalworking.

Her work is organic and tactile, reflecting the undulating lines and rhythms found in the natural world, which is where she finds her inspiration. Additional surface textures, patinas and burnishing compliment and enhance the forms and the metal's natural lustre. Emma's designs include sculptural jewellery as well as decorative and functional contemporary metalwork for, unique items of luxury for everyday use and treasured heirlooms for the future.

Views of Farnham: introducing Fiona Pearce and Jan Gaska

Fiona Pearce, Flower Market

4 March to 15 April 2017

Views of Farnham: introducing Fiona Pearce and Jan Gaska

We are delighted to introduce two artists who are inspired by the historic views of Farnham and its surrounding areas.

Fiona has a passion for the beautiful Surrey and Hampshire countryside. Her daily runs in the countryside are her greatest inspiration. Fiona works mainly in acrylic, applying thick layers with credit cards, fingers and occasionally a brush. She has a degree in art from the West Surrey College of Art and Design in Farnham.

Jan is a figurative painter and printmaker. Jan's new plein air paintings explore Farnham and its surrounding countryside. Jan studied Fine Art at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and Masters in Printmaking and Illustration from the Bucks Chilterns University. He also teaches printmaking and is the New English Drawing Scholar 2016-2017.

Celebrating 50 years

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

01252 713208
gallery@newashgate.org.uk

Charity number: 274326
Company number: 1324906
VAT registration: 413979331
  • Farnham Craft Town
  • New Ashgate Gallery