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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.

Maker in Focus: Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy, Platinum Lustre Vase

29 April to 17 June 2017

Maker in Focus: Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy's work is inspired by tactile qualities and textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. Each artwork is thrown and fired several times: metal oxides add depth whilst the gold, platinum and copper lustre add a sense of opulence.

Alex says: 'No two pieces are ever the same; this is intentional. Each piece has its own story to tell. I want the viewer to interact with the work through touch and perhaps see if they can feel the pots journey'.

Alex has a First Class Honours from the Cardiff School of Art and Design and has won several awards including the Craft & Design Selected Makers Award. He also completed the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse programme for the best new talent in crafts.

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Emma Dunbar:  Journeys Afar and Back in the Kitchen

Emma Dunbar, Simon and Grannies hyacinths

29 April to 17 June 2017

Emma Dunbar: Journeys Afar and Back in the Kitchen

We are delighted to welcome Emma Dunbar back for her much anticipated new solo exhibition. Emma paints in Hampshire and Cornwall. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art.

Emma works mainly on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. 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. This exhibition draws inspiration from daily walks and recent trips to Greece, Iceland and Austria. Beautiful fruits in the greengrocer, her brown cats, Eric and Ian, and Simon the dog, next to her ever growing collection of mugs and jugs with flowers from the garden, all come joyfully together to celebrate the ordinary.

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Virginia Graham: Curiously Eccentric Ceramics: New Ashgate Winner, Festival of Crafts (2016)

Virginia Graham ceramics

29 April to 17 June 2017

Virginia Graham: Curiously Eccentric Ceramics: New Ashgate Winner, Festival of Crafts (2016)

Virginia's ceramics are an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery, transforming the ordinary past by drawing on a wide range of domestic traditions.

Her handmade pieces range from teapots and cups to jewellery, as well as one-off larger pieces that incorporate precious stones, metal and found objects. Virginia uses a combination of slip casting and hand building techniques to create pieces in her signature style. Virginia makes reference to historical wares including the familiar blue and white stripes of Cornish Ware as well as industrial plumbing and Victorian fabrics. The resulting pieces are eclectic and precious with a playful humour yet at the same time are ordinary and familiar reminding us of that bygone era when afternoon tea was a serious business.

Virginia lives and works in the Wiltshire town of Corsham. Her work was selected by Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery, as the most exciting ceramic work at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings, 2016.

View work from the show

City Life

Clare Caulfield, Skating in Central Park, New York

29 April to 17 June 2017

City Life

City living can be an eye-opening experience. Any person who has lived in a city has had a crash course in life. The city never sleeps. It is expensive and noisy with busy streets and overcrowded tube rides. Yet, it is vibrant, surprising and energetic. City life is inspiring in its diversity and rich in history, architecture, arts and culture. The city is full of opportunity and a sense of endless possibility. Living in a city can be a love-hate relationship that often, one cannot imagine living without.

The exhibition presents work by Mychael Barratt, Clare Caulfield, Helen Chatterton, Janet Curley Cannon, John Duffin, Raewyn Harrison, Colin Moore, Nick Tankard, Chris Wood, and many more.

Join us for a demo & to meet painter & printmaker Chris Wood: "Line, Form & Process: Lino Cutting Demonstration" on Saturday 10 June at 2pm

View work from the show

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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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).

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.

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.

Cathy Miles: Maker in Focus

Cathy Miles, Blue footed boobies, iron, wire brass, shim paint

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.

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

Denise Jaques, Surrey Artist of the Year 2016

25 June to 24 October 2017

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

Drop in Mosaic for Children (age 5+)
Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadows, Sunday 25 June, 12noon-4pm
Free, no booking required

Join Denise to create mosaic butterflies, bumble bees and dragonflies. Be part of this community group project, then come and see your work on display outside the New Ashgate Gallery throughout the summer.

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.

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

Susie Lidstone, Church Passage, watercolour

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.

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

Denise Jaques won the competition in 2016. Mosaic Brooches.

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.

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

Denise Jaques, Mosaic Swirl, mosaic. Photo: Claire Lewis

30 September to 11 November 2017

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

Denise Jaques is an award winning artist based in Farnham. She uses a wide range of materials including glass, ceramics, metal, wire and found pieces to create beautiful mosaics for the garden, the home and to wear. She is fascinated with the journey of experimentation and excited by the unknown destination. Denise is a member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics).

Denise says: My mosaic artwork has a strong sense of colour, pattern and rhythm and plays with the idea of distorted reflections.

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.

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