New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists and makers from across the country. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than 50 very talented established and emerging artists.
All work is handmade, making it unique and perfect for those looking for that special Christmas gift! Find unusual craft-led gifts as well as inspiration on everything from original printmaking to unique British jewellery designs. A must see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft.
Painting, collage and print by Mychael Barratt, Angela Brookes, John Bryce, Tim Burns, John Duffin, Emma Dunbar, Sarah du Feu, Sally Anne Fitter, Catherine Hyde, Susie Lidstone, Trevor Price, Sarah Spackman, Frans Wesselman and many more.
Sculpture by Benton's Menagerie, Gin Durham, Claire Ireland, David Mayne, Faye Mayo, Guy Routledge, Gwen Vaughan and Edward Willis.
Ceramics, jewellery, textile, wire sculpture and glass by new and established makers: we are delighted to introduce Debbie Barber, Hillary Bravo, Ellie Burton, Georgie Gardiner, Adele Goulty, Jess Joslin, Sally Lees, Charlotte Moore, Lucy Payne, Rebecca Lewis, Rhiannon Thomas and Adriane Wysocki. With new collections from Lucy Burley, Emma Calvert, Richard Heeley, Camilla Hyde, Silvia K Ceramics, Emma Mogridge, Bryony Rich, Will Shakspeare, Gabi Wolf, and many more.
Join us to support the excellence in arts and crafts by the UK artists and makers in this special season. We are a charity and all funds raised are invested in cultivating arts and crafts through opportunities, professional practice programmes, mentoring and partnership projects. Buying art and craft will make a difference for many creative careers.
Gift cards are available and ask about Own Art, the scheme that makes buying art and craft affordable by letting you to spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan, representative 0% APR.
My name is Tracey Benton. I grew up in West Yorkshire, spent 18 years in Bristol as a journalist and PR. I now live on the North Devon coast. I have a small studio on Butcher's Row in Bideford Pannier Market alongside other artists and makers. It's quite a creative hub and I love it.
I started my creative journey upcycling. I then spent many years studying and exploring ceramics, but the moment I started experimenting with wool, I was hooked. It's a lovely natural material to work with and I'm particularly drawn to its textural and sculptural qualities.
I mainly use a process called needle felting (also known as dry felting) to create my British wildlife sculptures. I do however also like to mix in other materials and techniques such as wet felting, wire work and I've recently been exploring adding an interactive element using music box mechanisms.
Needle felting involves using a special needle with tiny notches that catch and bind the fibres together. Wet felting, on the other hand, requires rubbing the fibres together with soap and water to help them bind together.
I sculpt each piece individually by hand. A single piece takes several hours to make. Details are added to the work using embroidery, beads and wool.
I'm lucky enough to live in North Devon - a stunning part of the country - so it is easy to draw my inspiration from the natural world around me: I have an abundance of birds twittering at the bottom of the garden and I often see cheeky fox or a startled deer crossing my path when I'm out walking the dog.
My work has been featured in magazines such as Period Living, Country Living and Devon Life. I have also showcased and exhibited my work at shows such as The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey, The Great Northern Craft Fair, Lustre and Cornwall Design.