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.
Edward Willis has a degree in philosophy from Bristol University. He began making simple mobiles as nursery decorations following the birth of his first son in 1997, but became interested in the more sophisticated sculptural possibilities of the form after seeing the work of Alexander Calder.
Edward draws inspiration from animal and plant forms. The work is often suggestive of skeletal structures, usually in the abstract, though sometimes more clearly resembling particular plants or creatures. The sculptures can be thought of as "suspended animations" lying at rest, waiting for a passing breeze to breathe life into them. They also have a sense of harmony, rhythm and progression which, reflect Edwards interest in music.
The sculptures are intended to be enjoyed both as elegant, striking forms and as objects for contemplation and meditation. The viewer is invited to consider the way in which the various parts of the work are placed in opposition to one another in a series of weights and counterweights. Whilst each sculpture outwardly expresses a settled tranquility, it actually relies for its existence on the internal tensions resulting from the pull of each part against every other. Thus, the whole is comprised of individual elements that work in collaboration to produce a system or structure in a kind of "dynamic equilibrium".