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Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts - this year, the exhibition is bigger than ever, following a record number of applications.
This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.
This year, the project received 109 applications. 30 makers have been selected for the exhibition by a panel of craft professionals, focusing on their potential and talent; Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Programmes, School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Gemma Curtis, Crafts Programme Coordinator, the Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery.
Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.
The selected makers of exceptional talent are: Angelina Jane, Arra Textiles, Louise Bell, Georgia Buck, Holly Burton, Eve Campbell, Jenny Chan, Sara Chyan, Kim Colebrook, Mihaela Coman, Natalie Eagle, Tamir Erlich, Alice Funge, Alysa Freeman, Susanna Gogarty, Iona Hall, Qiang Li, Marek Liska, Sam Lucas, Ruth Martindale, Bekky May, Annette Mills, Poppy Norton, Benjamin Pearey, Mitch Pilkington, Nastassia Ramazankhani, Kyle Ramsey, Catherine Rua, Jinya Zhao and Marissa Ziesing.
Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
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43 x 10 cms
2018 BA (Hons) Ceramics, Cardiff School of Art and Design, Metropolitan University
Marek is a ceramist gardener; he explores ideas about our interaction with the world and our role within nature. Marek aligns an artistic practice with the practice of a gardener, undergoing their own material investigation with the soil, space, tools, processes and nature itself, encapsulating the experience of a mutual growth.
Predominantly interested in the early, primitive cultivation and the history of human's relationship with the land and growth, Marek uses clay in the most intuitive and sympathetic ways. During the process of hand building Marek presses clay into the palm, transferring lines and folds which imply veins that seek to nourish the sculpture.
The results are abstract objects, with various forms, at times resembling a humble cabbage, beetroot or various stalks and tubers. These objects bridge the gap between art and design, sometimes functional, sometimes installation.
Marek is based in Cardiff.