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Rising Stars 2019

2 March to 13 April 2019

Rising Stars 2019

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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Louise Bell - 'Tools' Rattle Bangle

Louise Bell

'Tools' Rattle Bangle


Ref: 96536

7 x 20 x 20 cms


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Louise Bell

2017 MA Crafts, Brighton University (invited maker: a pivotal moment in the career)

Louise is a ceramic artist making work that comments on the human condition using scale, colour and symbolism. Her work begins with a narrative to be explored. She investigates contemporary social issues and emotions that unite us all as individuals, aiming to communicate ideas by evoking feelings and memories in the viewer. Her ideas sometimes evolve from objects that have histories, which are then used as models for her work.

This body of work looks at the issues surrounding new parenthood, fatherhood in particular. Louise has researched the importance of the father/infant bond and led focus groups of new dads to explore their views. The work that emerged from this references feelings of vulnerability and the need for support. This is why she uses floatation aids as models for some of the work. She wanted to reference the baby's rattle, which has been given as a gift to new parents since the 14th Century.

The pieces reflect men's need to be playful, their desire for intimacy with their partners and the qualities and skills that they wish to pass on to their child. Each piece is designed to celebrate a father's new status and mark this important time in his life. It can also be seen as a reflection of contemporary fatherhood.

Louise has worked for 18 years in further education supporting young people with a wide variety of needs. She combines her people skills and interest in social issues, with her craft skills to make work that communicates current thinking and concerns.

Louise is based in East Sussex.

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