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Surrey Artist of the Year 2019

21 September to 2 November 2019

Surrey Artist of the Year 2019

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: painting, printmaking, glass, textiles and mixed media.

The shortlisted artists are: Clare Bowen, Orlanda Broom, Jennifer Court, Diana Croft, Clare Edworthy, Penny Fleet, Robyn Horsburgh, Christine Hopkins, David Johns, Will Johns, Julie Noles, Philip Ryland, Penny Webb, Pippa Ward and Abigail Wicking.

Again, during the exhibition, until 18th October, 12noon, 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 2019 on 18th at 7pm. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000, a solo show at the New Ashgate Gallery and a complementary Winner's Stand at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.

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The season includes workshops for adults, families and artists - please contact us for information.

The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Contemporary Art Fairs. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Julie Noles - Edge of the Copse (with Stand)

Julie Noles

Edge of the Copse (with Stand)

Fused Glass

Ref: 99504

28 x 28 x 15 cms


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Julie Noles

Art and nature have always been lifelong passions of fused glass artist Julie Noles. Living in the Surrey Hills is inspirational. We have a wealth of heathland, woodland and farmland which all make for beautiful landscapes. Being out each day with my dog, I absorb my surroundings, the seasonal changes and colours

Julie often has a clear idea of what the finished piece of artwork will look like. She starts with a thumbnail sketch, then a full-size design and a cutting plan. Glass is cut to size and assembled onto a base of glass. It is fused to form one solid piece. Frit (crushed glass) or painted details are added on subsequent layers and the work can go into the kiln several times. It's always exciting when you open the kiln up. Some colours or react in the heat. The kiln is definitely part of the creative process.

Julie is a self-taught artist and has used many mediums over the years but has immersed herself in exploring fused glass over the past three years. She makes landscapes, fish and garden ornaments.

She teaches occasionally at Backstage in the Meath Epilepsy Centre in Godalming, where she helps clients create costumes and headdresses. She also taught art and craft for many years in adult education.

I've always been creative, even at times in my life when I haven't had much time. Everyone is creative in some way. I would say it's essential for wellbeing and happiness.

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