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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.

Abigail Wicking - Deep water

Abigail Wicking

Deep water

Ref: 99565

30 x 40 cms


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Abigail Wicking

Abigail Wicking is a self taught artist from Holybourne passionate about the natural world and conservation. Working in acrylics or oil her subjects stem from the natural world, both wildlife and ecosystems, mainly choosing endangered species and habitats in the hopes that her work will help raise awareness, challenge perceptions and promote change.

She began her career as a pet portrait artist when a friend asked her to draw a portrait of their dog as a birthday present, things snowballed from there and she still enjoys doing pet commissions if she has time. At the young age she was short listed for the David Shepard Wildlife Artist of the Year 2018 and again this year for the 2019 competition and presented her paintings in the Mall Galley in London. Her chosen entry was a 4ft humpback whale breaching with a hidden image of old fashioned whaling ships being sunk in a storm.

As a qualified diver she has a passion for the ocean and finds it her biggest source of inspiration. This is evident in her latest water series, where from her unique perspective as a diver she has managed to capture the ocean from a view that not many people get to see it from.

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