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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.
View the exhibition catalogue at: https://bit.ly/2k5OfMw
Buy the exhibition catalogue at: https://bit.ly/2m44kmE
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.
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Pippa graduated from Farnham University of the Creative Arts with a first class degree. During her time there she was privileged enough to exhibit work and collaborate with Gustav Metzger and Ackroyd and Harvey. This experience influenced her to such an extent that her artwork became focused on the environment, with a particular interest in our use and relationship with single use plastics.
She looks at man's inevitable impact on nature by using found plastic bags, bottle tops and found beach plastic ... ubiquitous and disposable materials and objects that do untold damage to our environment if discarded and used carelessly.
In the words of philosopher Roland Barthes ... the essence of an object has something to do with the way it turns into trash, possibly meaning that once an object has been discarded, and thus absolved of its function, its form becomes brightly visible - out of its original place and freed from its status as a commodity. Once an object is no longer treated in terms of its use-value, the 'thingness' and 'unwantedness' of an item intensifies and this is when Pippa becomes interested in it.