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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.

Penny Fleet - Bluetit in the Garden

Penny Fleet

Bluetit in the Garden

Mixed media collage

Ref: 99738

20 x 20 cms


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Penny Fleet

Penny trained in Textile Design at Brighton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art in the 1980's and has worked as a designer, freelancer and teacher.

She uses mixed media on canvas, board and paper combining acrylic paints, inks and other materials with hand-painted, printed and decorated collage papers, as well as fabrics, threads and text. She enjoys trying out different tools and techniques to create layers of texture, unpredictable patterns and depth of colour to her paintings and collages.

Her work reflects her love and joy of unexpected and surprising colour combinations, patterns and textures found in the beauty and simplicity of her natural surroundings. She is passionate about seasonal flowers and wildflowers, plants and birds as well as the textures of old weathered wood and buildings and takes many photographs at home and on holiday, planning new ideas in her sketchbooks. Her influences are varied and include Dufy, Matisse, Winifred Nicholson and recently Ivon Hitchins as well as contemporary collage artists.

Penny exhibits locally, takes part in Open Studio events and runs inspiring workshops from her peaceful, rural garage studio on the Hampshire Surrey borders.

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