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Autumn Craft Collection

WWAN, Krysta drop earrings, 18ct Gold Plated Silver, lapis lazuli

9 September to 11 November 2017

Autumn Craft Collection

This autumn season the New Ashgate Gallery presents a specially selected range of ceramics, paper sculpture, jewellery, glass and textiles, with new work from makers including Suzanne Breakwell, Marshall Colman, Adele Goulty, Rosy Gounaris-Milner, Jaroslav Hrustalenko, Maisie Jones, Paper Metal (Julie Bailey), Amelia Strong and WWAN jewellery (Margaux Clavel).

The craft collection showcases established local and national makers plus emerging designers fresh from this year's graduate shows.

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Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

Mary Branson, ‘Movement’, Screenprinted Somerset velvet 'Black' 280gsm, Lascaux Inks, 15 layers

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30 September to 11 November 2017

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

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: ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodwork.

The shortlisted artists are Adam Aaronson, Jo Aylwin, Naomi Beevers, Mary Branson, Alex Freeman, Emma Godden, Niki Hearnshaw, Christine Hopkins, Su Jameson, Jule Mallett, Katie Netley, Alison Orchard and Ali Tomlin.

Again, during the exhibition, until 20th October, 3pm, 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 2017. 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.

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.

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

View the catalogue at: https://issuu.com/newashgate/docs/saoy_2017_catalogue_with_images_-_o

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Denise Jaques: Winner of the 2016 Surrey Artist of the Year Competition: One Year On

Denise Jaques, The Pier, mixed media mosaic

30 September to 11 November 2017

Denise Jaques: Winner of the 2016 Surrey Artist of the Year Competition: One Year On

Denise Jaques is a mixed media artist specialising in contemporary mosaics. She is the winner of Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 and is a member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics). Denise creates artwork for interior and exterior spaces as well as beautiful brooches for everyday and special occations. Her work has a strong sense of colour, pattern and rhythm, and plays with the idea of distorted reflections. She is fascinated with the journey of experimentation and excited by the unknown destination.

Artwork Places I have lived and loved
Her recent artwork relates to places she has lived and loved. Denise has created a series of abstract landscapes and seascapes inspired by the Surrey countryside, Essex coast, and beyond. She uses the reflective qualities of glass to capture the ever changing light on the natural environment.

The Garden Swaying Mosaics
Denise also creates mosaics for exterior spaces. She has developed her craft to create fun, shimmering mosaic art for the garden. These pieces gently sway, projecting a scattering of ethereal reflections around the exterior space.

If you would like to try mosaic making, contact us to book for Denise's workshops in the gallery.

The Surrey Artist of the Year project is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Patricia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker: Beautiful Form

Olivia Walker, Sheep Skin Bowl. Limoges porcelain, thrown and hand-built

30 September to 11 November 2017

Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker: Beautiful Form

This exhibition brings together Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker. Over the last few years, Mirka and Olivia's work has become known for its exceptional beauty and skill of making.

Dreamy landscapes of the deep sea inspire Mirka's forms while her jewellery is a container for wearer's emotions, memories and hopes. Her pieces refer to the body in an abstract way, exploring the relationship between people and their subconscious mind. The work is made from porcelain, glass, sterling silver and white pearls. Porcelain has the potential to be shaped into virtually any form and challenges restricted traditional cuts of gemstones. Porcelain pieces appear fragile but they are surprisingly durable with hardness 7 on Mohs scale - the same as most semiprecious stones.

Olivia's work plays within the space where the man-made and the natural intersect. Olivia throws precise forms in porcelain before covering and submerging them in organic repetitive patterns, made up of individually applied shards of porcelain. These accretions are always different. They speak of organisms - fungus, coral and bacteria - but are unidentifiable, growing over and eating up the form beneath. Olivia is interested in the tension between the ordered and precise object - mechanically thrown and trimmed on the wheel, and the rough, mossy, textured growth upon.

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Graham Dean: Dirty Yellow. New paintings by one of Britain's most powerful figurative painters

Graham Dean, Shadow Play, 2017, watercolour

24 June to 5 August 2017

Graham Dean: Dirty Yellow. New paintings by one of Britain's most powerful figurative painters

We are delighted to present a new body of work by one of the best known names in figurative art - Graham Dean. Dean's career has spanned over four decades and his work has been exhibited worldwide. His watercolours are described as 'extraordinary' and 'immensely powerful', depicting relentless investigation of the human body.

These paintings use the figure not in a literal way but as a vehicle to convey ideas, emotions and psychological states: they escape the illustrative through the artist's ability to draw a broader meaning from the deeply personal.

For this exhibition, Dean will present the new "Dirty Yellow" collection that has not been exhibited in the UK. He says: "With 'Dirty Yellow', I changed the way I work, adopting a fluid style, mixing two colours - yellow and charcoal grey. When the paint dried I sometimes worked into the image but more often not as the 'vibrancy' of the painting could be lost."

Dean's (b. 1951, Merseyside) solo exhibitions include Waterhouse & Dodd, Stephen Lacy, Jill George, Austin Desmond in London and at Frans Jacobs/Judith Bouwknegt in Amsterdam. His group shows include John Moores, ICA, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Royal Academy. Dean has participated in some of the most prestigious art fairs, including FIAC, Paris, TEFAF, Maastricht and Basel Art Fair.

Cathy Miles: Maker in Focus

Cathy Miles, Large Bright Orange Bird

24 June to 5 August 2017

Cathy Miles: Maker in Focus

Cathy Miles makes quirky, three-dimensional drawings and sculptures depicting birds and everyday objects out of wire and found objects.

Cathy's work exploits the boundaries between the 2 and 3 dimensional through the use of line while she captures the essence of her subjects. Cathy blends fact and fiction to create pieces that encourage the viewer's imagination. Cathy's sculptures tell a witty and facilitating story.

Cathy has won many awards and exhibited across the world.

Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft

Tracey Bush, British Butterflies

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24 June to 5 August 2017

Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft

For this celebratory exhibition, the New Ashgate Gallery is delighted to partner with Making Space, the Havant based craft organisation that creates opportunities for people to enjoy and take part in high quality craft; expanding understanding of what craft is, does and can be. It's audiences discover and develop design and making skills, increasing personal wellbeing by working alongside professional makers.

Over the last ten years, Making Space has championed craft making, learning and participation by working with some of the most prominent as well as with some of the most exciting emerging craft talent in the UK.

This exhibition will bring these makers together in Farnham and will feature work by: Alex Archbold (kiln formed glass), Tracey Bush (artist books and paper cut assemblages), Kathryn Green (textiles), Kate Reid (illustration), Rachel Reynolds (printed textiles and surface pattern design), Catharine Russell (ceramics), Peter Levy (ceramics), Sarah Macrae (jewellery), Sophie Main (jewellery), Sue Paraskeva (ceramics) and Lindsay Taylor (embroidered textiles).

Summer Craft Collection

Janet Yeun Yau, Nested White Pearl necklace

6 May to 2 September 2017

Summer Craft Collection

The new season brings new makers to the gallery. Our specially selected Craft Collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles by makers which includes:

Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Daniel Boyle, Carys Davies, Caroline Finlay, Katharina Klug, Fiona Luing, Sabine Nemet, Katy Mitchell, Anna Pope, Sanders & Wallace, Geoffrey Swindell, Katalin Szallas, Rebecca Wilson and Janet Yeun Yau.

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Sarah Spackman: Observations

Sarah Spackman, Spring Flowers, oil on linen

24 June to 5 August 2017

Sarah Spackman: Observations

Sarah Spackman paints things we see everyday: flowers from the garden, pots used in the kitchen, fruit from the allotment. There are many ways of looking at things - we can see objects in the normal sense of the word, as things existing remotely from ourselves or we can experience things through sight as if they are tangible. Sarah's paintings seek to explore the this tangibility, and the tactile space between the viewer and the object. She uses colour to recreate things we have around us but do not always see, and makes us look again.

Sarah is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. She lives and works in Oxford. Her work is included in many private collections and also selected for the contemporary art collection of the AIB Bank.

Jane Wormell: Botanical Landscapes

Jane Wormell, Early Summer, oil on linen

12 August to 23 September 2017

Jane Wormell: Botanical Landscapes

Jane works from a studio in North London where she has created a flower-filled courtyard garden, where she gathers the subjects that inspire her paintings.

Jane's work encompass small, intense studies of individual plants and large expansive canvases of hedgerows and flower borders. She is driven by her love of plants and the English landscape, and a quiet intensity and northern light infuses her work.

She is interested in the structure of the plants but also the atmosphere they create and their relationship with the vegetation around them. Jane says: I think of my botanical subjects as landscapes, exploring the interplay of light and tone and the spaces and rhythms between each plant to bring out the beauty and the drama of the forms.

Jane works in oil on linen, building up layers of colour to create carefully constructed, highly detailed paintings. An obsessive gardener, Jane is never happier than when sitting with a cup of tea and a seed catalogue amongst her plants.

Maker in Focus: Mandy Cheng: The Graceful Minimalist

Mandy Cheng, Platter – Movement, porcelain. Photo: the artist.

12 August to 23 September 2017

Maker in Focus: Mandy Cheng: The Graceful Minimalist

Mandy Cheng's porcelain works are designed to look graceful and minimalist, they conjure a feeling of lightness and a sense of movement.

Her signature mesmerizing patterns mimic the vivid diversity of nature, but are not painted on. Using a lamination method, the patterns are meticulously prepared by repeated cutting and layering of porcelain sheets. Her hands-on approach ensures every pattern is unique and unrepeatable.

Being creative and technically minded, Mandy continues to develop the skills needed to overcome the combined challenges of the natural fragility of porcelain, the complex lamination method, and the difficulty of hand building thin walled larger works.

Her beautiful creations are both functional and decorative: timeless collectible objects to behold and use.

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Hothouse 2017:  Spot the Talent

OLL, Crease brooch, Fold brooch, Sandwich necklace. Polymer, gold filled wire. Photo: Anya Kovalieva

12 August to 23 September 2017

Hothouse 2017: Spot the Talent

This exhibition celebrates fresh, innovative and bespoke craft and is part of our programme to introduce some of the most exciting new makers to art lovers and collectors.

The makers are selected from the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse 2017 programme that offers a stepping stone for new makers wishing to break into the sector. Join us to see their work before the makers are spotted by high profile manufacturers and retail outlets as Liberty London or Harrods. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts.

The exhibition features work by Elizabeth Jane Campbell, Casabi Designs (Chloé Smith), Majeda Clarke, Forest + Found, Kate Haywood, Sarah Hitchens, Line Nilsen, OLL (Anya Kovalieva), Amanda Priest, Julia Rushworth, Sophie Southgate and Charlotte Wilkinson

The New Ashgate Gallery is a Hothouse partner. Hothouse 2017 is a Crafts Council initiative where selected makers take part in the six-month programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK. It includes workshops, 1:1 mentoring and connects the maker to a national network of makers and organisations. It provides the maker with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful business when they need these skills most - at the start of their career.

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Views of Farnham: Part 2: John Bryce & Susie Lidstone (with trugs by Jane Crisp)

John Bryce, Farnham Castle, wood engraving. Copyright: the artist

Susie Lidstone, Castle Street, watercolour.

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12 August to 23 September 2017

Views of Farnham: Part 2: John Bryce & Susie Lidstone (with trugs by Jane Crisp)

Following on from a very successful Farnham Views Part 1, we are delighted to bring together two more local artists and their observations of the town and surrounding areas.

Before retirement John Bryce worked as a research scientist at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Farnborough. He now pursues an active career as a painter and printmaker. As a wood engraver, John produces original limited edition prints. The process involves engraving an image onto an end-grain boxwood block. This is then inked and printed onto paper using a Victorian Albion Press. John is very influenced by the effects of light as they occur in the sky, on buildings and on water and he has tried to depict this in his recent wood engravings. He uses the engraving tools to cut a variety of marks on the block to express the drama and mood of an experienced event.

Susie Lidstone has been painting for some 30 years and works from her small studio in Farnham. Susie trained in Fine Art Printmaking at West Surrey College of Art and Design and has gone on to accept commissions from all over the world. Susie is one of only a few women worldwide to be a full member of The Society of Architectural Illustration. Fascinated by the architecture of Farnham and all its alleyways, Susie enjoys capturing the hidden parts of Farnham and the shops that have gone but form so much of the history of the market town.

Meet Susie on Friday 8 September, 10.30-12.30 & 13.30-4.30 when she will be working in the gallery on a new artwork and is available to discuss her work and bepoke commissions for your home.

Susie and John's work is shown with award-winning classic trugs by Jane Crisp, inspired by local heritage and low tech processes.

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Maker in Focus: Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy, Platinum Lustre Vase

29 April to 17 June 2017

Maker in Focus: Alex McCarthy

Alex McCarthy's work is inspired by tactile qualities and textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and even marine life. Each artwork is thrown and fired several times: metal oxides add depth whilst the gold, platinum and copper lustre add a sense of opulence.

Alex says: 'No two pieces are ever the same; this is intentional. Each piece has its own story to tell. I want the viewer to interact with the work through touch and perhaps see if they can feel the pots journey'.

Alex has a First Class Honours from the Cardiff School of Art and Design and has won several awards including the Craft & Design Selected Makers Award. He also completed the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse programme for the best new talent in crafts.

Emma Dunbar: Journeys Afar and Back in the Kitchen

Emma Dunbar, Simon and Grannies hyacinths

29 April to 17 June 2017

Emma Dunbar: Journeys Afar and Back in the Kitchen

We are delighted to welcome Emma Dunbar back for her much anticipated new solo exhibition. Emma paints in Hampshire and Cornwall. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art.

Emma works mainly on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. Her training as a printmaker is evident both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath. This exhibition draws inspiration from daily walks and recent trips to Greece, Iceland and Austria. Beautiful fruits in the greengrocer, her brown cats, Eric and Ian, and Simon the dog, next to her ever growing collection of mugs and jugs with flowers from the garden, all come joyfully together to celebrate the ordinary.

Workshop: Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year

Denise Jaques, Surrey Artist of the Year 2016

23 to 24 October 2017

Workshop: Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year

NOW FULL - Family Mosaic Mirror (max. 6 families: 1 adult and up to 2 children age 5+)
New Ashgate Gallery, Monday 23 October, 10.00-12.30
£5 / free to Ashgate Angels, bookings: 01252 713208

Join Denise to create a beautiful mosaic mirror for your home.

NOW FULL - 2 Day Mosaic Workshop (max. 6 adults)
Monday 23 October, 1.30-4.30 & Tuesday 24 October, 10.30-3.30
£20 for 2 days / free to Ashgate Angels, bookings: 01252 713208

Day 1: Guided tour by Denise of gallery and her current exhibition.
Plan and design own mosaic.
Demonstration of how to cut, shape and apply tesserae, start application.
Day 2: Application of tesserae - the fun bit!

The workshops are supported by the Farnham Town Council.
The Surrey Artist of the Year project is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Patricia Baines Trust.

Virginia Graham: Curiously Eccentric Ceramics: New Ashgate Winner, Festival of Crafts (2016)

Virginia Graham ceramics

29 April to 17 June 2017

Virginia Graham: Curiously Eccentric Ceramics: New Ashgate Winner, Festival of Crafts (2016)

Virginia's ceramics are an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery, transforming the ordinary past by drawing on a wide range of domestic traditions.

Her handmade pieces range from teapots and cups to jewellery, as well as one-off larger pieces that incorporate precious stones, metal and found objects. Virginia uses a combination of slip casting and hand building techniques to create pieces in her signature style. Virginia makes reference to historical wares including the familiar blue and white stripes of Cornish Ware as well as industrial plumbing and Victorian fabrics. The resulting pieces are eclectic and precious with a playful humour yet at the same time are ordinary and familiar reminding us of that bygone era when afternoon tea was a serious business.

Virginia lives and works in the Wiltshire town of Corsham. Her work was selected by Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery, as the most exciting ceramic work at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings, 2016.

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Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

Gareth Mason, A Secret Keeper

11 June to 23 July 2016

Fifty Years at Waggon Yard: Celebrating the Past, Inspiring the Future

The Ashgate Gallery was established in 1959. In 1966, it moved to its current location in Waggon Yard, Farnham. In 2016, the trust celebrates the 50th anniversary in its beautiful 17th century Grade II listed gallery.
The celebration culminates in an exhibition that will showcase the history of creativity, beauty and heritage in the gallery - one of the key not-for-profit organisations in the Farnham Craft Town.

The exhibition offers a showcase of past, present and future artists and makers who have worked with us. It will present new work by Adam Aaronson, Peter Beard, Peter Blake, Emma Dunbar, Michael Fairclough, Peter Hayes, Akiko Hirai, Richard Jack, Anita Klein, Heidi Koenig, Margaret O'Rorke, John Maltby, Gareth Mason, Fiona Millais, Jane Muir, Debbie Prosser, Duncan Ross, Jeni Ross, Guy Royle and Sarah Spackman.

The private view will take place on 10 June, 6-8pm. Ceramic artist Gareth Mason will be giving a mini talk about his work before the private view at 5.50pm. The Mayor of Waverley Borough Council will open the exhibition at 7pm. The music in the evening is by sisters Rachel and Helen Palmer, the Little Iris. They are also playing at Maltings on 29 July.

We are inviting members of the public to come forward and reminisce any stories about their memories of the gallery from 1966, to get in contact email gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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City Life

Clare Caulfield, Skating in Central Park, New York

29 April to 17 June 2017

City Life

City living can be an eye-opening experience. Any person who has lived in a city has had a crash course in life. The city never sleeps. It is expensive and noisy with busy streets and overcrowded tube rides. Yet, it is vibrant, surprising and energetic. City life is inspiring in its diversity and rich in history, architecture, arts and culture. The city is full of opportunity and a sense of endless possibility. Living in a city can be a love-hate relationship that often, one cannot imagine living without.

The exhibition presents work by Mychael Barratt, Clare Caulfield, Helen Chatterton, Janet Curley Cannon, John Duffin, Raewyn Harrison, Colin Moore, Nick Tankard, Chris Wood, and many more.

Join us for a demo & to meet painter & printmaker Chris Wood: "Line, Form & Process: Lino Cutting Demonstration" on Saturday 10 June at 2pm

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Emma-Jane Rule: Winner of Rising Stars 2016: One Year On

Emma-Jane Rule, Silver Vases

4 March to 15 April 2017

Emma-Jane Rule: Winner of Rising Stars 2016: One Year On

Using the technique of foldforming alongside more traditional metalworking practices such as hammer forming and hand raising, Emma-Jane explores the malleable and intriguing natures of silver and copper. Encouraging pleated metal to curve and stretch in a designed direction, using hammers or a rolling mill, is a serendipitous way of working. Creating many opportunities for the metal to evolve and dictate the final form. Overcoming these challenges and learning how metals move suits Emma-Jane's playful and intuitive approach to metalworking.

Her work is organic and tactile, reflecting the undulating lines and rhythms found in the natural world, which is where she finds her inspiration. Additional surface textures, patinas and burnishing compliment and enhance the forms and the metal's natural lustre. Emma's designs include sculptural jewellery as well as decorative and functional contemporary metalwork for, unique items of luxury for everyday use and treasured heirlooms for the future.

Rising Stars 2017

Loucinda Nims, Sugar Bowl and Spoon

4 March to 15 April 2017

Rising Stars 2017

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new craft by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated exhibition is accompanied by professional development and a cash prize. In the past, many of the selected exhibitors have gone on to a high profile career and elite programmes such as Hothouse supported by the Crafts Council. Therefore, the exhibition is a great collector opportunity to learn more about the stars of the future.

The makers in this year's shortlist are Evgeniia Balashova, Holly Suzanna Clifford, Matt Davis, Amanda Denison, Joanna Hayward, Alice Heaton, Emily Higham, Isabel Howe, Emma Johnson, Monette Larsen, Danny Lee Design, Karen Lester, Catherine Phillips, Rhian Malin, Julie Massie, Laura Marriott, Tina MacLeod, Lauren Nauman, Loucinda Nims, Suzanne Seed, Troo Studio and Rosie Wesley.

The shortlist was selected from more than 60 applications. The selectors were Rebecca Skeels, Post Graduate Subject & Senior Tutor for University of Creative Arts Farnham; Gemma Curtis, Craft Programme Co-ordinator, Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Gallery Director, New Ashgate Gallery.

The programme is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

View the Rising Stars 2017 digital catalogue at: https://issuu.com/newashgate/docs/rising_stars_2017_catalogue_with_co

Trevor Price: New Print and Painting with Wire Sculpture by Jane Clift

Trevor Price, Coastal Study, painting on board

14 January to 25 February 2017

Trevor Price: New Print and Painting with Wire Sculpture by Jane Clift

Trevor Price is one of our favourite artists - he specialises in drypoints and etchings that are handmade and hand printed in his studios in London and St. Ives. For this exhibition, he has also created a new body of paintings, unseen before.

Trevor studied at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers and is currently the societies Vice President. Trevor exhibits widely throughout Europe and has won several national printmaking awards, and in 2011 at Printfest, the art fair dedicated to printmaking, he became the 'Printmaker of the Year'. His work is held in various collections including the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), Yale University (USA), the Office of Public Works (Dublin), and the Bank of England.

Trevor's work will be shown with fantastic wire sculptures by Jane Clift. She is based in Dartmouth where she creates birds and small animals. Jane uses lots of different wire using this medium as others would use a pencil to sketch her sculptures which are a celebration of movement, grace and humour.

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Colour! Print by John Hoyland and Glass by Paul Stopler

John Hoyland, Soulless Stars Cascade

Paul Stopler, group shot, cast-glass, 2015-16 photo: E. Segarra

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14 January to 25 February 2017

Colour! Print by John Hoyland and Glass by Paul Stopler

Colour! brings together two artists of different generations: John Hoyland, one of the leading British painters of his generation and Paul Stopler, one of the most exciting names in the glass art today.

As the critic William Feaver wrote, 'A pukka Hoyland is a work not of hand and eye, but of total Self.' And it was this whole-hearted commitment to painting that characterised his six decades of work. His career was decisively influenced in the late 1950s and 1960s by his experience of American Abstract Expressionism. But as an artist and a man he was enough of an individual to be able to knowingly absorb and deflect those influences, and set himself on his own path.

After an initial dalliance with figurative painting in the 1950s he became a life-long proponent of the possibilities of non-figurative imagery, which possessed for him, he once wrote, 'the potential for the most advanced depth of feeling and meaning'. As Andrew Lambirth writes: 'His paintings are abstracts but they are not about absolutes. They are... very particular emotions, thoughts and feelings dependent upon the act of looking.Stopler is a Bristol based glass artist practicing lost-wax kiln-casting. He graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2011, before joining Bristol's Maze Studios in 2012.

Paul's practice is concerned with the craft of lathe-turning waxes to produce unique cast glass vessels. This has led to the development of new cast pieces that reproduce the complexity of the turned wax vessels. Using finishing techniques where the glass is rotated as abrasive grinding and polishing medium are applied, has enabled vessels to be completed in the same turned motion in which the forms were made in the wax.

The pieces are ground and polished to a satin finish, facilitating a soft interior view of light, tone and colour within the glass. Selected facets are polished for contrast. A single translucent colour is chosen for its potential to transmit changing hues and light accents; the deeper the mass of glass, the more saturated the colour.

David Mayne: The Sculptor

David Mayne, Through the Birchwood (detail) - etched and oxidised steel and wood

14 January to 25 February 2017

David Mayne: The Sculptor

Over the past 30 years David has developed his work from raw assemblage with found objects to the much more refined pieces he now creates. One thing has remained constant - the use of metal. David started using this material after visiting one of Sheffield's scrap yards while studying his fine art degree. He was instantly drawn to the colour and texture of discarded steel and its inherent qualities.

David has a lifelong passion with nature and landscape - from early days of climbing and hill walking to mountain biking and fell running. He now lives in Holmfirth near areas of stunning woodland and wild and beautiful hills and moorland. The work he now creates is a response to this landscape and other wilderness environments he has encountered.

When he is not working on exhibitions and private commissions, Mayne continues his practice as a sculptor working in the public realm, creating landmark features for local authorities, visitor centres, large scale PLCs and health trusts. Clients include, Marks and Spencer, Leeds University, Carilion Civil Engineering, Taylor Wimpey, British Waterways and the sustainable transport charity Sustrans.

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Craig Underhill: Maker in Focus

Craig Undershill, In the Sky

Craig Undershill, On the Wall

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14 January to 25 February 2017

Craig Underhill: Maker in Focus

An exhibition of paintings and ceramics by Craig Underhill. Craig's work evokes the feeling of landscapes that he has visited or travelled through. The work is influenced by the inconsequential visual effects that are created in landscapes by the repetitive and methodical actions of humankind as we go about our day to day or year to year routines.

Craig uses the surface of his slab built vessel forms like a canvas onto which he applies mark-making techniques, layers of engobe, slip and underglaze colours. Exploring ideas through drawing is an important part of his making process, which Craig tends to do before committing himself to the ceramic pieces.

Craig says:

In each piece that I make I have endeavoured to create a balance between forms that are man made and those that are naturally created. Some edges have an eroded, random feel while others are straight and angular appearing man made rather than naturally formed. Surfaces are build up of layers of colour and engobe that are painted and over painted, fired and refired, working all the time as a painter applying paint rather than a potter glazing a pot... The fascination of making work is the discovery of finding new ways to express ideas and feelings that couldn't be expressed in any other way.

Workshop: Introduction to Mosaics with Denise Jaques

Denise Jaques in her studio

18 October 2016

Workshop: Introduction to Mosaics with Denise Jaques

NOW FULL -

10am-2pm, New Ashgate Gallery

On this introduction to mosaics workshop at the New Ashgate Gallery, you will create or select a design, explore colour, cut, shape and apply tiles to create your own mosaic using a direct method. All materials and equipment will be provided. Previous experience of mosaic is not necessary. But watch out, as mosaics can be addictive!

Denise is a mixed media artist specialising in mosaics. She uses glass, ceramics and found pieces to create movement, rhythm and distorted reflections. She creates mosaic pieces for the home, garden and to wear. Denise has been teaching mosaics, art, crafts and textiles in adult education for more than 20 years. She is the founder of Mosaic Happy that organises mosaic workshops in Denise's studio. Denise's work can be viewed as part of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition.

Advance booking essential. £10 adults / £5 students / free to New Ashgate Angels.

The workshop is part of the Farnham Craft Town celebrations and supported by the Farnham Town Council Denise is also part of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition that is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and organised in partnership with the Surrey Arts.

Hothouse 6: Meet the best new makers

Sally Burnett, 2016-Fylde3

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30 July to 10 September 2016

Hothouse 6: Meet the best new makers

This exhibition introduces the most exciting new makers to collectors. The work is selected from the prestigious Crafts Council's Hothouse programme that offers a vital stepping stone for craft artists wishing to break into the sector. These makers will be snapped up by prestigious retail outlets and manufacturers. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts when they are still fresh and affordable.

The exhibition presents highly collectable work by Ranti Bamgbala, Sally Burnett, Toby Cotterill, Arjan van Dal, Victoria Claire Dawes, Bola Lyon, Tina MacLeod, Rhian Malin, Kira Meyer, Melissa Montague and Hannah Tounsend. Hannah recently won the New Designer's One Year On exhibition in London.

New Ashgate is a Hothouse partner: Hothouse 6 is the Crafts Council initiative where selected makers take part in the six-month programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.

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Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 Competition

Adam Aaronson, Celadon Sails, glass, 2016

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17 September to 5 November 2016

Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 Competition

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. 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, from ceramics, collage, glass, jewellery, painting, and photography to printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork - the wealth of Surrey creative talent.

Again, during the exhibition, 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 2016. The winner receives a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show. The shortlisted artists are Adam Aaronson, Hannah Bruce, Christine Hopkins, Denise Jaques, JoJo Rowley, Jule Mallett, Rachel Mulligan and Jim Tucker.

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

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

View the catalogue at: https://issuu.com/newashgate/docs/issuee_booklet_surrey_artist_of_the

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

Mirka Janeckova, Coral Ring, silver ring

17 September to 5 November 2016

Choice! New work by members of the Association for Contemporary Jewellery

ACJ members work in a myriad of materials, from paper & plastics to precious metals, titanium, copper, enamel, steel, found objects and much more. Crossing the boundaries between body adornment and wearable sculpture, the work is exciting, thoughtful and fresh.

We are delighted to present new and fantastic jewellery by Dauvit Alexander, Elizabeth Campbell, Shimara Carlow, Dani Crompton, Amanda Denison, Michelle Fernandez, Shelby Fitzpatrick, Karen Fox, Emma Habbeshon, Masako Hamaguchi, Susi Hines, Mirka Janeckova, Marion Lebouteiller, Fiona Luing, Katy Luxton, Cathy McCarthy, Mandy Nash, Poppy Porter, Alice Portnoy, Jennifer Saker, Abigail Stradling, Su Trindle, Charlotte Verity, DeeLyn Walsh, Trish Woods and Kat Zahran.
Here is a treasure box of delights, jewellery for women & men, beautifully made and wearable.

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Jane Crisp - Contemporary Take on the Classic Trug - Maker in Focus

Jane Crisp in her studio

17 September to 5 November 2016

Jane Crisp - Contemporary Take on the Classic Trug - Maker in Focus

As a child Jane was taught the importance of looking after our habitats, environment and each other and the positive affect this has on our lives. She became interested in the beauty of necessity, the mother of all invention. Jane believes that functional objects can be elevated, in very simple ways creating heirlooms and longevity in designs we live with every day.

Jane takes inspiration from her local Norfolk and Cambridgeshire countryside, history and tradition, flora and fauna. She loves colour and the textural qualities of natural materials like wood, wool and copper. Jane experiments with the power of invention through processes such as steam-bending that expose the natural properties of materials but also references history and sentiment.

Jane amplifies these traditional values, in an innovative way using the simplification of processes, crafts and construction techniques to celebrate the simplicity of design that unifies form and function. This innocence, honesty and naivety expose an understanding of how it was made to teach and inspire children and adults in the mythology of making and materials.

Rural and Urban Perspectives: A Photographer's View

Charlie Waite, Mandalay, Myanmar

23 April to 4 June 2016

Rural and Urban Perspectives: A Photographer's View

Five photographers have come together to present their perspective on dynamic, stylish urban and rural settings.

The exhibition showcases work by Valda Bailey, Finn Hopson, Tom McLaughlan, Sue Roche and Charlie Waite.

Peter Layton: 40 Years of Excellence in Glassmaking

Peter Layton, Black Burano Sailform Pair. Photo by Ester Segarra

23 April to 4 June 2016

Peter Layton: 40 Years of Excellence in Glassmaking

The potential of glass, as an exciting medium for expressive art, has long been under-appreciated. This is rapidly changing as studio glass artists become more adventurous and as fine artists increasingly value its unique properties and versatility and begin to utilise this extraordinary medium in their art.

We feel it is important to acknowledge Peter Layton as someone who has done more than most to advance/further the development of glass as a creative medium for artistic expression.

Peter, affectionately considered the 'grand old man' of British glass will turn 80 next year. Coincidentally his studio, London Glassblowing, among the first in Europe is also celebrating its 40th anniversary as a vibrant creative hub.In the last 40 years scores of talented glassmakers have worked under his tutelage, producing incredible collaborative projects and individual works of glass art.

This exhibition is proposed to mark the occasion, and to celebrate his long and active involvement with the international studio glass movement, in particular his important contribution at the forefront of the British Glass scene.

Peter Layton will be attending the private view on Friday 22 April, please contact us to book a place for a free mini talk by Peter before the private view at 5.45pm.

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Crafts of Child's Play: Celebrating timeless childhood

Sally Nencini, Dollys

11 June to 23 July 2016

Crafts of Child's Play: Celebrating timeless childhood

This exhibition celebrates timeless childhood. At the dawn of the 20th century, Arts and Crafts reformers, social theorists and psychologists explored childhood. Artist and makers were deriving inspiration from the new movement of revising childhood. Children's innocence, and the naiveté they display in the exploration of their environment, offered artists means of examining social conventions or revealing absurdity. This kind of playful and unpredictable attitude to cultural norms initiated new, uncanny explorations in the work of expressionists and surrealists.

Join us to celebrate a craft showcase that is inspired by play, children stories and childhood memories. The work is showing playfulness and often an idiosyncratic childlike quality. Adults are invited to enjoy delightful craft work whist young visitors are encouraged to become art lovers and collectors.

The exhibition presents work by Jenny Ayrton, Kim Bagley, Beatrix Baker, Ed Boxall, Jennifer Collier, BLOTT WORKS, Sally Nencini, Judith Needham, TheBigForest, Resurface Designs.

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A Jewel Made in Greece

23 April to 4 June 2016

A Jewel Made in Greece

This contemporary jewellery showcase presents stunning Greek jewellery by 15 renown Greek makers. The exhibition highlights the creative dialogue between the culture and the history of Greek jewellery. It will provide visitors with a collection of pieces that are influenced by ancient Greek adornments. From Mycenaean masks, Byzantine silver wedding crowns to Macedonian burial wreaths, each has been re-imagined as a rich source of inspiration for a contemporary creation that has attracted international acclaim.

We are delighted to present work by Apostolos Kleitsiotis, Eleni Orfanou, Michael Pelamidis, Polina Sapouna-Ellis, Elen Zolia, Margarita Chrissaki, Eleni Daskalaki, Mary Samoli, Christina Soubli, Tina Karageorgi, Vaso Kaloudioti, Dolly Boucouyiannis, Vally Kontidis, Sarina Beza, Tatiana Choremi and Xenia Nefelly Vlachou.

The exhibition is organised in partnership with A Jewel Made in Greece (AJMIG).

Rising Stars 2016

Aimee Bollu, Curious Boxes. Photo by Yasmin Ensor

Georgia Lingwood, Locust.

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4 March to 16 April 2016

Rising Stars 2016

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new art and craft by emerging artists and makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated exhibition is accompanied by professional development and a cash prize. In the past, many of the selected exhibitors have gone on to a high profile career and elite programmes such as Hothouse supported by Crafts Council.

Many artists and makers who have just completed an MA or BA, or are still studying, are at a cross roads. They have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but do not have the proven exhibitor track record that most galleries are looking for. The New Ashgate Gallery offers an important platform and for many the starting point to an exceptional career.

The selected shortlist consists of Mike Barrett, Charlotte Biszewski, Aimee Bollu, Emma Buckley, Rachel Butlin, Karen Elizabeth Donovan, Carol Hunt, Tae Yeon Kim, Georgia Lingwood, Joanna Lloyd, Sarah Luxford, Jane Ogden-Swift, Henry Pucknell, Emma-Jane Rule, Emily Stapleton-Jefferis, Mircea Teleaga, Albeiro Rojas Tomedes and Melissa Yarlett. One of the participant will be chosen by a panel of judges as the Rising Stars 2016 winner - she or he will receive a cash prize and an exhibition at New Ashgate in 2017.

The selectors were Rebecca Skeels, Post Graduate Subject & Senior Tutor for University of Creative Arts Farnham; Caitlin Heffernan, Visual Officer for Surrey Arts and Caroline Jackman, artist and arts manager.

The programme is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It organised in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

The catalogue for the exhibition is available at: http://www.lulu.com/shop/new-ashgate-gallery/rising-stars-2016/paperback/product-22571051.html

Kate Schuricht: Maker in Focus

Flow, Sea Green

15 January to 27 February 2016

Kate Schuricht: Maker in Focus

Kate Schuricht is an established British ceramic artist working in raku and stoneware firing. Her range of work includes boxes, tapered vessels, jugs and wall vases. Her pieces are often shown in groupings or small collections, combined with wood, slate or stone. Raku firing breathes a new life into the pieces. Crackles work differently over each form, finding their unique pathway to delineate the surface of a sphere, box, cylinder or jug. The distinctive crazing is truly unique.

Kate studied Three Dimensional Design at the University of Brighton, specialising in ceramics and visual research. After graduating in 1996, Kate was selected for an international ceramic residency in Japan, where she worked alongside established Japanese, Korean and American artists. On her return, Kate set up her business at Cockpit Arts, London, where she was based for nearly 10 years. Now a Professional Member of the Crafts Potters Association, Kate has completed commissions for a number of private and public collections, including British Airways, the British Embassy in St Petersburg, Craftspace and Cowley Manor. Her work is collected worldwide and features in several printed publications and films.

Peter Jackman: Northern Landscapes

Northern Landscapes

15 January to 27 February 2016

Peter Jackman: Northern Landscapes

One of our loved favourites, Peter Jackman, offers a new collection of paintings and original prints to start 2016. Peter's drawings and paintings are interpretations of landscapes and objects within the landscape in a semi abstract form. They represent impressions and reactions to particular places and objects. They are developed from sketches, photographs and memories: which, through stages of drawings and over drawing, with layers or various media, tend to become more abstract as the work evolves. As each piece progresses the work becomes its own reference, where the original source image may just be represented in the form of some particular shape, texture or colour.

Peter also attempts to render an image that portrays something of his personal reaction to a particular place or scene. His current work is a result of recent visits to the north and south of Iceland. The landscape there is physically and visually challenging and as a result Peter has found his mark making and colour palate has become more robust as a result.

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Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2015

Christiane Zschommler, photography

9 October to 14 November 2015

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2015

The New Ashgate Gallery invites members of the public to come and vote for their favourite artist.

Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a valuable partnership between New Ashgate gallery and Surrey Artists Open Studios. Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality fine arts and craft as voted for by the public during their June Surrey open studio visits.

The top 10 artists come together for a programme of events including exhibition throughout the New Ashgate Gallery in October. There is always a fabulous variety of artworks on show, all offering different materials and techniques, from ceramics, collage, glass, jewellery, painting, and photography to printmaking, sculpture, textiles and woodwork. Members will not be disappointed by the wealth of Surrey creative talent.

Members of the public are encouraged to vote for their favourite artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2015. Judging this year's overall winner will be Mr Robert Moore, the Patricia Baines Trust; Jane McGibbon, Surrey Artists Open Studios Coordinator and Caroline Harrap, editor of the Surrey Life magazine. The winner receives a bursary worth £1,000 and a solo show at New Ashgate Gallery.

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1 September to 3 October 2015

Maker in Focus: Silvia K Ceramics

Coming from Slovakia, a country of incredible cultural heritage, Silvia has always had a passion and respect for crafts. She believes that heritage is a vital element of our cultural and social history.

She has a particular interest in folkloristic traditions. Silvia works in a thoughtful way and produces work that shows an aesthetic sensibility and reflects her interests.

She studied at the University of Brighton (2009-2012), MDes 3D Materials Practice specialising in ceramics and visual research, achieving Distinction.

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Farnham Craft Trail

Jackie Jackman calligraphy

30 September to 31 October 2015

Farnham Craft Trail

New Ashgate Gallery has coordinated a craft trail in Farnham Town Centre. 18 venues will be showing work by local makers, from the end of September until the end of October in celebration of Farnham Craft Month. Each participating venue will be displaying a piece or pieces of craft, uniquely made; there will be such a variety from ceramics, calligraphy to textiles, printmaking and willow. We invite members of the public to complete the trail and enter our free prize draw.
Each venue will be displaying work either in their window space or within their premises. This trail has been organised by New Ashgate Gallery and funded by Farnham Town Council. Each maker will have details about their practice displayed alongside their work. If you have any questions about any of the makers on the trail, please contact New Ashgate Gallery either via email gallery@newashgate.org.uk or call 01252 713 208.

Myung Nam An Ceramics

21 August to 3 October 2015

Myung Nam An Ceramics

The New Ashgate Gallery is thrilled to be showcasing stunning ceramics by Myung Na An. Based in London, Myung Nam An's incredibly intricate and detailed ceramics are beautiful, bright, colourful, exciting, funky and very desirable. As you enter the gallery, you are greeted by an imposing beetle adorning the wall, at first you are apprehensive then immediately you are drawn to the exquisite detail. You immediately want to touch, then spot that each spine on the beetle is not tactile silicone, but individual ceramic pieces.

As you explore the rest of the gallery, you see spots of vibrant colour on the walls, at first you think flowers, then upon closer inspection could they are eyes or sea anemones, each viewer creates their own interpretation.

Myung says: ''By working with ceramics and using colour, it is my hope to marry the beautiful form with imagery that subtly informs or confronts the viewer to think about a larger issue - to ignite the thought provoking process. It is my goal to address people's ideals and thoughts about what is beautiful and to try and encourage the viewer to investigate and hopefully question or think about issues that are taking place all around us''.

This is an exhibition not to be missed and one that will inspire

Hothouse 5 - Selected Craft Showcase

2 July to 15 August 2015

Hothouse 5 - Selected Craft Showcase

Private view and meet the artists: Thursday 2 July, 6-8pm
Hothouse 5 is a Crafts Council initiative where 39 makers have been selected to take part in the six-month programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.

Hothouse is a great platform for collectors, and we are delighted that we are representing 12 selected makers: Tess Wakeling (Paper/lighting); Emily Kidson (Jewellery ); Hollie Paxton (Jewellery); Jane Crisp (Furniture and products); Nadia Ricketts (Textiles); Catherine MacGruer (Knitted Textiles); Ruth Hollywood (Jewellery); Sian Patterson (Ceramics); Beatrix Baker (Wood/Mixed media); Jasmine Simpson (Ceramics); Judith Watson (Textiles) and Katherine Lees (Ceramics)

Manifest

20 August to 30 September 2015

Manifest

Designer Jewellers Group

A touring exhibition of jewellery designed for the hand. Bangles, rings, bracelets, hand pieces and cufflinks made from rubies, roses, straw, silver, gold, acrylic, paper, porcelain, polypropylene, aluminium and wood.Tour starts in Oxford in July, then to New Ashgate Gallery and then Leeds

Printmakers Council 50:50
The national representative of original printmaking in the UK hosts a selected showcase celebrating their 50th Anniversary

14 May to 27 June 2015

Printmakers Council 50:50 The national representative of original printmaking in the UK hosts a selected showcase celebrating their 50th Anniversary

We are delighted to welcome the Printmakers Council to the New Ashgate Gallery to host a selected exhibition in celebration of their 50th anniversary. Their members have been invited to submit original prints that respond to the title 50:50. Examples of work considered include a print measuring 50 cm or based on equal halves, a happy medium or a fifty percent chance.

Emma Finch: New Collection

14 May to 27 June 2015

Emma Finch: New Collection

Emma's work chronicles the ever-changing face of London; the built, rebuilt, remodelled and reused; Creating layers and broken surfaces, laid and over-laid in a constant cycle. Buildings are Emma's vocabulary, they provide the impetus for her work, documenting and celebrating often undervalued and unappreciated spaces and structures; a commemoration of the dilapidation of buildings and the continuum of overlaid edifices, one over another, epitomised by building sites, demolitions as well as new constructions. Emma completed her MA in ceramics and glass at Royal College of Art and has been selected for Crafts Council Hothouse programme 2015

Hothouse 4: New Ashgate Selects

Sue Brown, Ladies and Gentlemen

21 June to 2 August 2014

Hothouse 4: New Ashgate Selects

In 2013, Crafts Council announced 38 makers for its six-month Hothouse programme from January 2014, which is delivered in partnership across four regions: the South West, North, South East and Midlands. Alongside the Craft Study Centre, Farnham and Making Space, Havant, New Ashgate Gallery has been supporting the programme of emerging makers in the South East.

Celebrating the talent in the programme, New Ashgate Gallery invites twelve makers, three from each cohort to exhibit in the gallery's summer exhibition that will focus on bespoke, collectable crafts, priced £1,000 or less. While showcasing the work, the exhibition will also be a collector opportunity for those who wish to buy the work and invest in new talent.

We are delighted to announce that the twelve makers selected for the exhibition are Jenny Ayrton, Elaine Bolt, Sarah Brown, Sue Brown, Marie Canning, Adam Collins, Katharina Eisenkoeck, Elaine Jenkins, Alex McCarthy, Imogen Noble, Paula Ortega and Stephanie Tudor.

Kelly Munro: Maker in Focus

Kelly Munro

20 March to 9 May 2015

Kelly Munro: Maker in Focus

Kelly Munro, the 2014 winner of Rising Stars award. Kelly graduated from the Edinburgh College of Art and has 1st Class BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing in 2013. Her unqiue jewellery is inspired by her small hometown north coast of Scotland, well known for its historical fishing industry. She has a particular interest in fishing equipment used in the past and present. This inspiration is reflected in the lobster pots as a starting point for her graduation show work. This has evolved through stages of material exploration and settled at the combination of 'weathering' wood and traditional metal techniques.
technique of intricate saw piercing enables me to create nets and lightweight structures. I aim to shadow the forms of the nets and pots, and loosely interoperate these shapes in my own way. My work aims to portray the rustic look of items found near harbours and tide lines.

Rising Stars 2015

Rising Stars 2015

20 March to 9 May 2015

Rising Stars 2015

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate, Farnham, accompanied by professional development and a £500.00 prize.

For many artists and makers who have just completed an MA or BA, they are at a cross roads, where they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but do not have the proven exhibitor track record that most galleries look for. The New Ashgate Gallery offers just the right platform and for many the starting point to an exceptional career

Chris Taylor: Maker in Focus

Chris Taylor, Group of Vases, various sizes, terracotta brick clay, coloured slip, underglaze print, decals and lustre. Photo: Ester Segarra

24 January to 14 March 2015

Chris Taylor: Maker in Focus

An exhibition of work by ceramicist Chris Taylor who decorates his conventional shape pots in exciting and unexpected layers of colour and pattern.

Whilst completing his Master degree at the Royal College of Art, Chris undertook an artist residency in China. This period allowed him to explore underglaze printing and the busy streets full of advertising posters and graffiti inspired him to 'find a new way to decorate'. The results of this can be seen in the overlapping use of floral patterns, vibrant glazes and muted washes.

HOLD IT! The Art of the Modern Medal: British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project

Carrie Dickens, home/here, Royal College of Art, The Worshipful Company of Founders Grand First Prize (£750)

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8 March to 19 April 2014

HOLD IT! The Art of the Modern Medal: British Art Medal Society Student Medal Project

The Student Medal Project, now in its 21st year, is a success story for bringing the art of the modern medal into the art college curriculum, whether in sculpture, metal work or jewellery. It is an introduction to the age-old art of bronze casting, where students themselves each create a small but powerful work of two-sided relief sculpture, which can be held in the hand.

This exhibition takes us from the political to the personal, the abstract to the mainstream, as the students - and some professional makers - express their creativity and craftsmanship in the surprising medium of the modern art medal.

The British Art Medal Society, which is behind this Project, is based at the British Museum. It also commissions medals every year for sale to its members, arranges lectures and conferences. At the British Museum can be found the country's wide-ranging collection of modern art medals, including student medals it has purchased. Each year colleges around the UK are invited to participate, plus an academy from abroad, this year, the University of Sofia, Bulgaria. The culmination of the Project is the annual exhibition, which in 2014 will be held at New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, Surrey. The winners were selected from 115 medals by students in the UK, and 13 from the University in Sofia, and 6 from the High School. They are:

- The Worshipful Company of Founders Grand First Prize: Carrie Dickens, home/here, Royal College of Art
- The Grand Second Prize, presented by Thomas Fattorini Ltd: Anna Everett, Bring 'Em Back, Stafford College
- The Worshipful Company of Cutlers for a 'cutting edge' medal: Nicola Kerslake, You Will be my Death, Falmouth University
- The Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers, Dustin Jessen, My Sister and her Daughter (meine schwester & ihre tochter), Royal College of Art
- The 'Herbie Prize' for a medal that deals with a current topic/social/political: Halina Dominska, What are you thinking when you look at me?, Birmingham City University, School of Jewellery
- Pangolin Editions: Natasha Brayton, Time Medal, Loughborough University, 3D Design and New Practice
- Morton & Eden Ltd: David Beattie, Run with the Hare, Hunt with the Hounds, West Wales School of the Arts.
- Prize presented by Niagara Falls Castings Ltd: Holly Higgins, we beat on...', Edinburgh College of Art, Jewellery & Silversmithing.
- Honourable Mention Prize, the Bigbury Mint (an individual cast tin piece): Megan Sarah Davies, Home is Where the Heart is, West Wales School of the Arts
- The 'Best Guest Prize' to the invited foreign academy/university
- Lunts Casting Ltd: Nikoleta Ivanova, Door, National Academy of Art, Sofia, Bulgaria.

Peter Hayes: Time and Nature in Raku

Peter Hayes

9 August to 20 September 2014

Peter Hayes: Time and Nature in Raku

Peter Hayes is interested in - why and how 'things' are made of clay. One of the major introductions he had to ceramics was digging Neolithic Iron Age and Roman Samien shards on archaeological digs somewhere in Wales while trying to survive as an art student in Birmingham. He is drawn to shapes of artefacts and objects from other cultures and other times, but that remain timeless.

Erosion and change through time and nature are recorded in a piece. Peter's work is not to compete with nature; but for the work to evolve within the environment. The minerals, like iron and copper, that he introduces into the 'Raku' ceramic surface have their affect on the clay during the time they are submerged in the river or the sea. This erosion process continues with sanding so that the texture and cracks do not interrupt the surface but become an organic, integral part of the patina. Each individual piece takes on its own developing surface; its own history and its aesthetic.

Organic Matter: Rising Stars Commission by Rachel Britch

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8 March to 19 April 2014

Organic Matter: Rising Stars Commission by Rachel Britch

Installation in the Foyer Ceiling
Rachel will be giving a talk on 2 April, 5.30-6.30pm. Free admission, no booking required.

Rachel Britch's practice focuses on current global issues, specifically on sustainability and growing urban populations. Working with these ideas allows her to develop interior hand crafted objects that are concept lead. Through her degree Rachel developed precision making skills and found her passion for large scale installations and site-specific sculpture. Using re-cycled and biodegradable materials connected without chemicals or adhesives sheds a light on ideas surrounding over consumption and waste. Objects are constructed out of repeated elements, building up to create something complex out of simple units. Through this way of working unlikely or waste materials are used to create innovative, hand crafted objects. Rachel's practice straddles both conceptual design and handmade craft sectors, creating products that are beautiful and ethical. Rachel Britch lives and works in Manchester.

Rising Stars 2014 is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, a-n The Artists Information Company and University for the Creative Arts. It is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw, Free Bird, 2013

1 February to 1 March 2014

Sarah Shaw

Sarah Shaw's work is located between figuration and non-figuration. It comes from a quiet place of meditation where metaphorical or symbolic images/barriers/passages are explored in the painterly dialogue about the condition of being human and the concept of living through time. They are not whole images, but snatches of images, sounds and thoughts, briefly forming into coherence like a painterly slideshow of memory.

Sarah's work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad, and most notably by Ronnie Wood. She has featured in many competitions, including the National Open and the Aesthetica Art Prize and was shortlisted for the Threadneedle Art Prize.

Love, Life and Death: Prints by Dan Baldwin

Dan Baldwin, Cyclone

18 January to 1 March 2014

Love, Life and Death: Prints by Dan Baldwin

Dan Baldwin (1972) creates a unique and immediately recognisable vision in his silkscreen prints. His work reflects both reality and the world of imagination. Baldwin's subject matter is the interior of his own mind, from rumination on love, memory or philosophical issues, to an airing of opinion on politics and/or current affairs.

The motifs with which he plays often recur - skeletons, swallows, crucifixes, childrens story book illustrations, spiders, robins, trees, knives, flowers, cartoon figures- and are often contradictory, creating an uncomfortable and sometimes sinister paradox. Each motif has a meaning (swallows generally signify innocence for example), although the meanings can vary slightly from print to print depending on the overall ethos of the piece. Symbolism is a key to Baldwin's oeuvre - his interpretation and the personal response of each viewer. These symbols of death, life and love reflect his preoccupation with the big questions of human existence.

Born in Manchester, Baldwin studied at Eastbourne College of Art and Design and then Kent Institute of Art and Design. He lives and works in West Sussex. Baldwin's work is collected and exhibited nationally and internationally.

Ikuko Iwamoto: Maker in Focus

18 January to 1 March 2014

Ikuko Iwamoto: Maker in Focus

The ceramic sculpture and tableware by Ikuko, the quirky and critically acclaimed Japanese ceramic artist.

Ikuko says: I make exquisite cups and other objects for a bizarre tea ceremony. They suggest the everyday, the ordinary, but are in fact extra-ordinary. They are the vehicle to make visible an invisible, microscopic world. A world of intricacy and detail, mathematical pattern and organic chaos, beauty and repulsion."

There is also a Japanese theme in ceramics in our Spring Collection that presents Yo Thom, Akiko Hirai, Chito Kuroda and Namiko Murakoshi, curated by Yuka Kikumoto.

Rising Stars 2014

Hajnalka Rezes, Red connected cutlery, Connected bowls, double ended spoons with a plate 2013

  • Arts Council Lottery
  • University for the Creative Arts
  • Milton Keynes Arts Centre
  • Smiths Row
  • a-n, the Artist Information Company

8 March to 19 April 2014

Rising Stars 2014

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated, selling exhibition will tour from New Ashgate, Farnham (8 March - 19 April), to Milton Keynes Arts Centre (26 April - 31 May) and Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds (7 June - 12 July).

The winner will receive a cash prize, an exhibition and support from a-n The Artists Information Company. This year's shortlist consists of Élodie Alexandre, Elizabeth Ashdown, Juliette Bigley, Rachel Britch, Jessica Coleman, Polly Collins, Brittany Delany, Eva Farkasova, Joanna Fronczak, Jessica Frost, Kerstin Haigh, Ruth Harrison, Anna Collette Hunt, Mirka Janeckova, Anum Khan, Lisa Larcombe, Beatrice Larkin, Anne Laycock, Beth Lewis-Williams, Agnieszka Maksymiuk, Elise Menghini, Kelly Munro, Izzy Parker, Anastasija Pjatnicka, Hajnalka Rezes, Charlotte Stockley, Julia Webster, Simon Wilks, Penny Wheeler, Hannah Rose Whittle, Cristina Zani and Sevak Zargarian. We also present new jewellery by Heather Woof, the 2013 winner of Rising Stars award.

Open submissions were invited from undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates who completed their study in last 24 months. The judges were Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre; Lucy Day, the Day + Gluckman curatorial partnership and a professional development advisor at a-n The Artists Information Company; and Rebecca Skeels, designer-maker and Subject Leader for the Post Graduate School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts.

Rising Stars 2014 is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, a-n The Artists Information Company and University for the Creative Arts. It is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

View the programme: leaflet
View the makers: catalogue
Buy the catalogue at: www.lulu.com
View information about the Rising Symposium, here

Bow: Installation by Flora Gare

Flora Gare, Bow, installation view, 2013

16 November 2013 to 26 February 2014

Bow: Installation by Flora Gare

Rainbows have become a symbolic of hope and peace but one of the oldest recordings of a rainbow is in the bible as a promise from God to Noah that he would never again send a flood to destroy earth. It has also been used to describe a bridge connecting earth to heaven, or to a brighter, place full of hope.

Bow is a large scale installation in the form of an arc suspended from the gallery ceiling, engaging with the architecture and natural light. It is made frompoured liquid resin, allowed to take its own form, then combined with stretched photographic images. The resulting layered patterns resemble a landscape of reflected light or frozen ice taking the themes of stretching time and distorted memories.

After completing a BA Hons, Fine Art, Flora started the MA Sculpture at Winchester School of Art. Flora has been Artist in Residence at the Farnham Maltings, received a grant for the project research at Frimley Park Hospital and completed another residency at St Andrew's Church, Farnham. She has created work for the Royal London Hospital and was Artist in Residence at St Catherine's School, Bramley, creating large living willow sculpture with the students and a light sculpture commission for the school.

Ashraf Hanna: Maker in Focus

Ashraf Hanna: Two Vessels

26 April to 7 June 2014

Ashraf Hanna: Maker in Focus

Ashraf Hanna is an internationally acclaimed ceramic artist whose work is concerned with exploring how scale, colour, texture and material inform our perception and understanding of form. The space an object occupies through its scale has a significant role in determining our relationship with it. Colour, whether bright, soft, intense or vivid has a powerful effect in defining its character. Textural treatment invites us to examine the tactile qualities of the surface and how this influences our ability to read and comprehend a form. This is further emphasised when choosing the material, solid, dense ceramics or translucent glass.

Ashraf is interested in lines and spaces that develop through manipulation of the volume within forms and also their relationship to one another. The interaction between sharp and organic lines creates subtle and sometimes pronounced curves that invite the eye to engage with the sculptural aesthetics of the form.

The Intimate Act of Jewellery: Performance by Izzy Parker

7 March 2014

The Intimate Act of Jewellery: Performance by Izzy Parker

Friday 7 March, 6-8pm, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham
Friday 25 April, 6-8pm, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Milton Keynes
Saturday 7 June, 2-4pm, Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds.

The Intimate Act of Jewellery is part of Izzy's Intimacy series which contains a number of interactive installations and jewellery pieces that explore cultural anthropology, each element exploring and questioning our perspectives on social boundaries. Can jewellery provoke intimacy between two strangers? Royal College of Art graduate and Craft's Council Hothouse 4 participant Izzy Parker explores just that, with three interactive installations during the touring exhibition Rising Stars.

Rising Stars 2014
is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, a-n The Artists Information Company and University for the Creative Arts. It is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

Emily Gardiner: Rising Stars Winner 2015: one year on

Emily Gardiner

5 March to 16 April 2016

Emily Gardiner: Rising Stars Winner 2015: one year on

We are delighted to host a new collection of work by Emily Gardiner, a year on from winning Rising Stars 2015. Her work is superbly made and full of humour and question, bringing ceramics to life.

The physicality of matter and convergence of materials are at the heart of Emily's practice. Coming from a background in interactive media, Emily is unsettled by the modern obsession with virtuality. She believes the physical offers something tangible and therefore more 'real' than virtual experience, which is essentially illusory. Emily proposes that if material is reality and reality is truth, the raw, visceral qualities of matter could anchor us to the real world through their physical and tangible existence, in a way that the virtual cannot.

Demystifying the Art World: Full-day participatory workshop for artists & designer-makers with Be Smart About Art - NOW FULL

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17 October 2016

Demystifying the Art World: Full-day participatory workshop for artists & designer-makers with Be Smart About Art - NOW FULL

NOW FULL

Monday 17 October 2016, 11am-5pm at UCA room G162

Free admission but booking is essential as places are limited.
Bookings: gallery@newashgate.org.uk / 01252 713208

Are you keen to get a foot into the art world, yet find it inaccessible?

Would you like to know how to price your art and understand best practices for editioning?

Do you wonder how to start getting noticed by galleries, and even exhibit with them?

** If you've answered 'YES' to any of the above, this professional development session is for you! **
In this participatory workshop for artists (emerging to mid career), you will discover:
The varying roles in the industry (from art consultants to independent curators) and best practices on how you can develop relationships with them (also including commission split);

The change of the traditional artist / dealer relationship in recent times, and how you can take advantage of this for the benefit of your career;

What you can do to establish credibility, develop your artist brand and come across with confidence when talking about your practice;

The three golden rules to pricing art, editioning art, and a TON of art world insider insight into pricing for profitability;

The three top proven ways to attain gallery representation, and a whole host of practical tips to get out there, get seen and to work towards your goals.

Real-life success stories will be shared, to provide essential understanding as to how you can successfully break into the art world, even if you come from another industry or don't have an arts qualification.

You'll be provided a workbook to use throughout the session which will later serve as a useful reference guide.

Trainer: Susan Mumford [MInstSMM MA FRSA MPSA]
Mumford is a game-changer in the 21st Century art world. She's an entrepreneur, mentor, speaker and author. While running a gallery in Soho, London, she founded the Association of Women Art Dealers (AWAD), a non-profit trade network with London, New York and Virtual chapters. Several years later, she started a social enterprise called Be Smart About Art, which helps art world professionals thrive in a changing industry. In late 2015, her first book was published: Art is your life. Make it your living.

The workshop is part of the Farnham Craft Town celebrations and our Surrey Artist of the Year programme that is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and organised in partnership with the Surrey Arts.

Exotic Blooms – Polypropylene Ring Adult Workshop with Sarah Macrae

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24 July 2017

Exotic Blooms – Polypropylene Ring Adult Workshop with Sarah Macrae

Monday 24 July, 2pm-4pm
Tickets: £5. Book online at: http://makingspace.org/product/nag-polypropylene-rings/

The workshop takes place at The Garden Gallery, Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DX.

Following the event there will be an 'In conversation event' at the gallery at 4.30pm.

Sarah Macrae will teach participants how to design and make a ring using polypropylene. Sarah is a member of The Designer Jewellers Group and Association of Contemporary Jewellery. She works in a variety of materials both precious and non-precious to produce exciting contemporary pieces. In this workshop, she will introduce you to polypropylene, a flexible, vibrantly coloured plastic, for making jewellery. Learn to cut, form, bend, connect and finish this exciting material to create your own unique piece of jewellery.

If you have any questions please call / email Making Space on 023 9247 2491 / admin@makingspace.org The workshop will take place in The Garden Gallery and there are 15 adult places. As spaces are limited, we do require advance bookings. Once payment has been made, you are guaranteed a place.

For this workshop, we work in partnership with Making Space and it coincides with the Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft exhibition in the gallery.

The workshop is funded by South Street Trust.

Textile Workshop: Create your own Beautiful Bird with Artist Naomi Beevers

Naomi Beevers birds

16 October 2017

Textile Workshop: Create your own Beautiful Bird with Artist Naomi Beevers

Monday 16 October, 2-4.30
NOW FULL £10 / free to Ashgate Angels, booking required: 01252 713208 (max. 10 participants)

Create your own beautiful bird on a vintage cotton reel using recycled fabric, simple stitches and watercolour paints. No previous experience is required.

Naomi Beevers is an experienced textile and mixed media artist celebrating her surroundings in Surrey whilst still being influenced by the sunny side of her early years by the sea. She uses domestic items and gives them a quirky twist. Her current collection features familiar birds and fish.

This workshop is part of the Surrey Artist of the Year project that is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Patricia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

Family Book Making

23 September 2017

Family Book Making

23 September, 1.30pm-2.30pm
BOOKING is required at: http://makingspace.org/product/nag-family-books

There are 10 child places available and a max ratio of 1 adult:2children. (15 places in total). Tickets can be brought online and cost £5 each. This workshop is a family workshop and is suitable for children 5yrs+.


Workshop takes place at the Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham GU9 7QR

In this workshop you can make a range of different styles of small unique books to take away at the end of the workshop.

The small handmade books are ideal for taing notes, small sketches or filling with short stories and poetry! You can incorporate words and images into a small bound books and unique scroll books (using corrugated paper sheet which is bound into a unique wrapped cover) during the session or add them in at a later date! Feel free to bring small scraps of paper or drawings that you might wish to incorporate into your books. You can also bring along small bits of writing and/or poetry if you'd like to include those too!

Following the event there will be a Maker Talk by Tracey at The New Ashgate Gallery (in the main gallery space) at 2.45pm. The talk is free to attend and all participants are welcome to stay on at the end of their workshop and join in. The talk will be about 45mins long and there will be a 1/2 hour discussion about Tracey's works followed by a look at Hothouse 2017. Tracey will bring along a selection of work to share and will welcome questions from participants and Lynne Dick from Making Space.

The talk is free to attend and takes place in the main gallery at the New Ashgate Gallery.
If you have any questions please call 023 9247 2491 / admin@makingspace.org

The workshop has been funded by South Street Trust and follows on from the 'Makers from Making Space: 10 Years of Excellence in Craft exhibition which took place at the New Ashgate in July/August 2017. It is organised in partnership with the Making Space, Havant and the Farnham Maltings. Tracey Bush, one of the exhibiting artists from the show will be leading the workshop. It is supported by South Street Trust.

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Farnham
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