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Rising Stars 2019

Benjamin Pearey, Indestrucible Croc, Stoneware. Photo: Benjamin Pearey

2 March to 13 April 2019

Rising Stars 2019

Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts - this year, the exhibition is bigger than ever, following a record number of applications.

This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.

This year, the project received 109 applications. 30 makers have been selected for the exhibition by a panel of craft professionals, focusing on their potential and talent; Rebecca Skeels, Course Leader for Postgraduate Programmes, School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts, Gemma Curtis, Crafts Programme Coordinator, the Farnham Maltings and Dr Outi Remes, Director, New Ashgate Gallery.

Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.

The selected makers of exceptional talent are: Angelina Jane, Arra Textiles, Louise Bell, Georgia Buck, Holly Burton, Eve Campbell, Jenny Chan, Sara Chyan, Kim Colebrook, Mihaela Coman, Natalie Eagle, Tamir Erlich, Alice Funge, Alysa Freeman, Susanna Gogarty, Iona Hall, Qiang Li, Marek Liska, Sam Lucas, Ruth Martindale, Bekky May, Annette Mills, Poppy Norton, Benjamin Pearey, Mitch Pilkington, Nastassia Ramazankhani, Kyle Ramsey, Catherine Rua, Jinya Zhao and Marissa Ziesing.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

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Spring Craft Collection

Ulli Kaiser, Beaded Earrings

12 January to 13 April 2019

Spring Craft Collection

The new season brings new makers to the gallery. Our specially selected Craft Collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, jewellery and textiles by makers which includes: Peter Hayes, Ken Eardley, Laura Crosland, Kathryn Green, Richard Heeley, Jodie Hook, Ulli Kaiser, Bettina Starke, Barry Stedman, Catherine Thomas and many more.

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Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shape

Ken Eardley, ceramic plant pots

12 January to 23 February 2019

Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shape

Brighten up your home and kitchen with Ken Eardley's decorative ceramic ware that brings vibrancy into the everyday.

With a background in textiles, Ken explores his passion for strong graphic patterns and colour in his fun, bold and functional ceramics featuring birds, flora and fauna, polka dots and love hearts.

Ken's pieces are hand-made glazed earthenware and made using press-moulds. His ranges include vases, jugs, mugs, bowls and lamps and are all hand-painted. Ken lives in Brighton.

At the same time in the gallery, we feature new paintings by Emma Dunbar that celebrates the joyful richness of the everyday, creating a beautiful dialogue with Ken's work.

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Emma Dunbar: Colour in the Snow

Emma Dunbar, Snowdrops

12 January to 23 February 2019

Emma Dunbar: Colour in the Snow

What excites me about making a painting is trying to capture the essence of a place, a feeling, a thing. (Emma Dunbar)

We are delighted to welcome back Emma Dunbar's vibrant and dynamic paintings for a much anticipated solo show. While Emma's show will feature all seasons, for the first time, Emma has prepared a substantial new body of work, exploring colour in the snow, making this show a special treat to our collectors and art lovers.

The exhibition also explores the joyful richness of the everyday. Emma gathers ingredients from her home, travels, the landscape, combining pattern and familiarity to create colourful and recognisable paintings. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art while 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.

At the same time in the gallery, we feature the decorative ceramics by Ken Eardley. Ken's colour and patterns focus on brightening up any kitchen and interior, bringing vibrancy into the everyday. They enter into a dialogue with Emma's work.

Peter Hayes: Fire, Earth Water - Evolving Ceramics

Peter Hayes, Standing Stone

12 January to 23 February 2019

Peter Hayes: Fire, Earth Water - Evolving Ceramics

My aim in my work is not to compete with nature; but for the work to evolve within the environment. (Peter Hayes)

We are delighted to welcome back Peter Hayes, the internationally renown sculptor and ceramicist working in Bath.

The distinctive organic appearance of Peter Hayes' work builds on the techniques and methods he learned in Africa, India, Asia and New Mexico. Peter is drawn to the shapes of artefacts from other cultures and times that remain timeless.

Peter is interested in the process of change in objects: his work does not compete with nature; but evolves within the environment. For example, the introduction of minerals into the ceramic surface such as iron and copper with the elements of time and erosion creates unique pieces. Similarly, the individual character of materials exposes both limitations and tolerance. As Peter says, each individual piece takes on its own developing surface; its own history and aesthetic.

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Monoprints: Tessa Pearson and Louise Davies - passion for bold colour

Louise Davies, Spanish Grove, monoprint

Tessa Pearson, Gold Border Carnival, mixed watermedia

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2 March to 13 April 2019

Monoprints: Tessa Pearson and Louise Davies - passion for bold colour

Monoprinting is a form of printmaking that has lines or images that can only be made once. This is unlike most printmaking that allows editions. This exhibition brings together two artists, Louise Davies and Tessa Pearson, who use the technique in their printmaking.

Louise Davies uses intense layers of translucent colour and overlapping shifting shapes that are pulled together by calligraphic lines that define the subject matter. Much of this work stems from Louise's formative years in the West of England and its countryside. Later moving to London Louise recalls the landscape by adding her romantic notion of colour to emphasise the beauty of nature, induced by nostalgia for the past: suns rising and setting, turbulent storms, calm and troubled waters. Louise also uses drama and vibrant colour in her London and cityscapes. Buildings are back lit by luminescent skies that add magic and excitement to the already vibrant city. The River Thames is set alight with neon colours that reflect the mood of the image.

Louise Davies R.E. is a fellow of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. She has devoted the last thirty five years to her art work having trained as a painter and printmaker.

Tessa Pearson has always been in love with colour, and has spent her life seeing the world as a myriad of pattern and captivating images. Marvelling at patches of brilliant yellow in a dramatic patchwork green landscape, the glimpse of a violet pot against a cobalt blue wall will thrill her. Trained in textile design, her influences have been many, from Matisse to Hodgkin and the bold colourists of mid twenty first century painters Patrick Heron and Albert Irvin.

Tessa sees gardens as living paintings: she immerses herself in the planting, responding to their colour, rhythms and characteristics. These moments have built a rich recollection of imagery for her monoprints that use unpredictable water media, experimental printmaking processes and spontaneous mark making with digital imagery. They capture the liveliness and energy from Tessa's observations.

Tessa studied Printed Textile design at UCA Farnham and the Royal College of Art, where she won the Courtauld's Prize. She is also the winner of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition at the New Ashgate Gallery in 2012.

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Emily Jane Bruce: Carnival - Rising Stars 2018: One Year On

Emily Jane Bruce, Rising Stars 2018 winner, Big Top

2 March to 13 April 2019

Emily Jane Bruce: Carnival - Rising Stars 2018: One Year On

Emily Jane Bruce is the winner of the prestigious Rising Stars 2018 prize and we are delighted to welcome her back for her One Year On exhibition. Rising Stars is a platform for the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK.

Emily Jane creates mixed media soft sculptures and traditional illustrations. Emily's work stems from her love of antique toys, haberdashery and lettering; items with qualities of the uncanny and the priceless period of childhood nostalgia.

Carnival, Emily's first solo show, is a weirdly wonderful celebration of all things fantastical, bringing to life characters and creatures from the secret world of the circus and bygone showman's era. Emily's whimsical creations invite you to relive the aged splendour of the big top tent through her unique style and lovingly made details.

Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

Winter exhibition: Festive joy & unique gifts

Catherine Warren, Frozen Frensham, Farnham

10 November 2018 to 5 January 2019

Winter exhibition: Festive joy & unique gifts

Known for selecting contemporary art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists and makers from across the country. The exhibition presents glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, prints and paintings by more than sixty talented established and emerging artists.

All work is handmade, making it unique and perfect for those looking for that special Christmas gift! Find unusual craft-led gifts as well as inspiration on everything from original printmaking to unique British jewellery designs. A must see Christmas show for all novice and expert lovers of art and craft.

Painting, drawing and print by: Nick Bodimeade, Mychael Barratt, Clare Caulfield, Helen Brown, Graham Evernden, Emily Faludy, Emma Harding, Jennifer Jokhoo, Susie Lidstone, David Scott Moore, Fiona Pearce, Chris Sercombe, Tessa Pearson, Virginia Ray, Ruth Taylor, Philip Tyler and Catherine Warren.

Sculpture by: Celia Allen, Helena Curry, Faye Mayo, David Mayne, Edward Willis, Jillian Riley, Richard Jack and Liane Matthews.

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Luxe: the exquisite in art

Robin Duttson

10 November 2018 to 5 January 2019

Luxe: the exquisite in art

A curated exhibition of elegant, luxurious and skilfully made objects. Nine artists and makers present a selection of exquisitely made artworks, produced in beautiful materials, using intricate, expertly applied techniques, from jewellery to engraved glass, ceramics and wood.

Highlights include pieces by: Robin Duttson, Tim Evershed, Paul Finch, Matt Horne, Alex McCarthy, Hugh Miller, Syann Van Niftrik, Ilona Sulikova and Nancy Sutcliffe.

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Winter craft collection: celebrating the unique and hand-crafted design and the skill of making

Miss Knit Nat

10 November 2018 to 5 January 2019

Winter craft collection: celebrating the unique and hand-crafted design and the skill of making

A specially selected collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles; a must-see for gifts and special occasions. All items are hand-crafted by some of the UK's most talented designer-makers. Perfect pieces for any home, or to give as beautiful gifts if you can bear to part with them!

Highlights include: Embroidered and screenprinted textiles by Nook of the North, stunning glass baubles by the very popular Will Shakspeare, quirky playful ceramics objects by Makiko Hastings and Isobel Higley and colourful, cutting edge jewellery by Ella Fearon-Low and Holly Clifford.

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Lumiere: the beautiful light

Hannah Nunn

10 November 2018 to 5 January 2019

Lumiere: the beautiful light

Irresistible hand crafted lighting and illuminated artworks make a wonderful festive statement this season. We explore all facets of lighting where sculpture, colour and form meet.

Our intimate Balcony Gallery will be full to the rafters with beautiful pieces which can easily fit into home environments. We are careful to note the power of light as a medium in its own right, where light and shade create shadows and the colour and textures of shadow shifting with each piece create physically powerful works that take on the appearance of sculptural forms in space. Visitors are encouraged to move freely around the space to take the lighting pieces in from all angles.

Presenting pieces by: Clio Anastasiou, Nichola Bendall, Dobby and Rose, Liv Cornall, Adele Goulty, Denis di Luca, Lun Lighting, Hannah Nunn, Liz Scrine, Surrey Woodsmiths and Meryl Till.

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15 September to 3 November 2018

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2018

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between 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 the hugely popular open studio season. 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 and sculpture.

During the exhibition, members of the public voted for an artist; the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel was named Surrey Artist of the Year 2018 on 12 October. We are delighted to announce Catherine Warren is the winner of the 2018 competition and will receive a bursary of £1,000 and a solo show. This year the winning artist is also gifted a stand at Contemporary Art Fair's annual show at Sandown Park.

The shortlisted artists were from across the county: Ruta Brown, Nicky Chubb, Grace Ellen, Niki Hearnshaw, Diana Jane, Denise Jaques, Susie Lidstone, Jule Mallett, Liane Matthews, Janine Rees, Joe Szabo, Jane Silk, Jean Tolkovsky, Catherine Warren, Stephanie Wright.

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Autumn Craft Collection

Kyra Mihailovic

1 September to 3 November 2018

Autumn Craft Collection

A specially selected collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles - a must-see for gifts and special occasions.

Highlights include new work by Dee Barnes, Donna Barry, Marshall Coleman, Rowen Ford, Georgie Gardiner, Kyra Mihailovic, and Meryl Till.

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28 July to 8 September 2018

Edge of the Ocean


The New Ashgate Gallery celebrates holidays by the coast and memories of carefree days away from our ever-connected world.

Artists have been painting seascapes for hundreds of years in order to capture the beauty of the natural world. Seascapes speak a common language that we can all relate to; the endless horizon of the sea, sunset walks and the rhythmic sound of the waves.

Long summer days, the quality of light and a bracing sea breeze inspires all of us with the feelings of possibility and perhaps it is this which we long for, once we return to normal life.

When you can't visit the calmness and tranquillity of the sea in person, come to the haven of The New Ashgate Gallery. We are delighted to bring together 9 artists and makers whose work encapsulates the positive feelings of enjoyment, calmness and refreshment. This carefully selected exhibition of work aims to evoke feelings of nostalgia and relaxation.

These artists create work in a variety of disciplines, from ceramics to oil on canvas - all influenced by colour and the need to capture and interpret that holiday atmosphere.

An exhibition of work by Theo Brooks, Sigrun Hill, Jan Lewin-Cadogan, Alison Orchard, Alison Proctor, Isla Rose, Annabelle Shelton, Sonya Vine and Ann Marie Whaley.

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28 July to 8 September 2018

Hothouse: Selected

This exhibition celebrates fresh, innovative and bespoke craft and is part of our programme to exhibit some of the most exciting makers to art lovers and collectors.
The makers in this exhibition have previously been selected for the Crafts Council's prestigious Hothouse programme that offers support and mentoring for new makers wishing to break into the sector. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of British crafts and to celebrate past Hothouse participants who have turned their passion for making into successful businesses.
The makers include: Aimee Bollu, Elaine Bolt, Charles Dedman, Tim Evershed, Stella Harding, Christina Hesford, Verity Howard, Emma Johnson, Catriona Mackenzie, Tina MacLeod, Heather McDermott, Jode Pankhurst, Angie Parker, Lauren Taylor, Jessica Thorn, Theo Wright and Cristina Zani.

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Accidentally on Purpose Art with Kerry Lemon

25 October 2018

Accidentally on Purpose Art with Kerry Lemon

A chance to learn alongside an artist whose work has been commissioned by Liberty London, Jo Malone, Virgin Airways and Harrods among many others. Although Kerry's drawings can be found in widely diverse contexts including international print, retail, architecture and branding, she would be the first to tell you that she draws every day for the sheer joy of it - because drawing helps us to slow down and to truly experience the world around us. Kerry's workshops will be fun and informal and will help you to develop your own artistic practice at home.
Pre-booking required | 25 October
10am-12pm
Workshop 11+ (max 10 participants)
2pm-4pm
Adult workshop (max 10 participants) NOW FULL
Suggested donation of £10 to cover materials cost

This is a free to attend workshop however booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please email gallery@newashgate.org.uk to book a place.

Martin Greenland

Martin Greenland

9 June to 21 July 2018

Martin Greenland

The New Ashgate Gallery welcomes Martin Greenland, a highly respected contemporary artist based in The Lake District, Cumbria. His works have been displayed internationally and in 2006 Martin achieved critical acclaim when winning the John Moores Painting Prize in its 24th year, one of the UKs premier art prizes; previous winners including David Hockney and Euan Uglow.

Su Jameson: Surrey Artist of the Year 2017 - One Year On

15 September to 3 November 2018

Su Jameson: Surrey Artist of the Year 2017 - One Year On

A solo exhibition of work by 2017 Winner Su Jameson.
Liphook based artist Su Jameson makes one-off hand built ceramic figurative sculptures. Drawn from personal experiences, interactions and observations her work explores the complexities of being human; issues around belonging, strength and fragility, and communication. Source ideas are at once particular and universal, as a result it aims to be thought provoking and invite reinterpretation. Porcelain, black and crank stoneware clays create textural structures and surfaces; whilst painted on coloured slips, oxides and glazes are used to accentuate form and narrative.

9 June to 21 July 2018

Jane Muir - Maker in Focus

We love the work of ceramicist Jane Muir who specialises in idiosyncratic hand painted figures representing a witty and uncluttered observation of the world. Figures that stand alone or placed in an architectural landscape are hand modelled, allowing her the freedom to sketch with clay and develop ideas during the making process. Jane Muir studied ceramics at Central St Martins School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Since leaving the RCA in 1992 she has exhibited widely, notably in Ceramic Contemporaries and the V&A.

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ACJ - Choice: Summer

Ulli Kaiser (ACJ)

9 June to 21 July 2018

ACJ - Choice: Summer

The Association for Contemporary Jewellery presents Choice: Summer, a selling show of new jewellery in paper, plastics, silver, gold & diamonds, with retail prices from £30 - £1,500.

Contemporary jewellery is one of the most dynamic and innovative areas of 21st century craft and design, that inspires and appeals to people of all different backgrounds. ACJ are an inclusive organisation welcoming anyone with an interest in contemporary jewellery. Their members include those who make jewellery, associated designers and craftspeople, educators, students, galleries, museum curators, retailers, critics, collectors, and people who want to learn more about contemporary jewellery.

NAG are delighted to welcome ACJ back to the gallery following such a successful show in 2016, Our shared love for contemporary, exciting, lively work which excites both new and seasoned collectors alike is a highlight in our calendar.

This year the 25 exhibiting makers are; Lynne Bartlett, Hendrike Barz-Meltzer, Ruta Brown, Shimara Carlow, Akvile Cenkyte, Fiona Chapman, Toby Cotterill, Gill Forsbrook, Carol Hunt, Ulli Kaiser, Marion Lebouteiller, Tina MacLeod, Cathy McCarthy, Jane Moore, Mandy Nash, Julie Nicaisse, Margo Orlovik, Errin Quinn, Lynne Speake, Harriet St Leger, Cathy Sutherland, Su Trindle, Carol Williamson, Anthony Wong and Anastasia Young.

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Pete Jackman: Icelandic Landscapes, with Ceramics by Michelle Freemantle

Pete Jackman, Búrfell

21 April to 2 June 2018

Pete Jackman: Icelandic Landscapes, with Ceramics by Michelle Freemantle

We are delighted to present new work by Pete Jackman. Pete's drawings and paintings are interpretations of landscapes and objects within the landscape in a semi abstract form. The current work is a result of recent visits to the north and south of Iceland.

Michelle Freemantle creates functional ceramics that are tactile and visually pleasing, using a mix of hand built, press mold and thrown techniques. Lines and text, often snippets of thoughts or poetry written during her travels, are inscribed into the surfaces and slips applied.
'Landlines' is Michelle latest range and is inspired by the landscape of the East Yorkshire Wolds where she lives.

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges - Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On

Julie Massie, Gold Edges

3 March to 14 April 2018

Julie Massie: Fragile Edges - Winner of Rising Stars Award in 2017: One Year On

Julie Massie has taken inspiration for her wall sculptures and free standing sculptures from the fragility of the eroding coastline where she lives at Hengistsbury Head in Dorset. This coastline is constantly changing throughout the seasons as the waves break onto the shore. This fragility is represented by the delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards that she uses to create her work. The colours she uses are inspired by the colours of the sea, at times dull and at other time glistening in the sunshine; and the colours in the surrounding vegetation that change as the seasons change.

Her work also explores the senses, especially touch and sight. Physical touch is the fundamental element of human development and culture; and she enjoy watching people's reactions when then touch her work. What does it feel like or will it break?

Rising Stars is supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. It is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts.

Rising Stars 2018

Kas Williams, Wild Pollen 2 (detail)

Rising Stars is organised in partnership with the UCA Farnham

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3 March to 14 April 2018

Rising Stars 2018

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 Ruth Brown, Emily Jane Bruce, Ellie Burton, Anne-Laure Cano, Ella Fearon-Low, Tony Howard, Polly Middleton-Heatley, Valerie Muddyman, Teresa Munn, Alex O'Connor, Anna Peake, Rebecca Rowland-chandler, Joshua Schoeman, Claire Lucia Skelton, Mariam Syed, Mona Tabbicca, Emma Trussler, Louisa Warren, Kas Williams, Xuan Fang

Vacation: Vocation - Trevor Price with sculpture by Richard Jack

Trevor Price, Turned wood table and bottles II

Richard Jack, Children (detail), bronze

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3 August to 14 September 2019

Vacation: Vocation - Trevor Price with sculpture by Richard Jack

Trevor Price is one of our long-term favourite artists - Trevor 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.

Trevor studied at Falmouth and Winchester Schools of Art. He is a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Trevor exhibits widely throughout Europe and has won several national printmaking awards. 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 those by his Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Ashmolean Museum (Oxford), Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge), Yinchuan Contemporary Art Museum (China), Guangdong Museum of Art (China), Yale University (USA), Office of Public Works (Dublin), University of Wales and Bank of England.

Trevor was commissioned in 2019 to produce his largest print to date (105x170cm) on the theme of The Silk Road, with the resulting work destined for Beijing and to hang in an exhibition in the National Art Museum of China later in the year.

Trevor's work will be shown with sculptures by Richard Jack. Richard was born in Zimbabwe and began his career as an artist in South Africa in the 70s. In 2002, he moved to the UK where he continues to exhibit both locally and internationally. He has been commissioned for both private and public sculptures in Zimbabwe, UK, Denmark and Germany.

Richard's figurative sculptures incorporate the mediums of wood, stone and steel. They are influenced by Africa and the times we live in. Contrasts of form, material and surface reflect the ambiguities of existence: the combination of strength and fragility, timelessness and the passage of time, the individual and the group. A recurring theme is the importance of the family, comforting and supporting one another in this rapidly changing world. In art, Richard has found the means to express his continually changing thoughts, imaginings and memories. It is about life, light and form - balanced, tense, suspended and under pressure.

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Sarah Shaw: Animus

Sarah Shaw, Rorschach series, Selfie. Diptych. Oil on canvas

13 January to 24 February 2018

Sarah Shaw: Animus

Sarah Shaw's paintings hover in a place between figuration and non-figuration which allows the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. Symbolic images are explored in the painterly dialogue to speak of some of the conditions of being human and also of the concept of living through time.

"Shaw's paintings sneak right up to the classical formulas of beauty and composition, and then quickly back away again leaving the viewer wanting. She dangles completion in front of the onlooker like an unreachable carrot. While this palpable manipulation is at times uncomfortable, its reflection in contemporary life is equally so. The works evokes the emotions of incompleteness and wanting that can riddle this over-promised and unfulfilled 3rd millennium reality." (Seth Orion Schwaiger MFA, GSA)

Sarah graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2001 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. Her work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad. She works from her studio in Brighton. Sarah is the first prize winner at British Women Artists Competition (2017) and the winner of the University of Chichester's Fine Art award for the South of England (2016).

Virginia Ray and Paul Wearing: The Natural Pleasures of Mr Yorke

Virginia Ray, Mr Yorke's Follies. Mixed media

Paul Wearing, Cylinders

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13 January to 24 February 2018

Virginia Ray and Paul Wearing: The Natural Pleasures of Mr Yorke

Mini talk by Virginia at 7pm. Private View, 12 January, 6pm - 8pm. All welcome.

The New Ashgate Gallery welcomes back Virginia Ray for an exhibition of new paintings. Virginia returns to the North Yorkshire landscape where her family has lived and worked for generations, showing a real sense of belonging and identity. Her passion for painting this area has led to extensive research into the Yorke family who lived in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Through memory and personal connections, Virginia's new body of work illustrates how the lives of the Yorke family were linked with the landscape and in particular Fish Pond Wood and Yorkes Folly. Observation, research and imagination merge with her personal memories. Referencing her own and found photographs and incorporating materials gathered from the landscape itself, Virginia seeks to create an interwoven layering of local history with memory, using the texture and colour of Yorkshire. Working in the tradition of British Romantic Landscape artists such as Paul Nash, Virginia returns to the same subject for inspiration, North Yorkshire.

The Yorke family were important landowners in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire and the story of the woods and grounds around their home at Bewerley Hall is intriguing. Over three generations, the Yorkes made a huge impact on this landscape but it was in the nineteenth and early twentieth century that interest in the pleasure gardens and parkland was at its height. The work in this exhibition is concerned with Virginia's memories of this landscape and with the Yorke's creation and enhancement of these areas of pleasure.

Virginia's work is shown with Paul Wearing's ceramics
Paul engages with the relationship between nature and culture through the glazed surface and form of coil-built vessels. The vessel is a great symbol of civilisation and echoes the man-made and structural environment in which I live. In contrast to this, naturally occurring textures found within urban and rural environments perpetually interact and alter this order. Surfaces have undergone energetic change and transformation through forces of growth and decay, and it is these events, these moments which affirm life. Such textures can be rendered through volatile and blistering glazes. The tension between the man-made form and natural [glaze] phenomena brings into focus the nature of our materiality and fragility. It is at its most potent however when calling us to exist in the present, inviting us to experience sensuous, tactile qualities, reconnecting us with a direct, immediate perception of the world. The ruinous surface as a call to live, to experience and grasp the moment is rooted in time.

The vessels are formed by press-moulding the base and coiling the walls; a slower technique allowing me constant flexibility and control. Certain marks and textures revealing the making process remain as a ground for the glazing. Paul's treatment of the glazed surface renders evidence of brush marks and chemical reactions. Once applied, the materials are set to react within the conditions of the oxidised firing process reaching around 1230 degrees centigrade. Glazing and firing processes are repeated until the optimum depth and complexity of surface appears.

Amy Cooper: Maker in Focus

Amy Cooper, Pollen and Urchin Porcelain Lamp. Slipcast and manipulated porcelain with crazed glaze. Image: P. Mounsey

18 November 2017 to 2 January 2018

Amy Cooper: Maker in Focus

Join us for a mini talk by Amy in the Private View on 17 November at 6pm.

A festive exhibition of beautiful handmade porcelain lights by artist Amy Cooper. Amy's work addresses the fragility and transience of life and the natural world through the transformative properties of light on porcelain. She continues to explore a monochromatic spectrum that is created through the use of textures, variation in thickness and diffusion. The work is slip cast porcelain, each piece individually altered, either through manipulation when plastic or painstakingly masked and sandblasted at bisque. Amy's porcelain range includes table lamps, lampshades and tea-light holders.

Amy Cooper Ceramics is a Cornwall, UK based company designing and making unique porcelain lighting. Established over 14 years ago Amy has supplied a number of prestigious retailers including the National Trust, House of Fraser and the V&A shop as well as exhibiting extensively in the UK and overseas. Amy's work has been exhibited in Germany, Holland, Belgium, Norway and Dubai as well as extensively throughout the UK.

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

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

View work from the show

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.

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

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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)

  • British Art Medal Society

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

Photo copyright Chris King

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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.

Cheese and Wine Night with Farnham Chamber of Commerce - NOW FULLY BOOKED

7 February 2019

Cheese and Wine Night with Farnham Chamber of Commerce - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Farnham Chamber of Commerce members, local businesses and residents are invited to attend for a cheese and wine evening on 7 February in the Gallery, between 5.30 and 7.30pm.

Guests will be invited to view our exhibitions: Colour in the Snow by Emma Dunbar, Fire, Earth Water by Peter Hayes and Maker in Focus: Ken Eardley and the Wondrous World of Colour & Shapes. With Valentine's day just around the corner, this is a great opportunity to meet and network with like-minded businesses and see what the Gallery has to offer. The evening is also an opportunity to meet Emma Dunbar, the lead artist of the season.

Farnham based independent financial advisers and Chamber members, Fish Financial Limited has kindly agreed to sponsor the wine which will be provided by a local wine supplier. Park Steele sponsors the cheese which will be provided by a local vegan cheese supplier.

The event is free to attend but we would ask you to please register your attendance so that we can cater. Bookings at: https://bit.ly/2ELHWXi

Ann Marie Whaley: A Different Space

Ann Marie Whaley, Blazes View, oil

3 August to 14 September 2019

Ann Marie Whaley: A Different Space

Ann Marie draws and paints in the landscape, especially in London, Hampshire and Dorset, and responds to all the sensations of a certain place.

Painting outdoors is unlike any other creative experience, nourishing her imagination and the artist's stockpile of colour, shape and line. Ann Marie's outdoor sketches depict a different space on the paper and canvas; a space that conveys some of what it feels like to be in that landscape, not simply an image of what it looks like.

Ann Marie is inspired by great painters as Corot, Rubens, Diebenkorn, Derain, Morandi and Macke. Now living in London, she grew up in Arkansas, USA, and working in the English landscape is Ann Marie's way to celebrate England, her new home country.

View work from the show

Crafts in Bloom

Lucy Burley, 7 Bottles in Floral Tones, wheelthrown white earthenware

Vanessa Hogge, Wall Piece (detail)

  • Vanessa Hogge Wall Piece Detail

3 August to 14 September 2019

Crafts in Bloom

The exhibition joins the celebrations of Farnham in Bloom. Artists throughout the centuries from all cultures have been drawn to the beauty and elegance of flowers. Virginia Wolff remarks that we need to understand the beguiling beauty of a single flower, in order to grasp the meaning and potential of life itself.

Vanessa Hogge's decorative ceramic wallflowers and vessels bring a unique textural and visual dimension to any wall or table. Inspired by her passion for all things botanical, and influences as diverse as Frida Kahlo, Indian miniature paintings and Marianne North, Vanessa breathes life into her clay in the form of dahlias, chrysanthemums, daisies, hydrangeas and Daphne.

The inspiration for Janet Twinn's textiles comes from observation of the natural world, she uses drawing and photography to capture the moment from the changing colours of the season to the detailed structures found in garden flowers.

Lucy Burley's ceramic vessels are not only inspired by the colours of flowers, but the bottle vases are also intended as a vehicle for displaying a single bloom, as described by Virginia Wolff; also, for many years she has taken inspiration from my daily walks around West Street Cemetery, close to her house, where Farnham Town Council have created a beautiful wildflower area, which when in bloom has inspired many of her glaze colours

The jeweller Rosie Wesley is fascinated by the concept of taking something from our natural environment and transforming it or assembling it into something else; giving it a new life away from its original environment. Her work allows you to appreciate natural spaces everyday, and preserve a part of them forever.

Peipei Yu's work was captured and designed at her mother's garden in China in 2018. She was sitting in the garden and saw the flower bloom; Peipei observed the leaf texture and recorded the reflection on the pond. Since the rapid development of urbanization, it is hard to have a garden at home in the city. In the city, you could smell the cars and the factories but the nature, the greens. Those works remind the artist of her childhood memories.

The exhibition is curated by Loucia Manopoulou.

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Sculptor in Focus: David Mayne

David Mayne, The Quiet Wood, steel and wood

3 August to 14 September 2019

Sculptor in Focus: David Mayne

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 for 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.

David Mayne is a sculptor of national repute who produces work for galleries, public spaces and the domestic environment. 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.

David Mayne's work is available for commissions and you can order any of his sculptures, including the sold pieces listed below, at the gallery. Please contact us for further information - there is no extra fee for commissions.

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Crafts in Bloom: create a sunflower & celebrate Farnham in Bloom

Sonia Percival

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30 June 2019

Crafts in Bloom: create a sunflower & celebrate Farnham in Bloom

Free Family Drop-In Workshop, Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadows, 12noon-6pm
No booking is required, suitable to all ages


Join us to create a craft sunflower and to celebrate Farnham in Bloom, local wildlife and recycled craft materials with Sonia Percival, the Farnham based mixed media textile artist. With Sonia, you will create your own flower to take home; using recycled fabrics and locally sourced plant material. We will use paper, print and fabric and celebrate the brilliance of flowers, plants and wildlife. Sonia will share ideas about the creativity that can be found in sustainability.

All materials are provided and we are looking forward to seeing you at the New Ashgate pitch at Picnic in the Park. Please also ask us about our free family activity pack and the Crafting Blowers exhibition in August.

The event is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with curator Loucia Manopoulou. Crafts in Bloom is supported by Farnham Town Council.

REpurposed: Canvas Bag Design Competition - calling all young artists

24 June to 20 July 2019

REpurposed: Canvas Bag Design Competition - calling all young artists

New Ashgate Gallery has an exciting competition for young people coming up which relates to one of our current exhibitions; REPURPOSED. Repurposed is an exhibition showing art made from reused and recycled materials. As a part of the gallery's commitment to greener working we are running with support from Farnham's South Street Trust to run a Canvas Bag Design Competition. All artists of all abilities up to age 16 are free to enter and the winning design will be chosen on 20th July by a panel of judges. The winning design will be on a run of canvas bags for the gallery and the winning artist will receive credit on the bag plus a £25 New Ashgate Gallery Gift Voucher (great for treating your loved ones or to help buy some affordable gifts in our famous Christmas exhibitions).

We are also running a day of free family workshops on 13 July; more details to be announced via our website/Facebook and Instagram soon- so follow/like us to keep informed.

Diaspora

Dawn Beckles, I Can Feel It

15 June to 27 July 2019

Diaspora

This ground-breaking exhibition brings twenty artists and makers of African/Caribbean heritage to showcase their work, not previously seen in Farnham.

In relation to art, 'Diaspora' has been used to discuss artists who have migrated from one part of the world to another and who express their diverse experience of culture and identity in their work; often expressing alternative narratives, challenging ideas and structures of the art world.

The exhibition presents work by: Ade Adesina, Annie-Marie Akussah, Kwame Akpokavi, Lolonyo Amegayibor-Bunge, Darren Appiagyei, Dawn Beckles, Freya Bramble-Carter, Enam Gbewonyo, Atta Kwami, Wole Lagunju, Catherine Lucktaylor, Natalie Manima (Bespoke Binny), Jacqueline McFarlane, Rich Miller, Studio Nelle, Abe Odedina, Onome Otite, Mona Tabbicca, Robi Walters and Sharon Walters.

The exhibition is an exceptional opportunity to appreciate and collect work by these twenty artists who bring diverse and fresh narratives to the canon of art.

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Maker in Focus: Janine Partington

Janine Partington, Precarious

15 June to 27 July 2019

Maker in Focus: Janine Partington

This exhibition presents new leather wall panels, vessels and brooches by Janine Partington, one of our most popular makers, recently selected for the prestigious Collect Open.

Janine is best known for her craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design, also included in the show.

In June 2018 Janine completed a part-time MA in Design with distinction at the University of the West of England and she made the creative leap into working with a very traditional material, leather, in a fresh, contemporary and unique way. Drawing on past experiences with printmaking, bookbinding and embroidery Janine has explored mark making through the carving and painting of leathers to create distinctive and appealing surfaces. Her pieces often become abstracted landscapes. However, her inner need for harmony means there is a deeply ingrained subconscious check that ensures a balanced final composition.

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Repurposed

Julie Chappell, Golden spotted

15 June to 27 July 2019

Repurposed

Repurposed brings together artists who work with either recycled, reused or found materials, making beautiful and compelling works. Breathing new life into discarded objects and offering a platform for discussion on the subject of sustainability and recycling.

The exhibition will feature the work by Rachel Eardley, Clare Hillerby, Alison Stockmarr, Zoe Hillyard, Frances Bloomfield, Dylan Shields, Cleo Mussi, Bee Jasko (Rehash Panache), Claire Newman Williams and Julie Alice Chappell.

Workshops and talks will accompany the exhibition, contact the gallery for information, gallery@newashgate.org.uk

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Maker in Focus: Paul Jackson: Dynamic Shaping

Paul Jackson, Madrugada Jug

20 April to 8 June 2019

Maker in Focus: Paul Jackson: Dynamic Shaping

The unique character of Paul Jackson's work derives from two interrelated processes. Each piece is first thrown on the wheel, then subtly altered in form - giving the pot an individual character and strength defined by a journey of discovery. The journey continues during decoration, where the pot's elegance and sense of balance grow directly out of Paul's concern for harmony between form, colour and the painted surface.

Paul uses white earthenware to construct his energetic and sinuous forms. The clay allows for the dynamic shaping of the pieces which form the vessels which go on to be given diverse and colourful decoration. Recently Paul has also diversified in his methods, using local stoneware and porcelain in a salt glaze kiln. This has given rise to the new porcelain series which celebrates the glaze effects in their own right, albeit with some references to the coastline and rock formations of North Cornwall.

Paul has exhibited widely in both the UK and the US.

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PRIZE: a celebration of image

Peter Archer, Harbour Entrance, 2018

Martin Greenland, Retreat – Returning, 2018

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20 April to 8 June 2019

PRIZE: a celebration of image

Private view: 26 April 2019, 6-8pm - all welcome

The exhibition brings nine award-winning artists to Farnham: all of them are internationally accomplished and recognised for excellence and talent through a prestigious art prize.

The exhibition presents painting by Peter Archer (Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize), Gareth Edwards (David Simon Contemporary Art Prize / the Platform Prize / National Maritime Art Prize), Martin Greenland (John Moores Painting Prize), Charlotte Harris (BP Portrait Award) and Michael Porter (Derek Balmer Painting Prize / European Prize for Painting, Belgium).

Print by John Hoyland (John Moores), Sir Terry Frost (John Moores), Sandra Blow (Guggenheim International Award) and Bruce McLean (John Moores).

It reflects on the Gallery's beginnings 60 years ago: New Ashgate was the first provincial gallery with nationally and internationally known artists such as Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Graham Sutherland.

This will be an exceptional opportunity to appreciate and collect work by these highly accomplished stars of the art world outside London and close to home.

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Ray Sheldon: Exercises in Spatial Arrangement

Ray Sheldon, Leaf Series No 2, 2019

20 April to 8 June 2019

Ray Sheldon: Exercises in Spatial Arrangement

Ray is a modernist at heart. His work explores the dynamics of still life; somewhere between the figurative and abstraction and is striving for simplification, by reducing a composition to its essential characteristics.

Ray prepares his own gesso boards and canvases manipulating the surface. The planning of colour masses is vital: colour can arouse the deepest thoughts and emotion. As Ray says:

"For me a still life painting is a living thing. Each work is reworked many times, objects rearranged, the negative spaces are as significant as the objects. I love the play between the flat surface and the illusion of depth and solidity. I don't feel restricted by my subject, Giorgio Morandi showed me how to paint and keep busy with just one theme."

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Summer Craft Collection

Suzanne Claire Williams, 3Oval Weave Necklace

20 April to 31 August 2019

Summer Craft Collection

Our specially selected craft collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, jewellery, and textiles by makers which include; Richard Baxter, Jenny Chan, Ken Eardley, Alysa Freeman, Diane Griffin, Rebecca Halstead, Helen Harrison (Kilnworks), Abigail Marsh, Tessa Pearson, Mitch Pilkington, Catherine Rua, Katalin Szallas, Yo Thom and many more

Free family workshops: Crafting Flowers & Celebrate Farnham in Bloom with Us. Join us for a drop-in session at Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadows, 30 June, supported by Farnham Town Council.

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