New Ashgate Gallery champions the best of contemporary art and craft providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond
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Outi Remes, Gallery Director
Together with the trustees, Outi leads the service, strategic direction and organisational objectives of the Gallery as the educational charity. She has more than twenty years of experience of the sector; before joining the team at the New Ashgate Gallery, she worked as the Head of Exhibitions at South Hill Park, Berkshire.
Outi was awarded a PhD from the University of Reading and lectured at Richmond American International University in London, Birkbeck College, the University of Reading and the Randolph Macon Woman's College. For many years, she also advised in steering committees at The Association for Art History. Outi has edited many art books, including 'Conspiracy Dwellings: Surveillance in Contemporary Art' (with Pam Skelton), 'Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters' (with Laura MacCulloch & Marika Leino) and 'Crossing Borders: Translation and Nostalgia in Contemporary Art' (with Ming Turner).
Vicky Rowsell, Bookkeeper
Vicky joined the gallery in 2016, Vicky has spent many years bookkeeping working and still works within the construction industry, now also working for the New Ashgate Gallery. Vicky says working for the gallery although challenging and very busy at times has made a very pleasant and welcome change to the very different challenges of the construction industry.
Emily Cranny, Art Consultant: Jewellery | Gallery Administrator: Head of Stock
Emily graduated from Falmouth University in 2014 with a first class BA (hons) degree in Fine Art. She joined the New Ashgate initially as a volunteer, before becoming the Gallery Administrator: Head of Stock in 2019. In 2020, she also joined the consultancy team. She leads the curation of the jewellery collection.
Victoria Tarry, Art Consultant: Ceramics and Woodwork | Angels Scheme
Victoria has worked extensively within the fine arts sector in various commercial art galleries in London, including a ceramics gallery where she had the opportunity to exhibit the work of preeminent studio potters, such as Lucie Rie, Hans Coper and Bernard Leach as well as contemporary ceramicists. She has also worked for an auction house, an interior design company and in the jewellery trade.
She graduated from the University of Essex with a BA (Hons) in Art History & Theory. She was later awarded an MA in Art History by Birkbeck College, University of London. She speaks fluent Spanish, having spent eleven years living in Seville, Spain.
Sigi Hill, Art Consultant | Glass, Saturdays
After volunteering at New Ashgate Gallery many years ago, Sigi jointed the gallery team in 2024. Sigi discovered an interest in glass during her Foundation year as a mature student at the prestigious Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2006. She went on to achieve a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in 3D Design specialising in glass at the University for the Creative Arts (‘UCA’) in Farnham. Sigi is a member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen (LSDC), Contemporary Glass Society, Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen and Surrey Sculpture Society.
Megan Smith, Gallery Assistant | Cards Curator, Saturdays - currently on leave
Megan is an Artist & Facilitator working within a multidisciplinary practice. She has a range of artistic & educational experiences spanning five years within a variety of participatory arts spaces and galleries such as the Watts Gallery, The Lightbox, and The Solent Showcase Gallery. She has six years of experience delivering customer service, working in a front of house role, within the events & entertainment industry in companies such as the Birdword. She achieved a First-class honour in BA (Hons) Fine Art. Megan leads the curation of cards.
Find about about this platform for any individual wanting to gain experience working in the creative sector. We are always looking for enthusiastic gallery volunteers who wish to either support a local arts organisation and/or gain experience.