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 fifteen years of experience in the sector. Before joining the team at the New Ashgate Gallery, she worked as the Head of Exhibitions at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire.
Outi was awarded a PhD from the University of Reading and she has also lectured and worked for Richmond American International University in London, Birkbeck College, the University of London, the University of Reading and the Randolph Macon Woman's College, Reading. She is a steering committee member of the Museums and Exhibitions Group and the Association for Art History (AAH), that creates dialogue between academics and arts professionals. Outi is the editor of three art books: '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).
Alison Woodley, Art Consultant & Gallery Administrator (on maternity leave)
Alison became a permanent member of staff in 2011 after volunteering at the gallery for two years. She has a background in textiles having completed a degree in textile design and working as a self-employed weaver for four years. Alison also gained an MA in contemporary crafts from UCA Farnham in 2007.
Since working at the gallery Alison has developed a love for ceramics and particularly enjoys meeting the artists and learning about their inspirations and processes.
Rachel Lartey, Art Consultant (Mon, Wed - Sat)
Rachel has a broad ranging career in the Arts, prior to joining the New Ashgate Gallery she worked as an Arts Consultant at Gas Gallery, London. She has extensive Art Fair and sales experience along with a real love of finding new and exciting Art and Craft talent. Prior to this commercial experience she worked as Senior Curator at National Arts In Health charity, Paintings in Hospitals. Rachel was responsible for the management of a sizeable Modern British Art collection displayed throughout UK Healthcare sites. Earlier on in her career, Rachel managed Westbury Farm Studios a progressive Artist's collective in Buckinghamshire.
Mihaela Coman, Art Consultant (Tue)
Mihaela graduated the MA Jewellery at University for the Creative Arts in 2019. She is a narrative jeweller, selected at few international fairs. She has a strong background in cultural management, she worked over ten years for Humanitas, the most prestigious publishing group in Romania.
Hannah Staber, Art Consultant (Sat)
Hannah studies Ceramics at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham. Although focusing on ceramics, her course also encompasses practices in glass, jewellery and metal which has allowed her to study a range of craft processes, which inform her work at the New Ashgate Gallery. Before moving to the UK to study, Hannah lived in Vienna where she was surrounded by striking architecture, museums and galleries, which lead to her deep appreciation of the visual arts.
Vicky Rowsell, Bookkeeper
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.