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We curate a programme of 25 annual exhibitions and events, working in partnership with local and national organisations. Visit us for exhibitions in the Pavilion, Balcony and Maker in Focus Galleries & enjoy the affordable Craft Collection, perfect for unique gifts.
16 December 2020 to 16 December 2021
Visit us to see the Farnham Sculpture, the new public art commission in Waggon Yard, celebrating the World Craft Town Farnham.
Proposals were invited in 2019 for a public sculpture that is inspired by the heritage and tradition of crafts in Farnham practised in the area during the Roman period: the district was known as a pottery centre due to its supply of gault clay, oak woodland for fuel and good communication links. Kilns dating as far as AD 100 have been found in the area. Today, Farnham hosts a remarkable number of craft institutions and makers. The sculpture aims to enhance the public knowledge and understanding of the heritage while bringing pleasure to the community and visitors alike.
In early 2020, the local community voted to choose from three shortlisted proposals. David Mayne was awarded the Craft Town Public Art Commission. David's Farnham Sculpture received 58% of the public vote.
The Farnham Sculpture celebrates the oak tree - something which was abundant in the area while also links to the history and heritage of Farnham. It is fabricated from steel, bronze and oak and the bronze acorn was first modelled in clay. Imagery refers to the oak forests that surrounded Farnham.
The project involved working with local schools and the community in the design for a sense of shared ownership with the local community in the final artwork. There are 19 designs and messages in the Farnham Sculpture that were provided by local children and the schools in either the Zoom sessions with David Mayne or the Draw a Sculpture competition. This includes two prize winners which are carved into the surface of the oak.
David Mayne is a sculptor of national repute who produces work for galleries, public spaces and the domestic environment. His artwork has been commissioned throughout the country and can be found in town centres, rural locations, public buildings and private homes and gardens. 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.
The Farnham Sculpture is supported by Arts Council England and the related events are supported by the Farnham Town Council and South Street Trust.
We would like to thank Arts Council England, Farnham Town Council, our steering group, consisting of Charlotte Hall (Waverley Borough Council), Vikki Leedham (Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden), Sue Farrow (Farnham Public Art Trust), Sarah Carrington Hubbard (public art consultant) and Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery). Also, many thanks to our craft town partners and the local community and schools for their interest and taking actively part in the project.
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13 November 2021 to 8 January 2022
We are delighted to present Hilke Macintyre's painting, prints and ceramics as our festive Maker in Focus. Hilke's work uses a simplified figurative style with strong abstract pattern.
"I enjoy using bold shapes, strong colours and patterns. The world around me, especially nature, animals and people, give me plenty ideas for pictures. Particular influences are primitive art, artists of the early 20th century and contemporary design."
The limited-edition ceramic reliefs are made in editions of 50. An original design is formed from clay from which a plaster mould is made into which new slabs of soft clay can be pressed to et an identical relief. After a first lower firing in a kiln, the reliefs are individually glazed so that each looks slightly different. They are then fired again at a high temperature. Each tile is numbered and signed.
Hilke exhibits throughout Great Britain and has been selected several times for the annual show of the Royal Scottish Academy. Amongst other commissions her linocuts have been used to illustrate publications for the Neuk Musical Festival and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.
13 November 2021 to 8 January 2022
At Christmas thoughts turn to home so our Winter Exhibition presents a range of unique, local art and craft that you won't find anywhere else. Treat yourself to something new for your home or buy gifts for your loved ones. Pop in, browse and shop away from the crowds. You'll be supporting a local gallery and small creative artist businesses if you do, as well as finding something special this Christmas.
by Celia Allen | Lydia Barclay | Louise Bell | Jane Clift | Curio Studio (Tom Wilson) | Gin Durham | Richard Jack | Liane Matthews | David Mayne | Mitch Pilkington | Jay Rubinstein | Jenny Southam | Ilona Sulikova | Jean Tolkovsky | Ed Willis.
Textiles by Naomi Beevers | Candy Coated Accessories | Alison Dupernex | Keira Graham | Green Thomas Textiles | Sally Nencini | Sarah Tyssen.
Art glass by Adam Aaronson | Peter Layton | Sanders and Wallace | Shakspeare Glass.
Ceramics by Hannah Bould | Rowena Brown | Claire Burke | Jude Colley | Amy Cooper | Clare Conrad | Diane Griffin | Sarah Grove | Matt Horne | Maisie Parkes | Rebecca Ridley | Vivienne Ross | Liz Scrine | Chrissy Silver | Steve Smith | Carolyn Tripp | Gilly Whittington.
Painting by Suzy Fasht | Sally Anne Fitter | Rosalinda Kightley | Yeside Linney | Susie Lidstone | Helen Long | Fiona Pearce | Jacky Paynter | Virginia Ray | Jane Rist | Ray Sheldon | Jo Shepherd | Sarah Spackman | Ruth Taylor | Vicki Nigoumi | Suzanne Winn.
Limited Edition Prints by Clare Bassett | Ed Boxall | John Bryce | Ann Burnham | John Duffin | Chloe McCarrick | Trevor Price | Shirley Watson | Clare Youngs.
Jewellery by Petra Bishai | Shimara Carlow | Margaux Clavel | Daphne Krinos | Misun Won | Kathie Murphy.
Festive decoration by Adam Aaronson | Kate Colin | Fleur Grenier | Jessica Jordan | David Mayne | Liane Matthews | Judith Needham | Charlotte Stockley.
Wood by Kevin Stamper.
15 January to 5 March 2022
Barry Stedman is a ceramic artist whose colourful, dynamic forms come out of a deep connection to the landscape. All the work, developed in series, is rooted in the directness and urgency of drawing outside; responding to the weather, drama and life which surrounds his garden studio by the river Flit in Bedford.
Starting on the wheel or constructed in slabs, the earthenware vessels are cut open and altered, scored and handled, before being glazed with layers of oxide, slip and washes of vivid colour. The vessels are then offered to the kiln, sometimes in multiple firings, in an open dialogue of transformation; infused with the marks, rhythm and energy of their making.
Stedman came to ceramics after a career in retail when he was seduced by the possibilities of clay to express abstract ideas of colour and form. He completed a Ceramics degree at the University of Westminster in 2009 where he received the Caparo Award, joining Edmund de Waal's studio that same year. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and galleries across the UK and internationally.
15 January to 16 April 2022
The Spring Craft Collection presents a curated range of unique, local and nationally renown craft. Treat yourself to something new for your home or buy gifts for your loved ones. Pop in, browse and shop away from the crowds. You'll be supporting a local gallery and small creative artist businesses if you do, as well as finding something special.
We are delighted present a new collection of:
Ceramics by: Lucy Burley, Arjan van Dal, Georgie Gardiner, Emma Godden, Ken Eardley, Bérengère Noyau and Ali Tomlin.
Jewellery by: Holly Suzanna Clifford, Rachel Jones, Ulli Kaiser, Hajra Williams and Tracy Wilson.
Textiles by: Helen Chatterton and many more...
15 January to 5 March 2022
Fiona Millais takes inspiration from the places and objects that she loves. To many people, particularly in the last year, our green spaces have become ever more important and precious. Fiona walks out every day with the dog and often gathers additional materials, so that stones, leaves and feathers become visual reminders of her experience.
Fiona says: "This daily rhythm in my walks reflects and informs my artwork. I endeavour to paint landscapes with a sense of place and of 'being there' and imagining a painting you would want to walk into. Sometimes it is a meandering path to follow through local woods and other days might bring the breath-taking sweep of a Downland panorama."
Fiona studied Fine Art at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, graduating in 1984. her great-grandfather was the Pre-Raphaelite painter, Sir John Everett Millais.
15 January to 5 March 2022
Graham Evernden's art celebrates the small objects that we encounter in our everyday life. Graham's paintings find the beauty in colour and his forms are simple yet sophisticated, bringing joy and pleasure to the viewer.
Graham has exhibited many times at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and won many awards for illustration, including the D&AD Gold Award, the D&AD Silver Award, the Gold Award from the New York Art Directors Club, the Gold Award from Australian Writers and Art Directors and an award from European Illustration. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and worked for several years in London as a graphic designer before becoming a printmaker, illustrator and a painter.
12 March to 23 April 2022
Henrietta's prints, ceramics and paintings, rich in textures and simple forms, are full of totemic creatures. Horses and birds stand in abstracted landscapes. While her imagery has a timeless quality, recalling animals carved into chalk hills or on a cave wall, her bold compositions and sophisticated mark-making demonstrate the confidence of an artist at the height of her powers.
Henrietta's sculptures and printmaking often show her images pared down, creating stylised lines and minimal form. Her paintings, however, are strong colourful depictions with an inventive pallet reminiscent of the Fauves.
Having studied fine art at Wolverhampton Polytechnic under Anish Kapoor and Nicola Hicks, Henrietta has become one of Leicestershire's most widely recognised artists, her work is shown in leading galleries throughout the UK.
12 March to 16 April 2022
In 2014 award-winning British artists Sarah Emily Porter and James Trundle discussed how their individual practices could form a makers collective, but it wasn't until Trundle helped Porter fabricate Anatomy of Colour in 2018 that they realised the potential in working together. The following year they set up Porter + Trundle from their South London workshop.
Presenting the perfect fusion of colour, form and craftsmanship Porter + Trundle form a well-balanced duo. Their innovative and bespoke approach to design produces visually challenging and technically complex objects that are simultaneously unique works of art. Working to an individual's brief, Porter + Trundle promote close working relationships with architects, interior designers, retailers, private collectors and brands to create unique, high quality objects. As talented designers and makers Porter + Trundle work from initial design concept through to fabrication and installation with the added bonus of everything being produced in-house.
In 2021 they won the New Ashgate Rising Stars Award and in 2019 were awarded the Richard Seager Annual Arts Award. In 2020 they became a member of the Crafts Council UK Hothouse Talent Alumni.
Sarah Emily Porter is a visual artist who explores the historical constructs of painting - colour, composition and form. She studied Architectural History at Durham University (2005-2008) before later completing a Fine Art Graduate Diploma at Chelsea College of Art, UAL in 2016. Since then she has exhibited internationally, won the Broomhill National Sculpture Prize 2018, was invited to be the 2019 resident artist at the NLCS Jeju Arts Festival in South Korea and has been shortlisted for the Jackson's Painting Prize, Signature Art Prize and Annex Acquisition Award.
James Trundle worked as a boat builder and fine furniture maker for ten years before formalising his training at the Slade School of Art (2012-2016). Trundle is interested in the process of making and material manipulation, creating sculptures that transition between conceptual art and traditional craftsmanship. He was a finalist in the Woon Foundation Prize, Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize and Broomhill National Sculpture Prize.
12 March to 23 April 2022
Contemporary art medals is a wonderful medium for students to learn the age-old skills involved with lost-wax casting, skills such as modelling, working in wax and plaster, and, ultimately, seeing their work cast into bronze.
But what is an 'art medal'? It is a small, two-sided artwork in relief, carrying a powerful narrative, perhaps, or celebrating an event, or making a statement about the state of the world. The two medals that won the Grand First Prize in 2020 and 2021, each of them illustrating not only what the medal can convey in its imagery, but also how tactile the medium can be, wonderful to hold in the hand, perfect to contemplate, thoughtful pieces that express strong feelings.
The upcoming exhibition of art medals made by students in art colleges around the UK for the Project 2022 also includes the guest university from Pforzheim in Germany.
The Goldsmiths' Centre gives a grant for the administration of a project that they value for its teaching of artistic skills, and a means by which students are enabled to share their work with a wider audience.
Grand First Prize Winner 2020, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Founders:
Jonathan Kelly, Patterns of Society, Leeds Arts University:
'My work is inspired by philosophical concepts around the mutually dependent relationship between the individual and society.'
Grand First Prize Winner 2021, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Founders:
Kiki Birtles, Inherited, Falmouth University:
'My medal represents how the younger generation have inherited the problems of the world, and have been bound to hold its enormous weight.'
Collections of art medals can be found in many museums, and the British Art Medal Society organises talks by makers and by curators about modern medals, as well as commissioning work for sale to its members.
12 March to 23 April 2022
Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion new talent, early career makers, students and graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars offers new makers a first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. It is also an exciting collector opportunity for those wishing to support and collect work by future stars.
The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer on topics such as pricing guidance, advice on marketing and how to gain and manage new connections, and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers. The 2022 project will also be supporting new makers in the post COVID-19 craft world.
The makers were selected by a panel of judges; Dan Goode (Making Goode), Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts, Textiles) and Debra Allman (UCA, Jewellery, Ceramics & Glass).
One of the makers will be presented a professional development award of £1,000 and a solo exhibition at New Ashgate in 2023.
Rising Stars 2022 is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts and Dan Goode of Making Goode. It is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.