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New season of exhibitions and events

Known for selecting art and craft of the highest quality, the gallery team has handpicked artists from across the UK. Our exhibitions present glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, print and painting.

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Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

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Mindful Stitch with Ekta Kaul

Half-Term Family Crafts: Learn to Embroider Your Monogram

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. 

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Craft Town Public Art Commission: David Mayne: The Farnham Sculpture

David Mayne, The Farnham Sculpture, detail

  • Detail

16 December 2020 to 16 December 2021

Craft Town Public Art Commission: David Mayne: The Farnham Sculpture

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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Autumn Craft Collection 2021: Craft with Local Heart

Jenny Amon, Yellow ochre ritual vessel and blue bell bowl

Christine Johnson, Fluffy Feather Range, detail

  • Christine Johnson Fluffy Feather Range Detail

7 August to 6 November 2021

Autumn Craft Collection 2021: Craft with Local Heart

The Autumn Craft Collection presents a range of unique, local craft that you won't find anywhere else. Treat yourself to something new for you or 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:

Ceramics by Jenny Amon, Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Clare Conrad, Adèle Goulty, John Pollex and Silvia K Ceramics.

Jewellery by Karolina Baines, Maike Browning, Christine Johnson, Qiang Li and Olivia Woodhouse.

Glass by Adam Aaronson, Adam Hussain, Jake Mee and Andrew Sanders & David Wallace.

Limited edition prints by Louise Davies, Susan Eyre, Sonia Rollo and Liz Toole.

Textiles by Claire Armitage, Helen Chatterton, Lesley Frankland, Nook of the North and Pamela Print.

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Pippa Ward: Say it with Plastic: The winner of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition in 2019

Sculpture created with children

Pippa Ward with her installation at Farnham Town Council

  • Pippa Ward, Installation at Farnham Town Council
  • Pippa Ward, King of the Castle

21 August to 6 November 2021

Pippa Ward: Say it with Plastic: The winner of the Surrey Artist of the Year competition in 2019

Artist in Residence and family and school workshops: August - September 2021

Exhibition: 25 September - 6 November


We are delighted to invite Pippa Ward for a month long residency that consists of a series of community workshops run by Pippa, using discarded plastics.

Working with Farnham children, families and schools, Pippa inspires, educates and raises awareness of plastics in our environment, whilst having fun creating a new artwork using plastic tops, bags and drinks cartoons with Farnham children. The residency and the workshops are followed by Pippa's solo exhibition, presenting a new body of artwork and celebrating her time as the Surrey Artist of the Year.

Pippa's work is focused on the environment, with an interest in our use and relationship with single use, found plastics; bags, bottle tops and beach plastic. She looks at man's inevitable impact on nature by using these materials. Pippa works with these ubiquitous and disposable materials and objects that do untold damage to our environment if discarded and used carelessly. Plastic's unimaginably long lifespan, coupled with how casually we, as a society treat it, becomes a perfect metaphor for our almost blind overconsumption of the material.

In the words of philosopher Roland Barthes the essence of an object has something to do with the way it turns into trash, possibly meaning that once an object has been discarded, and thus absolved of its function, its form becomes brightly visible out of its original place and freed from its status as a commodity. Once an object is no longer treated in terms of its use/value, the 'thingness' and 'unwantedness' of an item intensifies. This is when Pippa becomes interested in it.

Pippa acquires plastic by visiting beaches regularly, particularly following a storm. The processes that follow involve gathering, manipulating and arranging of materials - using mindful taxonomy and grouping to create arrangements that, at times, speak of scientific plates and classification, or of marine narratives and environments that Pippa encounters. She looks at the effect man-made and natural materials have on each other, and particularly man's impact on nature. With newly formed awareness of the abundance of plastic in our seas, we now have a love/hate relationship with the substance. We rely on plastic and at times we desire these convenient single use items, even though we know the damage they are causing, and continue to cause. The pieces are found on the beach, can be seen as a 'tidemark' where the sea has deposited minute nurdles, bullet casings, tampon applicators, bottle tops and toys - all plastic. They can be wedged between rocks or blown up into the sand dunes, but they are becoming a part of our earth - literally. These are becoming our future fossils and relics, which, if arranged carefully, can be evocative of coral reefs or seaside settings, sometimes mimicking the natural world at first, beautiful to the eye, before the 'reader' sees what they truly are.

The Surrey Artist of the Year project is supported by Patricia Baines Trust and the workshops programme by Farnham South Street Trust.

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25 September to 6 November 2021

Chrissy Silver: New Ashgate Winner at Festival of Crafts

Chrissy is a passionate gardener and potter. She works with porcelain making fine detailed lamps, pendants, and tea light holders using botanical pressings from flowers she grows in her garden. The lamp light accentuates the fine detail made by the pressings leaving a 'ghost image' where the light shines through. Chrissy also uses pieces is fine linen, lace, and lava stones. All pieces are made with the freshest of foliage, making each piece unique and capturing the essence of the seasons for reflexion in the darker winter months.

Chrissy was selected as the New Ashgate Gallery winner of the Festival of Crafts, the Farnham Maltings, in October 2020.

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25 September to 6 November 2021

Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

Come and vote for your favourite Surrey artist and support the local talent with us.

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, including different materials and techniques such as painting, glass, textiles, ceramics, collage / assemblage book and paper art.

Again, during the exhibition, until 22th October, 12noon, 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 2021 on 22nd at 7pm. The winner receives a bursary of £1,500, a solo show at the New Ashgate Gallery and a complementary Winner's Stand at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.

The shortlisted artists in 2021 are: Sophie Artemis, Monique Birley, Sarah Cox, Penny Fleet, Keira Graham, Penny Green, Hilary Jones, Yeside Linney, Alison Orchard, Stephen Pitchforth, Sue Ransley, Louise Rowe, Jo Shepherd, Jessica Stroud, Dawn Thornhill and Jean Tolkovsky.

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

The competition is organised by New Ashgate Gallery 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.

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Half-term Family Crafts: Learn to Embroider Your Monogram

Ekta Kaul workshop

25 October 2021

Half-term Family Crafts: Learn to Embroider Your Monogram

Monday 25 October, 2-3pm | The New Ashgate Gallery
Free - booking is required
Suitable for children aged 5-10, attending with a guardian
All materials will be provided


Children are invited to learn to draw and stitch their initials in this fun and joyful workshop.

Artist Ekta Kaul will gently guide participants to learn simple stitches. These stitches can be used to personalise children's bags and coats. All materials including fabric, threads and needles will be provided. Children are welcome to bring a personal piece that they'd like to add their monogram on.

Ekta Kaul is an award-winning textile artist known for her embroidered maps. This workshop organised as part of our Surrey Artist of the Year season, and it is supported by Patricia Baines Trust. It is also part of our Craft Month celebrations for our World Craft Town.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/half-term-family-crafts-learn-to-embroider-your-monogram-tickets-170007726687

Mindful Stitch with Ekta Kaul - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Ekta Kaul, Osterley Park, detail

25 October 2021

Mindful Stitch with Ekta Kaul - NOW FULLY BOOKED

Monday 25 October, 10.30-1.00 | The New Ashgate Gallery
All materials will be provided
Booking is required and we ask for a small donation at booking towards the cost of materials - max. 10 participants.

We have all experienced the soothing effects of a walk in nature. Research shows that we experience a marked enhancement in our emotional well-being, when we take a stroll in which we intentionally shift your attention outward instead of inward. (UC Berkeley, Sep 2020). Stitching produces a similar meditative state by focusing on the journey of the needle and thread on cloth.

In this workshop, textile artist Ekta Kaul invites you to tune into nature and explore mapping foliage on a savoured walk through stitch. Before the workshop, she requests you to forage for foliage or alternatively take photographs on your favourite walk. Please bring at least 1 example or 1 images of foliage to class e.g. a leaf, a flower, an acorn or a twig, paying close attention to what you feel drawn to for its pleasing form, colour or texture. Using these examples as inspiration, we will map the connection between stitch, nature and well-being.

For inspiration, bring 1 or more examples or images of foliage you have gathered on a recent walk. (e.g. a leaf, a flower, an acorn or a twig that caught your attention).

Ekta Kaul is an award-winning textile artist known for her embroidered maps. This workshop organised as part of our Surrey Artist of the Year season, and it is supported by Patricia Baines Trust. It is also part of our Craft Month celebrations for our World Craft Town.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mindful-stitch-with-ekta-kaul-tickets-170010809909

Hilke MacIntyre: Maker in Focus

Hilke MacIntyre, Boats at Christmas

Hilke MacIntyre, Watching the Snow Falling

  • Hilke

13 November 2021 to 8 January 2022

Hilke MacIntyre: Maker in Focus

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.

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Winter Exhibition 2021: Art and Craft with Local Heart

Clare Bassett, Ascension

Jacky Paynter, Red Bricks and Rusty Roof

  • Jacky Paynter Red Bricks And Rusty Roof 40 X 29 Mm Acrylic And Oil Pastel On Paper

13 November 2021 to 8 January 2022

Winter Exhibition 2021: Art and Craft with Local Heart

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 Barcley | Louise Bell | Jane Clift | Curio Studio (Tom Wilson) | Gin Durham | Richard Jack | Liane Matthews | David Mayne | Mitch Pilkington | Jay Rubinstein | Jenny Southam | Ilona Sulikova | Ed Willis.

Textiles by Naomi Beevers | Candy Coated Accessories | Alison Dupernex | 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 | Diane Griffin | Sarah Grove | Matt Horne | Maisie Parkes | Rebecca Ridley | Vivienne Ross | Liz Scrine | Steve Smith | Carolyn Tripp | Gilly Whittington.

Painting by Suzy Fasht | Sally Anne Fitter | Rosalinda Kightley | Susie Lidstone | Helen Long | Fiona Pearce | Jacky Paynter | Virginia Ray | Jane Rist | Ray Sheldon | Sarah Spackman | Ruth Taylor | Vicky Nigoumi | Suzanne Winn.

Limited Edition Prints by Clare Bassett | Ed Boxall | John Bryce | Ann Burnham | John Duffin | 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.

New Ashgate Gallery
Waggon Yard, Farnham GU9 7PS

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