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New season of exhibitions and events

Our gallery is recognised for its commitment to showcasing exceptional art and craft. With a careful selection process, we feature talented artists from across the UK. Explore our exhibitions highlighting a variety of mediums, including glass, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture, print, and painting.

New Ashgate: What's On

Rising Stars 2024: Catalogue (digital)

We curate 20 annual exhibitions and events in partnership with local and national organisations. Visit us for affordable luxury and unparalleled craftsmanship, celebrating the fusion of creativity and community.

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Frans Wesselman: Imagined Realms (Extended)

Frans Wesselman, Upending II, linocut, 49 x 42 cm.

4 May to 31 August 2024

Frans Wesselman: Imagined Realms (Extended)

Frans Wesselman is a creator whose work delves into the intricacies of human existence, exploring the depths of minds, relationships with others, animals, and the environment. Drawing inspiration from observed situations, literary works such as poetry, novels, and the timeless prose of Shakespeare, as well as the boundless realms of imagination, Frans crafts a narrative that transcends the conventional.

Frans is distinguished stained-glass artist and a printmaker. Frans meticulously shapes glass panels that capture the essence of the human experience. These panels, thoughtfully combined into small installations on a plinth, serve as intimate reflections of the artist's vision. Beyond the realm of stained glass, Frans undertakes commissions for bespoke windows, ensuring a tailored touch to every space.

Renowned also as a printmaker, Frans holds membership in the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Each piece is a testament to his dedication to exploring the intricate tapestry of human life - the human condition, inviting the viewer to contemplate the intricate interplay between minds, relationships, and the world we inhabit.

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Summer Craft Collection 2024

Leoma Drew, Wing Insert Earrings,silver

4 May to 31 August 2024

Summer Craft Collection 2024

The Summer Craft Collection is a celebration of unique, locally crafted treasures and nationally renowned gems. Whether you're looking to refresh your home or find the perfect gift for a loved one, our curated selection promises to delight.

New ceramics by: Olivia Barber, Lucy Burley, Lucy Blackley, Libby Daniels, Ken Eardley, Catherine Lucktaylor, Caroline Nuttall-Smith, Tiffany Scull, Chrissy Silver, Youyou Wang and Sophie Wootton.

New jewellery by: Leoma Drew, Helen Rankin, Cathy Newell-Price, Laura Ngyou, Rachael Plassard and Charlotte Smith.

New textiles by: Alison Dupernex and Alison White.

New glass by: Jessica Stroud, Samantha Yates and Helen Restorick.

And many more...

Not only are you acquiring beautiful pieces but you are supporting a local charity, the New Ashgate Gallery, and small creative businesses. Your purchase makes a difference! Free delivery is available from £50.

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Family Crafts at New Ashgate

19 May to 22 October 2024

Family Crafts at New Ashgate

Free Family Craft Activities! Join Us for Creative Fun

Paper Craft Workshops with Lucy Dorothy Nichols, Surrey Artist of the Year 2023
Date: Sunday, 19th May 2024
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Gostrey Meadow, Sustainability Festival

Join us for an eco-friendly crafting extravaganza with Lucy Dorothy Nichols, Surrey's Artist of the Year 2023! Using pages from unwanted books donated by Oxfam, we'll create delightful Paper Bugs, Birds & Butterflies. Transforming discarded pages into beautiful works of art, you'll learn the art of paper folding while contributing to sustainability efforts.

Carnival Cross Stitch Workshop with Jane Browne, Surrey Artist of the Year 2022
Date: Sunday, 30th June 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: Gostrey Meadows, Farnham Carnival Weekend

Join acclaimed artist Jane Browne, Surrey's Artist of the Year 2022, for a day of crafting delight. Explore the world of cross-stitching and create your very own Crazy Carnival Face. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, there's something for everyone. Use vibrant yarns to bring your character to life and learn exciting new stitches along the way. Can't finish on-site? No worries! Take your project home and complete it at your leisure.

Paper Stars with Lucy Dorothy Nichols, Surrey Artist of the Year 2023
Date: Wednesday, 30th October 2024, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham Craft Month

Join us for an afternoon of crafting magic as we create enchanting Paper Stars. Led by Lucy Dorothy Nichols, it's the perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit while practising your crafting skills. Plus, these stunning stars make for delightful decorations or gifts.

No Booking Required | Free Admission | Just Turn Up and Join the Fun!

Organised by New Ashgate Gallery and Supported by Farnham Town Council.

How Bright Can We Go: the Card-Making Challenge with Kate Kennington Steer

23 June to 29 October 2024

How Bright Can We Go: the Card-Making Challenge with Kate Kennington Steer

We all need more brightness in our lives! Come together for a series of free workshops to celebrate Farnham a welcoming place where all can thrive.

This project invites Farnham residents to learn how to create mixed media cards to brighten somebody's day. The 'How Bright Can We Go?' challenge aims to create 159 cards over a series of workshops led by artist Kate Kennington Steer. Each new home in the Brightwell's Yard development will receive a card to welcome them to Farnham. Participants can also make a card to take home for someone they know while contributing to the community challenge.

Join us for a series of free workshops on:

- Farnham Folk Day, 23rd of June at Gostrey Meadow from 1 to 5 pm.
- Music in the Meadow, 7th of July at Gostrey Meadow from 3 to 5 pm.
- October Craft Month, 29th of October at the New Ashgate Gallery from 12 noon to 2 pm.


Kate will share techniques and tips on making and decorating cards using everyday materials, exploring combinations to wow the eye and warm the heart. Activities will include stamping, stencilling, rubbing, collage, drawing, painting, and printing. Participants will also develop creative and cognitive skills and gain a deeper understanding of disability in society through conversations with Kate.

The workshops are suitable for all ages and are ideal for families, groups of friends, and community groups. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous experience is needed, and materials will be provided. No booking is required.

These workshops are organised by New Ashgate Gallery and supported by Farnham South Street Trust. We also thank DAiSY for their support.

Janine Partington: Looking Back, Moving Forward - A Creative Journey

Janine Partington, Shelter (enamel)

6 July to 7 September 2024

Janine Partington: Looking Back, Moving Forward - A Creative Journey

Janine Partington's exhibition celebrates her unique blend of traditional enamelling techniques, leather and contemporary design, resulting in timeless framed panels and jewellery.

Drawing inspiration from nature, Janine meticulously hand-cuts stencils featuring trees, flowers, and landscapes, which are then laid onto copper and coated with powdered enamel before being fired in a kiln. The result is a collection of vibrant and intricately crafted pieces that seamlessly marry timeless craftsmanship with modern aesthetics.

Based in Bristol, Janine devotes much of her time to creating new works for her collections, which have garnered widespread acclaim and are exhibited throughout the UK. Her dedication to her craft is further reflected in her academic background, which includes a Master of Arts in Design from the University of the West of England, Bristol, and studies in enamelling at the Bristol School of Art and Design, Filton College. She is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, the Crafts Council Directory of Makers, the Guild of Enamellers, and the British Society of Enamellers. Janine's talent and dedication have earned her numerous awards and she has also created panels for cruise ships, including the recently launched Cunard Queen Anne vessel and for hotels including the Park Hyatt hotel in Changsha, China

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Su Jameson: UNASHAMED

Su Jameson, A Word, 2024

6 July to 7 September 2024

Su Jameson: UNASHAMED

'UNASHAMED' is a profound exploration into the human experience through the medium of hand-built ceramics. At its core lies the narratives of individuals, both unique and universal, whose stories serve as the inspiration for each meticulously crafted piece.

Throughout the creative process, Su seeks to foster physical and emotional exchanges, responding intuitively to the materials and the underlying narrative. Each ceramic form is imbued with layers of meaning and texture, inviting viewers to engage in contemplation and individual interpretation.

Expression is pursued through a variety of stoneware clays, including porcelain, black, and crank, each chosen for its unique qualities. These clays are manipulated using slab and direct modelling techniques, with marks and textures impressed upon them to evoke a sense of raw authenticity.

As the collection takes shape, Su draws inspiration from earthy hues, employing slips, engobes, oxides, and glazes to enhance the surfaces and imbue them with depth and character. The culmination of these elements promises to evoke a sense of connection and resonance, inviting viewers to explore the nuances of human emotion and experience.

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Trevor Price: Printed Perspectives

Trevor Price, The Beechwood II

Trevor Price, Storm Waves I

  • Large Storm Waves I

6 July to 7 September 2024

Trevor Price: Printed Perspectives

Trevor Price, a distinguished printmaker renowned for his finely detailed drypoint and engraved relief prints, as well as large-scale woodcuts, continues to push the boundaries of printmaking. Armed with chisels, blades, and power tools, Trevor carves and engraves woodblocks and polycarbonate sheets, infusing each surface with a depth of texture and emotion.

In his most recent works, Trevor's dedication to handmade and hand-printed pieces shines through. Utilising a delicate process involving a 2mm polycarbonate sheet, he carves and scrapes the plate with a drypoint needle and a dremel, a technique both time-consuming and unforgiving. Once ink is meticulously rolled over the surface, the plate is pressed with damp paper, resulting in prints that invite viewers to lose themselves in the intricate mark-making and abstract forms. From a distance, Trevor's prints reveal highly representational compositions, almost resembling sepia-toned photographs, while up close, viewers are drawn into a world of intricate details and captivating abstractions. Some pieces are further enhanced with stained paper, evoking a sense of antiquity and nostalgia.

Born in 1966, Trevor's career includes being elected as a member of the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers in 1994, where he later served as Vice President from 2013 to 2018. His work is celebrated in esteemed collections worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, and the Guangdong Museum of Art in China, among others. Trevor's accolades include multiple national printmaking awards. In 2020, he undertook a significant commission by China's National Academy of Painting.

Splitting his time between a studio near Tower Bridge in London and the vibrant artist community of St. Ives in Cornwall, Price's artistic vision is informed by the juxtaposition of urban dynamism and coastal tranquility. Beyond his artistic pursuits, Price's commitment to community shines through as a qualified lifeguard, actively involved in coaching children at the St. Ives Surf Life Saving Club.

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Autumn Craft Collection 2024

Sarah Hillman, Petal Wave forms

7 September to 9 November 2024

Autumn Craft Collection 2024

The Autumn Craft Collection is a celebration of unique, locally crafted treasures and nationally renowned gems. Whether you're looking to refresh your home or find the perfect gift for a loved one, our curated selection promises to delight.

New ceramics by: Arjan van Dal, Richard St John Heeley, Sarah Hillman, Nicola Martin, Bryony Rich, Cat Santos, Barry Stedman, Tessa Wolfe-Murray.

New jewellery by: Ashi Marwaha, Cathy Newell-Price, Diana Greenwood, Donna Barry, Emily Bailey, Isabella Bedlington, Marlene McKibbin, Olivia Taylor, Pikaya Jewellery.

New textiles by: Helen Chatterton, Deborah Colman, Alison Dupernex, Helen Foot.

New glass by: Shirley Eccles, Joanna Lloyd, Louisa Sullivan

New wood by: Takahashi McGill.

And many more...

Not only are you acquiring beautiful pieces but you are supporting a local charity, the New Ashgate Gallery, and small creative businesses. Your purchase makes a difference! Free delivery is available from £50.

Kevin Stamper: Woodworking Wonders

Kevin Stamper, Blue Cubist Side Table

14 September to 9 November 2024

Kevin Stamper: Woodworking Wonders

Kevin Stamper was selected as the New Ashgate Award winner at the Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings, in October 2023.

Kevin Stamper Furniture Ltd, established in 1992, specialises in crafting bespoke furniture for domestic interiors. Over the years, the company has earned acclaim for its design, craftsmanship, and project management, collaborating with interior designers and private clients. While once employing a team of five craftsmen and women, founder Kevin Stamper now focuses on his passion for designing and crafting small pieces of freestanding furniture and decorative wooden boxes, working independently to ensure each piece is individually designed and handmade.recent years, Kevin has pioneered a unique process for hand-dyeing wood veneer, allowing the dye to penetrate completely without losing colour when sanded. Utilising spirit-based 'light-fast' dyes, his veneers possess a translucent quality that accentuates the natural grain patterns, resulting in stunning and diverse designs. These veneers, along with sustainable hardwoods such as sycamore, oak, pearwood, and walnut, serve as the canvas for his vibrant marquetry compositions, each piece meticulously crafted to showcase his lifelong passion for woodworking.

Kevin's work combines traditional marquetry techniques with innovative approaches, often featuring contemporary and abstract subjects. Each piece is meticulously crafted to exacting standards and finished with a durable lacquer containing an ultraviolet filter to preserve the vibrant colours over time. With an extensive palette of over 200 colours and tones, Kevin's creations adorn collections across the UK, Europe, and the USA, reflecting his commitment to craftsmanship and artistic excellence.

Surrey Artist of the Year 2024

14 September to 9 November 2024

Surrey Artist of the Year 2024

Join us in celebrating the vibrant artistic community of Surrey by participating in the Surrey Artist of the Year competition! Presented in collaboration between the New Ashgate Gallery and Surrey Artists Open Studios, this annual event has been showcasing the exceptional talent of local artists since 2009.

This prestigious competition celebrates outstanding local artists across various mediums, from intricate designs to bold expressions, discover a rich array of artwork spanning various mediums such as painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles and ceramics. The shortlisted artists are:

Simran Ahira: Mixed Media Painting, Woking
Tracey Jane Cooper: Mixed Media Painting, Reigate
Sarah Cox: Painting, Guildford
Diana Croft: Printmaking, Dorking
Liz Hauck: Painting, Horley
Alison Hunt: Painting, Hindhead
Richard Jack: Sculptures, Farnham
Jennifer Jokhoo: Printmaking, Redhill
Rosalinda Kightley: Painting/Printmaking, Guildford
Claire Kent: Textiles, Dorking
Colette Moscati: Painting, Farnham
Peg Morris: Printmaking, Gomshall
Julie Patton: Enamel/Ceramics, Horley
Philip Ryland: Painting, Farnham
Sarah Rawlins: Textiles/Painting, East Horsley
Julia Stockwell-Hamid: Painting/Jewellery/Sculpture, Ockley
Chantelle Watson: Painting, Shamley Green.

The competition involves two rounds of public voting: first in the summer studios to select the shortlist, and then again for the winner in the gallery during the show until October 25th. Your voice, alongside the esteemed judging panel, will determine the recipient of the prestigious title of Surrey Artist of the Year 2024. The winning artist will not only earn the distinction but also receive a bursary of £1,000 and a solo exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery.

As part of our commitment to fostering creativity within the community, we're delighted to offer free family workshops during the October half-term on the 29th and 30th. Join us for paper crafts and cardmaking led by Lucy Dorothy, the 2023 winner, alongside artist Kate Kennington Steer from the DAiSY network.

Please note, Richard Jack, shortlisted for the Surrey Artist of the Year 2024, has recently passed away. At the request of his family, his artwork will still be part of the exhibition as a tribute to his talent and contribution to the arts community. We extend our condolences to his family and honour his enduring legacy.

Special thanks to Guildford, Farnham, Woking & Surrey Downs Magazines, our official media sponsor, and to DAiSY for their support in diversifying our project.

Use #SAOY2024 to share your exhibition views and selfies with your favourite artwork.

Lucy Dorothy Nichols - One Year On

Lucy Dorothy Nichols, The Marvellously Magical Rainbow Making Machine

14 September to 9 November 2024

Lucy Dorothy Nichols - One Year On

One Year On is a collection of works made by paper artist Lucy Dorothy Nichols to celebrate the joy of storytelling.

But it isn't a collection celebrating your average story . . . no, this is a world where stories that seem impossible to believe are perfectly plausible, a world where dreams and reality are delicately intertwined.

Taking titles from the Observer Pocket Book series as her starting point, Lucy has disregarded the wealth of interesting facts and figures contained within the pages of those well-loved, little reference books and instead conjured up a series of intricate paper sculptures which turn those facts and figures upside down.

Stories, created from treasured papers, old envelopes, discarded wrapping paper and even the odd chocolate bar wrapper, now spill out from between the pages of these colourful little books. There are tales of shops selling musical notes by the jar, of marvellously magical rainbow making machines, and if you look up, you'll be able to wonder at skies full of birds laden down with bags, all flying off on their latest adventure.

Lucy Dorothy Nichols was honoured as Surrey's Artist of the Year 2023 in a prestigious competition organised by the New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Artists Open Studios.

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