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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.

New Ashgate: Spring 2024: 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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Farnham Legends: Elizabeth Mikellides | Chloe S. Moncrieff | Fiona Pearce

Chloe S Moncrieff, Tice's Meadow Barn Owl, watercolour and acrylic on paper, 29 x 42cm

13 January to 9 March 2024

Farnham Legends: Elizabeth Mikellides | Chloe S. Moncrieff | Fiona Pearce

Farnham Legends is a show by female collective, Breaking Ground of Elizabeth Mikellides, Chloe S. Moncrieff and Fiona Pearce, drawing inspiration from Farnham's rich, historical tapestry of folklore, music and scenic landscape.

Looking back at their local region, Breaking Ground, will bring stories of past and present to the fore, while investigating their own identity and heritage in a variety of two-dimensional pieces in acrylic, mixed media and digital fine art on metal.

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Catherine McVean: Artist in Focus

Catherine McVean, Tanqueray Gin & Lemons, oil, 2023

13 January to 9 March 2024

Catherine McVean: Artist in Focus

Catherine is renowned for her still life oil paintings, characterised as serene celebrations of everyday moments. Bringing a contemporary touch to traditional subjects, she emphasises colour, texture, and composition. Catherine's fascination with metal, glass, and reflections showcases her keen interest in the interplay of light and colour. Opting to paint from life, she captures the emotional essence of a scene with her personal response.

Despite a previous career as a strategy and business consultant in London, Brussels, and Oman, Catherine transitioned to professional painting in 2019. Returning to the UK in 2020, she now dedicates herself entirely to her art from her studio in Ascot. Catherine also shares her passion by teaching drawing and painting classes for adults since 2019.

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Jack Doherty: Maker in Focus

Jack Doherty, Round Vessel

13 January to 9 March 2024

Jack Doherty: Maker in Focus

As a potter and ceramic artist Jack Doherty has gained an international reputation in the UK and abroad for his work with one clay body, one mineral and one single firing technique. Through this singleness of process Jack is able to obtain a complex, multi-layering of surface texture and colour, whilst remaining true to the form.

Born in Co Derry, Jack Doherty studied at the Ulster College of Art and Design in Belfast wanting to be a painter, but after a visit to Lucie Rie's studio he decided he wanted to make pots for a living. On graduating he worked at Kilkenny Design Workshops before establishing his first studio in Co Armagh and then relocated to Herefordshire. From 2008 - 2013 Jack was the first Lead Potter and Creative Director at the refurbished Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall where he established the production studio and designed a contemporary domestic range of soda-fired tableware.

Jack's ceramic vessels are now represented in many public collections. He works from his home studio in Cornwall, and is resident potter at the Newlyn School of Art where he fires his gas kiln.

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Spring Craft Collection 2024: Art and Craft with Local Heart

Lucy Burley vases for Spring 2024, Olive (15cm), Meadow (25cm) and Jade Green (23cm)

13 January to 20 April 2024

Spring Craft Collection 2024: Art and Craft with Local Heart

The Spring Craft Collection presents a curated range of unique, local and nationally renowned 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, Jill Fanshawe Kato, Georgie Gardiner, Matt Horne, Katherine Kingdon, Ali Tomlin and Kate Schuricht.

Jewellery by: Caroline Finlay, Alice Fry, Emily Kidson, Daisy Lee and Laura Ngyou.

Glass by: Daisy Parkinson and Helen Restorick.

Textiles by: Samantha Boot, Jennifer Fynn, Keira Graham, Loomiere Weaves and Diana McKinnon.

And many more...

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Dan Jones: A Rivers Year

16 March to 6 April 2024

Dan Jones: A Rivers Year

An exciting and ambitious new collection of paintings by Hampshire based artist Dan Jones.

In his latest show, Dan Jones takes us on a riverside journey spanning the course of one year documenting through paint the seasonal shifts of his local river, The Blackwater.

Dan returned time again to work alongside a specific stretch of the Blackwater Valley, the north end of her journey through Berkshire's Swallowfield. It's here where she meanders through woodland, wildflower meadows and cornfields near where her voyage comes to an end as she joins the river Loddon.

From the mauves and ochres of autumn to the luscious greens of the summer, Dan's work will transport viewers to chilly and damp mornings to sun-drenched and humid afternoons. This is a rich and diverse body of work containing both intimate and large-scale paintings to engage with.

Rising Stars 2024

Jess Skelton, Maritime Dereliction

16 March to 27 April 2024

Rising Stars 2024

Rising Stars is a curated national platform that fosters and champions early career makers. Rising Stars offers the makers a first step into the professional exhibitions. It offers an exciting opportunity for collectors who wish to support and acquire work by future stars.

The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition, a catalogue, and early career maker business skills events relevant to the marketplace.

Following a popular open call with 165 applications, we are delighted to announce that the makers selected for the Rising Stars 2024 are:

Barbara Sulzberger - Ceramics
Caitlin Murphy - Jewellery
Carolina De Jesus - Textiles
Charlotte Smith - Jewellery
Choi Chi Wing - Ceramics
Hanyi Feng - Metal
Jess Skelton - Ceramics
Laura Gibbs - Ceramics
Libby Daniels - Ceramics
Ling Yin Shum - Jewellery
Lucy Pearl Petts - Jewellery
Masuma Rahim - Wood
Molly Rigby - Jewellery
Monica Findlay - Metal
Olivia Barber - Ceramics
Philip Gay - Wood
Rachael Plassard - Jewellery
Richard Parr - Wood
Samuel Cheeseman - Wood
Sandra Junele - Textiles
Sarah Louise McQuarrie - Jewellery
Sarah White - Textiles
Simone Brown - Ceramics
Sophie Wootton - Ceramics
Suluk Khalvati - Jewellery
Taylor Shaw - Ceramics
Youyou Wang - Ceramics.

We recognise there is a lack of representation from Black, Asian, and ethnically diverse backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ makers and makers who identify as having a visible or non-visible disability in the Southast region. To address this imbalance, 52% of Rising Stars makers are from one of the underrepresented groups, making it a great and diverse showcase of early career talent.

The shortlisted 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).

On 15 March, one of the makers will receive a professional development award of £1,000 and a solo exhibition in 2025. The winner will be selected by Debra Allman (University for the Creative Arts), Dr Outi Remes and Dan Goode.

Rising Stars 2024 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 The Radcliffe Trust and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

#NAGRisingStars2024

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Sarah Spackman: Artist in Focus

Sarah Spackman, Johnny's Rose

16 March to 27 April 2024

Sarah Spackman: Artist in Focus

Sarah Spackman stands out as a contemporary figurative artist, renowned for her exquisite still life oil paintings, created in a studio in Oxford, once a punt building workshop.

One of the hallmark qualities of Sarah's art is her delicate and nuanced use of colour. Central to her practice is the belief that solid drawing forms the bedrock of exceptional painting, with colour serving to enrich the organisation and definition of observed space and form. Sarah's method involves meticulous observation, resulting in paintings that are quiet - yet powerful - in their presence, captivating the viewer. Her works scrutinise everyday objects, extracting them from the ordinary and compelling the observer to perceive anew.

Sarah, an alumna of the Byam Shaw School of Art, London, and a 1981 graduate from Camberwell School of Art, was elected as a member of the Royal Society of British Artists (RBA) in 2019 and joined the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) in 2022. She is also affiliated with the Small Paintings Group and the Oxford Art Society. Sarah's art adorns private collections globally, including the prestigious Allied Irish Bank collection. Her pieces have been featured in esteemed exhibitions such as the Jerwood Drawing Competition, the NEAC, the ROI, the RBA, and the Discerning Eye Exhibitions.

The Winner of Rising Stars 2023 - Harry Chadwick: One Year On

Harry Chadwick, Purple Hammer

16 March to 27 April 2024

The Winner of Rising Stars 2023 - Harry Chadwick: One Year On

Harry Chadwick is a sculptural artist, working predominantly in metal and glass. Harry seamlessly melds craftsmanship with artistic ingenuity, specialising in welding, folding, and forming metal into intricate sculptural pieces that capture passing light with a dynamic sense of movement.

Drawing inspiration from his previous career as an engineer, welder, and fabricator, Harry's sculptures feature familiar silhouettes of tools, meticulously cut from steel and powder-coated in vibrant colours. Pop Art colours running through all the artworks is his common theme of bringing colour and joy into people's lives.

Each of Harry's creations is designed to prompt introspection, evoke nostalgia, and occasionally, simply elicit a 'why?' from the viewer. He is committed to fostering discussion and believes that art should serve as a catalyst for bringing people together through meaningful conversations.

Harry utilised the Rising Stars award money towards the purchase of much-needed grinding discs for his glass grinder, a crucial tool. It is used for his new work 'Seers' which is an observation of the human condition and each observer may interpret them differently, depending on how they feel and perceive them.

Frans Wesselman: Imagined Realms

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

4 May to 29 June 2024

Frans Wesselman: Imagined Realms

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.

From Shore to Skyline: Jacky Paynter and the Journeys in Landscape

Jacky Paynter

4 May to 29 June 2024

From Shore to Skyline: Jacky Paynter and the Journeys in Landscape

Although born and educated in East London, Jacky's artistic roots are in rural landscape. Her work, whether inspired by the quaint charm of Cornwall or the hidden gems of Hampshire, showcases a profound appreciation for colour, texture, and the nuanced interplay of light and shadow. Her graphic design training comes through in bold mark making and in the strong compositions.

The exhibition is an invitation to explore the varied landscapes that have inspired Jacky's creativity, she brings forth the unique character of each location, drawing on experiences in St Ives, Farnham, Fleet, and Winchfield. Working from sketches produced on site, back in her studio she layers acrylic, oil, and mixed media onto canvas or boards, pushing and pulling to develop each painting. For Jacky, every stroke paints a vivid portrait of the diverse beauty found in these distinct corners and contrasting corners of the country.

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: Lucy Blackley, Ken Eardley, Catherine Lucktaylor, Caroline Nuttall-Smith, Chrissy Silver and Tiffany Scull.

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

New textiles by: Alison Dupernex and Alison White.

New glass by: Jessica Stroud.

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.

Pastel Excellence at 125

4 May to 29 June 2024

Pastel Excellence at 125

Step into a realm of captivating hues and artistic talent as the New Ashgate proudly presents the Pastel Society that celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2024. This is a joyous celebration of contemporary pastel and dry media and an exceptional showcase of technical brilliance with creative originality. It underscores the Society's profound legacy and steadfast commitment to the diverse world of pastels. From the velvety strokes of soft and hard pastels to the vibrant expressiveness of oil pastels, ink pastels, and more, the exhibition extends to artists eager to push the boundaries of expression through pastel, chalk, crayon, charcoal, pencil, and pastel led mixed media.

Michele Ashby, Liz Balkwill, David Brammeld-Art, Cheryl Culver, Matthew Draper, Jaana Fowler, Jill Jeffrey, Ian Rawling, Dave Roberts, Jeannette Hayes, Peter Vincent, Susie Prangnell, Norman Smith and Norma Stephenson present a visual feast of pastel brilliance of timeless landscapes, still lifes and abstraction of pastel and dry media in the contemporary art scene.



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