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Rising Stars 2023: Catalogue (digital)
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.
5 August 2023 to 5 January 2024
DUE TO POPULARITY, THIS FINAL EXHIBITION BY JOHN BRYCE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL 5TH JANUARY 2024.
Farnham lost one of its artist legends in 2022. Since then, John's family has discovered more than fifty paintings and prints, representing Farnham and the local area. We are delighted to present these artworks from John's own collection for his final exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery. Exceptionally, they are available to purchase during the exhibition.
Born in London in 1934, John Bryce graduated in mechanical engineering at King's College London. He worked as a research scientist at the Royal Aerospace Establishment, Farnborough, working on projects such as Concorde. He, however, maintained a keen interest in painting and wood engraving and became an exhibiting member of both the Farnham and Guildford Art Societies in the early 1970s. After he retired, John pursued an active artistic career as a painter and printmaker. John painted in watercolour, oils and mixed media, creating original print images through the challenging medium of wood engraving, often using his paintings as an inspiration for the engraved image.
In John's work, wood engraving is a powerful medium for depicting the effects of light because it expresses the dramatic contrast between intense black and pure white. John was influenced by the effects of light as it occurs in the sky, on buildings and on water. Furthermore, his mark making on the block expressed the drama and mood of an experienced event.
John said: In my wood engraving work I first make careful sketches, then I try to portray the event by cutting bold and varied marks with a variety of different shaped tools so as to create an exciting and dramatic image.
John was elected a member of the Society of Wood Engravers (SWE) in 1990 and a senior fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) in 2010. Furthermore, he exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society, the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours and the Royal Society of Marine Artists. His background in aviation stimulated a keen interest in painting aircraft with the Guild of Aviation Artists (GAvA).
11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024
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. You'll be supporting a local gallery and small creative artist businesses if you do, as well as finding something special this Christmas.
We are delighted to present:
Painting and limited edition Prints by: Tim Burns, Emma Dodd, Emma Dunbar, Lindsey Hambleton, Amanda Hoskin, Caroline Jackman, Pete Jackman, Rosalinda Kightley, Sarah Kirby, Susie Lidstone, Helen Long, Hillke MacIntyre, Fiona Millais, Vicki Nigoumi, Alison Orchard, Jacky Paynter, Susie Perring, Tessa Pearson, Trevor Price, Virginia Ray, Sonia Rollo, Ray Sheldon, Lesley Seeger, Andrea Stokes, Christina Taylor Smith, Liz Toole, Annie Waring, Shirley Watson and Jane Wilson.
Sculpture by: Naomi Beevers, Rowena Brown, Henrietta Corbett, Gin Durham, Jack Durling, Liane Matthews, David Mayne, Alex McCarthy, Jane Muir, Alison Proctor, Morag Reekie, Jenny Southam, Ilona Sulikova, Pippa Ward, Zoe Whiteside and Ed Willis.
Ceramics by: Fabio Bernardi, Mirka Golden-Hann, Sarah Grove, Jaeeun Kim, Gabi Komar-Dixon, Hilke MacIntyre, Bryony Rich, Liz Scrine, Steve Smith, Katalin Szallas, Paul Wearing and Marina Randall.
Jewellery by: Alma Sophia, Rebecca Burt, Shimara Carlow, Yen Duong, Jodie Hook, EM Jewellery, Stephanie Johnson, Emma Leonard, Annie Ruthven-Taggart, Francesca Marcenaro, Emma Mogridge, Lisa Mortimer, Machi de Waard and Sheng Zhang.
Textiles and leather by: Bonita Ahuja, Louise Cottey of The Loom Shed, Kathy Hoath, Knitlux Studio, Priestleys, Jessica Turnbull and Sally Nencini.
Art glass by: Peter Layton, Lisa Pettibone and Jessica Stroud.
Woodwork and sculpture by: 3rd Diadem, Jarrad Belton, Martin and Dowling and Kevin Stamper.
Enamelling: Janine Partington.decorations by: Adam Aaronson, E+M Glass, Fleur Grenier, Sarah Grove, Gabi Komar-Dixon, Liane Matthews, Seabreeze Ceramics, Alison Smith and Sue Trevor.
And many more...
11 November 2023 to 6 January 2024
Tony Laverick works in hand thrown and slabbed porcelain which is decorated using precious metal lustres with multiple refirings. His ceramics are based on traditional forms. They have no specific meaning, but draw on many sources and cultures creating a juxtaposition of images. Tony is influenced by French potters, personal experiences and also 20th century artists such as Kandinsky, Malevich and Mondrian.
Technique is a high priority and the skill has to be evident in each piece. From the rim, neck, shoulder, belly to the foot of the pot, there should be harmony and balance. There is a playfulness in his work with shapes jumping out and receding; seemingly flat shapes become dimensional. Above all, he strives to achieve pure beauty in each finished piece and uses a specially developed body that has allowed Tony to make thicker pieces which are mostly hand-built. It is this process and the materials used that make the intriguing surfaces which whilst looking rough are smooth and tactile.
Tony Laverick was trained in Studio Ceramics at Preston Polytechnic from 1981-84. He gained a Distinction from the Society of Designer Craftsmen. He then worked in the ceramic industry, in Stoke-on-Trent, including Coalport China as a designer from 1986-88. In 1988 he set up his own studio near Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands. He has worked there as a full-time professional ceramic artist since then. In 2014, Tony was made a Fellow Member of the Craft Potter's Association. In 2015, he was selected to be a member of Contemporary Applied Arts.
13 January to 9 March 2024
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.
13 January to 9 March 2024
Catherine is best known for her still life oil paintings which she describes as quiet celebrations of everyday life. She brings a contemporary approach to traditional subjects with a focus on colour, texture and composition. Catherine has a particular interest in metal, glass and reflections and the way they reflect light and colour. Catherine paints from life in order to best capture the emotion of a scene and her response to it.
Catherine started her career as a strategy and business consultant working in London, Brussels and Oman. Having painted throughout her life, in 2019 she started painting professionally. She moved back to the UK in 2020 and now paints full time from her studio in Ascot. Catherine has been teaching drawing and painting classes to adults since 2019.
13 January to 9 March 2024
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.
13 January to 20 April 2024
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...
27 January to 10 February 2024
Catherine Dunstan comes to New Ashgate with a previously unseen collection of glass artworks developed over the course of 2023. From large, lit wall artworks to miniature sculptures, each piece features Catherine's signature kaleidoscopic designs. Using light, colour and pattern to communicate, this collection invites a moment for pause and escapism.
Catherine utilises a unique pattern-making process in glass called Colour Blooming, which she developed during her MA study at UCA, Farnham. Each artwork explores the unique capacity glass holds to stretch and warp in the kiln and they contain hundreds, sometimes thousands, of hand-cut pieces of coloured sheet glass.
Catherine's graduate work was recognised by the Contemporary Glass Society with a Commendation in their New Graduate Review. She was shortlisted for New Ashgate Gallery's Rising Stars Prize 2021 and selected for inclusion in the British Glass Biennale 2022 exhibition as part of the International Festival of Glass. Transmissions is her first solo show.
16 March to 6 April 2024
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.