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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.
Mixed media on canvas
75 x 75 cms
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The multi-layered paintings of Alison Orchard are a personal response to her love of life. Her story begins with a passion for drawing or painting in the landscape; responding to the light, colours and mood of a specific place. Back in the studio, working directly against the wall, she becomes immersed in the physical process, enjoying the sensory pleasure of using charcoal or paint, making bold gestural marks, adding delicate glazes, scraping back or building texture. Her recent, more intuitive, abstract paintings reflect a maturing ability and confidence. This is partially due to her willingness to challenge herself, working with oils, acrylic or encaustic wax, playfully combining collaged elements, whilst incorporating the instinctive drawn line and marks, echoed in her sketchbook drawings. Alison trained at Epsom School of Art & Design and Harrow College, University of Westminster and initially worked at The Daily Telegraph as a designer and illustrator before launching her fine art career. She works from her studio in Grayshott.
I like nothing better than the freedom of painting, pairing a dusty soft charcoal line against a glossy brushstroke, perhaps adding a pop of fluorescent colour. I enjoy capturing movement and a play of light, creating paintings that grab and engage you on an emotional level, paintings that take you straight back to the vitality of being in the landscape, that feeling of being held up by the buffeting wind.