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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.
Acylic on Dibond, Resined
30 x 80 cms
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Nigerian born artist, Yeside Linney works in the conservatory of her home in Hindhead, Surrey. While predominantly a landscape painter, her work often tends to abstract.
She draws much of her inspiration from the natural environment where she walks the dog, but also from literature and her travels. She works mainly from found objects or photographs as well as memory. These and composition are but starting points as the artwork frequently develops a life of its own.
The emotional impact of nature and power of colour to impart that, are central to her practice. Landscapes and abstracts are full of shape, texture and energy: the key elements she captures in her work. She works intuitively, to begin with, often on several pieces at the same time, and this allows her to ascertain what is working, and use this to develop individual pieces. Acrylics and inks are her favourite media but can vary depending on the style of each work. She also loves playing with the alchemy of different materials such as salt and ash. The application depends on her mood and naturally affects the diversity of mark making and use of light. She applies paint and mediums with brushes, knives, credit cards, rags or simply her fingers. Paint is flicked, spattered and poured on in a very intuitive process. When the balance and harmony feel 'right' then it is finished.