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Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

25 September to 6 November 2021

Surrey Artist of the Year 2021

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.

Jean Tolkovsky

Marsh Girl

Ceramics, nichrome wire & gold leaf

Ref: 111126

24 x 17 x 7 cms

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Jean Tolkovsky

Jean trained at West Surrey College of Art and Design (now UCA Farnham) where she graduated with a BA hons degree in 3D Design/Ceramics.

She describes her current figurative work as thought-provoking narratives in clay. Her influences include fairy tales, novels, observations, and childhood memories. Wheeled animals and doll like figures evoke a sense of familiarity and nostalgia and carry loose narratives which invite interpretation. More recently she has been focussing on a series of busts.

Jean works from her studio in Guildford. All her work is individually hand built using a stoneware clay, decorated with underglazes and a dry, matt glaze which is reminiscent of worn fabric. Her work is often embellished with nichrome wire and tacs. After the second firing, gold leaf is applied to some of her pieces.

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