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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.
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Sophie is a maker of beguiling, sensual tunnel books and seductive scenography about love, using peep holes, pop-ups, tantalizing dioramas, and theatrical vistas to draw the viewer deeper into the story. She is most interested in what is beneath the surface and her work uses this visual journeying into the page, hiding and revealing as the work is handled, viewed, and explored.
During lockdown, Sophie made the Thimble Theatre tunnel books, which focus on poison and healing in nature through Autumn, Spring and Summer, and the beauty of flowers, toadstools, and acorns. Tiny, inked and watercolour books slip into cases, their viewing windows revealing the start of each journey into the heart of the matter. Artemis also makes one-off painted pieces. Her Ladybird series was inspired by nature identification charts and the talismanic nature of ladybirds, whose connection to good luck and love seemed relevant during Covid.
Sophie's studio is in West Surrey and her work is held in the Tate and V&A library collections. In association with Watts Gallery, she is Artist in Residence at a women's prison in Surrey.