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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 panel
100 x 100 cms
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Sarah loves living in the Surrey Hills and much of her work is inspired by walking in the countryside where she lives. Her favourite landscapes include the meadowland beneath the Chantries, Abinger Roughs, Abinger Common, Holmbury St Mary and the Merrow Downs. Her paintings reflect the ever-changing colours and textures of the seasons. Sarah often returns to walking sections of the North Downs Way (the ancient pilgrimage route from Winchester to Canterbury Cathedral) and she often wonders who has walked in those footsteps before her. For her, happiness is being outdoors walking in nature, listening to bird song, spotting native wildflowers, and breathing in the colours.
Sarah's paintings are multi-layered, built up and scraped back over time. Base layers are often revealed in part, and this adds both depth and textural variety to her outcomes. Sarah likes to contrast elements of tight, structured paintwork with loose, atmospheric washes and gestural marks. Colour and texture are both dominant elements her paintings. Expect to see a mixture of sweeping brush strokes, palette knife work, scratched back surfaces and washy pools of paint. Sarah paints in acrylic but likes to incorporate other media such as spray paint, oil bar drawing and ink work into the mix. Her paintings aim to capture the energy and essence of a place.