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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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Penny's ceramic figures create a world of masquerades which blend emblems and icons across history in a visual and symbolic journey that reflects contemporary issues. There are various thematic strands to her work. The piece shown here is based on the marginal forest figures of Wildmen and Wildwomen who roamed hinterlands and forests and are seen in medieval manuscripts, woodcuts, and sculptures. She sees their role as guardians of nature.
Penny's work is hand-built involving a great diversity of techniques. Press moulds are sometimes used for the forms, and she has many small press moulds which she uses for embellishments and additions. She paints with oxides and stains and makes her own glazes, enjoying stretching the glaze materials to their limits by overloading some. She studied Theatre Design at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Later she became a fashion designer selling clothes to famous shops in London and America. After this intensive time, she started to make pottery and later took the Ceramics Diploma course at the City Lit in London. Penny works from a studio in Dorking.