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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.

Penny Fleet

Summer Joy (FR)

Mixed Materials

Ref: 111183

71 x 71 cms


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Penny Fleet

Penny studied Textile Design at Brighton Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art and has worked as a designer, a freelancer, and a part-time teacher. She creates colourful, decorative mixed media paintings and collages inspired by her love of nature and her surroundings.

Penny's process is creative and experimental. Working from a still life, her sketchbooks, or photographs, she quickly and freely applies acrylic paints and inks to a wood, canvas or paper surface using large brushes, spatulas, sticks and spray paints to create a decorative and colourful background. She then draws loosely with inks or pastels before applying more paint, hand-decorated collage paper, fabric, thread, stitching, text from old books or other interesting finds to add layers of colour, pattern, texture, and detail. Her inspiration comes from many sources but mainly from being outdoors in the fresh air - the uplifting colour contrasts and harmonies in the flowers, hedgerows and foliage, the birds in her garden and the big open fields, skies, and landscapes in the countryside around her home where she walks throughout the year. Penny's aim is to capture the freshness, joy, beauty, and simplicity of nature in all its seasonal glory.

Penny runs small workshops from her peaceful, rural garage studio on the Surrey Hampshire borders.

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