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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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Hilary returned to her love of painting in retirement and was surprised when a fellow adult education student wanted to buy her first painting. She joined Molesey Art Society and Oxshott Art and Crafts Society. Hilary uses a variety of media, but her favourite is always the one she is working with at the time. She also loves to push the boundaries by experimenting and the work seen here, Floral Frenzy, is a good example of this. Here Hilary used yupo paper and alcohol inks for the flowers, which were cut out and added to the board. The surrounding leaves were sculpted with acrylic paste and covered with gold leaf. Hilary then painted the leaf veins and the surrounding area with matt gold acrylic. She added broken glass at the centre of each flower for sparkle and the whole painting was then covered with resin.
Hilary also works in pastels, oils and watercolour and chooses the media to suit her subject. She likes to paint animals, both domestic and wild. She finds that abstracts are fun to paint using different materials, whilst seascapes are calming. With the painting finished, Hilary makes her own frames and prides herself that the back of the painting is as neat as the front. She has progressed from painting in the kitchen to building her own small studio in the garden.