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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.

Jo Shepherd

Blackbird's Song (FR)

Oil on Board

Ref: 111256

Framed size: 72 x36cm

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Jo Shepherd

Jo is a painter working in oil on canvas and board in her studio in Haslemere.

Having been primarily a portrait painter for many years, in August 2020, she set herself the challenge of painting one small painting a day alongside her portrait commissions. Having always loved birds, A Bird a Day was an obvious choice and gave her the new challenge of painting on a smaller scale. This new choice of subject has blossomed into a passion and Jo's birds have been flying off around the world to new homes ever since.

Jo's work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, The Columbia Threadneedle Exhibition at the Mall Galleries as well as in many solo and group exhibitions. She has also been featured on BBC South Today News with her Portrait exhibition - Face to Face which celebrated the lives of people with profound and multiple disabilities.

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