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Rising Stars is a platform for some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers in crafts, design and applied arts. This curated, selling exhibition will be showcased at the New Ashgate Gallery and also include a programme of makers' professional development events and a £500 prize. The participants are graduating students, recent graduates or at a pivotal moment in their early career due to changed circumstances.
Many of the graduating makers are at cross roads: they have a full portfolio of fabulous ideas, but are yet to establish their business skills and a network of collectors. Rising Stars offers just the right platform, and for many, it is a starting point for an exceptional career. Rising Stars is an opportunity for both makers as well as art collectors who wish to support and collect work by future stars.
Following an open call with 97 applications, 26 makers of exceptional talent were selected by a panel of craft experts, Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts) and Debra Allman (UCA). They are Darren Ball, Sandy Buchanan, Niamh Duddy, Jack Durling, Fran Fell, Beth Gates, Rhiannon Gwyn, Faye Hall, Abeer Kayani, Joshua Kerley, Antigone Lentzos, Rebecca Oldfield, Archana Pathak, Rebecca Perry, Laura Plant, Irina Prolygina, Jane Sarre, Jane Sedgwick, Ralph Shuttleworth, Hannah Staber, Olivia Taylor, Hermione Thomson, Nikole Tursi, Claire Walton and Katie Watson.
Rising Stars is organised by the New Ashgate Gallery and supported by the Billmeir Charitable Trust. We work in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
50 x 35 x 4 cms
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Archana's practice is of both British and Indian heritage. She collects and works with found memory artefacts such as old photographs, postcards, letters, diaries and maps. Through these, she explores the interplay between memory, place and identity. Often these artefacts are old maps that bring forth the evolving nature of boundaries - both physical as well as psychological. Along with these constantly evolving boundaries are the identities that are being re-shaped. She uses the bare minimum of tools and uses stitch to recreate the sense of belonging, which often requires listening and nurturing, that her work attempts to capture.
Her studio practice generally involves collecting, organising, slowing down and making sense of her life, which is divided between making art and being in the world. The rituals around her work help her question, comprehend and eventually believe in what her work stands for. It helps her appreciate what is precious and important in today's fast
and digital world. For her, it is also an attempt to stay connected with what is fading but precious in life.
Archana is based in Surrey.