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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.
Fran's work is a product of our fast moving and turbulent times - this 'anxious epoch'. Her approach is urgent and energetic, and the spontaneity of the process remains present in the finished pieces. Her quickly collaged together, slip-painted terracotta slabs celebrate the seams, cracks and mistakes of modern life. The surfaces are roughly decorated with sprigs, glaze and lustres.
Fran sees herself as a magpie, mixing up words and imagery from high-brow neo-classical and low-brow street culture. This collection explores the world of the teenage 'hype-beast', comparing this modern tribe with stories from myth and fairy-tale: Peter Pan, King Midas and Narcissus meet Nike, Supreme and Versace; phrases from Shakespeare are chopped up with the 'slanguage' of the Meme.
Fran is based in Richmond.