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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.
90 x 90 cms
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Abeer is a graduate from the University for the Creative Arts who specialises in hand-dyed and screen printed textiles. She works passionately with strong colours, intricate patterns and rich printing techniques. Abeer loves making things by hand and finds joy in watching her fabrics flourish within their respective context.
Abeer moved to the UK five years ago and the distance from her home has been very influential on her practice. Her 'Transition' series is the result of an experimental colour study of the stones set in a handcrafted ring she owns. She loves working on small meaningful pieces like these because they bring out stories and help us appreciate and express the relationships we form with places and objects. The 'Transition' series is all about taking precious heirlooms or objects of sentimental value and translating them into a wearable art piece.
Abeer is based in Southampton.