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Rising Stars 2020 (extended)

7 March to 4 July 2020

Rising Stars 2020 (extended)

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.

Jack Durling - Sombre, Asiatic Black Rhino

Jack Durling

Sombre, Asiatic Black Rhino

Ref: 104725


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Jack Durling

Jack graduated from the University of Brighton in 2014 and went on to establish his studio at Rosehill Workshops where he has been working since. He hand-builds hollow formed ceramic sculptures that are aesthetically decorative, using mediums such as lustres, glaze and slip to subtly highlight conservational issues.

Jack's collections depict animal species that are either in mass decline, endangered or are exploited as a direct consequence of human activity. Emotively driven, Jack's love of animals has led him to sculpturally tell the stories of species that cannot speak for themselves. This narrative actively creates awareness of the natural environment's delicate balance.

Jack is actively engaged in his local community and has run workshops to create tactile ceramic murals with The Blind Veteran Society and The Aldrich Collection. He has also helped in the organisation and curating of exhibitions in Brighton. Keen on education, Jack has held visiting artist workshops at his old secondary school, Valley Park School, in Maidstone, Kent, where he first learnt his love of ceramic sculpture.

Jack is based in Brighton.

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