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Rising Stars 2020 (extended)

7 March to 13 June 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.

Irina Prolygina - Entrance

Irina Prolygina



Ref: 104729

30 x 12 cms


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Irina Prolygina

Irina is an international and versatile artist with a background in sculpture, recently specializing in glassblowing. The practice of gemstone carving has developed her relationship with glass through acquaintanceship with its natural form - obsidian, also called volcanic glass or quartz in its form as rock crystal.

Later she acquired a passion for traditional stained glass. This passion has in turn developed into an exciting adventure - working with molten glass. Nowadays, her artistic practice consists of merging methods of free blowing and engraving. The fusion between layers of color and patterns conveys various levels of meaning. The narrative context of Irina's work embodies ideas around cultural diversity and self-identity in relation to the multicultural environment. It is based upon ideas about perception of the real and imaginary, an attempt to step outside of the comfortable.

Irina feels that glass is a multipurpose medium with boundless potential for expression.
Glassblowing requires skills and mental concentration, and the ability to be in the moment. For Irina, the process of working with hot glass is an experience of the element of improvisation. Glass is a medium that keeps her engaged and curious.

Irina is based in Norway.

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