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Emma Dunbar:

Virginia Graham:

Journeys Afar and Back in the Kitchen

Curiously Eccentric Ceramics

29 April - 17 June

29 April - 17 June

We are delighted to welcome Emma Dunbar back for her much anticipated new solo exhibition. Emma paints in Hampshire and Cornwall. Her attraction to colour and the decorative qualities in everyday objects provide the foundation for her art. Emma works mainly on board in acrylic, occasionally incorporating collage with gold and silver leaf. Her training as a printmaker is evident: both in the use of blocks of flat colour and in the way she scratches through surfaces to reveal pre-laid colours underneath. This exhibition draws inspiration from Emma’s daily walks and trips to Greece, Iceland and Austria. Beautiful fruits in the

Virginia Graham is the New Ashgate Winner, Festival of Crafts (2016). Her ceramics are an eclectic amalgamation of nostalgic form and imagery, transforming the ordinary past by drawing on a wide range of domestic traditions. Virginia’s handmade pieces range from teapots to jewellery, and she also creates one-off pieces that incorporate precious stones, metal and found objects. The combination of slip casting and hand building techniques creates her signature style. Virginia makes reference to historical wares including the familiar blue and white stripes of Cornish Ware as well as industrial plumbing and Victorian fabrics. The resulting pieces are eclectic and precious with a playful humour yet at the same time are ordinary reminding us of that bygone era when afternoon tea was a serious business. Virginia lives and works in the Wiltshire town of Corsham.

greengrocer, her brown cats, Eric and Ian, and Simon the dog, next to her ever growing collection of mugs and jugs with flowers from the garden, all come joyfully together to celebrate the ordinary. Emma Dunbar, The Blue Lagoon

MAKER IN FOCUS: Alex McCarthy 29 April - 17 June

SUMMER SEASON PRIVATE VIEWS 28 April & 23 June, 6pm-8pm MINI TALK BY EMMA DUNBAR: 28 April from 6pm Free admission - All welcome!


Alex McCarthy’s work is inspired by the artist’s fascination for touch. His tactile work is inspired by textures that surround us such as; tree bark, natural rocks, cracking paint and marine life. Each artwork is thrown and fired several times: metal oxides add depth whilst the gold, platinum and copper lustre add a sense of opulence. Alex has a First Class Honours from the Cardiff School of Art and Design and has won several awards including the Craft & Design Selected Makers Award. He also completed the Crafts Council’s prestigious Hothouse programme for the best new talent in crafts. Alex McCarthy, Platinum Lustre Vase

Virginia Graham, Ceramic Teapot and Mug

City Life

Graham Dean: Dirty Yellow 24 June - 5 August

29 April - 17 June The City Life exhibition presents work by Mychael Barratt, Clare Caulfield, Helen Chatterton, Janet Curley Cannon, John Duffin, Raewyn Harrison, Colin Moore, Nick Tankard, Chris Wood and many more. City living can be an eye-opening experience. Any person who has lived in a city has had a crash course in life. The city never sleeps. It is expensive and noisy with busy streets and overcrowded tube rides. Yet, it is vibrant, surprising and energetic.

New paintings by one of Britain’s most powerful figurative painters. We are delighted to present a new body of work by one of the best known names in figurative art Graham Dean. Dean’s career has spanned over four decades and his work has been exhibited worldwide. His watercolours are described as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘immensely powerful’, depicting relentless investigation of the human body. These paintings use the figure not in a

City life is inspiring in its diversity and rich in history, architecture,

literal way but as a vehicle to convey ideas,

arts and culture. The city is full of opportunity and a sense of

emotions and psychological states: they escape

endless possibility. Living in a city can be a love-hate relationship

the illustrative through the artist’s ability to draw

that often, one cannot imagine living without.

a broader meaning from the deeply personal.

Nick Tankard, Paris, City Life

For this exhibition, Dean will present the new “Dirty Yellow” collection that has not yet been exhibited in the UK. He says: “With ‘Dirty Yellow’,

Makers from Making Space:

I changed the way I work, adopting a fluid style,

10 Years of Excellence in Craft

the image but more often not as the ‘vibrancy’

24 June - 5 August The New Ashgate Gallery is delighted to partner with Making Space, the Havant based craft organisation that creates opportunities for people to enjoy and take part in high quality craft; expanding understanding of what craft is, does and can be. It’s audiences discover and develop design and making skills, increasing personal wellbeing by working alongside professional makers. Over the last ten years, Making Space has championed craft making, learning and participation by working with some of the most prominent as well as with some of the most exciting emerging craft talent in the UK. This exhibition will feature work by: Alex Archbold (kiln formed glass), Tracey Bush (artist books and paper cut assemblages opposite), Kathryn Green (textiles), Kate Reid (illustration), Rachel Reynolds (printed textiles and surface pattern design), Catharine Russell (ceramics), Peter Levy (ceramics), Sarah Macrae (designer jewellery), Sophie Main (jewellery), Sue Paraskeva (ceramics) and Lindsay Taylor (embroidered textiles).

mixing two colours - yellow and charcoal grey. When the paint dried I sometimes worked into of the painting could be lost.” Graham Dean, Edge Skin Down (detail)

MAKER IN FOCUS: Cathy Miles 24 June - 5 August Cathy Miles makes quirky, three-dimensional drawings depicting birds and everyday objects out of wire and found objects. Her sculptures capture the essence of her subjects and often tell a witty story. Cathy has won many awards and exhibited across the world. Cathy Miles, Blue Footed Boobies

Sarah Spackman: Observations

Workshop: Children’s Mosaics 25 June

24 June - 5 August Sarah Spackman paints things we see everyday: flowers from the garden, pots used in the kitchen, fruit from the allotment.

Free workshop- no booking required

Drop in Mosaic Workshop for Children (5+) at Picnic in the Park, Gostrey Meadows Join Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 Denise Jaques

There are many ways of looking at things -

to create mosaic butterflies, bumble bees and

we can see objects in the normal sense of


the word, as things existing remotely from ourselves or we can experience things

Be part of this community group project, then

through sight as if they are tangible. Sarah’s

come and see your work on display at the New

paintings seek to explore this tangibility,

Ashgate throughout the summer.

and the tactile space between the viewer

This event is supported by Farnham Town Council.

and the object. She uses colour to recreate things we have around us but do not always see, and makes us look again. Sarah is a contemporary figurative artist well known for her still-life paintings. She lives and works in Oxford. Her work is in many private collections and also selected for the contemporary art collection of the AIB Bank.

The New Ashgate offers a wealth of opportunities to access and invest in high quality visual arts and crafts

Sarah Spackman, December Oranges

SHOP ONLINE AT NEWASHGATE.ORG.UK Easy access and secure online payment recieved through PayPal, a convenient way to choose your favourite artwork

Summer Craf t Collec tion


6 May - 2 September

An ideal treat for any art lover whilst supporting a local artist or maker. Gift vouchers can be used for the purchase of a special painting, a print or a piece of unique craft. You simply choose the amount you would like to spend. Valid for 12 months.

The new season brings new makers to the gallery. Our specially selected Craft Collection includes a delightful and varied collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles by makers which includes:

WEDDING REGISTRY SERVICE Tamsin Arrowsmith-Brown, Daniel Boyle, Caroline Finlay, Katharina Klug, Fiona Luing, Sabine Nemet, Katy Mitchell, Anna Pope, Sanders & Wallace, Geoffrey Swindell, Katalin Szallas and Janet Yeun Yau.

Katharina Klug

Are you looking forward to receiving a new iron or a toaster? No? We offer a personalised wedding list - guests can buy a piece outright or make a contribution. To start a wedding or gift list, contact Alison who will send out complementary cards to inform friends and family.

COLLECT AND GIVE ART & CRAFT WITH ‘OWN ART’ The Own Art scheme makes buying art affordable by letting you spread the cost of your purchase over 10 months with an interest free loan (rep.0% APR). Own Art loans can be used to cover a group of lower value items whose combined total adds up to £100 or more. If you are buying something more valuable thant £2,500 you can use it as a part pament. You can collect your artwork immediately. Own Art is an Arts Council England initiative operated by Creative United.

To find out more about any of these services, please call the gallery on: 01252 713208 or email us at:

Opening hours


Tuesday–Saturday 10am–5pm. FREE ENTRY

By road: Farnham is 11 miles southwest of Guildford, Surrey and is signposted from the A3, A31, M3 and A287. There is a pay & display car park in the front of the gallery.

How to find us The gallery is situated on the edge of Waggon Yard car park, the corner of Downing Street and Union Road. We are a five minute walk from Farnham Station that is served from London Waterloo (55 minutes). Access Groups welcome. Accessible toilets. All galleries accessible to people with disabilities, including wheelchair users.

By rail: Farnham Station is served from and to London Waterloo. for timetables. By air: London Gatwick and Heathrow airports are an hour drive from Farnham. For more than 50 years, New Ashgate Gallery has been a window into arts and crafts, supporting artists and makers. It promotes and champions the best contemporary art and craft and provides an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond. The Gallery curates an exciting programme of exhibitions in the market place and events for artists and the community. We are a charity. New Ashgate Gallery Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7PS 01252 713208

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New Ashgate Gallery: April - June 2017 Brochure  

A new season of exhibitions includes solo exhibitions by Graham Dean, Emma Dunbar, Sarah Spackman, Cathy Miles, Alex McCarthy and group exhi...