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The Natural Pleasures of Mr Yorke 13 January - 24 February The New Ashgate Gallery welcomes back Virginia Ray for an exhibition of new paintings. Virginia returns to the North Yorkshire landscape where her family has lived and worked for generations, showing a real sense of belonging and identity. Her passion for painting this area has led to extensive research into the Yorke family who lived in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire during the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Virginia’s work is shown with Paul Wearing’s ceramics. Paul engages with the relationship between nature and culture through the glazed surface and form of coil-built vessels. The vessel is a great symbol of civilisation and echoes the man-made and structural environment in which he lives. In contrast to this, naturally occurring textures found within urban and rural environments perpetually interact and alter this order. Surfaces have undergone energetic change and transformation through forces of growth and decay, and it is these events, these moments which affirm life. (L) VIRGINIA RAY, Mr Yorke’s Follies (B) PAUL WEARING, Cylinders

EASTERN INFLUENCE 13 January - 24 February Exploring the dialogue between east and west, our group exhibition features the work of four artists brought together through their shared expression of the technical skill and spirit of the oriental arts. Through their craft, Tim Andrews, Adam Frew, Hendrike Barz-Meltzer and Nao Fukumoto O’Neill explore the rich aesthetic of the Far East, which continues to infuse western contemporary craft. From the splendour of Raku ceramics, to expressive Korean inspired Moon Jars, Kumihimo braided jewellery and Japanese inspired woven textiles, viewers can explore the simplicity of eastern form through skilled processes that evoke a timeless yet contemporary aesthetic. Curated by Camilla Dingee ADAM FREW, Pot With Blue Camoflage


Maker in Focus: Dionne Swift 13 January - 24 February Award winning Textile Artist, Dionne Swift paints with cloth and thread to create an intuitive, emotional response to the landscape. Her energetic style is evident through drawings and stitch based work, she builds layers of texture and colour, mixing threads to create semi abstract scenes. In addition to wall based artworks, Dionne will also be showing her beautifully hand painted and embroidered scarves and lampshades. DIONNE SWIFT, Lampshade TONE VON KROGH, Lamp base

SARAH SHAW Animus 13 January - 24 February Sarah’s paintings hover in a place between figuration and non-figuration which allows the viewer the space to impose their own interpretation. Symbolic images are explored in the painterly dialogue to speak of some of the conditions of being human and also of the concept of living through time. Sarah graduated from Falmouth College of Art in 2001 with a first class honours degree in Fine Art. Her work has been purchased by private collectors in the UK and abroad. She works from her studio in Brighton. Sarah is the First prize winner at the British Women Artists Competition 2017 and the winner of the University of Chichester’s Fine Art award for the South of England, 2016.

SARAH SHAW, Rorschach Series Selfie

Spring Season Private Views 12 January & 2 March, 6pm-8pm Free admission - All welcome!


JULIE MASSIE One Year On - Rising Star Winner 2017 3 March - 14 April Julie Massie has taken inspiration for her wall sculptures and free standing sculptures from the fragility of the eroding coastline where she lives at Hengistbury Head in Dorset. This coastline is constantly changing throughout the seasons as the waves break onto the shore. This fragility is represented by the delicate edges of the porcelain ceramic shards that she uses to create her work. The colours she uses are inspired by the colours of the sea, at times dull and at other times glistening in the sunshine; and the colours in the surrounding vegetation that vary as the seasons change. Her work also explores the senses, especially touch and sight. Physical touch is the fundamental element of human development and culture; and she enjoys watching people’s reactions when they touch her work. What does it feel like or will it break?


THE PASTEL SOCIETY 3 March - 24 March We are delighted to present new work by the members of the Pastel Society including new artworks by Sarah Bee, Matthew Draper, Jeannette Hayes, Jenny Halstead, Norma Stephenson, Keith Roper, John Tookey and Mark Rowbotham. Encouraging the use of pastel within the contemporary art world, the Society was founded in 1898. The members are professional artists living and working in this country and overseas. Membership is granted through a strict assessment of technical skill, originality, innovation and enthusiasm.


RISING STARS 2018 3 March - 14 April Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new craft by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated exhibition is accompanied by professional development and a cash prize. In the past, many of the selected exhibitors have gone on to a high profile career and elite programmes such as Hothouse by Crafts Council. The selectors for this year’s submissions are Rebecca Skeels, Post Graduate Subject & Senior Tutor for University of Creative Arts; Gemma Curtis, Craft Programme Co-ordinator, Farnham Maltings and Victoria Shearing, Director at New Ashgate. ARTISTS AND MAKERS: Please contact us for info about our free professional development events.

Spring Craft Collection 13 January - 26 May A specially selected collection of ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles - a must-see for gifts and special occasions. Highlights include new work by Anne Barrell, Emma Godden, Joanna Howells, Holly McAfee, Judit Patkos, Wendy Penrose, Elizabeth Renton, Meryl Till, Tone Von Krogh and Louise Vaesson Walker. The craft collection showcases emerging and established local and national designer-makers. ANNE BARRELL

The New Ashgate offers a wealth of opportunities to access and invest in high quality visual arts and crafts SHOP ONLINE AT NEWASHGATE.ORG.UK Easy access and secure online payment received through PayPal, a convenient way to choose your favourite artwork

GALLERY GIFT VOUCHERS 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.

WEDDING REGISTRY SERVICE 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 than £2,500 you can use it as a part payment. You can collect your artwork immediately. Own Art is an Arts Council England initiative operated by Creative United.

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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 Spring 2018  
New Ashgate Gallery Spring 2018