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Rising Stars 2014

Hajnalka Rezes, Connected Bowls

8 March - 19 April 2014 New Ashgate Gallery

26 April - 31 May 2014 Milton Keynes Arts Centre

7 June - 12 July 2014 Smiths Row

Élodie Alexandre • Elizabeth Ashdown • Juliette Bigley • Rachel Britch Jessica Coleman • Polly Collins • Brittany Delany • Eva Farkasova • Joanna Fronczak Jessica Frost • Kerstin Haigh • Ruth Harrison • Anna Collette Hunt • Mirka Janeckova Anum Khan • Lisa Larcombe • Beatrice Larkin • Anne Laycock • Beth Lewis-Williams Agnieszka Maksymiuk • Elise Menghini • Kelly Munro • Izzy Parker Anastasija Pjatnicka • Hajnalka Rezes • Charlotte Stockley • Julia Webster Simon Wilks • Penny Wheeler • Hannah Rose Whittle • Cristina Zani • Sevak Zargarian


Ruth Harrison, Colour Strip Collection. Porcelain and Coloured Body Stain

Rising Stars 2014 is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated, selling exhibition will tour from New Ashgate, Farnham, to Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds.


The winner will receive a cash prize, an exhibition and support from a-n The Artists Information Company. This year’s shortlist consists of: • Élodie Alexandre

• Beatrice Larkin

• Elizabeth Ashdown

• Anne Laycock

• Juliette Bigley

• Beth Lewis-Williams

• Rachel Britch

• Agnieszka Maksymiuk

• Jessica Coleman

• Elise Menghini

• Polly Collins

• Kelly Munro

• Brittany Delany

• Izzy Parker

• Eva Farkasova

• Anastasija Pjatnicka

• Joanna Fronczak

• Hajnalka Rezes

• Jessica Frost

• Charlotte Stockley

• Kerstin Haigh

• Julia Webster

• Ruth Harrison

• Simon Wilks

• Anna Collette Hunt

• Penny Wheeler

• Mirka Janeckova

• Hannah Rose Whittle

• Anum Khan

• Cristina Zani

• Lisa Larcombe

• Sevak Zargarian

The New Ashgate Gallery also presents new jewellery by Heather Woof, the 2013 winner of Rising Stars award. Open submissions were invited from undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates. The judges were: • Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre • Lucy Day, Day + Gluckman curatorial partnership and professional development advisor at a-n The Artists Information Company • Rebecca Skeels, designer-maker and a subject leader for the Post Graduate School of Craft and Design, University for the Creative Arts


New Ashgate Gallery 8 March - 19 April Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am-5pm, closed on bank holidays New Ashgate Gallery Trust was originally established in the late 1950s. It has been located in the centre of the Farnham Craft Town in a seventeenth century listed building in Waggon Yard since the 1970s. During the years, the gallery has administered the profits from craft and art sales to create prizes and scholarships, and for the purchase of artworks for local and national museums. Today, New Ashgate Gallery is the destination for viewing and buying the best of affordable contemporary art and craft by established and emerging artists and makers. The Gallery curates a programme of exhibitions and is dedicated to champion arts and crafts in the market place, providing an unparalleled resource for Farnham, Surrey and beyond. It also fosters emerging artists and makers through professional development events.

Private View Friday 7 March, 6-8pm

featuring The Intimate Act of Jewellery, performance by Izzy Parker

Symposium Friday 21 March University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, room W612. Free Admission. Booking required, gallery@newashgate.org.uk Professional development for makers featuring speakers from Crafts Council, Surrey Arts, a-n The Artist Information Company and Making Space. See www.newashgate.org.uk for the programme.

AIRTIME: Supporting artists’ practice through information & networking Wednesday 2 April, 3-5pm University for the Creative Art, Farnham, room W612. RSVP your name & address to airevents@a-n.co.uk with AIRTIME Farnham in the subject box. Limited places available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. AIRTIME events are intended to provide a stimulating environment for artists to gain information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters, alongside opportunities to meet and network with like-minded artists. Importantly, they offer a route for final-year art and design students to learn how to join into artists’ professional networks as part of helping their transition to professional artist. AIRTIME events are organised by a-n The Artists Information Company as part of the a-n+AIR membership for artists.


Rising Stars Commission Rachel Britch: Organic Matter (throughout the exhibition)

Talk by Rachel, Wednesday 2 April, 5.30-6.30pm the gallery, no booking required. Free admission.

Rachel Britch, RED interior wall piece. This wall mounted piece is made from 100% bio plastic straws, paper clips and wool

Rachel focuses on current global issues, specifically on sustainability and growing urban populations, using re-cycled and biodegradable materials connected without chemicals or adhesives sheds a light on ideas surrounding over consumption and waste. This commission is made from bio plastic, paper clips and natural wool, exploring repetition and unit structures. Rachel’s practice straddles both conceptual design and handmade craft sectors, creating products that are beautiful and ethical.

Izzy Parker: The Intimate Act of Jewellery Friday 7 March, 6-8pm New Ashgate Gallery

Friday 25 April, 6-8pm Milton Keynes Arts Centre

Saturday 7 June, 2-4pm Smiths Row

The Intimate Act of Jewellery is part of Izzy’s Intimacy series which contains a number of interactive installations and jewellery pieces that explore cultural anthropology, each element exploring and questioning our perspectives on social boundaries. Can jewellery provoke intimacy between two strangers…? Royal College of Art graduate and Craft’s Council Hothouse 4 participant Izzy Parker explores just that, with three interactive installations during the touring exhibition Rising Stars. Intimacy Frame, Pine, steel, Photo Adele Watts


Milton Keynes Arts Centre 26 April - 31 May Exhibition hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am-4pm, closed on bank holidays Milton Keynes Arts Centre is an independent arts and education charity established in 1974. It offers creative workshops, a gallery space and artists’ studios in Milton Keynes, promoting participation, exploration and learning through courses, exhibitions and events. Through innovative programming and partnerships, Milton Keynes Arts Centre aims to nurture creative talent and encourage a social, cultural and economic exchange of creativity.

Private View Friday, 25 April, 6-8pm

featuring The Intimate Act of Jewellery, performance by Izzy Parker

Rising Stars Commission: Jessica Coleman (throughout the exhibition) Jessica Coleman’s practice is an investigation of visual sensations. Her starting points for ideas are formed by play, be it with materials or research matter. Experimental methods are used to develop colour and surface, particularly within weave and embroidery.

Family Workshops Saturdays 26 April, 3 and 10 May 10.30am–12.20pm. Free admission. Join us for an action packed morning of activities in response to Rising Stars. For details see miltonkeynesartscentre.org

Jessica Coleman, from left, Diffusion, Diffusion Orange, AV1 Pink, AV1 Blue, AV1 Purple. Merino wool, ceramic and embroidery thread, silk crepe, various dimensions

AIRTIME: Supporting artists’ practice through information & networking Wednesday 30 April, 1– 3pm RSVP your name & address to airevents@a-n.co.uk with AIRTIME Milton Keynes in the subject box. Limited places available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. AIRTIME events are intended to provide a stimulating environment for artists to gain information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters, alongside opportunities to meet and network with like-minded artists. AIRTIME events are organised by a-n The Artists Information Company.


Smiths Row 7 June - 12 July Exhibition hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10.30am-5pm Established in 1972 as Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Smiths Row is a nationally renowned centre of excellence for contemporary visual art and craft. It is a registered charity and delivers a high quality programme of exhibitions and site-specific projects, and supports artists and makers to reach their full potential. Central to its mission is the desire to engage, inspire and educate people of all ages and cultural backgrounds about visual art and craft through our outreach and education programme.

Private View

Anna Collette Hunt, Butterfly Blindness. Ceramic with Platinum

Saturday 7 June, 2-4pm

featuring The Intimate Act of Jewellery, performance by Izzy Parker

Rising Stars Commission: Anna Collette Hunt (throughout the exhibition) Anna uses clay to animate imagined and historic narratives, creating vivid worlds that delight and stir the imagination. Inspired by traditional English grandeur and obsessions for collecting, she creates installations that immerse the viewer in fleeting, magical scenarios.

Exhibition Tour and Brunch Saturday 21 June, 10.30-11.30am. Free admission. Join us for an informal tour of the exhibition followed by coffee and croissants.

AIRTIME: Supporting artists’ practice through information & networking Wednesday 25 June, 3-5pm. RSVP your name & address to airevents@a-n.co.uk with AIRTIME Bury St Edmunds in the subject box. Limited places available, allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. AIRTIME events are intended to provide a stimulating environment for artists to gain information and tips from artists, arts organisations and other experts on professional matters, alongside opportunities to meet and network with like-minded artists. AIRTIME events are organised by a-n The Artists Information Company.

Smiths Row Salon Wednesday 25 June, 5.30-7.30pm Free to Airtime participants and Smiths Row supporters. £4/£3 concessions. Bookings: 01284 762081 Madeleine Furness, Maker Development Officer for the Crafts Council, will talk about how the Crafts Council supports makers to develop their work alongside presentations by makers who have benefited from these programmes.


New Ashgate Gallery Waggon Yard Farnham Surrey GU9 7PS newashgate.org.uk gallery@newashgate.org.uk 01252 713208 twitter.com/newashgate facebook.com/newashgate Milton Keynes Arts Centre Parklands Great Linford Milton Keynes MK14 5DZ miltonkeynesartscentre.org info@miltonkeynesartscentre.org 01908 608108 twitter.com/mkartscentre facebook.com/MiltonKeynesArtsCentre Smiths Row The Market Cross, Cornhill Bury St Edmunds Suffolk IP33 1BT smithsrow.org enquiries@smithsrow.org 01284 762081 twitter.com/SmithsRow facebook.com/smithsrow

Rising Stars 2014 is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, a-n The Artists Information Company and the University for the Creative Arts. It is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.

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Rising Stars 2014 leaflet  

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programm...

Rising Stars 2014 leaflet  

Rising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programm...

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