The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. It runs from 25th Sept to 6th November 2021, Tue-Sat: 10.30-5, free entry.
Starting in 2009; this aspirational exhibition offers a collective of local quality arts and craft as voted for by the public during open studio visits. 16 top scoring artists come together for an exhibition and a programme of events at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. There is a wide variety of artworks on show, including different materials and techniques such as painting, glass, textiles, ceramics, collage / assemblage book and paper art.
The Surrey Arts, Surrey Artists Open Studios offers the public direct access to artists and makers during an annual event in June. SAOS has over 380 members, 286 of whom participated in Summer Open Studios this year, with over 15,000 visitors and over £360,000+ sales during the 16 days in June 2021.
We are delighted to announce that the shortlisted artists in 2021 are: Sophie Artemis, Monique Birley, Sarah Cox, Penny Fleet, Keira Graham, Penny Green, Hilary Jones, Yeside Linney, Alison Orchard, Stephen Pitchforth, Sue Ransley, Louise Rowe, Jo Shepherd, Jessica Stroud, Dawn Thornhill and Jean Tolkovsky.
Again, during the exhibition, until 22th October, 12noon, members of the public are encouraged to vote for an artist; and the artist with the most votes from public and judging panel, is named Surrey Artist of the Year 2021 on 22nd at 7pm. The winner receives a bursary of £1,500, a solo show at the New Ashgate Gallery and a complementary Winner’s Stand at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair.
The season includes free workshops for adults, families and artists and coincide with Farnham’s Craft Month in October – please contact us for further information.
“The Surrey Artist of the Year competition raises the profile of Surrey based artists as well as providing them with professional development and support to build an audience for their work. Our partnership with the New Ashgate Gallery provides a highly valued opportunity for artists to work with a contemporary art and craft gallery to develop their practice and promote their work.” (Caitlin Heffernan, Programme Manager, Surrey Artists Open Studios.)
“The Surrey Artists of the Year invites the public to become a curator and vote for their favourite artist. It is a wonderful way to support your local talent!” (Dr Outi Remes, Gallery Director, New Ashgate Gallery.)
The competition is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust and Contemporary Art Fairs. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.