The New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham is re-opening & celebrating the nature and the beautiful British landscape that has given us all so much joy during the recent lockdown…
11th July – 5th September 2020
Vicky Oldfield: Flowers: the eccentric and ordinary
Vicky is a Surrey based artist and printmaker who likes to find beauty in the everyday – some weeds on a road side, or a cluttered windowsill can set off a new collection. She treasures both the eccentric and the ordinary, inspired by collections of found objects and natural forms; she is fascinated with the structure and design found in flowers and plants, often redrawing the same plant many times over to explore the subtle variations in its form.
Vicky’s still lives often incorporate seedpods, grasses, bottles and bowls collected on walking and sketching trips. Each piece tells a story using collage and drawing, referencing a memory, time or place.
Amanda Hoskins: Expressions of Cornwall
The Cornish Amanda Hoskins portrays some of her favourite places in Cornwall, presenting eclectic paintings of beaches, clifftops, flowers, moorlands and woodlands that she has visited on her long walks. Using sketches created in-situ Amanda works on larger oil paintings in her studio.
She retains her emotional connection with the landscape while experimenting in the sketchbooks. Amanda recognises and reflects the richness in the English landscape that has inspired artists over the centuries.
8th August – 19th September 2020
Maker in Focus: Ellul Ceramics
Lisa creates her unique hand built ceramic vessels, forms and botanical wall art from her studio in the beautiful Peak District. She has always had a love of nature and been fascinated by the beautiful natural structures and textures found in plants, bark and seed pods. It is this natural theme that inspires her ceramics.
Lisa’s vessels are constructed from layers of finely rolled tubes or cones of clay. These are organised in a structured formation building the thickness of the vessel wall. Some vessels are multi-layered and hold a solid, weighted volume. Others are simple one-layer vessels resembling seed pods. This method of construction creates an intricate texture and articulation of surface. Surfaces are almost bone like with fossilised leaf patterns or inlayed textures. Simple washes of oxides highlight texture and the occasional use of gold leaf adds a sense of luminosity and luxury.
Dr Outi Remes, the Gallery Director says:
“We are thrilled to reopen the gallery after such a long lockdown that made us to revalue what is important to us. We are welcoming you to join us to celebrate the beauty of the British landscape and summer time.
We are your local gallery. Come and enjoy the best contemporary of art and craft safely with us in the times when travelling to larger and busier venues may not be desirable. We are here for you.”
For 60 years, New Ashgate Gallery has supported 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.
Opening hours: Tue-Sat: 10.30am-5pm. Free admission. Please see: www.newashgate.org.uk for COVID-19 visitor information.