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Threatened closure of New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham – fundraising appeal launched

PUBLISHED: 15:37 19 April 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 20 February 2013

Run as a not for profit charitable trust, the much loved New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham is in danger of having to close if it does not receive a cash injection in the immediate future.

Run as a not for profit charitable trust, the much loved New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham is in danger of having to close if it does not receive a cash injection in the immediate future.


Having brought the best in contemporary art and crafts to Farnham for over 50 years, it is unique within the region with the majority of funding coming from selling high quality ceramics, jewellery and paintings by some of the most talented artists and makers in the UK.


"Without support, closure is inevitable," says chair of trustees, Norma Corkish. "The trustees are actively pursuing measures for immediate cash injections, but what is necessary is financial support now.


"The closure of the gallery would be a great loss not only for Farnham, but for the entire region, and for all those who have participated in its activities over the years and have enjoyed its beautiful space and ambience."


Local newspaper entrepreneur Sir Ray Tindle has offered an interest free loan over the next 12 months and Waverley Borough Council provide an annual rent subsidy, but the trustees estimate a further 50,000 cash injection is necessary to take them confidently through the next 12 months.


Tucked into a corner of Waggon Yard, the gallery is part of Farnhams creative heritage. Formed as an artists cooperative in 1959, it became a charitable trust in 1976 and in 2004 was transformed by the completion of a major award winning refurbishment project by the Paul Archer Design architectural firm.




Current exhibitions at New Ashgate Gallery:



  • The annual Rising Stars exhibition brings together more than 30 talented emerging artists, many based in Farnham. Rising Stars features a wide variety of media of recent art, craft and design students and is a great chance to spot the big names of tomorrow and start collecting their work when it is still affordable and fresh.

  • Rising Stars will run alongside an exhibition of work by established members of the UKs prestigious Pastel Society. Founder members and early exhibitors of the society included Degas, Rodin, Rothenstein, Whistler and GF Watts, and this exhibition will feature the work Angela ACourt, Ann Wilkinson, Roy Wright, Cheryl Culver, Bob Last, Victor Ambrus, Glenys Ambrus and Brian Dunce.

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