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Surrey Artist of the Year 2013 returns to Farnham for solo exhibition

PUBLISHED: 11:15 27 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:15 27 June 2014

Janet Crook in her studio

Janet Crook in her studio

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Playful Movement, an exhibition by Surrey Artist of the Year 2013 Janet Crook, comes to New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham from Saturday September 27 to Saturday October 25.

Janet makes small automations out of found objects, which she then develops into ceramic in an effort to make them last in curious hands.

She achieves this by using simple movements of nodding weighted heads on animals, or wings on fairies from knitted wire.

She is still experimenting with other more complicated movements and it keen to see what the next firing will bring.

After studying animation, Janet has shown at the British Film Festival (1987) and at the BAFTA awards in 1986.

Janet has also exhibited the Tate Gallery and has written music video story boards for bands such as Madness and Dire Straits.

Creating ceramic figures seemed like a natural progression from those models she made in her film production years.

The Surrey Artist of the Year competition gives recognition to Surrey artists, practicing across the county.

The prize, now in its sixth year, celebrates the partnership between New Ashgate Gallery and Surrey Artists Open Studios.

The public was invited to vote during the Open Studios summer event and the artists with the most votes will be invited to showcase their work at the Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition this autumn.

• Janet Crook: Playful Movement at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham from Saturday September 27 to Saturday October 25. More @ www.newashgate.org.uk

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