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Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2014 exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham

PUBLISHED: 08:00 07 November 2014 | UPDATED: 08:14 07 November 2014

Carefree in the Sun that is Young Once Only by Rachel Mulligan, another on the shortlist

Carefree in the Sun that is Young Once Only by Rachel Mulligan, another on the shortlist

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The diversity and talents of the artists and craftmakers across our county never ceases to amaze us here at Surrey Life – which is why we are delighted to be an official media partner of this year’s Surrey Artist of the Year Competition.

Now in its sixth year, this popular event is a collaboration between the annual Surrey Artists Open Studios and the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.

During the summer’s Open Studios event, the public are invited to vote for their favourite artists, and those receiving the most votes are then invited to showcase their work in an autumn exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, which runs this year from Saturday September 27 to Sunday November 16.

Over the first three weeks of the exhibition, every visitor will again be invited to vote for their favourite artist. The top three will then be presented to a panel of judges, which will include Surrey Life editor Caroline Harrap, and they will select the Surrey Artist of the Year 2014.

The winner will receive the opportunity of a solo exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery as well as a cash prize.

“The Surrey Artist of the Year is one of the highlights of the gallery’s calendar,” says Outi Remes, the director of the New Ashgate Gallery. “The exhibition brings new artwork from Surrey studios to the marketplace – and art-lovers can view and buy work by the best talent in the region, as voted by the public, all under one roof. It also coincides with Farnham’s Craft Month, so it’s an exciting time to make a trip to the town.”

Each of the 2014 finalists have been inspired by, and include references to, the county’s unique landscape and culture in their work, so it promises to be a true Surrey showcase in every way.

 

• The Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition, which is also supported by the Patricia Baines Trust, runs from Saturday September 27 to Sunday November 16, 2014. Admission is free. For more information, visit newashgate.org.uk

 

• Last year’s winner was Dorking-based sculptor Janet Crook, as featured in the September edition of Surrey Life.

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