Ranked #5 of 12 attractions in Farnham
Category: Art Galleries
For over 50 years, the New Ashgate Gallery, the arts charity, has been a window into arts and crafts in Farnham, Surrey and...
For over 50 years, the New Ashgate Gallery, the arts charity, has been a window into arts and crafts in Farnham, Surrey and beyond, supporting artists and makers. It is dedicated to promote and champion the best contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond. We raise aspirations and inspire excellence. We foster emerging artists through professional practice seminars and partnerships. We deliver art workshops and projects in the gallery and the community, supporting widening and diverse participation in arts. As a non-profit organisation, we rely on sales from exhibitions and donations to further our charitable aims.From the 1950s to today Originally established as the Ashgate Gallery in 19 South Street, Farnham, by Elizabeth Naydler, in the late 1950s, the Gallery has been located in a seventeenth century listed building in Waggon Yard, Farnham, since the 1970s. The Ashgate was established with a board of trustees who administered the profits from sales to create prizes and scholarships, and for the purchase of paintings and sculpture for local and national museums. It was the first provincial gallery to show artists with an international reputation as well as supporting local talent.Elfriede Windsor became the director in 1974, after the retirement of its founder, Elizabeth Naydler. Elfriede closed the gallery for a year, refurbished it and reopened it as the New Ashgate Gallery. Elfriede Windsor retired in the 1990s and was succeeded by Susan Szabanowicz, Joanne Barber, Melissa Jarvis and Joanne McCarthy. The current director is Dr Outi Remes who leads the service, strategic direction and organisational objectives of the Gallery as the educational charity.In 2004, the gallery completed a quarter-million pound redevelopment by architect Paul Archer. This created a light and open space gallery for changing exhibitions