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Welcome to Farnham Craft Town’s first artist in residence

A person is sitting in a work bench, they are using a wooden tool to shape a molten hot piece of glass on the end of a metal rod. The glass is so hot it is glowing orange.

Farnham World Craft Town’s first artist in residence has arrived in Farnham. 

Fiona Byrne is a glass artist from Ireland. During her one-month residency, she will divide her time between a studio at the Farnham Maltings and the glass studios at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA).

As a permanent record of her residency, Fiona has been commissioned to make a piece of art which reflects the craft ethos of Farnham. Contributing to the project will be 8-10 makers who will spend a day with Fiona making a series of tiles which will inspire the final piece.

Councillor Alan Earwaker, Mayor of Farnham says: “It is a privilege to welcome Fiona Byrne to Farnham. While here, she is going to give a series of talks to students and local creatives which will provide an opportunity to share skills and knowledge and contribute to the professional development of local artists. In return, Fiona will get to work on her craft in a new environment and will have special access to the first class, hot glass facilities at UCA. We are delighted she accepted the invitation to be Farnham World Craft Town’s first artist in residence.” 

On Thursday 14 March, Fiona Byrne will give a talk about her work at the Oxfam Bookshop in The Borough. The talk starts at 6pm. Space is limited so tickets will be available from the shop for £4 with all proceeds going to Oxfam.

Farnham’s artist in residence initiative has been funded by Farnham South Street Trust and is part of a five-year commitment to host residencies for makers from other World Craft towns and cities. Farnham was designated as England’s first World Craft Town in 2020. 

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