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Craft Town Public Art Commission: Public Voting to Select the Winning Proposal

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Saturday 11 January 2020 - Saturday 29 February 2020 - 10.00 - 17.00


The New Ashgate Gallery

New Ashgate Gallery are delighted to invite the local community to vote and select the winning proposal for a new Craft Town Public Art commission.

Proposals were invited during the autumn for a public sculpture / artwork that is inspired by the heritage and tradition of crafts in Farnham. The artwork will celebrate crafts that have been practised in the area during the Roman period: the district was known as a pottery centre due to its supply of gault clay, oak woodland for fuel and good communication links. The sculpture aims to enhance the public knowledge and understanding of the heritage while also bringing pleasure to the community and visitors alike.

The sculpture will be located next to a busy car park in the courtyard of the grade II listed building of the New Ashgate Gallery in Waggon Yard.

The shortlisted artists are Walter Bailey, Manuela Kagerbauer and David Mayne and were selected by a panel, including Charlotte Hall (Waverley Borough Council), Vikki Leedham (Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden), Sue Farrow (Farnham Public Art Trust), Sarah Carrington Hubbard (freelance public art consultant) and Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery).

Come and view the proposals from 11 January and vote for your favourite sculpture. The winning proposal will be announced on 7 February. The sculpture will be installed in October 2020 – during the craft month in Farnham.

The public art commission is supported by Arts Council England.