Three of our students have been shortlisted to exhibit their work as part of the prestigious local Rising Stars competition held at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham.
Shortlisted from over 60 applicants, Rosie Wesley, Julie Massie, and Joanna Hayward have fought off stiff competition to have their work exhibited at the gallery throughout March and April.
Julie Massie, who graduated in 2016 from an MA course in Ceramics from UCA Farnham, takes inspiration from what surrounds her own environment by the Dorset coast. She finds simple objects and adapts them to make ceramic wall art, using the delicate edges of her work to represent the beauty and importance of the eroding landscape by the sea. The colours and fragility of the coast are both reflected within her final outcomes while also exploring the senses, in particular, touch, sight and sound.
Joanna Hayward graduated in 2014 from a BA course in Textiles for Fashion & Interiors from UCA Farnham. Her work embraces the impact of colour and how it can come alive through shape and scale, especially on cloth. But for Joanna, screen printing is not just about transferring an image onto material – it’s the physical measuring of colours and chemicals, experimentation with pastes, the active process of using a screen, all before the final finishing process. It’s the hands-on methods of printing that are exciting, the end results are a wonderful added bonus.
Rosie Wesley graduated in 2016 from a BA course in Glass, Ceramics, Jewellery and Metalwork from UCA Farnham. She focuses on sculptural work inspired by the New Forest where she grew up. Working predominantly with non-precious metals, she creates individually cast pieces which are textured with markings based on her personal feelings and reactions to the environment. Her aim is to create a calm and serene ambiance that encourages the viewer to consider their personal place within natural environments.
All three artists will have their work on display at the exhibition, which will run from 4 March until 15 April at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham. The winner of the competition will be announced on Friday 3 March before the exhibition opens.