Reigate and Betchworth artists in running for Surrey Artist of the Year title (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Reigate and Betchworth artists in running for Surrey Artist of the Year title
4:36pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
Two artists from the Life area are in the running for the fifth Surrey Artist of the Year title.
Elizabeth Ellison from Reigate and Barbara Westwell from Betchworth are among the 11 artists short-listed for the Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition and the final people's vote stemming from it next month.
The winner will be given a solo exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham and a cash prize. The Surrey Artist of the Year competition gives recognition to the artists who have taken part in the Surrey Open Studios summer event. The prize celebrates the partnership between the New Ashgate Gallery and the Surrey Artists Open Studios, with the competition supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. Diana Roberts, tourism manager at Guildford Tourist Information Centre, said: “The Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition is really important for local tourism. It raises the profile of the area. “The New Ashgate Gallery is a little gem of a place to visit.” Votes from this year's Surrey Artists Open Studios summer event were counted and the artists with the most votes invited to showcase their work as part of the Surrey Artist of the Year exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery from October 4 to November 17.
Visitors to the exhibition will be able to vote for their favourite artist until 5pm on Friday, October 25.
The votes will be counted and combined with those from a panel of judges and at 7pm the same evening, the Surrey Artist of the Year 2013 will be announced. The other finalists are Seth Beer of Farnham, Nicky Chubb of Hindhead, Janet Crook of Dorking, Ulli Kaiser of Guildford, Iona Mackenzie Laycock of East Clandon, Vicky Oldfield of Thames Ditton, Louisa Sullivan of Guildford, Ruth Taylor of Hindhead and Malcolm West of Hersham.
The New Ashgate Gallery in Waggon Yard, Farnham, is an educational charity dedicated to promoting and championing the best contemporary art and craft, and to providing an unparalleled resource in Farnham and beyond, supporting and mentoring artists, delivering workshops and hosting school visits. The Surrey Artist of the Year is an important part of its mission.
The Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, and on Mondays by appointment, with free admission. Website: www.newashgate.org.uk