England's Craft Town

 

From the University for the Creative Arts to major museum, exhibition and specialist retails outlets and craft-related businesses, Farnham is home to both world renowned craft artists and to the next generation of emerging makers. Craft sits at the heart of Farnham’s distinctiveness and this special feature was acknowledged in 2013 when Farnham was designated as England’s Craft Town.

The roots of Farnham’s engagement with craft can be dated back to the time when Farnham exported white clay to the Romans. In the 16th century, potteries in Farnham were major suppliers of pottery to London. But its real emergence as a town with a special leaning towards craft is in the Victorian era and the establishment and great success of The Farnham Pottery, Wrecclesham, with its reputation for the distinctive style of work known as Greenware (so called because of the copper-green glaze).

The establishment of The Farnham School of Art in 1880 strongly promoted the education in craft subjects as part of its curriculum, and a powerful reputation was developed that has lasted throughout the 20th century and to the present day especially in courses in textiles and ceramics. Craft courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels are offered at the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, the successor institution to the Art School. Craft courses in jewellery, metalwork, glass as well as in textiles and ceramics offer today’s emerging craft makers unrivalled opportunities in some of the best equipped studios and workshops in any specialist university in the country.

The opportunity to exhibit, sell and present contemporary crafts in Farnham is a significant feature of the town’s creative programme. The emergence of the Farnham Maltings as an arts centre in the 1970s has been of especial importance to the cultural life of Farnham, and the crafts have very strongly featured in its contemporary programme: right at the heart of its diverse cultural offer. There are year-round exhibitions featuring young as well as world class craft makers. There is a particular focus on the craft fair, with an unrivalled series of events featuring everything from textiles to sugarcraft, drawing international audiences to the town and having a powerful and positive effect on the creative economy. Craft studios are established in the Farnham Maltings to sustain the craft infrastructure.

Craft across the centuries can been seen and researched from Farnham Greenware in the town’s museum through to the unrivalled collections of the Crafts Study Centre. The New Ashgate Gallery offers a diverse range of craft work for sale and is especially focused on creating opportunities for emerging makers.

Craft is embedded into the fabric, the homes as well as the cultural life of Farnham.

October Craft Month 2017

Each October, Farnham hosts a celebration of craft with well over a hundred events taking place throughout the town. This is your chance to see makers in action; take a craft walk; get making and buy work from local designer makers.

This year in celebration of our unique crafting heritage and beginnings in the 16th century we will bring together 1500 makers, pieces, organisations and sites during craft month. Each will be represented by a single image, displayed in a digital collage and available to view across craft town this October.

During October you will have the opportunity to experience Farnham’s craft heritage with events at Farnham Museum, engage with the present day craft community with events at the Crafts Study Centre, Farnham Maltings and the New Ashgate Gallery and look to the future of craft at the University for the Creative Arts.

Our rich crafting culture can be experienced year round and we encourage you to return in every season to explore craft in England’s Craft Town.

Events 

Fun Palace

Museum of Farnham in collaboration with Farnham Library

Saturday 7th October

10.00am – 4.00pm

Free Entry

The Farnham Fun Palace is a pop-up people's palace full of free, hands-on, community-led art, science and craft workshops all gathered together into two fun filled spaces: the museum and the library. Come and play, make, learn, build, imagine with us! The Fun Palace welcomes all ages and all skills.

The Museum of Farnham

Willmer House

38 West Street

Farnham

Surrey

GU9 7DX

t: 01252 715094

https://farnhammaltings.com/museum/

 Farnham Library

Vernon House

28 West Street

Farnham

Surrey GU9 7DR

Our Future Selves

Farnham Library

Friday 27th October

Time TBC

Free Entry

Farnham library will be working with DAISY - Disability Arts in Surrey and Disability Arts Online. Performers from these two organisations will lead writing workshops and deliver poetry readings. Alongside and throughout the day, artists from Artmatters and The Grange Centre will create temporary installations within and outside of the library.

Farnham Library

Vernon House, 28 West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DR

The Sound of the Night

Museum of Farnham

Friday 27th October

7pm-10pm

£6

Experience the Museum of Farnham after hours for The Sound of the Night, part of the nationwide festival Museums at Night. Visitors are invited to join in the fun with live music and performance artists. Tours of the Museum’s special exhibition Resonance add an intellectual flavour, while creative types will enjoy taking part in imaginative craft activities. A specially stocked bar will provide all the refreshment you need. Where else would you rather be?

For ages 18+. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Call 01252 715094 or email emma.sutcliffe@farnhammaltings.com to book. 

The Museum of Farnham, Willmer House, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DX

t: 01252 715094

https://farnhammaltings.com/museum/

 

 Festival of Crafts

Farnham Maltings

Sat 28 & Sun 29 October 2017

10am – 5pm

£3 under 15s free

Buy directly from a selection of the UK’s leading craftspeople selling homewares, jewellery, textiles, ceramics, leatherwork, glass and more. Browse the marketplace featuring over 70 designer/ makers and enjoy demonstrations, craft activities and bookable workshops run by experts.

Other activities include UCA MA School of Craft and Design students running an exploratory workshop of inspiring ideas and designs through play.

For exhibitor listings, workshop information and further programme details visit craft.farnhammaltings.com 

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR

t: 01252 745444

e: boxoffice@farnhammaltings.com

w: www.farnhammaltings.com

 

 Exhibitions

Rita Parniczky: Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure

Crafts Study Centre

11 July - 21 October 2017

Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

Free

Rita Parniczky primarily works with weave, installation, photography and light. Fascinated by the invisible structures of objects and materials, she investigates ideas based on materiality, change, time and human experience. In her woven work X-Ray Series, a translucent material Parniczky has developed, she studies the vertical structure and the visual transformation of the material as light passes through its structure. She brings to life the material through instillation and performance with sunlight; a spectacle which may only exist in a particular location and moment in time, marking time in space whilst evoking a sense of chance.

In her solo exhibition ‘Beyond the Surface, Observing the Inner Structure’ at the Crafts Study Centre Parniczky will call attention to scale, structure and movement through illuminating X-Ray Series with artificial light. Along this work she will show a selection of her photographic works.

 Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts,  Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS    

 T:  01252 891450

  CRAFTSCENTRE@UCREATIVE.AC.UK

http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/

 

Surrey Artist of the Year Competition 2017

New Ashgate Gallery

– through October

Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm

Free

The New Ashgate Gallery invites members of the public to come and vote for their favourite artist. The Surrey Artist of the Year competition is a partnership between the New Ashgate and the Surrey Artists Open Studios to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Surrey. There is a wide variety of artworks

on show, all offering different materials and techniques from ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and painting to printmaking.   The competition is organised in partnership with the Surrey Open Studios. It is supported by the Patricia Baines Trust. The Surrey Life magazine, which has a monthly section dedicated to the local art scene, is the official media partner of the competition.

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS United Kingdom

T - 01252 713208

gallery@newashgate.org.uk

http://www.newashgate.org.uk/

Denise Jaques: Winner of the 2016 Surrey Artist of the Year Competition: One Year On

New Ashgate Gallery

– through October

Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm

Free

Denise Jaques is mixed media artist specialising in contemporary mosaics. She is the winner of Surrey Artist of the Year 2016 and is a member of BAMM (British Association for Modern Mosaics). Denise creates artwork for interior and exterior spaces. Her work has a strong sense of colour, pattern and rhythm, and plays with the idea of distorted reflections. She is fascinated with the journey of experimentation and excited by the unknown destination. 

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS United Kingdom

T - 01252 713208

gallery@newashgate.org.uk

http://www.newashgate.org.uk/

 

Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker: Beautiful Objects

New Ashgate Gallery

– through October

Tue-Sat, 10am-5pm

Free

This exhibition brings together Mirka Janeckova and Olivia Walker. Over the last few years, Mirka and Olivia's work has become known for its exceptional beauty and a skill of making. 

Dreamy landscapes of the deep sea inspire Mirka's forms while her jewellery is a container for wearer's emotions, memories and hopes. Her pieces refer to the body in an abstract way, exploring the relationship between people and their subconscious mind. The work is made from porcelain, glass, sterling silver and white pearls. Olivia's work plays within the space where the man-made and the natural intersect. Olivia throws precise forms in porcelain before covering and submerging them in organic repetitive patterns, made up of individually applied shards of porcelain. They speak of organisms - fungus, coral and bacteria - but are unidentifiable, growing over and eating up the form beneath. 

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS United Kingdom

T - 01252 713208

gallery@newashgate.org.uk

http://www.newashgate.org.uk/

 Stories in the Making: School of Craft & Design Student project 2016-2017

Until 9 December 2017

Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm

Free

This is the fifth year of an exhibition project involving MA and M Res Crafts students in the School of Craft and Design at UCA. Students have considered objects from the Crafts Study Centre’s collections and make a work in response to their chosen object, as well as writing about the selection in an accompanying catalogue. The exhibition brings objects to life through these articulate juxtapositions.

  Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts,  Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS    

 T:  01252 891450

  CRAFTSCENTRE@UCREATIVE.AC.UK

http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/ 

20:20 Visions

Crafts Study Centre

31 October - 9 December 2017

Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

Free

An touring exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Association of Contemporary Jewellery, and highlighting the work of 20 prominent jewellers from some of the ACJ’s founding members, 5 of the Chairs and past and current members. Each makers presents two works: one current piece and one circa 1997. The exhibition includes work by such celebrated makers as Jane Adam, Caroline Broadhead, Norman Cherry and David Poston.

Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts,  Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS    

 T:  01252 891450

  CRAFTSCENTRE@UCREATIVE.AC.UK

http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/

Leach Pottery: the sound of it

Craft Studies Centre

31 October - 9 December

Tuesday - Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm

Free

The exhibition explores and appreciates the Bernard Leach legacy and the Leach Pottery workshop in St Ives reflecting on Bernard Leach’swords: ‘potting is one of the few activities today in which a person can use his natural faculties of head, heart and hand in balance’. Leach’s lifestyle approach expresses an appreciation of the importance of a close relationship of the individual with nature, society and science. The exhibition showcases work form the Crafts Study centre’s collections and those on loan from the current studio at the Leach Pottery and the exhibition, curated by Loucia Manopoulou, is shown in association with the Leach Pottery, St Ives.

Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts,  Falkner Road, Farnham,  Surrey GU9 7DS    

 T:  01252 891450

  CRAFTSCENTRE@UCREATIVE.AC.UK

http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/

 

Workshops

Money Matters:  Workshop for Artists & Makers

New Ashgate gallery in collaboration with University for the Creative Arts

Monday 9 October

2.00-4.30

Free admission but booking is required

The workshop is led by Alison Branagan, the author and visual arts consultant, who will outline how to obtain payment via traditional invoicing or mobile apps and readers. She will touch on registering as self-employed, as a visual or applied artist and the exciting topic of making the tax system work for artists. You may find for instance you no longer need to be registered as self-employed.

Alison is the Creative Enterprise Coordinator for University for the Creative Arts (UCA) for the Surrey campuses and is an associate lecturer at Central Saint Martins. The workshop is jointly organised by New Ashgate Gallery and UCA.

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS United Kingdom

T - 01252 713208

gallery@newashgate.org.uk

 

Inspiring ideas and designs through play

Farnham Maltings in collaboration withUniversity for the Creative Arts

Wed 11 October

2pm – 4pm

Free

Free workshops: Join leading craft practitioners Rebecca Skeels, Adi Toch and Celia Pym for an exploratory workshop of inspiring ideas and designs through play. Making and designing with a variety of materials, the creative session follows the morning of talks held at UCA.   Free to all but tickets required. Available in advance from FM’s box office

Part of the UCA’s and Farnham Maltings’ programme for Farnham Craft Month.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR

t: 01252 745444

e: boxoffice@farnhammaltings.com

w: www.farnhammaltings.com

 

Wool Week

Farnham Maltings Sat 14 October

10am- 1pm

£45

In celebration of the UK’s Wool Week and as part of the programme for Farnham Craft Month,  join Renée Callahan(EastLondonKnit) as she teaches 2- Colour Cables. The class covers how to execute cables, how to read cable charts, how to work cables without a cable needle and how to recognise and fix mistakes. (This class includes a pattern). Please bring 50g of one light colour and one dark colour of DK weight yarn and a 4mm needle and a cable needle.

About Renée

Renée is an ex pat Seattleite relocated to East London and knitting full time. After studying fashion design with knitwear at Central Saint Martins, she set up a knitwear studio and now spends as much time as she can working on hand-knit designs and spreading the knitterly love with classes and workshops.

Farnham Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7QR

t: 01252 745444

e: boxoffice@farnhammaltings.com

w: www.farnhammaltings.com

 

Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques, the Surrey Artist of the Year

New Ashgate Gallery

Monday 23 October

10.00-12.30

£5 / free to Ashgate Angels,

Family Mosaic Mirror (max. 6 families: 1 adult and up to 2 children age 5+)Join Denise to create a beautiful mosaic mirror for your home.  

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS, United Kingdom

T - 01252 713208

gallery@newashgate.org.uk

http://www.newashgate.org.uk/

 

2 Day Mosaic Workshop Get Creative with Mosaics with Denise Jaques,

the Surrey Artist of the Year

New Ashgate Gallery

Monday 23 October& Tuesday 24 October

Monday 1.30-4.30 & Tuesday 10.30-3.30

£20 for 2 days / free to Ashgate Angels

 2 Day Mosaic Workshop (max. 6 adults) Monday 23 October, 1.30-4.30 & Tuesday 24 October, 10.30-3.30 £20 for 2 days / free to Ashgate Angels, bookings: 01252 713208Day 1: Guided tour by Denise of gallery and her current exhibition.  Plan and design own mosaic.  Demonstration of how to cut, shape and apply tesserae, start application. Day 2: Application of tesserae - the fun bit!  The workshops are supported by the Farnham Town Council. The Surrey Artist of the Year project is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Surrey Arts. SAYO is supported by Particia Baines Trust.

New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS United Kingdom

T - 01252 713208

gallery@newashgate.org.uk

http://www.newashgate.org.uk/

 

Drop-in-Day: Superheroes

Museum of Farnham

Wednesday 25th October & Thursday 26th October

Wednesday 10.30am –12.30am&  Thursday 1.30pm-3.30pm

£3 per child, per session

Kapow! Zap! Splat! Boom! Join us for a fun-filled Superhero inspired art and craft session. 

All materials included. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that you may have to wait if the Garden Gallery is full. For ages 3-7.

The Museum of Farnham, Willmer House, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DX

t: 01252 715094

https://farnhammaltings.com/museum/

 

Talks

Interior Architecture and Design Lecture Series: Talking Interiors

Carl Turner,  Carl Turner Architects Founding Director

JLO8 - IAD Studio University for the Creative Arts

Thursday 5th October

5pm – 6pm

 

Carl is Founding Director of Carl Turner Architects and co-founderof Social Enterprises, Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels. He is a self-confessed “maker at heart” – his love of craft permeates his architectural design and often leads to innovative new uses for materials and processes.

Carl is directly involved in all aspects of the running of his studio and takes a hands-on approach to all of the projects that come into the office.  Starting with his very own Slip House in Brixton, which went on to win the prestigious Manser Medal, the practice has gone on to create projects for a diverse range of clients including local authorities, arts and cultural organisations, not for profits and commercial developers.

Carl is a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel and a fellow of the RSA. He was elected as National and London Council Member for the RIBA in 2014

Book your place via email rskeels@uca.ac.uk

University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road, 
Farnham
Surrey
GU9 7DS


t - 01252 892750

www.uca.ac.uk

 

Craft Month lectures, Adi Toch and Celia Pym

University for the Creative Arts in collaboration with Farnham Maltings

Wed 11 October

Lecture (10am – 12midday)

Free

Free lectures at UCA by leading craft practitioners Adi Toch and Celia Pym.  

Adi Toch creates engaging and tactile vessels which invite the observer to touch, play and discover hidden spaces and unexpected motion. She uses traditional silversmithing techniques to create bold, clean and curious objects which raise questions of containment. After completing her BA at Bezalel Art Academy in Jerusalem, Adi moved to London to study for an MA at the Cass - London Metropolitan University where she is now an Artist in Residence. Adi's work has been exhibited internationally and four of her recent pieces are in The Goldsmiths' Modern Silver Collection.

Celia’s textile practice has a strong relationship to narrative and is often very sculptural, incorporating darned garments, knitted and embroidered textiles and public textile events. She loves a heavy darn and the feel of really worn down wool; the evidence of use in holes and where they occur; working with other people’s problems and the tenderness that can come with repair. She works surfaces closely like a detective and loves the way a darn looks: ‘wobbly frayed edges against confident solid filled-in spots.’

Book your place via email rskeels@uca.ac.uk

University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road, 
Farnham
Surrey
GU9 7DS


t - 01252 892750

www.uca.ac.uk

 

Artist talk - Rita Parniczky: Beyond the Surface: Observing the Inner Structure.

Craft Studies Centre

17 October

Private view 400pm to 600pm; artist’s talk 600 to 700pm

£5

Private view and artist’s talk Rita Parniczky: Beyond the Surface: Observing the Inner Structure.

  Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts,  Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS    

 T:  01252 891450

  CRAFTSCENTRE@UCREATIVE.AC.UK

http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/

 

John Neilson ‘Ralph Beyer’ Lecture

Crafts Study Centre

18 October

Reception 500pm Lecture 600 to 700pm

£5.00

John Neilson, born in 1959, has worked as a lettercarver in stone since training with Tom Perkins in 1991/2. Prior to that, after an initial career in teaching, he studied calligraphy at Roehampton, London. John's current work includes lettering design and carving for architectural projects, public art, memorials, plaques, sundials, signs, and more sculptural pieces. He also undertakes some book design/typography, and teaches letter carving and design workshops. John has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, but works mostly to commission. Recent commissions include a number of public art and large-scale works including the free-standing lettering above the entrance to the Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh. He has completed some 50 memorials for Memorials by Artists.

He is an elected member of Letter Exchange and editor of their journal Forum. He is on the Crafts Council's Index of Selected Makers, and is an adviser to the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham. John lives near Oswestry on the Powys/Shropshire border.

John has been researching the life and work of the distinguished and influential letter carver Ralph Beyer perhaps best known for the Eight Tablets of the Word in Coventry Cathedral, 1960-61. This is based in part on archive materials in the Crafts Study Centre collection. John is publishing a major monograph on Beyer and the lecture will incorporate his recent research.

 Crafts Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts,  Falkner Road, Farnham Surrey GU9 7DS    

 T:  01252 891450

  CRAFTSCENTRE@UCREATIVE.AC.UK

http://www.csc.uca.ac.uk/

 

David Clarke – Internationally renowned silversmith

UCA

19th October 2017

10-12.30 am

Free

David Clarke is often cited as one of Britain’s most highly innovative silversmiths. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1997, Clarke has produced a wealth of covetable objects that have proven pivotal in the renaissance of contemporary British silversmithing. Clarke has a well-earned reputation for producing engaging, intelligent and challenging domestic objects.

The aesthetic most often associated with Clarke’s work relates to the subversive nature in which he responds to the entrenched traditions of silversmithing, often taking it to surprising extremes. This absolute willingness to experiment and play inappropriately sets Clarke apart.

He teaches and lectures regularly at UCA Farnham on the BA and MA programmes.

University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road, 
Farnham
Surrey
GU9 7DS


t - 01252 892750

www.uca.ac.uk

 

Places of Interest

Crafts Study Centre

The Crafts Study Centre is a specialist university museum open to the public as well as a research centre and home to internationally renowned collections of modern British craft. 

The Centre's acclaimed collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as diaries, working notes and photographs of makers of the 20th and 21st centuries.  We host inspiring exhibitions by leading artist-makers, lectures, symposiums and open days.  We foster scholarship and writing about modern and contemporary craft and publish new books and monographs. 

The Centre's research library is available by appointment for those interested in learning more about our collections. 

Our shop offers a selection of ceramic, glass, jewellery, textiles and calligraphy from renowned and emerging artists and crafts people from the local area and further afield.  Work on sale in our shop would appeal to both collectors or those seeking a unique affordable gift. We also carry a range of publications from both the Crafts Study Centre and other publishers, alongside greetings cards and postcards.  Purchases can be made in person at the Crafts Study Centre or by telephone.

Farnham Library

Farnham Library is committed to reflecting and contributing to Farnham’s heritage of craftworking. Our substantial local history section traces the development of Farnham and its many craft industries. Whatever the type of craft you are interested in, you can find inspiration, ideas or instructions on our shelves. The library’s large Arts and Crafts section is full of books on every kind of craft activity imaginable, from embroidery to sugarcraft, and beading to temari, via woodworking, felting and everything in between. Books range from beginners’ how-to guides, to advanced and expert technique manuals. When we’re not providing crafting information, we’re getting our hands dirty at our weekly under-fives Storytime sessions with stories and craft activities, inspiring tomorrow’s crafters today. If that’s all too energetic, our tranquil gardens are the perfect place to relax amongst the sculptures we host on behalf of Farnham’s University for the Creative Arts.

Farnham Maltings

Farnham Maltings exists to encourage the people of Farnham and further afield to participate in, shape and understand the world in which we live.  We believe that by being actively creative, connecting with others and articulating new ideas we will foster a happier, healthier and more inclusive set of communities.

Set in the heart of Farnham this collection of buildings host a wide range of crafts makers including printers and picture framers together with 6 resident theatre and dance companies who  produce and tour work regionally, nationally and internationally. We also host a number of resident companies in our 16 studios, darkroom and pottery studio specialising in everything from art, textiles and jewellery to photography, hairdressing and golf landscaping.

Farnham Pottery

The Farnham Pottery inspires both the on site makers and visitors alike. It is a carefully preserved example of a Victorian country pottery with a host of charming architectural features. The potters of the day delighted in demonstrating their skills in making ornate chimney pots, window frames and archways.

We have taken an industrial site dating from 1873 and, without destroying any of its character, made it a home for todays makers and artists. Come and explore the historic buildings and see the creative work that is being produced today.

At The Farnham Pottery we have established a community-based arts, craft and education experience, inspired by the town’s historic ties with pottery.

We are here to support all those that share our passion for a rich and vibrant creative environment.

Museum of Farnham

The Museum of Farnham is a local history museum, located in a beautiful Georgian town house with many original features and a delightful walled garden.

Visit us to discover Farnham’s history, from its prehistoric routes to its hop growing boom and Victorian grandeur. The tales of the illustrious William Cobbett, political agitator, and George Sturt local author and craftsperson, whilst marvelling at the inventions of engineer John Henry Knight, who created one of the first petrol driven cars!

The museum is also home to an extensive art and craft collection thanks to the many artists and crafts people who have been drawn to Farnham over the years.

The Museum of Farnham is part of Farnham Maltings Association, a creative organisation that works with artists and communities to encourage the most people to make, see and enjoy the best art possible. The Museum works actively with the Farnham Maltings to reach these goals.

New Ashgate Gallery

For more than 50 years, New Ashgate Gallery has supported the excellence in art and craft in a marketplace environment, supporting artists and makers. Exhibitions are at the heart of our work and we run an all-year programme of exhibitions.

We support emerging artists and makers in the county through professional, business and audience development in the market place. We work to raise aspirations and inspire excellence through partnerships.

We deliver outreach and gallery workshops with artists for diverse audiences.

New Ashgate Gallery, a non-profit making trust, cultivates the pursuit of excellence in a marketplace environment, with support to emerging artists, by exhibiting work and through professional development. We promote the creative process for all communities through workshops, talks and outreach work. We provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey and beyond.

University for the Creative Arts

Oscar-winning filmmakers and animators, world-renowned fashion designers, television presenters and Turner-Prize nominees are just some of UCA's high-profile graduates who have enriched the world with their creative talents. Taught and guided by our experienced, industry-connected academic staff, our students can now reap the benefits of studying in a top 25 UK university.

With more than 6,000 students studying over 110 creative courses across four campuses, we generate unique communities of artists, designers, makers, writers and researchers. 

As a specialist arts institution, we are 100% creative. Our distinctiveness against larger multi-disciplinary universities comes from focusing on provision through our creative campuses, which are not compromised by sharing facilities with other subjects or disciplines. 

 

Supporters

Crafts Study Centre

Farnham Maltings

Farnham Museum

Farnham Pottery includes 318 Ceramics , Farnham Sculptors , Pugmill Bakehouseand West Street Potters

Farnham Town Council

New Ashgate Gallery

Surrey Cultural Services includes Adult Learning , Library , Heritage and Arts

University for the Creative Arts

Waverley Borough Council