1959 - ?

New Ashgate Gallery

The Ashgate Gallery was founded at 19 South Street, Farnham in 1959 by Elizabeth Naydler, who had aspirations to bring quality art to Farnham, with the first provincial exhibitions of nationally and internationally known sculptors and artists such as Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Picasso, Sandra Blow, Mary Fedden, Peter Blake, whilst at the same nurturing local talent and helping the careers of the next generation of artists and crafts people through exhibitions, sale of work and prizes and scholarships. In 1966 the Ashgate Gallery moved into Waggon Yard in the centre of the Farnham Craft Town and The Ashgate became the ‘New Ashgate’, and the New Ashgate Trust Limited a charitable trust, with a commitment to promote contemporary visual arts and crafts to as wide a public as possible, through exhibitions, educational events and projects with artists. During the years, the gallery has administered the profits from craft and art sales to create prizes and scholarships, and for the purchase of artworks for local and national museums. It was one of the first provincial galleries to show artists with an international reputation as well as supporting local talent.