AboutRising Stars is a platform to view and collect some of the most exciting new crafts by emerging makers from crafts and applied arts programmes across the UK. This curated, selling exhibition will tour from the New Ashgate, Farnham, to the Milton Keynes Arts Centre and the Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds.
The key dates are: New Ashgate, 8 March - 19 April; private view: 7 March, 6-8pm, symposium at the University for the Creative Arts, 21 March; Milton Keynes Arts Centre, 26 April - 31 May, Smiths Row, 7 June - 12 July.
The winner will receive a cash prize of £1,000, an exhibition and support from a-n, the Artists Information Company. This year's shortlist consists of àlodie Alexandre, Elizabeth Ashdown, Juliette Bigley, Rachel Britch, Jessica Coleman, Polly Collins, Brittany Delany, Eva Farkasova, Joanna Fronczak, Jessica Frost, Kerstin Haigh, Ruth Harrison, Anna Collette Hunt, Mirka Janeckova, Anum Khan, Lisa Larcombe, Beatrice Larkin, Anne Laycock, Beth Lewis-Williams, Agnieszka Maksymiuk, Elise Menghini, Kelly Munro, Izzy Parker, Anastasija Pjatnicka, Hajnalka Rezes, Charlotte Stockley, Julia Webster, Simon Wilks, Penny Wheeler, Hannah Rose Whittle, Cristina Zani and Sevak Zargarian. We also present new jewellery by Heather Woof, the 2013 winner of Rising Stars award.
Open submissions were invited from undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates who completed their study in last 24 months. The judges were Maureen Bampton, Director, Bluecoat Display Centre; Lucy Day, the Day + Gluckman curatorial partnership and a professional development advisor at-an, the Artists Information Company; and Rebecca Skeels, a designer-maker and a subject leader for the Post Graduate School of Crafts and Design, the University for the Creative Arts.
Rising Stars 2014 is produced by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with Milton Keynes Arts Centre and Smiths Row, a-n, the Artists Information Company and the University for the Creative Arts. It is supported by Arts Council England and Billmeir Charitable Trust.