THE University for the Creative Arts (UCA) has reaffirmed its agreement with the New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham, which will enable UCA students to continue to show and sell their work at the Surrey gallery.

Following the success of a former three-year agreement established in 2013, a new memorandum of understanding has been signed by the two organisations, which will see them work together on initiatives such as research projects, exhibitions, lectures, and showcasing crafts and design.

Norma Corkish, chairman of the New Ashgate Gallery Trust, said: “We are delighted to again have a memorandum of understanding with UCA. Over the last 12 months we have built a strong relationship, which we look forward to building upon over the coming year and, hopefully, years.

“We value greatly such partnerships, those that strengthen each organisation and at the same time contribute toward Farnham as a craft town.”

Professor Simon Ofield-Kerr, vice-chancellor of the Falkner Road-based University for the Creative Arts, said: “Partnerships with local arts organisations are becoming increasingly important to UCA. We work very closely with the Farnham Maltings on our new BA acting and performance (course), have a longstanding relationship with the Farnham Pottery dating back to 1890, and a younger partnership with Watts Gallery Artists’ Village in Guildford.

“Consequently, I am pleased to re-sign this memorandum with the New Ashgate Gallery, who provide great opportunities for our students and with whom we look forward to exciting future collaborations in this unique craft town.”

The New Ashgate Gallery, which is dedicated to promoting and championing the best contemporary art and craft in the marketplace and provides an unparalleled resource in Farnham, delivers exhibitions and projects in the gallery and the community, fostering emerging artists and supporting diverse participation in arts.

The university is the second largest provider of creative arts education in Europe and is ranked first for arts in London and the south east. This year, UCA was named a top 40 UK university, entering the Guardian University League Table at position 39.

The renewed partnership between UCA and the New Ashgate Gallery will continue to provide students with “exciting opportunities, further development and access to new funding sources”, added Mr Ofield Kerr.