Grand re-opening of fully refurbished St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
July 15 10:00am - 5:00pm
Come and join us for our eagerly awaited re-opening.
Be the first to see The Boldre Hoard – a treasure chest of 1,608 third century Roman coins discovered buried near Lymington by metal detectorist enthusiasts, and on display for the first time.
Enjoy the stunning inaugural major exhibition Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and interpred by wildlife expert and TV presenter Chris Packham.
Browse around our refurbished gift shop and then relax with a coffee and delicious snack in the new cafe.
There will be fun activities for all the family too – so come and help us celebrate!
Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and Chris Packham
Starts: July 15 - 10:00am Ends: September 9 - 4:00pm
Internationally-renowned Sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood and TV presenter and Naturalist Chris Packham are teaming up to present a stunning inaugural exhibition in our new gallery spaces.
Birds of the New Forest will feature Dashwood’s beautiful bronze sculptures of birds that currently live in the New Forest, others that used to live here, and species that may return in the future.
The exhibition will be curated by writer, TV presenter and campaigner Chris Packham who is a friend and long-time admirer of Geoffrey Dashwood’s work:
“Dashwood’s technique is reductive; all but a few surface details are abandoned leaving a simplicity which emphatically strengthens each work. With aplomb and authority he reproduces the functional aesthetics of nature’s machines in a graphic and economical style, which with a sympathetic amalgam of internal form, aero dynamism and known physiology, produces all the tension, the sensuality, all the absolute beauty of living birds. These sculptures defy the need for anatomical or ornithological justification – they are quite simply ravishing.” Chris Packham
Dashwood is admired for eliminating all superficial detail to attain refined forms with smooth surfaces, enhanced by the application of coloured and multi-coloured patinas. Although his work can be placed within the genre of wildlife art, Dashwood has transcended the subject matter and his bronzes are firmly established in the wider field of contemporary art.
St Barbe is delighted to welcome Geoffrey back for the third time.