St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

Our building is closed until July 2017
for a major renovation

To talk to the St Barbe team call 01590 676969

For tourist information call 01590 675586

A Glimpse of Bygone Milford

A Glimpse of Bygone Milford

Starts: March 25 - 10:00am
Ends: March 26 - 4:00pm

An exhibition that celebrates motherhood and explores the stories of famous former residents of Milford-on-Sea, including Admiral William Cornwallis, a friend of Lord Nelson and the commander-in-chief of the Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic wars.


The Boldre Hoard Exhibition

The Boldre Hoard Exhibition

Starts: December 3 - 9:00am
Ends: December 3 - 12:00pm

A second chance to see St Barbe’s
display about the Boldre Hoard

Where: Boldre War Memorial Hall (small hall)

Free entry


The Boldre Hoard Exhibition

The Boldre Hoard Exhibition

Starts: December 2 - 7:00pm
Ends: December 2 - 9:00pm

Boldre Parish Historical Society’s open meeting, with a small exhibition by St Barbe about the Boldre Hoard

Where: Boldre War Memorial Hall

Free entry


Twenty20 Art for Oakhaven Hospice

Twenty20 Art for Oakhaven Hospice

Starts: September 3 - 10:00am
Ends: September 9 - 4:00pm

An exciting chance to buy or bid for outstanding original 20cm x 20cm paintings by established and undiscovered artists – and help support Oakhaven Hospice.
Twenty20 Art presents more than 100 exceptional pieces by high calibre artists, who last year included John Illsley from Dire Straits; Rosemary Welch, the famous equestrian painter Mary How, known for the original illustrations in Enid Blyton books, and up and coming favourite Will Rochfort.
Now in its third year, this is the first time Twenty20 Art is being held at St Barbe. Silent bids are taken during the week of the exhibition and the top twenty painters, will be auctioned on Friday 9 September.

So please, join us for drinks and canapes and bid for your favourite artwork while supporting your local hospice.

This event is sponsored by Rathbones.
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The Pastel Society

The Pastel Society

Starts: July 30 - 10:00am
Ends: September 10 - 4:00pm

Pastel is a medium which has long appealed to artists because it combines the immediacy of drawing with the painterly application of colour. The Pastel Society was created in 1898 with George Frederick Watts, George Clausen and William Holman Hunt among its founding members. Today the Society continues to flourish presenting the best in contemporary pastel, combining traditional skills with creative originality. We are delighted to welcome them to Lymington for a rare showing outside London.
The members’ work is marked by incredible technical ability and a very diverse range of style and subject that embraces both the traditional and contemporary. For those unfamiliar with the medium this exhibition will be a real eye-opener, one not to be missed. This is a selling exhibition.
***Special Offer* Buy a hot drink and get a free snack when you visit this exhibition – while stocks last!*


The 17th Annual St Barbe Open Exhibition

The 17th Annual St Barbe Open Exhibition

Starts: June 11 - 10:00am
Ends: July 23 - 4:00pm

The ever-popular Open Exhibition returns for its 17th year. As always it draws the best in paintings, prints and drawings from across the south east. Now firmly established in the regional arts calendar, and with a growing number of prizes on offer, the Open is bringing in artists from further afield to compete with regular entrants based in Hampshire and Dorset. The quality continues to rise and the judges have an ever-harder task in selecting items to be included. The Open is also a great opportunity for those seeking high quality, affordable art. This will be a selling exhibition.


The Arborealists

The Arborealists

Starts: April 23 - 10:00am
Ends: June 3 - 4:00pm

Back in 2013 we mounted a highly successful double exhibition Under the Greenwood – Picturing the British Tree. The second of the two exhibitions featured contemporary artists’ take on the subject and this show spawned The Arborealists, a group of artists who exhibit together to promote the theme of trees in contemporary art. We are now delighted to welcome them back to their point of origin!
The exhibition features new work by 36 painters, although all are united in their subject, they use an incredibly varied set of working practices. Among those exhibiting are: Jemma Appleby, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Jo Barry, Guillaume Brandy & Francis Dalschaertt, Tim Craven, Michelle Dovey, Dan Hays, David Inshaw, Ffiona Lewis, Fiona McIntyre, Wladyslaw Mirecki, Michael Porter, Howard Phipps and Celia de Serra.
This exhibition is sponsored by Rathbones.

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The Observatory Residencies Exhibition

The Observatory Residencies Exhibition

Starts: March 5 - 10:00am
Ends: April 16 - 4:00pm

The Observatory is by its very nature, theatrical, eye-catching, unusual and unique – it aims to intrigue people to investigate, explore and strike up a dialogue with the artists. It is informal and allows for discovery and chance – a place that one can ‘stumble upon’.
Initially installed at Winchester Science Centre before moving to the Lymington-Keyhaven Nature Reserve, this exhibition showcases work produced by the resident artists at both sites. It is also an opportunity to discover more about the project and the observatory structures.
The artists exhibiting are Simon Ryder, Sean Harris and Isabella Martin who took part in the residencies at Winchester and Katie Surridge, Alice Angus and Jilly Morris who were resident on the Lymington salt marshes. Composer in residence Marc Yeats’ compositions will also accessible in the exhibition, as will Ed Crumpton, the artist who worked with the architects as part of the design team. The Observatory is SPUD project www.lookinlookout.org

Exhibition provided in partnership with SPUD.


Out of Egypt

Out of Egypt

Starts: January 16 - 10:00am
Ends: February 27 - 4:00pm

Discover more about the religious beliefs and the passage from life to the afterlife in Ancient Egypt.
This exhibition explores the elaborate Egyptian rites and rituals intended to prepare the departed for an everlasting life after death.
Featuring original artefacts from the Hampshire Cultural Trust collections, the exhibition has been designed to appeal to school children and families through a host of activities, while still offering lots for adults to discover and enjoy.
Displays will include coffin masks, animal mummies, canopic jars, amulets, scarabs, shabti figures and a beautiful funerary boat.

Exhibition provided by Hampshire Cultural Trust
Sponsored by Thesis Asset Management


Shorelines: Artists on the South Coast

Shorelines: Artists on the South Coast

Starts: September 19 - 10:00am
Ends: January 9 - 4:00pm

This year’s major exhibition takes the Channel coast as its subject, exploring how artists from the 18th century to the present have drawn inspiration from the cliffs, beaches and harbours of England’s southern border.

The south coast has often been a line of defence but has also been a gateway for trade and a popular destination for those seeking fun, sun and sea air. The exhibition looks at the contrasting approaches taken by residents and visiting artists who drew inspiration from the shoreline between Cornwall and Kent. Many celebrated artists have portrayed these shores including Constable, Turner, Brett, Nash, Nevinson, Ravilious, Eurich and more recently Kurt Jackson and Jeremy Gardiner. This unique exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Top picture:Eric Ravilious Newhaven Harbour (V&A)
Picture: JMW Turner Brighthelmstone (V&A)

Sponsored by: Rathbones