St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

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Re-opening of fully refurbished St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Re-opening of fully refurbished St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Starts: July 29 - 11:00am
Ends: July 29 - 5:00pm

Re-opening after a major refurbishment!
Be the first to see The Boldre Hoard – a treasure trove 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.
We are delighted that our President, Ralph Montagu, will cut the ribbon to open the ‘new-look’ St Barbe at 11am.
There will be a jazz band playing from opening until 1pm, and fun activities for all the family too – so come and help us celebrate!


Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and Chris Packham

Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and Chris Packham

Starts: July 29 - 10:00am
Ends: September 23 - 5:00pm

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.


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.