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re-stART online fundraiser

6 October 2020

Time to re-stART: works by renowned artists to be auctioned for St Barbe

Like all cultural institutions, St Barbe Museum + Art Gallery in Lymington has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.  We need financial help to keep this treasured institution running and to maintain the heritage collection of the New Forest coast.  Our nationally recognised art gallery exhibits works by local, national and internationally renowned artists in shows curated to reflect the Forest and the Coast that we enjoy.

On 9th November 2020, St Barbe is launching a seven day online auction, re-stART, selling 30+ pieces of art generously donated by artists of national standing.  These includes pieces from John Illsley, Chris Whitaker, Pete Gilbert, Robert King, Will Rochfort and many more local and national artists.

Using the DONATE platform, buyers can bid for these pieces and proceeds will go to support our Community and Schools programmes.  St Barbe works with children, families, the elderly and minority groups to provide education, social engagement and just fun! We provide Craft Activities in school holidays, Knit and Natter groups, social history conversation, Teach on the Beach, and so on.

Museum Director, Maria Ragan, said: We have been fortunate to receive emergency support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that has kept us afloat in the short term but this auction is an important contribution to assure the future of this much loved and appreciated part of our local culture.”

Bids can be placed from 9th -15th November via www.nationalfundingscheme.org  Bidders will be kept updated by text and email (the auction works like eBay) and for those who do not have a computer, an iPad and help will available at the Museum.

Image: Detail from Chris Whittaker

re-stART online fundraiser

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