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St Barbe Open Exhibition 2021

2 March 2021

17 May - 12 June 2021

The St Barbe Open Exhibition was held for the first time in 1999 and 21 exhibitions later it is firmly established as a highlight in the local arts calendar: a celebration of the incredible array of talent found in Hampshire and Dorset. Each year hundreds of artworks are submitted to be considered by the panel of professional artists who select the exhibition and award the prizes. St Barbe is proud to provide this showcase for the wonderful creations of our local artistic community.

Despite two years of lockdowns and disruption the St Barbe Open has continued and returns this spring for its 21st showing. In the unprecedented circumstances of 2020 and 2021 the Open has given local artists a chance to display the fruits of their creativity during enforced periods of isolation. Last year works referenced the challenges of lockdown and were inspired by the wonders of nature that we have the good fortune to be surrounded by here in the New Forest.

The exhibition is open to any artist, amateur or professional, who can submit up to two paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics or textile works. Usually around 80 are selected and shown to stunning effect in St Barbe’s national-standard galleries. There is no theme and the judges only selection criterion is quality. A wide range of subjects and media is guaranteed including the beautiful, the strange and the humorous.

Prizes sponsored by Kate Welsh, Coastal Gallery and Beaulieu Fine Arts are awarded for the best print, abstract and work by a non-professional artist, while the Lymington Business Centre Award gives all exhibition visitors a chance to vote for the People’s Choice prize.

ARTISTS SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED - see website for successful artists on Thursday 22 April.

Please read carefully: Information for Artists and Terms and Conditions 

As usual we are reserving Gallery 3 for our Young Artists. We will still be in lockdown in the run up to the start of the exhibition, so therefore we will be unable to hand out the boards as before. We invite Young Artists up to 17 to submit an artwork up to A3 size (297 x 420mm landscape or portrait) full details - including some great prizes HERE

Young Artist's entry form HERE. To be handed in with the artwork on 10-11 May at St Barbe please.


Website open for submissions: Friday 19th March 2021

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 11th April 2021

Notification of successful submissions published on website: Thursday 22nd April 2021 

Handing in days at the museum: Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th May 2021 

Exhibition opens: Monday 17th May 2021

Exhibition closes: Saturday 12th June 2021

Collection days for unsold works: Tuesday 15th June and Wednesday 16th June

Image: Joan Willingham - Frying Pan & Eggs. 2020 Prize Winner.

St Barbe Open Exhibition 2021

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