Exhibition: Dazzle:Disguise and Disruption in War and Art
Starts: June 16 - 10:00am Ends: September 23 - 5:00pm
In 1917 U-Boat attacks threatened to knock Britain out of the war. Artist Norman Wilkinson persuaded the Admiralty that the answer lay in patterns painted on the side of ships which would confuse U-Boat commanders as to the vessel’s direction and speed. A team of artists were recruited to create these ‘Dazzle’ designs and soon ships were sailing out looking like exhibits in an avant-garde art show.
This unique exhibition looks at the development of Dazzle and features original ship models, Dazzle plans and artworks made to record and celebrate the scheme. The exhibition includes works by Norman Wilkinson, Edward Wadsworth, Montague Dawson, John Everett and many more on loan from the national, regional and private collections.
This is the only exhibition on the topic being mounted during the First World War Centenary commemorations.
Colour Cuts by Allen William Seaby and John Edgar Platt
Starts: September 29 - 10:00am Ends: November 25 - 4:00pm
A unique exhibition based around two of the greatest exponents of colour woodcut prints: Allen William Seaby (1867 – 1953) a regular visitor to the New Forest, and John Edgar Platt (1886 – 1967) in partnership with the artists’ estates.
This exhibition also includes paintings by Platt’s son Michael, and the prints of Seaby’s grandson Robert Gilmor.
Starts: December 1 - 10:00am Ends: January 13 - 4:00pm
The first of a series of invited artist exhibitions in which we bring together leading contemporary artists working in a range of media to explore their responses to a common theme. Coast: its atmosphere, landscapes, wildlife, activities and communities are all examined in this first exhibition which includes work by Richard Bawden, Alison Bolton, Jeremy Gardiner, Angie Lewin, Ffiona Lewis, Howard Phipps, Pine Feroda, and Michael Porter. The exhibition will explore how aspects of the British coastline have inspired each artist’s practice and its incredibly varied character will be reflected in an eclectic celebration of the shoreline. This will be a selling exhibition.
Gallery 3 will host a local history exhibition exploring how the coastline has changed over time.