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The 18th Open Exhibition

The 18th Open Exhibition

Starts: February 23 - 10:00am
Ends: April 8 - 4:00pm

The Open Exhibition returns for its 18th year, bigger and better than ever!
With more than £1,000 cash prizes up for grabs, a new online entry process, and a new category for three-dimensional works, there will be a fresh look to the exhibition to match the new gallery spaces at St Barbe.
Over the years the Open has become a popular highlight in the region’s arts calendar drawing entries from artists across Hampshire and Dorset and further afield.
A panel of professional judges select the exhibition is selected, with the bar being set increasingly high to match the quality of the work submitted.
A range of prizes are offered by through the generous support of local business partners.

This year prizes include:
• The New Milton Advertiser and Lymington Times People’s Choice Award (£300)
• The Coastal Gallery Award for best contemporary abstract work (£300)
• The Mary and John Symons Award for Best Print (£250)
• The Blake Morgan Award for Best Painting (£250)
• Ted Marsh Award, 18-21 years old (£100)
• The Beaulieu Fine Arts Award for best work by a non-professional artist (£50 of framing)
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Exhibition: Springlines by Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis and Clare Best

Exhibition: Springlines by Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis and Clare Best

Starts: April 13 - 10:00am
Ends: June 10 - 5:00pm

Springlines is a collaborative project between poet Clare Best and painter Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, exploring hidden and mysterious bodies of water across the south of England. For several years Clare and Mary Anne have been working from nature, from memory and imagination and in response to one another’s creativity. Together they have made a body of work that tells the story of the complex and fragile relationship between human life and groundwater. The exhibition features paintings by Mary Anne and poetry by Clare based on their explorations in Sussex, Kent and the New Forest as well as relevant items from the museum’s local collections.