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New Forest Wildlife - Children's Photography Competition Display

New Forest Wildlife - Children's Photography Competition Display

Starts: January 28 - 10:00am
Ends: February 8 - 4:00pm

Photographs taken as part of our wildlife photography competition will be displayed in the window of our McCarthy Room for everybody to admire.


The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Starts: January 18 - 10:00am
Ends: March 17 - 4:00pm

The British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrate the beauty and diversity of British wildlife as captured by amateur and professional photographers. This exhibition presents the winning pictures chosen from thousands of entries and is a showcase for the country’s leading photographers.

This stunning collection comprises around 90 photographs chosen across fifteen categories including coast and marine life, animal behaviour, plants, habitats, the seasons and urban wildlife. There are also categories for film and junior photographers. Each image is accompanied by the photographer’s personal insights into the circumstances and inspiration behind the shot.

These incredible photographs give us a chance to marvel at the wonders of British wildlife from the spectacular to the everyday, all presented in thought-provoking and eye-catching compositions.

Any children interested in photography? Details of our competition here

Image: Ivan Carter aged 17


Coast

Coast

Starts: November 30 - 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.


Colour Cuts by Allen William Seaby and John Edgar Platt

Colour Cuts by Allen William Seaby and John Edgar Platt

Starts: September 28 - 10:00am
Ends: November 25 - 4:00pm

This exhibition explores the work of two of the greatest exponents of colour woodblock prints, Allen William Seaby (1867-1953) and John Edgar Platt (1886-1967).

Japanese colour woodcut prints had a big influence on European art from the end of the 19th century.

Seaby and Platt’s work married English landscape and wildlife subjects with a Japanese aesthetic. Delicately coloured and very evocative of their time, these prints are now once again fashionable and highly sought after.

This is a unique exhibition of both printmakers’ work in partnership with the artists’ families. The exhibition also looks at the paintings of Platt’s son Michael and the prints of Seaby’s grandson Robert Gillmor, as well as featuring prints and drawings made by Seaby during regular camping trips to the New Forest.

Read a review by print expert, Hilary Chapman


Exhibition: Dazzle:Disguise and Disruption in War and Art

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, curated by James Taylor, author and historian, 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.

Art historian and BBC Antiques Roadshow presenter Paul Atterbury said: “ It is extraordinary that so important a story, in which the very future of Britain hung in the balance, has until now not been told. National galleries and museums in London and elsewhere have certainly missed a trick by ignoring this great story.”

This is the only exhibition on the topic being mounted during the First World War Centenary commemorations.


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

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

Starts: April 20 - 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.

The exhibition has already provoked this response: “I have just visited the gallery for the first time and found it a beautiful place with very thoughtful displays. I should particularly like to say how much I loved the Springlines Exhibition, to the extent that it stirred quite and emotional reaction in me, in fact, making me cry, I must admit. Not normal for me at an exhibition! Please pass on my thanks to Mary Anne and Clare.” Alison, Friday April 20, 2018.


The 18th Open Exhibition

The 18th Open Exhibition

Starts: February 23 - 10:00am
Ends: April 15 - 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)
This is a selling exhibition
Artists please note: Collection days for unsold works: Tuesday 17 April and Wednesday 18 April


Explore the Exhibition

Explore the Exhibition

Starts: January 27 - 11:00am
Ends: January 27 - 12:30pm

A new event that enables families to explore our exhibitions. There’s an interactive family tour of the exhibition The Art of World War ll, John Noott Collection, and then the opportunity to create your own exhibition inspired artwork.

£3.00 per child. FREE for Family Members
Adults free of charge. Max 1 adult per child.


Exhibition: Art Of World War ll - John Noott Collection

Exhibition: Art Of World War ll - John Noott Collection

Starts: December 2 - 10:00am
Ends: February 17 - 4:00pm

In this remarkable exhibition you will find rarely seen portrayals of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, life on the Home Front, the war at sea and in the air, the battlefronts in Africa, Europe and the Far East and the aftermath of this global tragedy.
John Noott was 7 years old when war broke out in 1939. Later in life as a successful art dealer he began to collect art made during the war. It now includes over 100 paintings, prints and posters by famous and lesser known artists including Felix Topolski, and Eduardo Paolozzi. After a brief showing at the Broadway Arts Festival in 2016, St Barbe is privileged to present the first major gallery showing of this remarkable collection of war art.

“I don’t think I ever made a specific decision to collect, it just became what I did alongside the rest of my business– trawling auction catalogues, asking other dealers to look for suitable works on my behalf – I gradually realised that I had a collection which might not only be of interest to others, but could also be educational”. *John Noott
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St Mark's Church: the Heart of Pennington

St Mark's Church: the Heart of Pennington

Starts: October 20 - 10:00am
Ends: October 21 - 3:00pm

An exhibition celebrating Pennington, St Mark’s Church and the launch of a new Guide to St Mark’s.

The show is being held at St Mark’s Church on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October, from 11am to 3pm each day.

There will also be a short talk by Geraldine Beech at 11am and 2pm on the Saturday.

Light refreshments served

Admission free