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Jeremy Gardiner - Gallery talk

Jeremy Gardiner - Gallery talk

Starts: March 10 - 12:00pm
Ends: March 10 - 12:30pm

Artist Jeremy Gardiner will be giving a short guided tour of our current exhibition ‘South by Southwest, Coastal Landscapes’

An insight into the work behind the artwork and his inspiration.

DROP-IN | Talk included in entry - donations welcome


Jeremy Gardiner - South by Southwest

Jeremy Gardiner - South by Southwest

Starts: January 24 - 10:00am
Ends: March 22 - 4:00pm

Coastal Landscapes

Jeremy Gardiner has spent the last five years exploring locations on Britain’s south coast. This seaside odyssey has resulted in a new body of work that captures coastal landscapes from Kent to Cornwall. Gardiner has taken his inspiration not only from the natural world but from popular views of the coastal landscape in travel posters, guide books, postcards and ViewMaster reels which will also be featured in the exhibition.

Gardiner’s work reflects a deep interest in the geology of landscape and how it is shaped by the forces of nature. His working method involves creating distinct layers of colour by building accretions of paint, collaging, scouring and sanding down in an attempt to emulate on the surface of the paintings, the effects of geological time on the terrain.

CLICK HERE  to see Jeremy Gardiner talking about one of his paintings from the exhibition.

Exhibition text in large print click here

Image: Jeremy Gardiner - South Foreland Lighthouse, Kent (detail)


Romantics

Romantics

Starts: November 15 - 10:00am
Ends: January 19 - 4:00pm

PAST EXHIBITION

Following on from the Neo-Romantic Art, Romantics opens on Friday 15 November exploring what romantic art might look like at the beginning of the 21st century. We have invited a diverse group of artists who see themselves as continuing this great tradition in British art. The exhibition weaves together themes of nature, expressive landscape, sprit of place, the human figure, drama and angst. Romantic art has always been broad-brush in its approach and embraces a range of subject and treatment and this exhibition will demonstrate that the Romantic sensibility is still a vital and relevant force in today’s dangerous world where anxiety and uncertainty dominate our lives.

We are delighted that the artists include Christopher Le Brun who is the current president of the Royal Academy, he will be exhibiting at St Barbe for the first time. George Shaw is a Turner Prize nominee known for painting in Humbrol enamel paints and has recently completed a spell as artist in residence at the National Gallery. Greg Gilbert is a Southampton based artist who also found fame as a member of the band The Delays. Julian Opie’s instantly recognisable style is in much demand and reached a huge audience through his album cover ‘The Best of Blur’ album. Alice Kettle is one of the most sought-after textile artists working in the UK, known in Hampshire for the massive commissioned piece at Winchester Discovery Centre Looking Forwards to the Past.

Other artists taking part will be: Peter Archer, Graham Arnold, Mary Anne Aytoun-Ellis, Chris Bucklow, Jeffery Camp, Julian Cooper, Alex Faulkner, Sarah Harding, David Inshaw, Ffiona Lewis, Fiona McIntyre, Annie Ovenden, Julian Perry, Alan Rankle, George Rowlett, and David Tress.

It promises to be a thought-provoking exhibition, challenging the visitor to think about their own ideas of Romantic art.

Image: Julian Opie, River 4. 2017. Inkjet face mounted on acrylic. 

Banner image: Artists & guest curator Tim Craven


Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection

Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection

Starts: September 6 - 10:00am
Ends: November 10 - 4:00pm

PAST EXHIBITION

Neo-Romantic art flourished in Britain from the 1920s to the 1950s. It was inspired by a particularly British strain of Romantic art that looked back to Turner, Blake and Samuel Palmer.

This exhibition is drawn from a remarkable private collection developed by Nicolas and Frances McDowall since the 1950s. It will feature around 60 works by artists associated with the movement including Paul Nash, John Piper, Graham Sutherland and Henry Moore.

Image: Rigby Graham, Figures with Boat, Brittany. Courtesy of Goldmark Gallery.


Wellworthy (Gallery 3)

Wellworthy (Gallery 3)

Starts: September 6 - 10:00am
Ends: November 10 - 4:00pm

PAST EXHIBITION

One hundred years ago, John Howlett changed the name of his engineering company to Wellworthy Ltd. By the 1970s, Wellworthy employed 1,800 people in Lymington and had 5,000 employees overall working in factories in Lymington, Ringwood, Salisbury, Weymouth and Bridgwater. 

This exhibition celebrates that anniversary, exploring the history and impact of the company through objects, photographs and oral history interviews collected from past employees.


Command of the Seas: The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon

Command of the Seas: The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon

Starts: June 8 - 10:00am
Ends: September 1 - 5:00pm

PAST EXHIBITION

Between 1793 and 1815, Britain was at war with revolutionary France. This exhibition will explore some of the key naval battles in the run up to the decisive victory at Trafalgar in 1805, as well as what life was like in the navy at the time. It will focus on the important contributions of three local admirals, Cornwallis, Peyton and Man, all of whom are buried at Milford churchyard. Featuring items relating to these admirals on loan from both national and private collections, the highlight of our show will be JMW Turner’s second sketch for the Battle of Trafalgar, on loan from the Tate.

Gallery 3 focusses on the New Forest itself, exploring how local timber from the forest was used to construct some of the warships that made up Nelson’s Navy.

There will be children’s activities throughout the exhibition and a weekend of events in Milford on 5-7 July to commemorate the bicentenary of the death of Admiral Cornwallis.

This exhibition has been created in partnership with the Milford-on-Sea Historical Record Society and the New Forest National Park Authority.

Image by JW Turner ‘The Battle of Trafalgar’ . Thanks to


Textile Exhibition (Gallery 3)

Textile Exhibition (Gallery 3)

Starts: April 30 - 10:00am
Ends: June 2 - 5:00pm

PAST EXHIBITION

This exhibition brings together local textile artists working in a variety of different media. From felting to lace-making, weaving, patchwork and collage, we are seeking to highlight the range of work being created by talented local artists.

Jeanne Daniel will be giving Weaving demonstrations on Wednesdays and Fridays 11am-12pm.

Jan Slatter will be giving Spinning and Weaving demonstrations on Sunday mornings.

The Barton Lace Group will also be giving ad hoc demonstrations through out the exhibition.

The works in this exhibition will be available for sale.

Textile by Pippa Crouch


St Barbe Young Artist's Open

St Barbe Young Artist's Open

Starts: March 23 - 10:00am
Ends: April 28 - 4:00pm

2018 saw the inaugural Young Artists’ Open providing an opportunity for developing artists from toddlers to 17 year olds. For this year’s exhibition we received 49 entries, all of which will be displayed in Gallery 3 alongside the adult Open exhibition. The exhibition is a feast of colour, featuring landscapes, wildlife, still life and works of imagination in pencil, ink, watercolour, acrylic and mixed media. We hope that in time some of these budding artists’ work will appear in the main Open exhibition.

Prizes for each age category (under 7, 7-11, 12-17) have been generously provided by Gordon Young in memory of Ted Marsh the first Chairman of Trustees at St Barbe whose vision and energy helped found the museum you see today.

Image: Flora by Madelaine Curry (12-17 winner)


St Barbe Open Exhibition 2019

St Barbe Open Exhibition 2019

Starts: March 22 - 10:00am
Ends: June 2 - 5:00pm

PAST EXHIBITION

Last year the Open exhibition made a successful transition to the new gallery spaces and an online entry method that resulted in the largest submission so far. This year there were 428 entries for the exhibition and since the overall quality was so high the judges had a very difficult time making their selection. In the end they chose 105 works which range from vibrant paintings in oil and acrylic to jewel-like prints and quirky sculpture.

Since it was established in 2000 the St Barbe Open has become one of the highlights  of the local arts calendar, attracting artists from Hampshire, Dorset and beyond. This 19th Open includes paintings, prints, drawings and three dimensional pieces in ceramic, bronze, wood and mixed media. Most works are available for sale and the exhibition provides an excellent opportunity to find affordable art by some of the best artists working in the region.

IMAGES This page: Ken Nemar - Wildflowers 3 | Home page: John Graham - Mackerel

This year’s prizes include:

Specsavers, Lymington People’s Choice Award (£250)

The Blake Morgan Award for best painting (£250)

The Mary and John Symons Memorial Award for best print (£250)

The Coastal Gallery Award for best contemporary abstract work (£100)

The Ted Marsh Award for best work by an artist aged 18-21 (£100)

The Beaulieu Fine Arts Award for best work by a non-professional artist (£100 of framing)


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

PAST EXHIBITION

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