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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.

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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 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.

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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


A Printmaker's Journey by Angie Lewin

A Printmaker's Journey by Angie Lewin

Starts: September 29 - 10:00am
Ends: November 25 - 5:00pm

Artist Angie Lewin has a unique vision of the natural world. Her hugely popular prints and textile designs depict in intricate detail the native flora of a variety of environments, from saltmarsh and Highland loch to flower-strewn meadow and wild garden.
This exhibition showcases, not only her own work, but those that have inspired and influenced her. It includes ceramics by Eric Ravilious,Paul Scott and Rob Ryan, wallpapers by Edward Bawden, prints by Gertrude Hermes and Monica Poole, textiles by Ashley Havinden and woven willow work by Lizzie Farey.

  • Limited edition unframed prints, cusion covers and cards by Angie Lewin are for sale in the shop.

“Inspired by both the clifftops and saltmarshes of the North Norfolk coast and the Scottish
Highlands … these landscapes are often glimpsed through intricately detailed plant forms.” Angie Lewin

Click here to see Angie Lewin at work

Exhibition provided in partnership with Hampshire Cultural Trust.


Re-opening of fully refurbished St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Re-opening of fully refurbished St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Starts: July 29 - 11:00am
Ends: July 29 - 5:00pm

Re-opening after a major refurbishment!
Be the first to see The Boldre Hoard – a treasure trove of 1,608 third century Roman coins discovered buried near Lymington by metal detectorist enthusiasts, and on display for the first time.
Enjoy the stunning inaugural major exhibition Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and interpred by wildlife expert and TV presenter Chris Packham.
Browse around our refurbished gift shop and then relax with a coffee and delicious snack in the new cafe.
We are delighted that our President, Ralph Montagu, will cut the ribbon to open the ‘new-look’ St Barbe at 11am.
There will be a jazz band playing from opening until 1pm, and fun activities for all the family too – so come and help us celebrate!


Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and Chris Packham

Birds of the New Forest by Geoffrey Dashwood and Chris Packham

Starts: July 29 - 10:00am
Ends: September 23 - 5:00pm

Internationally-renowned Sculptor Geoffrey Dashwood and TV presenter and Naturalist Chris Packham are teaming up to present a stunning inaugural exhibition in our new gallery spaces.
Birds of the New Forest will feature Dashwood’s beautiful bronze sculptures of birds that currently live in the New Forest, others that used to live here, and species that may return in the future.
The exhibition will be curated by writer, TV presenter and campaigner Chris Packham who is a friend and long-time admirer of Geoffrey Dashwood’s work:
“Dashwood’s technique is reductive; all but a few surface details are abandoned leaving a simplicity which emphatically strengthens each work. With aplomb and authority he reproduces the functional aesthetics of nature’s machines in a graphic and economical style, which with a sympathetic amalgam of internal form, aero dynamism and known physiology, produces all the tension, the sensuality, all the absolute beauty of living birds. These sculptures defy the need for anatomical or ornithological justification – they are quite simply ravishing.” Chris Packham
Dashwood is admired for eliminating all superficial detail to attain refined forms with smooth surfaces, enhanced by the application of coloured and multi-coloured patinas. Although his work can be placed within the genre of wildlife art, Dashwood has transcended the subject matter and his bronzes are firmly established in the wider field of contemporary art.
St Barbe is delighted to welcome Geoffrey back for the third time.


A Glimpse of Bygone Milford

A Glimpse of Bygone Milford

Starts: March 25 - 10:00am
Ends: March 26 - 4:00pm

An exhibition that celebrates motherhood and explores the stories of famous former residents of Milford-on-Sea, including Admiral William Cornwallis, a friend of Lord Nelson and the commander-in-chief of the Channel Fleet during the Napoleonic wars.