Old School Gallery
Choose a special gift for yourself or a loved one from the original range of handcrafted items produced by local artists and craft- makers. The displays are changed regularly - and we currently have beautiful items (ideal for unique presents!) by artists Peter Sey, Jackie Giron, Val Sparkes, Jenny Sutton, Jane Corner, Richard Stapley, Mike Braisher, and Barbara Young.
Find this gallery next to the reception and shop - free entry
Artist of the week: Barbara Young
Following a career in Primary School teaching and a lifelong enjoyment of varied art and craft activities, Barbara took a course in the craft of traditional stained glass at Oaklands College, in Hertfordshire, in 2002.
This led to broadening of techniques with courses in the art of Tiffany style glass work and kiln-fired fused glass.
Over the years Barbara says she has enjoyed developing her own style of glass work and gain inspiration from the forest and the coast.
Previous artists of the week: Val Sparkes
Val Sparkes studied ceramics at the Art College in Bristol graduating in 1981.
She has been potting almost continuously since then, setting up The Pottery at Danestream Farm, near Sway in 1993. Val works mainly in white earthenware clay, with underglaze colours, using themes inspired by the countryside & sea to create pottery that is both functional and decorative.
Richard started Woodturning in the late 1980s when he decided he needed something to do outside of work, Woodturning was something he had done, like many of his generation, when at school and decided he would investigate what would be required to start Woodturning, some 30 years after this first experience.
Twenty-five years on he has progressed from the early exploration of selling at Craft Fairs to the supply of his work to some of the premier Galleries in the South of England.
His decorative items use, whenever possible, locally sourced and sustainable timber such as Ash, Oak and Yew to name just a few.
Richard has developed a number of signature designs, such as his Decorated and Stitched Pots, Banksia Weed Pots and Deco Bowls as well as a range of useful items such as Pin Cushions and Paperclip Tidies. These can generally be found in his various outlets or as part of his display at Craft Fairs.
Richard is a member of the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen and the Association of Wood-turners of Great Britain.
Jackie has spent the last 18 years as a practicing ceramic artist and potter. Living and working in the New Forest, from a studio at ArtSway for 17 years, until moving into her new studio at home earlier this year. She has consistently exhibited and sold work through galleries all over the country.
Currently, her work can be seen at the Coastal Gallery, Lymington, Beaulieu Fine Arts, where she shows a bespoke collection, Rum’s Eg Gallery, Romsey and the Cecilia Colman Gallery, London. She has exhibited at Portsmouth City Museum, Weymouth Museum, Sheffield National Galleries and the Morely Gallery in London.
In addition Jackie teaches pottery from her home studio and has just finished teaching for Brockenhurst College.
Peter Sey is an exciting young artist who overcomes the disability of cerebral palsy, to produce a range of work in both acrylics, and pen and ink with a very distinct style, bold use of colour and eye for detail.
The late Tony Hart, much loved TV artist of “Take Hart” fame, was one of the first to recognise Peter’s unique talent and to buy his work.
Despite being born with a disability and having to live with consequent health problems, Peter has always drawn and painted. Pen and ink is his first love, recording the world around him in a highly detailed but not photographic way, hinting at something more of the ambience of the subject. He also paints in acrylics which enabled him to “go with the flow”, allowing the brush to take over from the disciplined precision of the pen.
For Peter’s exhibition at Furzey Gardens in 2010, the curator wrote “there is something “Lowry-esque” in the freedom of expression in his work. When you see his painting you will see at once that it is a “Peter Sey”; and just what it is about his style that excited Tony Hart”.
Peter has exhibited in several venues as a sole artist over the last decade, most recently at The Red House, Christchurch and Forest Arts in New Milton.
Arts and Crafts
We love finding new artists and in this great little gallery we showcase some of the best arts and crafts in the area. Most of our artists are local to Lymington, the New Forest and the coast, and this offers an opportunity for them to display and sell their work. We refresh the gallery regularly, and should you wish to exhibit and are local, do send in some examples of what you do. Click here to contact us.
The perfect place to pick up a present.
We host a local exhibition in this space, so it's worth checking in our diary to see what's on when you plan to visit.
Coming up we have ....
Hampshire Open Studios
20 - 29 August
We are proud to once again be taking part in Hampshire Open Studios, an annual art trail involving more than 500 artists across the county.
A diverse range of work by local artists will be on display and for sale in the Old School Gallery, which of course is free to enter.
This is a great way to buy affordable, original art.
The Hampshire Open Studios brochure is already available - pick it up from our Tourist Information Point.
Twenty20 Art for Oakhaven Hospice
September 3 - September 9
An exciting chance to buy or bid for outstanding original 20cm x 20cm paintings by established and undiscovered artists – and help support Oakhaven Hospice.
Twenty20 Art presents more than 100 exceptional pieces by high calibre artists, who last year included John Illsley from Dire Straits; Rosemary Welch, the famous equestrian painter Mary How, known for the original illustrations in Enid Blyton books, and up and coming favourite Will Rochfort.
Now in its third year, this is the first time Twenty20 Art is being held at St Barbe. Silent bids are taken during the week of the exhibition and the top twenty painters, will be auctioned on Friday 9 September.
So please, join us for drinks and canapes and bid for your favourite artwork while supporting your local hospice.
This event is sponsored by Rathbones.