19/06/2021 to 04/09/2021

Celebrating the Natural History of The British Isles  Calling all children and families, head to St Barbe for a WILD encounter! Have you ever been up close to a Gannet in full dive as it plummets towards the sea to catch fish, or managed to catch a glimpse of the elusive Red Squirrel as it scampers …

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St Barbe Open Exhibition 2021

17/05/2021 to 12/06/2021

Image: Joan Willingham – Frying Pan & Eggs. 2020 Prize winner. The St Barbe Open Exhibition was held for the first time in 1999 and 21 exhibitions later it is firmly established as a highlight in the local arts calendar: a celebration of the incredible array of talent found in Hampshire and Dorset. Each year hundreds …

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Open Artist 2021 Submissions

19/03/2021 to 09/04/2021

IMAGE: Liz Magee, Chips! Successful St Barbe Open 2020 artist Online submissions for the St Barbe Open start on Friday 19 March at 9am. We welcome paintings, drawings, prints, textiles, sculpture and ceramics Before you submit your artwork please make sure you have read the following two documents: Online submissions end on 9 April at midnight – artists that …

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

08/06/2019 to 01/09/2019

Image by JW Turner ‘The Battle of Trafalgar’ 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 …

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Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection

06/09/2019 to 10/11/2019

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

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06/09/2019 to 10/11/2019

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, …

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15/11/2019 to 19/01/2020

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

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Jeremy Gardiner – South by Southwest

24/01/2020 to 22/03/2020

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

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St Barbe Open Exhibition 2020

07/07/2020 to 29/08/2020

Image: Autumn in the New Forest by Jane Andrews The St Barbe Open returns for its 20th year and is now firmly established as one of the highlights of the local arts calendar, attracting artists from Hampshire, Dorset and beyond.  The exhibition includes textiles as well as paintings, prints, drawings and three-dimensional works. Artists have been …

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The Seasons: Art of the Unfolding Year

11/09/2020 to 09/01/2021

Image: James Lynch, Ted’s Greenhouse – Summer (detail)  / banner Howard Phipps – Winkelbury Hillford (detail) This autumn sees the opening of a unique exhibition celebrating seasonal change as portrayed by British artists over the last 100 years. The seasonal cycle has long been a source of inspiration for artists, writers and musicians but in recent …

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