St Barbe Open 2024

23 March – 11 May

Isabel Walker – Joie de vivre | St Barbe Open 2024

Collection of unsold works: Tuesday 14 + Wednesday 15 May

The St Barbe Open Exhibition was held for the first time in 1999 and is now firmly established as a highlight in the local arts calendar: a celebration of the incredible array of artistic talent found in Hampshire, Dorset and beyond. Each year hundreds of artworks are submitted to be considered by the panel of professional artists who select the exhibition and award the prizes. St Barbe is proud to provide this showcase for the wonderful creations of our local artists’ community. This is a selling exhibition, a chance to acquire high quality affordable art.

Thank you to our supporters for providing The St Barbe Open artist prizes:

The People’s Choice Award – sponsored by Chalk’s Gallery (£200)

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

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

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

The Coastal Gallery Award for best sculpture/ceramic work (£100)

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


The exhibition also includes the Young Artists Open encouraging our younger generation to get creative and have their artwork on display in our gallery.

The following prizes are offered this year for the best work in each age group:

Ted Marsh Memorial Award for Under 7s  Artists materials worth £25

Ted Marsh Memorial Award for 7 – 11s      Artists materials worth £50

Ted Marsh Memorial Award for 12-17        £75 cash prize

The prizes are given as a tribute to Ted Marsh, first Chairman of Lymington Museum Trust, who started the project for a museum and art gallery in Lymington. These are generously provided by Mr Gordon Young.

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