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Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection

Neo-Romantic Art: the McDowall Collection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

The British Wildlife Photography Awards 2018

Starts: January 18 - 10:00am
Ends: March 17 - 4:00pm

The British Wildlife Photography Awards celebrate the beauty and diversity of British wildlife as captured by amateur and professional photographers. This exhibition presents the winning pictures chosen from thousands of entries and is a showcase for the country’s leading photographers.

This stunning collection comprises around 90 photographs chosen across fifteen categories including coast and marine life, animal behaviour, plants, habitats, the seasons and urban wildlife. There are also categories for film and junior photographers. Each image is accompanied by the photographer’s personal insights into the circumstances and inspiration behind the shot.

These incredible photographs give us a chance to marvel at the wonders of British wildlife from the spectacular to the everyday, all presented in thought-provoking and eye-catching compositions.

Any children interested in photography? Details of our competition here

Image: Ivan Carter aged 17


Coast

Coast

Starts: November 30 - 10:00am
Ends: January 13 - 4:00pm

The first of a series of invited artist exhibitions in which we bring together leading contemporary artists working in a range of media to explore their responses to a common theme. Coast: its atmosphere, landscapes, wildlife, activities and communities are all examined in this first exhibition which includes work by Richard Bawden, Alison Bolton, Jeremy Gardiner, Angie Lewin, Ffiona Lewis, Howard Phipps, Pine Feroda, and Michael Porter. The exhibition will explore how aspects of the British coastline have inspired each artist’s practice and its incredibly varied character will be reflected in an eclectic celebration of the shoreline. This will be a selling exhibition.

Gallery 3 will host a local history exhibition exploring how the coastline has changed over time.


Colour Cuts by Allen William Seaby and John Edgar Platt

Colour Cuts by Allen William Seaby and John Edgar Platt

Starts: September 28 - 10:00am
Ends: November 25 - 4:00pm

This exhibition explores the work of two of the greatest exponents of colour woodblock prints, Allen William Seaby (1867-1953) and John Edgar Platt (1886-1967).

Japanese colour woodcut prints had a big influence on European art from the end of the 19th century.

Seaby and Platt’s work married English landscape and wildlife subjects with a Japanese aesthetic. Delicately coloured and very evocative of their time, these prints are now once again fashionable and highly sought after.

This is a unique exhibition of both printmakers’ work in partnership with the artists’ families. The exhibition also looks at the paintings of Platt’s son Michael and the prints of Seaby’s grandson Robert Gillmor, as well as featuring prints and drawings made by Seaby during regular camping trips to the New Forest.

Read a review by print expert, Hilary Chapman