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Bag yourself some fabulous New Forest art for Christmas!

Place your bids before Sunday night for the St Barbe Art Gallery Lymington re-stART online art auction!

Johon Illsley painting items on table

Like so many organisations closed once again in Lockdown, our very own St Barbe Art Gallery and Museum has come up with an ingenious way to ensure we all get the opportunity to have some new Art on our walls for Christmas.  Please support this if you possibly can - and help to ensure that St Barbe itself can be here for us in the years to come, for long after we are finally able to consign the year 2020 to the history books - and eventually to the Museums which survive!

St Barbe Art Gallery and Museum: re-stART online auction: 9-15 November

This is St Barbe's first ever silent auction which will raise much needed funds in aid of the museum and art gallery. It offers you the opportunity to buy online high quality, collectable art including paintings, prints and photographs, with something to suit every taste.

The seven-day online auction is promoting 38 works of art, all generously donated by artists of national standing. These include work by our very own locally living rock legend and artist John Illsley plus other well konwn art names Chris Whittaker, Pete Gilbert, Will Rochfort and more.

Bids until midnight on Sunday 15 November 

Andrew Halliday trees in sunshine

Bids can be placed until Sunday 15 November at midnight, at

Bidders will be kept updated by text and email (the auction works like eBay).

John Illsley is of course well known as the bass guitarist of the brilliant Dire Straits, he is also a keen artist and a patron of St Barbe. His words, echoed by the other artists who have so generously donated their art: “I’m happy to donate my painting to support St Barbe and hope that it raises lots of money for them.”

All proceeds will go to support St Barbe's Community and Schools programme over the coming year. This is just one of the many important St Barbe initiatives working locally within the community to keep art alive for the future: St Barbe works with children, families, older people and minority groups to provide education, social engagement and fun!

Like all cultural institutions, St Barbe has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and it's up to all of us to do our bit as and when we can, to preserve these wonderful places for the future, of Lymington and the New Forest and for our children and grandchildren!

As Penny Curry of St Barbe said: "During another lockdown your support is even more important…please buy for yourself or start your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your own home - support a local charity and help us raise funds for our community projects."

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