19th Open Art Exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington

Art by 105 talented artists chosen to be showcased in this exciting annual exhibition.

Best Painting Davina Downes Welsh Hills in Winter 2019The 19th Open Art Exhibition opens at St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington this weekend, showcasing pieces by 105 talented, local artists. Last year the Open exhibition made a successful transition to the new gallery spaces and an online entry method. 

Steve Marshall, Curator of the Open Exhibition said “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. The outcome is a varied selection of stunning artwork which ranges from vibrant paintings in oil and acrylic to jewel-like prints and quirky sculpture. A real credit to the local artists and their talent.”

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. In this 19th year (a year was missed during the big refurbishment, hence not the 20th year yet!) the 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.

Prize winners have been announced!

Congratulations to all entrants and in particular to the following award winners:

  • The Blake Morgan Award for best painting: Davina Downes – Welsh Hills in Winter, oil on canvas
  • The Mary and John Symons Memorial Award for best print: Sian Appleyard – Tide Line, collagraph
  • The Coastal Gallery Award for best contemporary abstract work: Keith Rogers – Blush, oil pastel
  • The Ted Marsh Memorial Award for best work by an artist aged 18-21: Hattie Rogers – Sea by Moonlight, printing ink on paper
  • The Beaulieu Fine Arts Award for best work by a non-professional artist: Sue Howard – Apple Trees, print

49 entries in the 2nd St Barbe Young Artists' Open Exhibition

Maisie Jones Rainbow Lion winner 7 to 11 in 20192018 saw the inaugural Young Artists’ Open providing an opportunity for developing artists from toddlers to 17 year olds. For this year’s exhibition there were  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.

Congratulations to the Young Artists’ Open Exhibition Winners who receive their awards on Saturday 22 March at St Barbe.

  • Under 7 Years Category - Winner of the Ted Marsh Memorial Award: Landon Machin – Touch the Sun (acrylic)
  • 7-11 Years Category - Winner of the Ted Marsh Memorial Award: Maisie Jones – Rainbow Lion (acrylic)
  • 12-17 Years Category - Winner of the Ted Marsh Memorial Award: Madelaine Curry – Flora (acrylic)

Visit the 2019 Open Exhibition and Young Artists Open Exhibition at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, New Street, Lymington between Friday 22 March and Sunday 2 June, 10am to 5pm daily.