29 April – 10 June


I am delighted that my painting, ‘Badbury Rings’ has been selected for this prestigious exhibition!

This is what the organisers say about the show:

The St Barbe Open Exhibition was held for the first time in 1999; it is now firmly established as a highlight in the local arts calendar: a celebration of the incredible array of 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 artistic community.

The exhibition is open to any artist, amateur or professional, who can submit up to two paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, ceramics or textile works. Around 100 are selected and shown to stunning effect in St Barbe’s national-standard galleries. There is no theme, and the judges select superb quality work for an outstanding exhibition. A wide range of subjects and media is guaranteed, including the beautiful, the strange and the humorous. Prizes sponsored by Kate Welsh, Coastal Gallery and Beaulieu Fine Arts are awarded for the best print, abstract and work by a non-professional artist, while Chalk’s Gallery Lymington gives all exhibition visitors a chance to vote for the People’s Choice prize.

Alongside we run a Young Artist’s Open which welcomes entrants from one to eighteen years old to exhibit alongside the adult entries, encouraging our young people to get creative from their earliest years. Long-time St Barbe supporter Gordon Young generously offers four ‘Ted Marsh Awards’ in cash and artists materials in memory of the museum’s founding chair.

St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

New Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BH

Opening Times:

Monday to Saturday – 10am to 4pm

Ticket Prices (with Gift Aid):

Adult- £6.00

Concession- £5.00

Child (5-15yrs)- £3.00 / Under 5s- FREE

Family (Up to 2 adults and 4 children)- £12.00