Local Art
Featured artwork
  Leslie Moffat Ward: Near Worbarrow Bay, Dorset (1930)
25 April - 6 June
St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington
  An exhibition of paintings and prints by an often overlooked master of British landscape art, Leslie Moffat Ward (1888-1978), will be held at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington from Saturday, 25th April until Saturday 6th June. English Idyll will reveal a vanished England of bustling wharfs, ramshackle buildings and tranquil countryside.  
Local Art Exhibitions
• St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington
An English Idyll: Paintings & Prints By Leslie Moffat Ward
25 April - 6 June
This exhibition of paintings and prints by Leslie Moffat Ward (1888-1978) reveals a vanished England of bustling wharfs, ramshackle buildings and tranquil countryside. Ward spent most of his life in Bournemouth, where he studied and then taught art. He was a leading member of the Bournemouth Arts Club and the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE) and exhibited at the Royal Academy. Ward travelled widely but returned again and again to the area around Poole and Bournemouth for his subject matter. This exhibition will feature many rarely seen works on loan from private collections as well as paintings and prints from the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum. Ward was working from the 1910s to the 1950s and captured a disappearing world. This will be a treat for devotees of fine prints and lovers of the English landscape.
• Russell-Cotes Bournemouth
1 April to 27 September 2015
Alphonse Mucha: In Quest Of Beauty
Czech master of Art Nouveau and the quintessential artist of fin-de-siècle Paris, Alphonse Mucha’s distinctive style explored feminine beauty through poster design, magazines and, even, baby food packaging. The opulent aesthetic of the Russell-Cotes, full of exquisite items from around the globe, offers the perfect backdrop for Alphonse Mucha’s iconic imagery of beauty, fantasy and elegance. In Quest of Beauty showcases key aspects of Mucha’s work in three sections: ‘Women – Icons and Muses’ features his earlier commercial work and includes Gismonda (1894), portraying his muse actress Sarah Bernhardt, for whom he designed his very first poster. ‘Le Style Mucha – A Visual Language’ explores his change in approach following the advent of modernism with works such as Reverie (1897/8), pictured above. The final section ‘Beauty – The Power of Inspiration’ highlights his painting Song of Bohemia (1918) and explores the latter stages of his career as he moved back to Czech lands in 1910.
• Southampton City Art Gallery
Views of Southampton
20 March – 18 July
Image: Philip Brannon, Southampton in the Reign of Henry VIII.
From costal scenes to architectural drawings this exhibition reveals how artists have portrayed Southampton throughout history. The works on show are taken from Southampton’s vast collections and feature paintings by established artist such as LS Lowry and Christopher Nevinson alongside local artists’ work, photographs and historical archive material.

Greg Gilbert
20 March – 18 July.
Primarily working in biro, Greg Gilbert’s exhibition will be comprised of intricate miniature drawings and reliefs depicting a mythologized Southampton, where different epochs coexist.

Urban Sketchers Southampton
28 March – 14 June. This exhibition showcases sketches made ‘on location’ of the people, places and buildings that make up our city.

Cunard: A Celebration of 175 Years
1 May - 5 September 2015. This exhibition makes the 175th anniversary of the Cunard Line, which has owned some of the world's most famous ocean liners.

Dan Holdsworth: Spatial Objects
9 May - 31 August. British photographer Dan Holdsworth explores the relationship between landscape photography, science and technology.

Local Art Groups
  Lymington Arts Group
  Lymington Palette Club
  New Forest Art Society
  The Woolanders
  Christchurch Arts Guild
  Isle of Wight Arts
Isle of Wight
The main Art Galleries in the area
The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum web
Russell-Cotes Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AA
See all of their 904 paintings
Housed in a beautiful Victorian villa on the cliff top over-looking Bournemouth beach.
The rooms inside are full of Victorian splendour housing an interesting collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and furniture.
Southampton City Art Gallery web
Commercial Rd, Southampton SO14 7LP
See all of their 1082 paintings
The gallery has a collection of over 3,500 works of art, spanning six centuries from the Renaissance to the present day. The Gallery is internationally renowned for its collection of contemporary works by British artists.
Paintings held by local museums
New Forest Museum See their paintings
Solent Sky Aviation Museum See their paintings
St Barbe Museum See their paintings
Kingston Lacy See their paintings
Poole Museum See their paintings
Red House Museum See their paintings
Art Lessons
The Solent Art School is run by Heather Jolliffe, who trained at the Royal Academy Schools of Art. There are weekly sessions in Lymington and Everton, as well as monthly workshops on life drawing, landscape and more.
Featured Gallery
  Robert Perera Fine Art
  The Perera family have had a long history in the fine art business including owning the New Forest Gallery and organising national exhibitions including Adolphe Valette (L.S.Lowry's teacher) in Manchester City Art Galley and Martin Snape in Portsmouth City Art Gallery. Robert Perera Fine Art  
  Mediterranean Harbour by D'Oyly John c.1950 original signed oil  
Art Galleries (shops)
Robert Perera Fine Art web
19 St. Thomas St, Lymington SO41 9NB
Robert Perera Fine Art has over two hundred pictures on display in the gallery, with paintings ranging from £50-£50,000. Subjects including marine, landscape and wildlife paintings in oil and watercolour and also traditional original prints in etching and woodblock.
Stephen Lees web
2 Quay Street, Lymington SO41 3AS
Stephen paintings are abstract, brightly coloured and uncomplicated. He uses acrylic paints and applies them using a palette knife and just like French artists he actually works in his shop.
Carlsens Fine Art web
8 St. Thomas St, Lymington SO41 9NA
The owner Dimitris Carlsen displays 21 local artists in the shop, the most famous being top equine artist Rosemary Sarah Welch. There are many local pictures with scenes from the New Forest and the Solent.
Coastal Gallery web
4 Southampton Rd, Lymington SO41 9GG
In addition to changing exhibitions, Coastal Gallery features an exciting collection of contemporary paintings, prints, sculptures and ceramics. Many of the pieces are inspired by the coast and the forest, created by artists, crafts people and designers who live and work in the local area.
Beaulieu Fine Arts web
High Street, Beaulieu, SO42 7YA
The five gallery rooms house work from contemporary artists with the displays constantly changing as new art arrives. Framing is done on the premises and advice is on hand to help choose from the wide selection of frame mouldings and mountboard.
Hatch Gallery web
7A Church Street, Christchurch BH23 1BW
Situated close to the Priory, Hatch specialises in British Contemporary Art, Ceramics, handmade jewellery and some driftwood furniture. The gallery has recently moved here from Kent and therefore has a wide range of artists exhibiting both from Kent and the West Country.
Lyndhurst Gallery web
68 High Street, Lyndhurst SO43 7BJ
Lyndhurst Gallery opened in summer 2010 and offers a selection of contemporary original paintings and limited editions by established British artists. Prices range from £100 to around £3000.