Local Art
  Featured artwork  
  Artist: Gilbert Spencer  
  Morris Dancer & The Rat Catcher
Southampton City Art Gallery
17 February to 13 May 2017
The Rat Catcher, 1922, Gilbert Spencer © Estate of Gilbert Spencer. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2017
  Modern British Figure Paintings from the Collection Artists have always been drawn to the figure as a means of expressing contemporary life, emotions and feelings. Southampton City Art Gallery is fortunate to have some of the finest holdings of modern British Art outside of London, which includes outstanding examples of figure painting by some of the great artists of the last century.

The exhibition takes its title from two works ‘The Morris Dancer’ by William Nicholson and ‘The Rat Catcher’ by Gilbert Spencer and includes other fine examples of figurative painting by Malcolm Drummond, Stanley Spencer, Matthew Smith, Mark Gertler and Henri Gaudier-Brzeska. It has been curated by Jonathan Clark and Sandy Mallet of Jonathan Clark Fine Art, who are generously funding a publication that will focus on different elements within the collection.

Local Art Exhibitions
• Russell-Cotes Bournemouth
Meeting Modernism
29 October 2016 to 24 April 2017
This vibrant new exhibition will bring out from store some of our most popular early 20th century paintings, collected by the first curators after Annie and Merton’s deaths in the 1920s. Stunning Dorset landscapes by locally-based artists such as Henry Lamb, Leslie Moffatt Ward and Maxwell Armfield will be exhibited alongside portraits and war art, by amongst others, Stanley Spencer, Alfred Munnings, Graham Sutherland and John Piper. Step back to the 1930s and ’40s and judge for yourself how well early curators chose Modernist works to complement and respond to the themes in the Victorian collection.
• Southampton City Art Gallery
The Morris Dancer and The Rat Catcher
17 February to 13 May 2017
Artists have always been drawn to the figure as a means of expressing contemporary life, emotions and events. Southampton City Art Gallery is fortunate to have some of the finest holdings of 20th Century British Art outside London, which includes outstanding examples of figurative painting by some of the great artists of the last century.
Abstraction with Stephen Snoddy
17 February to 29 April 2017
When former Southampton City Art Gallery director, Stephen Snoddy, was invited to curate a display from the collection, he proposed selecting 10 abstract paintings and making his own response to each to create a ‘couplet’. Taking elements from each of the chosen works, he has then used them to construct his own paintings.
Paintings by Margery Clarke
17 February – 23 April 2017
An exhibition of paintings by Hilda Margery Clarke to celebrate her 90th year. She was born in Manchester and learnt to paint through the guidance of L.S. Lowry, with whom she remained life-long friends until his death in 1976.
On the Water – In the Water
4 Feb – 25 March
25 members of the Phorum Photography Group showcase a series of work responding to our relationship to water, focussing on the sea and rivers in Southampton and nearby coastal areas.
• St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery Lymington
Major renovation at St Barbe
The building will be closed to the public until July 2017 – when it will re-open with bigger galleries, changing museum displays, an enhanced entrance, cafe and shop, and a brand new public archive area.

Our volunteer-led Tourist Information Point will be relocated to The Beagley room at nearby Lymington Community Centre from Saturday 17 September. The new telephone number is 01590 679137 more info

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.