The New Forest’s famous scenery, wildlife and traditions will be celebrated this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competition.
The New Forest Open Art competition returns for a fourth year, and last year attracted 181 entries inspired by the National Park, with a record 14,000 people visiting the exhibition.
The competition is run by the New Forest National Park Authority in partnership with the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, and welcomes submissions from artists, photographers or craftspeople on 3 and 4 July ahead of an exhibition at the Centre from 16 July to 3 September.
The competition and the exhibition of artwork is sponsored by ExxonMobil, which has contributed prizes for the winners:
- First prize – £500
- Second prize – £300
- Third prize – £100
- People’s Prize – £100.
Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive, said: “The New Forest is a unique and inspirational place that stimulates creativity for artists, photographers and sculptors from all walks of life.”
Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: “The Open Art Competition is a great way for local artists to showcase work which has been influenced by the New Forest and we would like to thank ExxonMobil for their continued support.”
Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager of ExxonMobil at the Fawley Site, said: ‘The New Forest Open Art competition is a great platform for both budding and established artists to showcase their talents. Indeed the New Forest is a wonderful area to inspire each and every one of us; I am very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entries. ”
How to enter
Submission dates for artwork are Sunday 3 and Monday 4 July, 10am to 4pm.
Application forms are available from www.newforestcentre.org.uk or by calling 023 8028 3444.
The free exhibition will run from Saturday 16 July to Saturday 3 September. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy selected artwork.
The open art exhibition is hosted by the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst. See more at www.newforestcentre.org.uk.