Open Art exhibition

Open Art first prize winner Sandra Binney (middle right)

Open Art 2017

Sandra Binney’s ‘Well Hello’ beat 185 other entries to win first prize in the yearly contest, which was once again sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley refinery and chemical complex.

Second place was awarded to Wendy Clayton for her mixed media textile work titled ‘The Mast Year’ and Zella Smith took third place for her mixed media piece ‘Tangled Oak’.

View an online gallery of this year's exhibition.

The contest is run by the New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, and recognises outstanding photographs, paintings and sculptures that have been inspired by the New Forest.

The results were announced at a preview evening at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, where the free public exhibition of the competition entries is open daily until Saturday 7 October. Visitors are also able to buy selected artworks and around 10,000 people attend the exhibition each year.

This year’s competition featured a stunning collection of works, including Lidar (Light Detection And Ranging) imagery, driftwood sculptures, ornamented guitars and a photograph taken by a young local commoner of their New Forest pony who is now roaming the Forest.

Winner Sandra Binney, from Langley, said: ‘I’m absolutely chuffed to have won and didn’t expect it at all. I feel so privileged to live in the New Forest and be inspired by it every day. I hope others will take inspiration from this wonderful landscape and its wildlife and enter their work next year.’

The People’s Prize was awarded to Kim Weiler for her 3D piece 'Colt Foal' after receiving over 550 votes from the public during the exhibition. 

  1. Introduction
  2. Open Art 2017 (you are here)
  3. Open Art 2016
  4. Open Art 2015
  5. Open Art 2014
  6. Open Art 2013


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