Open Art exhibition

michael parker

Open Art 2014

Michael Parker’s painting ‘The Drift’ was the winner of the 2014 Exxon Mobil at the Fawley Refinery Open Art competition. 

Roger Voller took second place for his photograph entitled ‘Spring Forest’ and Jill Colclough’s piece ‘After the Storms: New Beach Emerging’’ was placed third.

View an online photo gallery of the exhibition.

The contest was run by the New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, and sought to recognise 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 30 August. Visitors are also able to buy selected artworks.

Winner Michael Parker said: ‘I am delighted and thrilled to have won this competition, which was most unexpected, and I thank the judges for choosing my painting, against many others that I felt were also worthy of winning.’

New Forest National Park Authority Member John Pemberton said: ‘Michael’s painting ‘The Drift’ was a worthy winner of this competition and I congratulate him for triumphing over such stiff competition.’

The competition, which opened for submissions in April, was sponsored by Exxon Mobil at the Fawley Refinery which provided the prize funds - £500 for the winner, £300 for second and £100 for third, as well as £100 for the People’s Prize winner.

The People’s Prize will be awarded to the artist who created the work that gets the most votes during the public exhibition. Visitors will be encouraged to post their votes for their favourite work of art in a ballot box, with the winner announced at the end of the exhibition.

There were two runners-up – ‘Sun on the Marshes’ by Ruth Elrington-Browne and ‘Ruffled Feathers’ by Andrea Hook.

New Forest Centre Manager Hilary Marshall said: ‘This is our second joint open art competition and once again we’ve been overwhelmed by the response.

‘The entries were of an exceptionally high standard, making the judges’ task of picking the winners all the harder. There are so many local artists taking their inspiration from the New Forest and we and the National Park Authority are only too pleased to help bring their work to a wider audience.’

Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil, Fawley Complex, said: ‘I have always lived in this area and I understand why these artworks look as good as they do – because the New Forest is such an inspiring place.

‘We are pleased to be supporting the New Forest Open Art Competition again this year, and impressed by the high standard of entries. Congratulations to all those chosen to appear in the exhibition, and especially to the winning artists.’

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


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