Art in the Park


Published Wednesday 16 April 2014

The New Forest’s world-renowned landscapes and wildlife will be celebrated this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competition.

The New Forest Open Art competition is back after a successful first edition in 2013 and if you are a budding artist who takes inspiration from the National Park, we would like to hear from you.

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 on 11 and 12 July ahead of the exhibition from 26 July to 30 August.

The competition and an exhibition of the artwork is sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery and local magazine Park Culture.

The prizes, contributed by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery, are:

  • First prize - £500
  • Second prize - £300
  • Third prize - £100
  • People’s Prize - £100 and a feature in Park Culture magazine.

Julian Johnson, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘We are extremely fortunate to have such a beautiful landscape on our doorstep and there is no better way to celebrate it than through art. I am very much looking forward to viewing the entries and seeing how people have chosen to interpret this unique area.’

Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: ‘We had a tremendous response from artists living in, or near the Forest last year and want to encourage as many creative people as possible to enter this year.

‘We want to see the work of painters, photographers or craftspeople who are inspired by the Forest and to give them an opportunity to showcase their work. A substantial number of people visit the Centre every year and the New Forest Gallery is a great place to reach a wide audience.’

Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager of ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery, said: ‘The Fawley site has been an inspiration for generations of artists, including Richard Eurich, renowned local painter and friend of LS Lowry. The Fawley site is home to one of Richard’s paintings, “The Fawley Scene” which was painted in 1960.

‘The New Forest Open Art competition is a great platform set in a wonderful area for budding artists to showcase their artistic talent. I am very much looking forward to seeing the entries.’

How to enter

Submission dates for artwork are Friday 11 and Saturday 12 July, 10am to 4.30pm.

Application forms are available from or by calling 023 8028 3444.


The free exhibition will run from Saturday 26 July to Saturday 30 August. Visitors will have the opportunity to buy selected artwork.

The open art exhibition is hosted by the New Forest Centre, Lyndhurst. See more at


Notes to photo editor:

Pictured left to right at last year’s Open Art exhibition preview evening: New Forest Centre Manager Hilary Marshall; open art competition winner Barry Peckham with his oil painting 'Brambles at Denny Wood'; Nigel Burt, Community Affairs Manager with competition sponsor ExxonMobil at Fawley; New Forest National Park Chief Executive Alison Barnes.

Notes to editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contact:

Matt Stroud, Communications Assistant, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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