Art competition open for entries

michael parker

Published Friday 1 May 2015

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 is back for a third year and if you are an aspiring or accomplished artist who takes inspiration from the National Park, you can enter here.

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 28 and 29 June ahead of an exhibition at the Centre from 11 July to 12 September.

The competition and the exhibition of artwork is sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery, 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.

‘The Open Art competition provides the opportunity to recognise the talent of the large number of creative people who live and work in the Forest, and I am very much looking forward to seeing how their work can reveal a new dimension to the area.’

Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: ‘Over the last two years we have had a fantastic response from artists living in, or near, the Forest and hope that even more creative people will enter this year.

‘We want to give craftspeople, painters or photographers the opportunity to exhibit any work that has been inspired by the New Forest. Over 10,000 people visited the exhibition last year, so this really is a big opportunity for artists to reach a wide audience.’

Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager of ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery, said: ‘The New Forest Open Art competition is a great platform for budding 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 all the entries.    

‘It may surprise some people to know that the ExxonMobil Fawley site has also been inspirational and Richard Eurich, a renowned local painter, and friend of LS Lowry painted “The Fawley Scene” depicting the refinery in 1960.’

How to enter

Submission dates for artwork are Sunday 28 and Monday 29 June, 10am to 4pm.

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


The free exhibition will run from Saturday 11 July to Saturday 12 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


Notes to photo editor:

Pictured left to right at the Open Art exhibition preview evening: New Forest Centre Manager Hilary Marshall; open art competition winner 2014 Michael Parker with his painting ‘The Drift'; New Forest National Park Authority Member John Pemberton; Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager with competition sponsor ExxonMobil at Fawley.

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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