New Forest art competition breaks entry record

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Published Friday 15 July 2016

A mixed media work has triumphed over a record number of entrants to win the New Forest Open Art competition.

Teresa Rogers’ painting ‘Autumn Trees’ beat 210 other entries to win first prize in the yearly contest, which was once again sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery.

Second place was awarded to Malcolm Sears for his oil painting ‘Hurst Point Lighthouse’ and Baxter Bradford’s photograph titled ‘Magical Journey’ took third place.

The contest is run by the New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, and seeks 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 3 September. Visitors are also able to buy selected artworks.

In addition to the three prize winners, Kim Weiler’s 3D piece ‘The Forester’ was highly commended by the judges.

Winner Teresa Rogers, from Redlynch, said: ‘This is the second year I’ve entered the competition. I’m thrilled to have won and to have my work hung alongside such talented artists. I will be entering again next year and I strongly encourage others to take part in this wonderful competition.’

New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre said: ‘Teresa’s painting was a worthy winner of this year’s Open Art competition. I congratulate her and all the other entrants on the impressively high standard of their work, which demonstrates what an inspiring place the New Forest can be for artists.’

The competition, which opened for submissions in April, is sponsored by ExxonMobil 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.

New Forest Centre Manager Hilary Marshall said: ‘This has been another record year for Open Art Competition entries and as usual the standard has been very high. This made selecting the winning entries a hard job indeed for our panel of judges. The public will also get an opportunity to vote for their favourite New Forest inspired artwork as our People’s Choice Competition runs until the end of the exhibition.’

Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil, Fawley, said: ‘I was delighted to represent ExxonMobil at Fawley at the Open Art preview evening and to see the high standard of art work on display. The New Forest is an inspirational area to both residents and visitors and it’s wonderful to see it celebrated so creatively. The New Forest Open Art competition has a unique atmosphere and I hope to see more inspired pieces next year.’

Find out more about the exhibition at www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/openart.  

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Notes to photo editor:

Pictured left to right at the Open Art exhibition preview evening: Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager from ExxonMobil at Fawley Refinery; Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive; Open Art competition winner Teresa Rogers with her painting ‘Autumn Trees; Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, New Forest National Park Authority Chairman; Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager.

Notes to editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

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  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
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