Forest art competition opens for entries

Nfnpa open art winner Teresa Rogers

Published Thursday 11 May 2017

The New Forest’s unique characteristics will be captured this summer as sculptors, painters and photographers compete for prizes in a local art competion.

The New Forest Open Art competition returns for a fifth year after attracting 210 National Park inspired entries last year.

Run by the New Forest National Park Authority in partnership with the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst, the competition welcomes submissions from artists, photographers or craftspeople on 2 and 3 July ahead of an exhibition at the Centre from 15 July to 7 October.

The competition and the exhibition of artwork are 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, home to a talented art community that draws on its beauty and traditions.

‘The Open Art competition recognises and promotes the wealth of creative talent in the Forest. I am very much looking forward to seeing how this year’s entries interpret the special character of the landscape we are so lucky to have on our doorstep.’

Hilary Marshall, New Forest Centre Manager, said: ‘The annual Open Art competition has become a firm favourite with visitors and local artists alike, and we are delighted to be working with both the New Forest National Park Authority and ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery again to showcase the best from our creative community. The standard of artwork entered is increasing year on year and I am sure our competition judges will have a hard task ahead of them.’

Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager of ExxonMobil at the Fawley Site, said: ‘The New Forest is an inspirational area for both budding and established artists to draw upon and the Open Art competition is a great way for them to showcase their talents. I am very much looking forward to seeing this year’s entries and to see this competition continue to grow in popularity.’     

How to enter

Submission dates for artwork are Sunday 2 and Monday 3 July, 10am to 4pm.

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


The free exhibition will run from Saturday 15 July to Saturday 7 October. 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:

Last year’s winner Teresa Rogers (centre) with (L-R) Alison Jones, Community Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil Fawley Site, New Forest National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes, New Forest National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre and New Forest Centre Manager Hilary Marshall.

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest Centre

The New Forest Centre is a museum, reference library and art gallery conveniently located in Lyndhurst. The New Forest Centre aims to inspire its visitors to celebrate and conserve the New Forest. It does this by collecting, conserving and interpreting its collections and by providing educational activities and information to a broad range of audiences. In doing so, it acts in ways that are ethical, ecologically sensitive and intellectually accessible and affordable. It is owned and run by the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust (reg. charity no: 279373).

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.

Visit to find out more.

Media Contact

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant

New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646639


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