Public crown favourite New Forest artist

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Published Tuesday 24 October 2017

An artist from Milford-on-Sea has triumphed in the New Forest Open Art Exhibition for a second time, winning an award for her 3D piece created from gorse wood.

Thousands of people attended the exhibition at the New Forest Centre in Lyndhurst between July and October, viewing dozens of pieces of art inspired by the wildlife, landscape and traditions of the National Park.

More than 550 votes were cast by visitors to the annual exhibition, and Kim Weiler’s ‘Colt Foal’ was the clear winner, earning her a £100 prize. Her second entry ‘Hare’ was also in the top three entries voted for by the public.

The exhibition and associated competition were run by the New Forest National Park Authority and the New Forest Centre, and were sponsored by ExxonMobil at the Fawley Refinery.

Kim said: ‘I collect gorse wood from the New Forest for my work and I am constantly grateful for living in such a beautiful area. The New Forest Open Art is a great showcase for local artists and I am so pleased to have won the people's prize this year.’

New Forest Centre Manager Hilary Marshall said: ‘The standard of entries for the Open Art Exhibition was very high again this year, but Kim’s work using gorse wood collected from the New Forest under licence has proved very popular with visitors to the Centre. We are delighted she has won the People’s Prize.’

If you’d like to see more of Kim’s award-winning art, you can view some of her sculptures at Chewton Glen Hotel, New Milton, and Blubambu in Lymington. Kim will also be taking part in Hampshire Open Studios in 2018.

View an online photo gallery of this year’s entries at  


Notes to Photo Editor: 

People’s prize winner Kim Weiler’s 3D piece ‘Colt Foal’.

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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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