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Hampshire Cultural Trust


Our exhibitions programme is very important to Forest Arts. Not only do the artworks create a stimulating ever changing backdrop, they also add to the ambience of the centre. We hope you enjoy seeing all the different media and artists. You can also buy the art on display - please ask us about any of the artists or their work - we’re happy to help.

Artist Talks

Beginning this year, Forest Arts has introduced an Artist Talk to run alongside each new exhibition’s preview. The previews will now take place on the Thursday evening and are open to an invited audience of local artists and dignitaries, volunteers and regulars.

There is free entry to all exhibitions and artist receptions

Opening hours: 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday.
The Centre is closed during the last two weeks in August and over the Christmas break.

  • Alzheimer's Society Exhibition

    17 January - 14 February

    Wonderful artwork by talented and inspiring members of our community living with dementia. Featuring work from members of art groups in Milford, Ringwood and Lymington, led by Emma Harrowven and Gilda Newsham MBE and supported by dedicated family members, carers and volunteers.

  • Image from Alzheimers Society Exhibition
  • Looking Down From Above And Below by Sherley Phillips

    18 February - 28 March

    With an Artists’ Reception on Thursday 19 February 6-8pm.

    Views of ground plans, buildings and other details with observations and drawings, using different surfaces with acrylic paints and inks, gesso and other mixed media.

  • Land from Air by Sherley Phillips

Society of All Artists

1 April - 9 May

With an Artists' Reception on Thursday 2 April 6-8pm

An exhibition of work by the New Milton Society of All Artists group members using their favourite subjects and inspiring more people to give painting a try and discover the joy of this rewarding pastime.

Face To Face by Jane Thompson

13 May - 20 June

With an Artists' Reception and talk on Thursday 14 May 6-8pm

Figurative paintings and portraits by emerging and talented local artist, Jane Thompson.

Jane's paintings, influenced by Expressionism and the Scottish Colourists, are bold, visually exciting and original. You will find her subjects emotionally challenging and entertaining.

The Marshes Revisited by Melvyn Gates

24 June - 1 August

With an Artists' Reception and talk on Thursday 25 June 6-8pm

An exhibition of both words and images both painted and photographed, that explore Melvyn's relationship with a place after a 30 year break from painting it seriously. 'Do I feel the same as when it all started or has it, and me, changed so much that the 'magic' is very different?' This exhibition seeks to find out the answer!