The Mottisfont Open Exhibition 2016

Strandline, an acrylic painting by Andrea Hook, selected for the 2016 Open Exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire

Please note this article is referring to the Open Exhibition 2016. We will be holding another Open Exhibition in autumn 2018, and will be updating this page closer to the time.

Our Open Exhibition returns, showcasing an exciting mix of almost one hundred works.

The exhibition is a popular fixture in Mottisfont's calendar, giving any artist the opportunity to display work in our gallery. The call out this year saw a fantastic response, with over two hundred entries received.

Works were submitted by a diverse mix of artists, both local and from further afield.

Acrobatics, by Di Peisley: one of the pieces selected for Mottisfont's Open Exhibition 2016
Acrobatics, a photo collage by Di Peisley, selected for the 2016 Open Exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire


The exhibition showcases a fascinating variety of media and styles, from paintings and drawings to more unusual works, such as painted feathers, machine embroidery and etching.

A number of sculptures have also been chosen, including one crafted from tumble dryer fluff. There’s also 3D porcelain, knitting and glass.
    
The exhibition features many works inspired by the natural world, from wildlife to landscapes. Several feature the Mottisfont estate, and there are a number of other pieces with a local link.

Landscape - South Downs, by Judith Martin-Gould:one of the pieces selected for Mottisfont's Open Exhibition 2016
Landscape - South Downs, an oil painting by Judith Martin-Gould, selected for the 2016 Open Exhibition at Mottisfont, Hampshire

The works were selected by a panel of directors and curators of art galleries in the local area: Jo Bushnell, Director of the Aspex Gallery in Portsmoth, Tim Craven, Curator of the Southampton City Art Gallery, Kate Maple, Curator of the Showcase Gallery at Southampton Solent University and Steve Marshall, Exhibitions Curator at St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery in Lymington.

For anyone unable to access the upstairs gallery, we have digital versions of exhibitions on iPads which are available on lower levels.
 
Most of the works displayed will be available to buy, and there’ll be a spotter trail for children to explore the gallery.