The south’s most picturesque pop-up art gallery

August 15, 2019

The Local Art Scene will be showcasing work by local artists at Buckler’s Hard this August.

Art by the River will be open to Buckler’s Hard visitors each weekend during August, to coincide with Hampshire’s Open Studio event. 

The exhibition will be sited at the Shipwrights’ Workshop on the water’s edge at the attraction. The event will offer visitors an opportunity to celebrate the wealth of local art in the area including; landscapes, marine, wildlife and abstracts, all hanging with the stunning backdrop of the Beaulieu River. 

Exhibiting artists will change each week to give all new and emerging artists the opportunity to showcase their work at this unique pop-up art exhibition. The line-up will include*:

August 17 & 18 – Participating artists include watercolour artist Sally Hamilton, famed for her local art scenes of the New Forest and surrounding areas, Trina Hart, Julia Heissig and Tina Adams who will be exhibiting a mix of contemporary work, all expressing their own style.

August 24, 25 & 26 – Participating artists include Marion Royle, who was one of the artists in residence at the SPUD Observatory when it was on tour at Buckler’s Hard in 2017. Marion will be exhibiting marine and wildlife paintings. Tony Francis will be showing a dynamic and vibrant collection of impressionistic landscapes works, plus engage with local art tutor Helen Talbot and help to create a frieze of Buckler’s Hard using a variety of drawing media. Helen’s exhibited work is a mixture of landscapes and life studies.

August 31 & September 1 – Participating artists include Sandy Barker-Williams, who works to a large scale with her brightly coloured and dramatic abstract paintings.  Paul J Best will be exhibiting landscapes, seascapes and townscapes which use texture and depth to express a sense of space, and artist Vivien Verey is influenced by ancient coastlines and geography of the British Isles, which she uses to bring a dynamic selection of abstract paintings.

If you are an artist and would like to participate in this event, limited space is still available. Contact The Local Art Scene on 01590 689755 for details.

The pop-up gallery, sponsored by Hampshire County Council, was created to provide much needed exhibition space for new and emerging artists who wanted an outlet to display their art for sale in the Hampshire and New Forest area.

Proprietor Trevor Hart said: “We are delighted to be working with the Buckler’s Hard team and are grateful for being able to use this beautiful building. The setting and backdrop of this historic village in the heart of the New Forest has allowed us to bring together a variety of local talent at this stunning focal point for art in the community.”

Buckler’s Hard – famed for the role it played in shipbuilding history as the village where Nelson built ships for his fleet at Trafalgar – provides a picturesque location for the art exhibition.  

Art by the River will be included as part of a visit to Buckler’s Hard with the standard admission ticket. The ticket also includes entry to the Maritime Museum, labourers’ and shipwrights’ cottages and the Chapel of St Mary’s with its smugglers’ cellar beside the altar. Refreshments are available at the Captain’s Cabin Tea Rooms and separately charged trips on the River Cruise are offered until September. For tickets are details see or call 01590 616203.

For the latest updates about Art by the River and its visiting artists see

* Please note that the line-up may be subject to change and the event is weather dependent.