Hampshire Open Studios 2016


Art Exhibition – Friday 26th to Monday 29th August 2016

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Over the Summer Bank Holiday weekend, the ParkLife Community Room at St.James’ Park was the venue for the first exhibition of a diverse group of 8 local artists, showcasing an exciting range of paintings in varied styles, subjects, and media.

Nearly 500 visitors attended over the 4 days of the exhibition. Over £2100 was taken in sales, including artwork and cards, with about 30 original paintings being sold, greatly exceeding expectations.

Visitors were given slips with which to vote for their favourite painting. It was a close call, with many different “favourites”, but the winner – of a scene in another local park! – is shown below:

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“Summer Stroll on Southampton Common” by Sue Evans


Organiser Gill Evans said:

“The Community Room was the perfect size for us, and the clean white walls and skylights made it a beautiful space to show off our paintings. Jennette [the ParkLife Café Manager at that time], was very helpful when we first approached her and very flexible, letting us visit and measure the room as our plans progressed. We had to provide our own stands to display the artworks, but there were tables and chairs available to complete the room set‑up.”

“We all felt this was the perfect location for our exhibition and hope to be able to book it again next year. Many thanks for all the support from the ParkLife Café!”




Some of the visitor feedback on the exhibition:

“Really inspirational! Great to see the local work.”

“Brilliant exhibition great to see you all having your first show. Great job well done!”

“Awesome display, great to see such talent Lovely venue, paintings too.”

“Very high quality of work for such a small exhibition.”

“Really impressive selection – great quality work.”

“Very good selection of work. One of the better Open Studios!”

“Lovely to see local artists at work.”

“A lovely exhibition. Beautiful paintings and very enjoyable to have this in the local park.”

“A wonderful exhibition! I loved the paintings especially those of Southampton. Can’t wait to come again! Thank you.”

“Lovely exhibition and cards. Thank you for hosting such a wonderful exhibition. Hope there will be more.”

“Nice to see art in Shirley.”

“Lovely to see local sites in the paintings. Thank you.”

“Fabulous opportunity to pop in and see great art. Thank you.”

“Incredible exhibition. So difficult to choose a favourite!”

“Fabulous exhibition, extremely well presented. Very professional.”

“Very enjoyable. Great to see local outlet for local artists.”

“Lovely, and refreshing to see an art exhibition in Shirley.”

“Wonderful to see such talent so close to home.”

“The Community Room makes a lovely exhibition space!”

“Lovely and airy – good for colours and light.”

The event was also good news for the ParkLife Café which reported a 13% increase in sales over the 4 days of the event compared to the same dates in 2015.


Hampshire Open Studios 2016
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