The exhibition was curated by Coastal Gallery Co-Partner’s Lady Bev Shadbolt and Stewart Mechem, who commented: ‘Coastal Gallery Lymington is a touchstone for unusual contemporary art and design of exceptional quality and this exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity for our gallery artists to create really special work for a wonderful show within the purpose-built exhibition space of ArtSway.’
Under the umbrella of ‘Data as Culture’, supported by the Open Data Institute (ODI), London, Coastal Gallery was delighted to welcome acclaimed digital artists Duggie Fields and Julie Freeman. Sir Nigel Shadbolt, co-founder of the ODI commented: ‘The ODI “Data as Culture” programme is one way we connect the creative worlds with digital technology. An event like “Coastal Gallery at ArtSway 2017” enables us to introduce a new audience to the ODI’s work – geographically and demographically – and show how data and digital media can be used creatively.’
The event attracted many distinguished New Forest residents and collectors including Kit Kemp, Caroline and Nick de Rothschild, Amanda Mann and Jane Colwell. Artists and designers included Stephen Powell, Julie Collins, Jackie Giron, Chris Whitaker, Martyn Brewster, Ingrid Sterling, Gohar Goddard, Jo Vane, Andy Baerselman and Julie Freeman.
Lesley Meaker, creative director of Hampshire Open Studio’s said: ‘I am proud to introduce year two of Hampshire Open Studio’s collaboration with Coastal Gallery. Curated by Coastal Gallery, the show brings together a wonderful collection of modern artwork by locally-based contemporary artists, new emerging talents and established artists of international acclaim.’
Prominent local Lymington businesses which supported the event included Tinstar Design, Stanwells Boutique, Stanwell House Hotel, Glover and Hobbs Optometrists, Solent House Dental Centre, Princecroft Willis Chartered Accountants and Ellis and Co Insurance Services.
A charity raffle was organised to help raise funds for hArt (Hampshire Art for Recreation and Therapy), where artists offered beautiful artworks with all proceeds going to hArt. Annie Jeffery, Chair of Trustees, at hArt said: ‘We are thrilled to be supported once again by Coastal Gallery and to benefit from this prestigious exhibition which helps us fund a weekly drop-in session for adults with mental health issues’.
Summer Exhibition at ArtSway
‘Bev and I were absolutely thrilled to see so many of our collectors, supporters and friends of Coastal Gallery at the private view to celebrate the exhibition’s launch at ArtSway. ‘We would like to thank all the artists and designers who participated in the exhibition and produced such exceptional quality work for everyone to enjoy. ‘The atmosphere was truly celebratory and we were particularly pleased that so many local businesses could join us and who were so generous in their support. ‘Particular thanks to Sir Nigel Shadbolt, of the Open Data Institute, for sponsorship of the ‘Data As Culture’ room – this added a fascinating new dimension and showcased the work of Duggie Fields and Julie Freeman brilliantly.
A really fabulous event enjoyed by all!