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St Barbe Lymington Reaches Further with Dire Straits John Illsley

St Barbe is reaching ever further! 

Lymington New Forest museum and art gallery welcomes support for its new Reaching Further campaign from John Illsley

John Illsley of Dire Straits lends his support to the St Barbe Reaching Further campaignSt Barbe Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington has welcomed the support of John Illsley, founding member of Dire Straits and rock legend, for its “Reaching Further” fundraising campaign launched last week.

Dire Straits founder member and St Barbe patron, familiar locally, less well known himself an artist  too...

John has been to see the fantastic current St Barbe exhibition of paintings by leading contemporary artist Jeremy Gardiner, a joint project between St Barbe and the artist over a 5 year period.  Do go and see this fabulous exhibition until 24 March!

John, who is a Patron of St Barbe and also an accomplished artist in his own right, has been a strong supporter of our wonderful New Forest museum and art gallery which has been transformed in recent years into a beautiful and really welcoming venue for all to enjoy.

Speaking at the exhibition John said:

‘The creation of such an excellent Museum and Art Gallery in Lymington has been an amazing achievement and this fantastic exhibition shows that St Barbe is continuing to attract artists of national reputation for their gallery. 

It was great to hear about the launch of St Barbe’s “Reaching Further” project which will help to raise funds from local business and the community to help a much wider range of groups to benefit from the cultural activities at St. Barbe.

I fully support what St Barbe is trying to achieve and I do hope that the community also continues to support this fantastic asset for the cultural life of Lymington and the wider region.’

As reported in last week's feature article on Lymington.com registered charity St Barbe's new campaign ‘Reaching Further’ has two aims:

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery Reaching Further CampaignFirst: providing new services to parts of the local community who currently have little or no contact with heritage and the arts. Developing innovative work with children under 5, school groups, teenagers with autism, people with dementia and socially isolated older people.

And second: reaching out to the whole community to raise the funds necessary to replace grants previously received from both central and local Government.

If you would like to know more about ‘Reaching Further’ or how you can help please see the St Barbe website St Barbe Reaching Further Campaign or speak to Maria Ragan, Director 01590 676969 - or email Michelle Kirwan for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Everybody is welcome at St Barbe! Click to read about current exhibitions and displays plus a raft of activities for all and also details about the very rewarding "job" of volunteering at St Barbe on the website: St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

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