An art exhibition inspired by Sky Arts’ Landscape Artist of the Year semi-finalists’ paintings of Buckler’s Hard will open soon in the maritime village.

The Art of Buckler’s Hard exhibition will feature the paintings they created as well as artworks from the Montagu family collection.

The free exhibition will open from March 16 - November 3 in the Shipyard Office.

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To celebrate the opening, amateur and professional artists will be invited to enter a competition with their own artworks of the beautiful village on the banks of the Beaulieu River.

Seven semi-finalists competing for the Landscape Artist of the Year title were recently tasked with capturing the natural charm of Buckler’s Hard, as well as its rich maritime history, following in the footsteps of artists throughout the centuries drawn to the historic village where ships for Nelson’s fleet at Trafalgar were built.

Bucker’s Hard Director, the Hon. Mary Montagu-Scott said: “We have gathered artwork, which has been tucked away in drawers, our archives and family homes, for this new exhibition. We are excited to see it come together in one place, together with works by New Forest artists and Landscape Artist of the Year semi-finalists which showcase the beauty and maritime history of Buckler’s Hard.”