• ©Hayling Island by Rachel Hudson

A new exhibition featuring illustrations inspired by the Hampshire and Dorset coastline and countryside opens in Fareham on 11 May.

Birds, Boats and Back Garden Wildlife is a collection of illustrations by Hampshire-based artist, Rachel Hudson. From blackbirds to black-headed gulls, Hudson’s fresh style, with its clarity of line, vivid colour and sense of movement brings her illustrations to life in this vibrant exhibition at Westbury Manor Museum, which is operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT).

Hudson’s artwork celebrates the natural world and incorporates her passion for nature conservation, environmental education, wellness and the simple things in life. According to Hampshire Life magazine, Hudson’s illustrations are, “bold, colourful, intriguing and timeless - her images encompass a universal appeal.”

“I am delighted to welcome this beautiful collection of illustrations to Westbury Manor Museum. It captures the very best of the surrounding countryside and coastline in an imaginative and compelling way, I am sure it will inspire and delight our visitors,” commented Emma Banks, Community Manager at Westbury Manor Museum.

A drop-in session inspired by the exhibition for families will take place on 30 May, children will be able to make and decorate their own seeded birdfeeder as well as plant a flower or vegetable. For more details of the exhibition or the drop-in session visit the Westbury Manor Museum website via: https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/westbury-manor-museum. The exhibition will run until 6 July, admission is free, suggested donation £3.