• Celtic Dreamboat I ©2011 Alan Davie

Coming to the Red House Museum in Christchurch from Saturday 23 July to Sunday 4 September, Outside the Lines is a contemporary art exhibition for all ages. The free, family-friendly summer show is a joyful exploration of contemporary art through an interactive, playful exhibition.

The exhibition consists of a selection of artworks from Hampshire County Council’s Contemporary Art Collection, which began when Hampshire County Council started to acquire modern and contemporary art in the late 1980s. Over a period of 20 years, a significant body of work by British artists has been acquired, with the collections now cared for by Hampshire Cultural Trust. Most of the works are original prints and paintings, including work by artists of national and international standing, including notable British Modern Abstract artists such as Victor Pasmore and Gwyther Irwin and British Neo-romanticists such as Graham Sutherland, John Piper and John Tunnard. The collection also includes a selection of prints from late 20th century sculptors such as Antony Gormley.

Community Manager of the Red House Museum and Gardens, Lauran Bullivant commented: ‘Have you ever felt challenged, confused, or uneasy looking at contemporary art? You are not alone! Whether you are young or old, a visual art newbie or a connoisseur, Outside the Lines makes looking at contemporary art a playful experience for all.’

By bringing together this broad collection of artworks, visitors are invited to experience contemporary art in a new, accessible way, through play, conversation and creativity. Spread out across the gallery space are activities and games to help families engage with the artworks together, and for them to learn more about the different ways of ‘seeing’ contemporary art.

For more information, please visit https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/event/outside-lines.

Image: Celtic Dreamboat I ©2011 Alan Davie