About Us


Helen Westbrooke purchased Lyndhurst Gallery in April 2014, which had been established since 2010. In 2016 the gallery relocated to Brockenhurst and changed its name to Ytene Gallery.

“Ytene” was chosen for its significance to the area. Ytene (pronounced Ettin) is the ancient name for the area before William the Conqueror claimed it as his hunting ground in 1079 and named it Nova Foresta, now The New Forest.

Helen’s first employment was fine art and antiques, following a varied career which included working for investment banks and travelling around the world as crew on board luxury Superyachts. Helen has now settled on the south coast with her husband John and two young sons Edward and George.

Helen says:

“I’m passionate about interiors and how artwork can enhance and transform a space at the same time as adding a deeply personal touch. It has been wonderful getting to know the artists and introducing new ones to fit the vibrant style of the gallery.

“As well as myself, you will also see Carole Hibdige at the gallery. Carole’s friendly and efficient approach has kept customers coming back, she also has has an excellent eye for hanging paintings.”


Carole busy in the gallery!


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Gallery Closure

Following the announcement from the UK Government with regards to COVID-19, Ytene Gallery has temporarily closed from Saturday 21st March until further notice. The website will continue to be updated, showing all our available work, and with details of our reopening when it is deemed safe to do so. We appreciate the impact this will have on our customers, for which we sincerely apologise. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you to the gallery again very soon. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to telephone 07940 562462 or email info@ytenegallery.co.uk