Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition and Awards

9 Sep 2017 – 17 Sep 2017

Regular opening hours

10:30 – 16:30
10:30 – 16:30
10:30 – 16:30
10:30 – 16:30
10:30 – 16:30
10:30 – 16:30
10:30 – 16:30

Cost of entry

Free admission

Rheged Centre

Penrith, United Kingdom


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In partnership with Rheged and Eden Arts, the C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition is selected from an open call of contemporary artists who live and work in Cumbria as well as those who originated from the county.


The exhibition will feature an eclectic mix of artworks working across all media from traditional painting and sculpture to contemporary video installation and photography, with a number of renowned guest artists joining the submitted entries. The 2016 exhibition saw over 22,500 visitors and 43 exhibiting artists selected from 87 entries.

In an innovative format unique to this exhibition, the work is selected by a group of young people aged between 16-24. These ‘Young Curators’ are involved in all aspects of the exhibition planning, from selection to writing exhibition texts and installing the work. They are led by experienced art professionals who help guide them into informed decisions, making this a fantastic opportunity for young people at the very start of their careers. You can find out more about the C-Art Young Curators scheme here (http://bit.ly/2kLmUhW)

The Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition features two awards, The Cumbrian Artist of the Year and The People’s Choice. The Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award is shortlisted and selected by the chosen Young Curators. The £500 award winner will be announced on the preview night of the exhibition. Previous winners include Karen Babayan and Sarah Tew.

“I was completely overwhelmed to win the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award. It is such a good exhibition with some extremely talented individuals - I am quite humbled to be selected as the winner amongst them”. - Karen Babayan, Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016

Awarded to Jonathan Trotman in 2016 and Alan Stones in 2015, the People’s Choice award encourages visitors to vote for their favourite artist in the exhibition. In 2016 Jonathan Trotman received just 4 votes more than the second place artist, Tracy Levine. The award of £500 will be awarded at the close of the 2017 exhibition.

Artists wishing to submit work to the C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year can do so here 

As part of the C-Art festival 2017, this year’s exhibition promises to show a tremendous variety of artwork in styles that are both familiar and surprising but always championing the quality of Cumbrian Art. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the C-Art Festival BIG Weekend #1, 8th – 10th September, which includes the C-Art Art Fair in Rheged’s Exhibition halls.


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