Northern Grit

11 Mar 2017 – 22 Apr 2017

Event times

Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Cost of entry


Florence Arts Centre

Egremont, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses to Egremont, from Whitehaven and Carlisle.
  • Whitehaven Station or St Bees on the Cumbrian West Coast Line our our closest mainline stations.

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A exhibition of new work by Debbie Yare and Penny Hunt inspired by and using the landscape of the North.


Northern Grit' is a new exhibition by Northern artists Penny Hunt and Debbie Yare and is showing at Florence Arts Centre near Egremont, Cumbria from March 11th until April 22nd 2017.

In this exhibition both artists draw inspiration from direct experience of landscape, incorporating elements of the land into the work, whether directly applying earth and grit to surfaces; using paint ground from locally sourced stone, or working directly from their surroundings to express a sense of place, there is always a vital connection between the landscape and the work created. The exhibition covers a wide range of disciplines and features work in paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and ceramics which will be showcased and available to purchase during the exhibition.

“Working in the landscape, exposed to the elements, getting to know it's different moods and responding to them intuitively or being inspired by a particular place that draws you back time and time again. These things are more about a need to convey the feeling of the landscape and your own relationship to it than simple visual representation.”

Florence Arts Centre, a former iron ore mine in Egremont is the perfect venue for this collaborative exhibition. Florence Paintmakers create artists pigment, paints, and drawing materials on site using the iron ore once mined there; as well as hosting exhibitions, live music and other events. Each artist has incorporated the distinctive Egremont Red pigment into a selection of the work that will be exhibited.

Alongside the exhibition there will be two free events with an opportunity to visit the exhibition and meet the artists. On Sunday 12th March between 11am and 3pm everyone is welcome to join us to meet the artists who will be happy to talk about the work and discuss techniques and inspiration with visitors. On Saturday 18 March both Penny and Debbie are hosting a free drawing and printmaking workshop at the arts centre - places are limited so booking is required: contact Florence Arts on 01946 824946 or email florence@florenceartscentre.com to reserve your free place. 


Jenni Payne

Exhibiting artists

Debbie Yare

Penny Hunt


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