Exhibit your work alongside internationally renowned artists

The search is on to find the Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016, including the chance to exhibit alongside four other homegrown artists who have already made their mark across the globe.

The Cumbrian Artist of the Year competition aims to bring together the best of the county’s creative talent and is returning for a second year as part of the award winning C-Art, Cumbria’s largest visual arts event.

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From painting, sculpture and photography to ceramics, textiles and furniture design, artists from a wide range of arts and crafts disciplines are being urged to put their work forward.

The finalists for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition at Rheged near Penrith later this year    (9 Sept – 13 Nov) will be selected by two arts professionals and a group of young curators, aged 16-24, who can apply to take part in the process. There are two prizes up for grabs: ‘The People’s Choice’ award and the ‘Visual Artist of the Year’.

As an added bonus, all the entrants will be exhibiting alongside Conrad Atkinson, a West Cumbrian born artist who has received international recognition for his innovative art and currently has exhibitions at both Tate Britain and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York.

 Three other established guest artists showcasing their work at Rheged including Maddi Nicholson, who is well-known for her giant inflatable sculptures – such as a life-size terraced house inspired by a townscape on Barrow-in-Furness. Completing the line-up are Carlisle-educated Margaret Harrison, who won the Northern Arts Prize in 2013, and ceramic and print specialist Paul Scott.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, says, “Cumbrian Artist of the Year is all about showcasing creativity, innovation and diversity. Great art should surprise and challenge us, and this competition is a great way of uncovering the very best of what this inspirational part of the country has to offer.

 He adds, “For 2016, entrants will have the chance to exhibit their work with celebrated artists like Conrad Atkinson, who has built an established reputation on both sides of the Atlantic. So no doubt Conrad and this year’s other guest artists will help inspire some of our best homegrown talent to bring the 300 square metre exhibition space at Rheged alive with a visual feast for the senses.”

All entries for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016 must have a Cumbrian connection, having either lived or worked in the county.

 The deadline for submissions is Friday 24 June 2016. Entry to the exhibition costs £25, for up to three pieces of work per artist, but is free to C-Art 2016 members.

Further details are available on the submission form or from Jo Bramley-Wright at Eden Arts:   info@c-art.org.uk / 01768 899444.



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