Cumbrian Artist of the Year


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Open to all artists living in, working in, or from Cumbria. Apply for the chance of winning 2 x £500 prizes and exhibiting at the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition at Rheged from 9th September – 5th November 2017. The 2016 exhibition saw over 22,500 visitors and raised over £11,000 for exhibiting artists.

The winner of the Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016 was Karen Babayan. The shortlisted artists were Celia Burbush, Brian Shields, Hamish McLain, Monica Metsers and Jocelyn McGregor.

Other artists selected and featured in the exhibition are Debby Akam, Ceri Allen, Beatrix  Baker, Lynn Bates, Rowena Beaty, Liam Collins, Daniel Cooper, Alison Critchlow, Rosie Galloway-Smith, Mark Gibbs, Susan Harvey, Raymond Higgs, Richard Hughes, Christine Hurford, Daniel Ibbotson, Marion Kuit, Tracy Levine, Catherine MacDiarmid, Di McGhee, Tricia Meynell, Phil Morsman, Ray Ogden, Marjorie Park, Janette Phillips, Gary  Power, Joan Prickett, Katarina Prior, Dorothy Ramsay, James Reynolds, Ana Rodrigues, Rebecca  Scott, Evelyn Sinclair, Alan Stones, Glenn Tomkinson, Jonathan Trotman, Malcolm Wilson, Frances Winder, Iain Wright.

‘I think it is one of the most inclusive and ambitious exhibitions of Cumbrian work that I’ve seen. From the traditional to the contemporary, it really showcases the breadth and diversity of artistic practice here in Cumbria’. Monica Metsers

The Gallery at Rheged, Redhills, Penrith CA11 0DQdsc_0337-copy dsc_0332




The C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition and Awards showcases some of the best of Cumbrian artists in the main gallery at Rheged.

The exhibition and awards will be take place at Rheged from 9th September - 5th November 2017.
The selection panel is made up of two arts professionals and a team of young curators, by application, who selected the exhibition and shortlist, with guest artists selecting the winner of the award. The Peoples Choice is be selected by visitors to the exhibition, announced on the closing night.

To accompany the exhibition the successful C-Art at Rheged Sculpture Trail transforms Rheged into a public art space, with show stopping sculpture and installation taking over the halls, cafes and corridors of the centre.