Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

Submissions are now closed for Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2017 – click here for more info 

Artists from or studying in Cumbria, aged 15-24 can enter the competition to help develop your practice and career as an artist.

Shortlisted entries are featured on the dedicated website and online gallery.

Entrants have the chance to exhibit their work at the Vallum Gallery at University of Cumbria Brampton Road Campus through November 2017, where a panel of arts professionals will select the overall winner and announce the ‘Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year’. The winning artist receives a cash prize of £500.

The Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year forms part of the Young C-Art programme which also includes the Young Curators scheme. Earlier in the year a group of 5 young curators formed part of the selection panel for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016 alongside Eliza Bonham Carter, Head of Royal Academy Schools, and Nick Rogers Curator at Lakeland Arts Trust.

Young C-Art aims to develop opportunities and provide valuable experience in the arts for young people in Cumbria forming part of the C-Art programme of events.

The winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2017 was Emeli Hartness. The shortlisted artists were Dominic Richardson, Millie Davies, Marisa Crane and Laurie Nuttall .

The 2017 exhibition featured the work of:

Charlotte Nicholson, Millie Davies, Emeli Hartness, Emily Lowes, Tara Whitaker, Marisa Crane, Laurie Nuttall, Dominic Richardson, James Bell, Kirsty Milnes, Rachel Tunstall, Tom Garner, Libby Nixon, Siân Stenton, Alex Titterington, Andrew Hewat,  Lauren Strand,  Joanna Bentley,  Polina Polutova, Connor Faulder,  Issie Holmes,  Rory Spencer,  Hannah Stones,  Charlotte Elllis, Katie McLuskey, Jennifer Winetrobe


The Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition has taken place at The Vallum Gallery at Cumbria University's Insitutute of Arts in 2016 and 2017. A short list of entries now feature on the C-Art website in an online gallery with the top 30 of these exhibited at the Vallum Gallery from 24 Nov - 22 Dec 2017.