Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year


Submissions now open for Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2017 – click here for more info and to apply

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 will be featured on the dedicated website and online gallery.

Entries will also 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 will receive 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 2016 was Adam Story. The shortlisted artists were Rachel Fenwick, Marisa Crane, Sam Ward and Julia Parks.

The 2016 exhibition featured the work of:

Charles Robert Ackerley, Elsie Barker, Catherine Beaumont, James Bell, Ella Breese, Sally Brown, Holly Cantley, Marisa Crane , Rachel Fenwick, Tom Garner, Eva Grange, Emily Hall, Richie Johnston, Lauren Larmour, Shona McKenzie, Bethany Middleton, Hayley Moreland, Victoria Nelson, Julia Parks, Charlotte Pattinson, Claire Peters, Gina Rai, Polly Skaife, Emily Sowerby, Rory Spencer, Chloe Storey, Adam Story, Lauren Taylor, Heather Taylor, Izzy Toms, Emma Turner, Sam Ward, Claire Ward, Anna Watkins, Emily Whiteford


1st September 2016 to 6th October 2016
The inaugural Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition takes place at The Vallum Gallery at Cumbria University's Insitutute of Arts from 1st September to 6th October 2016. A short list of entries, selected by Sarah Tew (Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016), Charles Quick (Professor of Public Art Practice, University of Central Lancashire) and Roddy Hunter (Director of University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts) now feature on the C-Art website in an online gallery with the top 30 of these exhibited at the Vallum Gallery