Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

21 March - 25 April 2019


Awards & Exhibition

The Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition has taken place at The Vallum Gallery at Cumbria University's Institute of Arts in 2016 and 2017. The 2014 and 2015 awards featured an online gallery as part of the C-Art website.

Artists from or studying in Cumbria, aged 15-24 can submit work to the award and exhibition for selection by a panel of judges including Maddi Nicholson (artist, founder and director of Art Gene), Celia Burbush (artist, winner of the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2017), Jocelyn McGregor (artist, shortlisted for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year award 2017), and Emeli Hartness (winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2017).

Entrants have the chance to exhibit their work at the Vallum Gallery at University of Cumbria Brampton Road Campus, where a panel of arts professionals will select the overall winner and announce the ‘Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year’. The winning artist receives the opportunity of an artist residency at the Old Fire Station, Penrith as part of the Eden Arts Artist Spare Room scheme, as well as a cash prize of £250.

Work in any medium is accepted including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, digital media, performance. Previous winners have worked with photography, film, digital media, animation, performance and installation.

This year we are introducing a theme for the submitted works: Climate Change. This may be part of the concept of the work, in the materials used or it might have inspired the work in more subtle ways.


2017; Emeli Hartness

2016; Adam Story

2015; Bronny Salter

2014; Liam Collins

You can now see the shortlisted artists that have been selected in the images below or visit the exhibitio at the Vallum Gallery from 21 March to 25 April 2019.


21 March - 25 April 2019

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The Institute of the Arts, The University of Cumbria

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The exhibition will be taking place at the Vallum Gallery at the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, Brampton Road Campus, Carlisle CA3 9AY

The opening hours of the gallery are Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

The winner will be announced at the private view on Thursday 21st March.

Adam Mennell
Sophie Steadman
Sophie Inkester
Shannon Johnston
Robin Little
Poppy Cookson
Phoebe Bell
Peter Bentley
Melissa Galley
Marissa Crane
Megan Bowyer
Lucy Prescott
Lucy Playford
Leah Stoddart
Kirsty Milnes
Kara Ashurst
Hannah Jackson
Genevieve Borthwick
Georgia White
Emily Hall
Calum Ecclestone

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