Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

02 March - 20 March 2020

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Overview
EXHIBITION 2020

Awards & Exhibition

Applications for Eden Arts’ Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2020 are now closed. We are excited by the range of work we have received from artists aged between 15- 24 and who live, work or are from Cumbria.

This exhibition is in partnership with the Institute of the Arts of the University of Cumbria and an opportunity for young people to showcase the excellent quality of work that is being produced in the county, or from people who originate from here.

A panel of cross sector experts have been assembled to judge this years awards which include Glasgow based artist Deirdre Nelson, bringing her expertise in socially engaged practice, in her own practice Deirdre works with architects, health organisations, musicians and writers to explore social and environmental issues; Paul Kondras, who set up White Elephant Contemporary Art Gallery in Morecambe to create an open and welcoming space; and Windermere based Sophia Newton, who since running galleries and exhibitions jointly set up the energetic and progressive marketing agency Flock in 2017 and hosts regular networking events alongside PR and social campaigns.

Artists who have been selected to exhibit by the panel will be revealed soon. From these artists, a small number will be shortlisted for the awards and these will be announced during the lead-up to the opening. This year we have two new ‘Highly Commended’ awards in addition to the ‘Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2020’. The winners of the awards will be selected and presented at the private view which will be held on 28th February 2020. The exhibition will be held at the Vallum Gallery at the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria and run until the 20th March 2020.

The winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2020 receives £250 and the opportunity of a residency at the Old Fire Station, Penrith as part of Eden Arts’ Artist Spare Room scheme. The winners of our two new ‘Highly Commended’ prizes will be awarded £125 each.

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This exhibition showcases artists selected as part of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2020. Submissions to the exhibition were received from artists aged between 15-24 who live, work or are from Cumbria. From the selected pieces, artists will be shortlisted for the Young Cumbrian Artist 2020 Award along with two new Highly Commended awards.

A panel of cross sector experts have been assembled to judge the awards which include glasgow based artist Deirdre Nelson, bringing her expertise in socially engaged practice, in her own practice Deirdre works with architects, health organisations, musicians and writers to explore social and environmental issues; Paul Kondras, who set up White Elephant Contemporary Art Gallery in Morecambe to create an open and welcoming space; and Windermere based Sophia Newton, who since running galleries and exhibitions jointly set up the energetic and progressive marketing agency Flock in 2017 and hosts regular networking events alongside PR and social campaigns.

This exhibition is in partnership with the Institute of the Arts of the University of Cumbria and an opportunity for young people of Cumbira, to showcase the excellent quality of work that is being produced.

2020 Winners:

Shortlisted Artists: Michelle Lam, Lydia Hurley

Highly Commended: Jocelyn Arnold, Zoe Forster, Emily Ford

Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2020: Melissa Galley


The artists showcased in the exhibition at the Vallum Gallery include Jocelyn Arnold, Holly Cantley, Harvey Critchley, Mia Eccleston, Emily Ford, Zoe Forster, Melissa Galley, Lydia Hurley, Grace Joyram, Michelle Lam, Victoria Mandale, Sarah Maxwell, Dan Stearne, Emilia Steven, Miriam Stobart, Heather Taylor, Emily Thurlow, Ashley Tudhope, Helen Walgate, Sarah Waugh, and Georgia White

In addition, works by Suzannah Brookes,Rosie Humpage, Molly Hunter, Kamilya Kazakbayeva, Mya Lorton, Harry Mayer, Nika Molotkova and Robyn Walton are exhibited in the online gallery below.

Click on the images below to see the 2020 works.

Ashley Tudhope Medium
Dan Stearne Medium
Emilia Steven Medium
Emily Ford Medium
Emily Thurlow Medium
Georgia White Medium
Grace Joyram Medium
Harry Mayer Medium
Heather Taylor Medium
Helen Walgate Medium
Holly Cantley Medium
Lydiahurley 2 Web
Self Portrait
Kamilya Kazakbayeva Medium
Melissa Galley Medium
Mia Eccleston Medium
Michelle Lam Medium
Miriam Stobart Medium
Molly Hunter Medium
Mya Lorton Medium
Nika Molotkova Medium
Robyn Walton Medium
Rosie Humpage Medium
Sarah Maxwell Medium
Sarah Waugh Medium
Suzannah Brookes Medium
Victoria Mandale Medium
Zoe Forster Medium

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  • Supported using public funding by Arts Council England