Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

21 March - 25 April 2019


Awards & Exhibition

The winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2019 was announced as Poppy Cookson at a special preview of the exhibition on Thursday 21st March. Poppy presented a video installation entitled A Sensory Enquiry into Non-Human Categories (2019) as part of a body of work exploring the relationships between humans and non-humans. 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.

The 5 other artists that were shortlisted for the award were Calum Eccleston with his installation and performance piece, Mel Galley who submitted hand-made books with creative writing, Georgia White with an installation piece, Robin Little who submitted a video work and Adam Mennell with a photography series.

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).

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 the theme of Climate Change was introduced. 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 following artists are featured in the exhibition;

Kara Ashurst, Phoebe Bell, Genevieve Borthwick, Megan Bowyer, Poppy Cookson, Marisa Crane, Calum Eccleston, Mel Galley, Emily Hall, Sophie Inkester, Hannah Faith Jackson, Shannon Johnston, Robin Little, Kirsty Milnes, Adam Mennell, Lucy Prescott, Lucy Playford, Leah Stoddart, Sophie Steadman, Georgia White

The winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2019 award was Poppy Cookson.

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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