Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

21 March - 25 April 2019

ENTER 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 Artiist 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


21 March - 25 April 2019

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The Institute of the Arts, The University of Cumbria

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Applications to the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year award and exhibition.

Artists will be in with a chance of their work being part of an online gallery on the new Eden Arts website and winning a £250 prize plus an artist residency at Eden Arts.

In addition to this short listed entries will be invited to exhibit at the Vallum Gallery at the University of Cumbria Brampton Road Campus in partnership with the University of Cumbria's Institute of Arts from 21 March 2019 - 25 April 2019. The 2017 exhibition attracted over 800 visitors

Artists aged between 15-24 working in any visual art media can apply and judging will be based on photographs of your work. Your contact details are for Eden Arts use only and will not be made public.

The entry DEADLINE is 31st January 2019.

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