The Lake District Guide
Your guide to Exhibitions & Galleries in the English Lake District.
There's an astonishing range of galleries, craft shops and exhibitions of all kinds in the Lakes. Since the 17th century, artists and writers have been inspired by the beauty, tranquillity and spirituality of the Lakes. Now you can share in the product of this inspiration, with works by local artists, craftsmen and women, and some wonderful permanent collections in the care of the local councils at Kendal, Cockermouth and Egremont.
Kendal, Windermere & the South Lakes
Georgian art gallery with four nationally
important exhibitions each year. Pulls its weight far above the usual
regional gallery standard - see the website for the great work done by the
Lakeland Arts Trust.
This award-winning Arts & Crafts Movement
house, fully restored, features various exhibitions,
and is located in a superb spot overlooking Lake Windermere.
This stylish gallery of jewellery,
crafts, arts, sculpture, gifts and more is situated beside
the beautiful Lakeland estuary at Arnside.
A museum and gallery containing the
unique photographic collection of Stuart Clarke.
With regular exhibitions of original
paintings by acclaimed local and international artists, unique prints,
Limited editions and distinctive giftware.
This small art gallery of superb original
work by Jennifer Hardisty is now closed, but the web site is still active
as a marketplace for her work, and is well worth a visit.
The Brewery Arts Centre is a dynamic
multi-purpose venue with a theatre, music venue, galleries bars,
restaurant and cinemas. Highgate, Kendal, Cumbria, LA9 4HE Phone: 01539 725133
The Heaton Coopers are a family of
artists who go back four generations. The Studio holds permanent
exhibitions of work by William and his father Alfred. The
Studio Grasmere, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9SX
A treasure trove local history museum.
Exhibitions, hands-on activities, art gallery and shop. Rydal Road,
Ambleside Cumbria, LA22 9BL
Now this exhibition is absolutely fascinating.... a tale of 350 years
of history, the award winning exhibition has been compared with the Bayeux
Tapestry! The famous Quaker Tapestry was created by 4,000 people in 15
countries and is one of the world's largest community textile projects.
The Tapestry celebrates social history from the 17th century, including
such events, subjects and characters as George Stephenson, the Irish
Potato Famine, the Slave Trade, the Crimean War, William Penn and
Pennsylvania, Pope Pius VII, Tsar Nicholas I, Joseph Rowntree, science,
marriage, criminal justice, botany, railways and unemployment.
Family facilities include: multi-lingual personal audio guides and large
screen video, interactive displays, costume, gift shop, garden, and
award winning Tearooms.
The Wordsworth Trust
Wordsworth's home during his most creative period. Cottage guided tours,
original manuscripts in the museum and contemporary art in the art
Castlegate House Gallery
A listed Georgian house and garden, built
1739, opposite the entrance to Cockermouth Castle. The gallery
exhibits contemporary paintings, sculpture and ceramics, from English,
Scottish and World artists. These include Cumbrian painters Sheila Fell,
Percy Kelly, Bill Peascod, June Bennett, Charles Oakley, Winifred
Nicholson, L S Lowry and Michael Bennett as well as Scottish painters
Barbara Rae, Marj Bond, Marie Scott, Charles McQueen, Sarah
Carrington and Christine Woodside.
Housed in a beautiful building with a welcoming environment, this
represents one of the best examples of the burgeoning movement in British
local arts centres, a place where you can browse and buy great art or just
enjoy the wonderful building and exhibition facilities. There's even a
secret walled garden with sculpture.
Castlegate House, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9HA
Phone: 01900 822149 Web: www.castlegatehouse.co.uk
Gallery 26 at 27
Art gallery featuring the
multi-disciplinary work of the artist cryptically known as NelsonN. 27 Station
Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5HH
Phone: 017687 72090 Web: www.nelsonn.com
Ceramics, pottery courses, great food and
wonderful surroundings. Ideal for a holiday with a difference!
Gosforth, Cumbria, CA20 1AH
Phone: 019467 25296 Web: www.potterycourses.co.uk
Keswick Museum and Art Gallery
See Keswick's surprising development from
industrial mining centre to bustling tourist town. The collections cover local
and natural history, and the town's famous inhabitants.
Fits Park, Station Road, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 4NF
Phone: 017687 73263 Web: www.allerdale.gov.uk
Lowes Court Gallery & Egremont Tourist Information Centre
An 18th century building, with a gallery
established in 1972. Home to Egremont Tourist Information Centre and a gift
shop with "Made in Cumbria" goods. Upper gallery has changing exhibitions.
12 Main Street, Egremont, Cumbria, CA22 2DW
Phone: 01946 820693 Web: www.lowescourtgallery.co.uk
Northern Lights Gallery
Contemporary art gallery. A
beautiful space with a wide selection of work from talented and creative
artists. Goes far beyond the average arts and crafts shop in both
diversity and quality of the material on sale.
22 St John Street Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5AS
Percy House Gallery
Monthly changing exhibitions,
with predominately Cumbrian artists on show.
38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9NG
Phone: 01900 829667 Web: www.percyhouse.co.uk
Sharp Edge Gallery
Open plan art gallery run by
owner-artists. Original paintings, ceramics, photography, limited edition
prints and art reproduction/framing service. There's some interesting work
here, with individual character and a certain degree of finesse which sets
it apart from the mainstream.
135 Main Street, Keswick Cumbria, CA12 5NJ
Phone: 017687 73788 Web: www.sharpedgegallery.co.uk
The Necessary Angel Gallery
Jewellery and contemporary art and craft. Much
of the art is powerful and has an immediate impact - and the jewellery is
stunning. It's an extensive collection, well worth a visit.
Packhorse Court (off Market Square) Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5JB
017687 71379 Web: www.artangel.co.uk
Constantly changing exhibition of
original Lakeland paintings, figurative and wildlife sculpting and a
miscellany of curios and fascinating artefacts. Includes work by local
textile designers, jewellery makers, artists, sculptors, painters - in
fact, a vast range of artistic talent with over 130 exhibitors at the last
Thornthwaite Village, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5SA
Phone: 017687 78250 Web: www.thornthwaitegalleries.co.uk
Viridian Gallery displays highly
individual paintings, prints, pottery and sculptures of professional
quality along with paintings by Diane Gainey. Start with Diane's own
website listed below, to see her range of beautiful watercolours of the
Lakes, then click on the Viridian gallery link on her site to explore the
gallery she has set up to market the work of local artists.
13 St John Street, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5AP
Phone: 017687 71328 Web: www.diane-gainey.co.uk
Ullswater and The Eden Valley
Alan Stones Gallery
Interesting work, some with a slightly
impressionistic feel, by a local artist of undoubted talent. Features oil
paintings of the local landscape, which are dramatic enough, but also some
startlingly original prints, etchings and lithographs.
See his work on his website and buy it there.
Phone: 01768 88688 Web: www.alanstones.co.uk
Annie Beaker Ceramics
Ceramics. A fascinating website shows off
a delightful and, I would think, highly collectible collection of ceramic
figures by Annie and other artists.
Kirk Neuk Gallery, Fiddlers Lane, Lazonby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1BL
Phone: 01768 70492 Web: www.anniepeaker.co.uk
Beckstones Art Gallery
One of the UK's leading fine art galleries, specialising in only the
highest quality original paintings by the most talented artists in the
Greystoke Ghyll, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 OUG
Phone: 01768 48360 Web: www.beckstonesartgallery.co.uk
Craft/wooden toy manufacturer.
The Old School, Lazonby, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 1RG
Phone: 01768 870100 Web: www.croglintoys.co.uk
Contemporary visual arts. fold is a
non-profit organisation which promotes artists and access to art in rural
communities. Very enterprising, very forward-thinking, and with some
cutting edge work, their gallery is always well worth a visit.
3 Walton's Yard, Market Square, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4QT
Phone: 017683 71561 Web: www.foldgallery.co.uk
Greystones Coffee House & Gallery
Coffee house and gallery. The website
hasn't been updated for some time, so you may find that their commitment
to the exhibition space is not so great as to make it worth your while
taking a special trip. I haven't been recently, so field reports would be
An independent venture, incorporating a
wide range of wall hung pieces.
15 Victoria Road, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 8HR
Phone: 01768 867453
Contemporary fine art gallery.
Melkinthorpe, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2DR
Phone: 01931 712767
Talent Gallery & Shop
Art Gallery with gift shop and handmade jewellery and artists materials.
Rheged Discovery Centre, Redhills Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 ODQ
Phone: 01768 860074 Web: www.rheged.com
The Lion Gallery
A design-led gallery shop featuring
ceramics, glass, textiles, metal and silver by local and British
Little Dockray, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7PL
Phone: 01768 867299
Upfront Gallery and Coffee Shop
Beautifully converted 17th Century farm
buildings, exhibitions, four gallery spaces, restaurant, sculpture garden,
gift shop and puppet theatre.
Unthank, Nr. Hutton-in-the -Forest, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 9TG
Phone: 017684 84538 Web: www.up-front.com
Wetheriggs Country Pottery
Ceramics, contemporary glass, fine art - a true centre for creativity year
round. Loads of activities for all the family, this centre for artisans
through the ages has been brought thoroughly up to date and entertains,
informs and amuses in many fields of artistic endeavour!
Clifton Dykes, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2DH
Phone: 01768 892733 Web: www.wetheriggs-pottery.co.uk
Alston and The North Pennines
Quality art and craftwork from the north
of England with a continuous programme of exhibitions. Small
coffee shop and terrace. They
specialise in the work of Northern artists, with various fields
represented among the high quality work on display, including sculptors,
jewellery makers, glass makers, potters, wood craftsmen and textile
artists. Set in a beautiful village in an area of outstanding natural
beauty, this is a must-see in any visit to the area. There's also a
programme of exhibitions featuring the work of established artists and new
talent. There's also a wonderful little coffee shop.
The Butts, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3JU
Phone: 01434 381806 Web: www.gossipgate-gallery.co.uk
Antique Georgian and Victorian decorative
and pressed glass.
Cross House, Market Place, Alston Cumbria, CA9 3HU
Phone: 01434 381263
Stokoe House Ceramics Gallery
Market Place, Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3HS
Phone: 01434 382137
The Pennine Pottery
Alston, Cumbria, CA9 3NG
Phone: 01434 382157
Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall
High Head Sculpture Valley
Life size sculptures in wooded valley and art gallery with changing
exhibitions. This has to be one of the most imaginative artistic venues in
Cumbria (not to mention luxurious - with a spa, sauna and therapies
available!). Jonathan Stamper is the driving force behind this visionary
project. In his own words, now that the dream of such a fantastic venue
for art has come true, he intends to "develop it into one of the top
venues for contemporary and influential art in the UK." Jonathan's
sculpture draws creative energy from the natural world. His work draws
deeply on religious tradition, but his work is often figurative.
High Head Farm, Ivegill, Cumbria CA4 OPJ
Phone: 016974 73552 Web: www.highheadsculpturevalley.co.uk
Opened winter 2002 by Jeremy & Meredith
Latimer, the gallery aims to bring the best of British art to Cumbria with
three exhibitions a year planned.
Armathwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 9RB
Phone: 01768 896636
Meadowbank Farm Artists Studio
A 21st century artist's studio showing original artwork by Sue Glassford and
Meadowbank Farm, Curthwaite, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 8BG
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
At Tullie House you can discover thousands
of years of Carlisle and Border history from prehistoric to recent times.
There's a beautiful garden restaurant and a gift shop.
Castle Street Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TP
Phone: 01228 534781 Web: www.tulliehouse.co.uk
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