Artist Opportunities

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C-Art Membership 2017

Membership applications are now closed. Details for 2018 will be released early 2018

Membership runs from May 2017 – May 2018

Last year we raised over £78,000 in sales for Cumbrian Artists, connected our members with 26,000 visitors and raised a huge £74,000 worth of media coverage. See our 2016 EVALUATION


C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition

Applications for 2017 are now closed.

The third Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition and Awards took place at Rheged from 9th September – 5th November 2017.

The 2017 exhibition saw over 17,500 visitors to the exhibition, with an eclectic mix of artworks from landscape painting to ceramic sculpture, and the addition in 2017 of the C-Art Shop.

The Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition features two awards, The Cumbrian Artist of the Year and The People’s Choice. The Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award is shortlisted and selected by the chosen Young Curators lead by arts professionals (in 2017 this was curators, Thomas Dukes from Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool and Ainslie Roddick from CCA in Glasgow). There were two joint winners of the award in 2017, Brian Shields and Celia Burbush. The winner of the People’s Choice, selected by visitors to the exhibition, was Malcolm Wilson.

“I was completely overwhelmed to win the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award. It is such a good exhibition with some extremely talented individuals – I am quite humbled to be selected as the winner amongst them”. – Karen Babayan, Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016

To be notified about future opportunities from C-Art please email info(at)c-art.org.uk


Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

Application for 2017 is now closed.

The Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award and Exhibition held at the Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria is now on until 22nd December. See more details here

Artists from or studying in Cumbria, aged 15-24 can enter the competition to help develop your practice and career as an artist.

Shortlisted entries are featured on the dedicated website and online gallery.

A panel of arts professionals (Alan Stones- People’s Choice Winner 2015, Karen Babayan- Winner of the Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016 and Adam Story- Winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016) selected the overall winner and the long list of artists that formed the body of the exhibition. The winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2017 is Emeli Hartness from Carlisle, graduate of Fine Art at the University of Cumbria.

Details of how to apply to the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2018 will be released in early 2018