Artist Opportunities

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We are working on ways to keep increasing the profile of the event to even greater standards.  We are really excited and pleased to be forging new partnerships with businesses and organisations who share our ambition of ensuring that Cumbria has a place on the regional and national and international stage.

Building on C-Art Festival 2017, the next C-Art Festival will continue to promote high standard contemporary arts events, exhibitions, installations and performance, and provide commission and selling opportunities for artists.  In line with Arts Council strategy our mission now is to build a festival of national significance and ensure that Cumbria is promoted as a cultural place.

We will be releasing details about 2019 opportunities later this year, watch this space…!

C-Art Membership 2017

Membership applications are now closed.

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 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

Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

Application 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.