This selected exhibition features incredible contemporary art of the highest quality that is fast becoming a benchmark for aspiring Cumbrian artists.

The exhibition features an eclectic mix of artworks working across all media from traditional painting and sculpture to contemporary video installation and photography, with a number of guest artists joining the submitted entries. The 2016 exhibition saw over 22500 visitors and 43 exhibiting artists selected from 87 entries.

The Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award is shortlisted and selected by the chosen Young Curators while the People’s Choice is selected by visitors to the exhibition. The £500 award winner will be announced on the preview night of the exhibition. Previous winners include Karen Babayan and Sarah Tew.

An innovative and progressive format set by Eden Arts encourages and offers opportunity for the vitality and talent of the county’s youth to be developed by giving ‘Young Curators’ aged 16 – 24 not only the chance to select the work but to be involved in all aspects of planning, writing and installing the exhibition with professional assistance, each year with the support of prestigious curators.  In 2017 the Young Curators have been working with curators from CCA in Glasgow and Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool.


Exhibition is free to the public.

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