C-Art 2015: Cumbria’s extravaganza of arts launches

Samson and friends promoting C-Art 2015 in the Cumbrian landscape (concept by Alex Jakob-Whitworth, photograph by Richie Johnson) Christine Hurford's porcelain flies are set to populate Carlisle Cathedral for C-Art 2015 Gwen Bainbridge - C-Art 2015 Beatrice Hasell-McCosh - C-Art 2015 C-Art Open Studios 2015

This September C-Art returns with two weeks of open studios, exhibitions, workshops and art in the spectacular Cumbrian landscape. Once again Cumbria’s largest visual arts festival promises a vibrant extended programme featuring Art in Extraordinary Places, piloted in 2014, taking visitors on a cultural journey through some of the most beautiful places in the the county.

C-Art Open Studios 2015 sees over 100 artists, designers and independent galleries opening their doors to the public between 12 – 27 September

Alongside the popular open studios and gallery events, this year’s C-Art festival features artists taking their art practice outside their studios into unusual and extraordinary locations. Working with G1 Creative and H and H Reeds Printers, Eden Arts have produced a fantastic new C-Art 2015 Catalogue to accompany the C-Art Open Studios, this publication also provides a year round directory of the artists in the region.

One of the artists exhibiting in Extraordinary Places is Sarah Tew, recently selected as Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2015, who will be in residence at the former studio of the famous 20th Century Kurt Schwitters – the Merz Barn, near Elterwater – which will be home to Sarah’s large-scale creative installations and smaller edition prints.

// C-Art 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

  • A buzzing installation by Christine Hurford in the form of a swarm of porcelain insects that will populate the majestic Carlisle Cathedral
  • An exhibition of sculpture by the artist Rowena Beaty set within the beautiful confines of St Mary’s Church in the village of Wreay, the interior of which was designed in 1840 by Sarah Losh
  • Sally Bamber will be drawing inspiration from John Ruskin’s former home at Brantwood by painting the flowers found on the estate
  • Charlie Whinney will be creating site specific installations in his inimitable style in the grounds of Sizergh Castle taking the C-Art adventure beyond gallery walls


  • A special poetry performance on the 20 September takes place at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, amongst the watercolour paintings of Sally Bamber
  • The annual Brougham Photofest from 11 – 13 September includes an exhibition, live performances and workshops

Co-ordinated by Eden Arts, C-Art 2015 is a celebration of Cumbria’s rich creative talent, inviting visitors to step into the gallery and the landscape to buy art, explore Cumbria and meet the artists themselves. Autumn is a perfect time of year to experience Cumbria’s beautiful rural landscape and C-Art provides an inspiring opportunity to see how work is made, talk to artists, watch demonstrations and visit private studios that are usually closed to the public.

C-Art 2015 Open Studios takes place from 12 – 27 September.

View the C-Art 2015 Catalogue

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