C-Art 2017: An Extravaganza of Art in Cumbria

C-Art 2017 - Cumbria’s award-winning festival for contemporary visual arts Terry Hawkins - sculptures at Honister Slate Mine for C-Art 2017 Jocelyn McGregor artworks at the Merz Barn, Ambleside as part of C-Art 2017 C-Art 2017 from 8 - 17 September at various locations throughout Cumbria

From 8 – 17 September you can enjoy a showcase of internationally renowned artists and an abundance of Cumbrian talent at C-Art 2017.

Devised by Eden Arts to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Cumbria’s beautiful landscape, C-Art is Cumbria’s largest visual arts programme. The programme gives visitors the opportunity to talk to artists, watch demonstrations and see how work is made in some of the most remarkable towns and villages in the county.

C-Art 2017 promises an impressive showcase of internationally renowned and local artists throughout Cumbria from 8 – 17 September

// C-ART 2017 EVENTS

C-Art Festival 2017 runs from 8-17 September and has 2 weekends featuring exhibitions, performance, art fair, open studios, installations, films, music and more!

// 8 – 10 Sept: C-Art BIG Weekend #1

Featuring the C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition, C-Art art fair, workshops, open studios and film programme

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// 15-17 Sept: C-Art BIG Weekend #2

Featuring open studios & galleries, extraordinary places and the C-Art soiree at Brunswick Yard featuring Joan Shelley

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All artist studios and galleries will be open from 10 – 5pm between 15 – 17 September and many will be open between 8 – 14 September too. Check individual artist and gallery opening times during the festival and year round on their listings.


See art during C-Art 2017 in some truly extraordinary places!

// Highlights for 2017

Jocelyn McGregor: Merz Barn, Ambleside, Lake District

Jocelyn weaves together personal and historical narratives, with fiction and folk tale, to create monstrous landscapes out of a combination of the fragmented female form, machine and commodity – half landscape/half domestic interior, part furniture/part machine/part woman.

Terry Hawkins: Honister Slate Mine, Honister Pass, Keswick

Working with Honister Green Slate using traditional methods and a unique layering technique, Terry’s artworks and sculptures are all inspired by the history, landscape and natural environment of the Lake District.

C-Art at the Moot: Moot Hall, Brampton, Cumbria

Throughout the weekend a group of four artists local to Brampton: Carolyn Marr – ceramics, Mara Johnstone – painting, Jules Dickinson – jewellery and Gill Dearman – textiles, will be demonstrating how they create their artworks.

Celia Burbush: Workington, Cumbria

Celia has been collaborating with puppeteer Ali McCaw, to develop a live interactive performance piece. They will be visiting the streets of Maryport, Whitehaven and Workington with puppets have been inspired by Gulliver’s Travels, a novel that explores a man’s shifting identity and sense of belonging.

Christine Hurford – Last Footsteps: Carlisle Cathedral, Abbey Street, Carlisle

Inspired by ancient footsteps of early man found preserved on rock, Christine’s ceramics installation is of the last footsteps on earth, a cracked and dried earth, where life is fast disappearing.

To plan a trip to C-Art 2017, see the full listings here

Printed catalogues and fold-out maps of the trail will be available at participating galleries and tourist information centres across Cumbria throughout August and September. Look out for the yellow C-Art road signs that will guide you to C-Art studios, galleries, installations and events!

C-Art is all about showcasing the best of the region’s creative talent. We love visual art that surprises, excites & challenges the senses…
Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts

Eden Arts is a charitable arts organisation (charity no. 1139215) based in the Eden District, Cumbria, and funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England and The Big Lottery. Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema.

To enjoy this Lakes Culture event and much more, book your break in the Lake District here