Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition 2017

16th January 2017

Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition and Awards 2017

The third Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition and Awards will be taking place in Rheged from 9th September - 5th November 2017. 

The 2016 exhibition saw over 22,500 visitors to the exhibition, with an eclectic mix of artworks from landscape painting to ceramic sculpture, with a number of renowned guest artists joining the submitted entries.

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. The £500 award winner will be announced on the preview night of the exhibition. Previous winners include Karen Babayan and Sarah Tew.

“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

Awarded to Jonathan Trotman in 2016 and Alan Stones in 2015, the People’s Choice award encourages visitors to vote for their favourite artist in the exhibition. In 2016 Jonathan Trotman received just 4 votes more than the second place artist, Tracy Levine. The award of £500 will be awarded at the close of the 2017 exhibition.

2017 will again welcome back the Young Curators scheme, where a group of young people aged 16 – 24 years old are led by 2 arts professionals. The Young Curators will have the opportunity to visit an art gallery, meet the curator and go on a behind the scenes tour, along with working with the arts professionals to select, curate and hang the exhibition for The C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition.

In addition to the exhibition, C-Art member’s artworks, crafts and reproductions will be available to buy in Rheged Gallery Shop throughout the duration of the exhibition, with visitors of the 2016 commenting it was… ‘An Aladdin’s cave of artwork’ and ‘Fantastic – well worth the visit – super work’.

Applications for 2017 are now open

Further details can be found on the Fact Sheet and you can apply via the submission form.

Deadline for submissions is 28th April 2017

Entry to the exhibition costs £25, for up to three pieces of work per artist, or is free to C-Art 2016 members.

C-Art Art Fair

For C-Art 2017 we are expanding our activities at Rheged with an Art Fair and also live performance and a rolling film programme.

The Art Fair will feature a preview evening alongside the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition launch and Award Ceremony.

The Art Fair 8-10 Sept

  • High quality art, craft, furniture, sculpture, print, jewellery 
  • Open to applications from both Cumbria and beyond
  • Applications will be subject to a selection process in order to ensure a diverse range of stalls
  • Free admission for public
  • Media promotion of event alongside opening of C-Art Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition (22k visitors in 2016) and awards ceremony
  • Delivered as partnership between Eden Arts and Rheged (500k visitors per year)
  • C-Art has attracted 185k visitors and seen sales of £660k

For full details and to apply click here