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Cumbrian Art: A Diverse Artist Response

Carlisle from Rickerby Park 1897 by Thomas Bushby.
Carlisle from Rickerby Park 1897 by Thomas Bushby.

[S]panning 300 years of creative endeavour, this exhibition draws on Tullie House’s extensive collection of art inspired by the landscapes and townscapes across Cumbria. Many of the artworks are by internationally recognised Cumbrian artists.

Four artists experiencing barriers have worked with Prism Arts to create their own unique responses to this wide ranging and inspiring exhibition. Each artist has taken a different approach and produced work that is highly personal and original and which shows an intuitive understanding of the creative process. The artists have all enjoyed the opportunity to engage with the works in the exhibition and explore them in their own unique ways using both new and familiar techniques. They hope that their responses will encourage visitors to look with fresh eyes at the show and hopefully discover something new.

One of the emerging artists Harvey has said he was ‘inspired by the Lake District landscapes in the exhibition and particularly those featuring wildlife and people. These pieces provided me with a starting point from which I developed some drawings of both urban and rural landscapes’.

“Our mission at Prism Arts is to work in partnership with excellent organisations like Tullie House to develop arts and cultural opportunities for artists experiencing barriers to engagement because of disability, health or age.  Our artist Helen Walsh has mentored each artist giving confidence and support where needed.  The work is outstanding, congratulations to all” Catherine Coulthard, Director of Prism Arts

Diverse artist, work in progress
Diverse artist, work in progress

Prism Arts is a Cumbrian based charity and an inclusive arts organisation, developing and delivering arts projects that are accessible to everyone. The priorities of the organisation are to enable people with disabilities, young people and older adults to engage in the arts. Projects are participant led and are always delivered by professional artists with a wealth of experience in their field and in delivering inclusive arts projects. This ensures work of a consistently high quality that has a significant beneficial impact on peoples wellbeing, health, confidence and creative development.

Prism Arts and Tullie House have been working in partnership since 2010 to develop new exhibition opportunities for diverse artists to accessing mainstream arts opportunities.  This exhibition response is part of an ongoing partnership to sustain this work.

Match funded by the Arts Council of England, Tullie House are delighted to work with Prism Arts on this project and to be able to give a platform to these incredibly talented artists.

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