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C-Art Cumbria 2011

  • Date: 16 September 2011
  • Area: North
Paintings displayed in a field

Image features the work of C-Art artist Thuline de Cock at Low Bridge End Farm, St John's in the Vale. Credit: Tommy Martin

C-Art is a beautiful arts trail across the fells and dales of the Lake District and Cumbria, and a chance to see beyond the studio walls as artists open their doors to the public, creating an opportunity to follow a trail of open studios through the stunning Cumbrian landscape.

Between 17 September and 2 October 2011, over 100 artists and craftspeople from across Cumbria will open up their workplaces for all to share. They will be unlocking their private studios and inviting the public to come and view their work for free in a coordinated occasion to combine enjoyment of the landscape with direct insight into the work of the artists inspired by it. 

There will be opportunities to share and delight in the beauty of the fells and dales with fellow visitors and the artists themselves, chances to buy the art, and a general shared experience of the art unique to the magnificent Lake District of England.

Cumbria and the Lake District is one of the most beautiful areas of the UK, already a thriving holiday destination for visitors who enjoy the great outdoors. C-Art, organised by Eden Arts alongside Cumbria Tourism, will offer visitors an extra dimension to their visit this autumn. This inaugural open studio event, supported by Booths and Derwent Pencils, will give the public an opportunity to get to know the artists and their work as well as to explore all that Cumbria and the Lake District have to offer.

Generations of artists, writers and musicians have been inspired by the area, including William Wordsworth, John Ruskin and Beatrix Potter and more recently the celebrated artists Kurt Schwitters, Conrad Atkinson and Turner Prize winner Keith Tyson. C-Art artists work in studios situated in the fells, valleys and coastlines of the Cumbrian landscape, where they gain their inspiration. Visitors to their studios now have a unique opportunity to purchase individual pieces of work directly from the artist, including work by ceramicists, photographers, sculptors and printmakers. Each of these items encapsulates the complementary influences of artist and landscape.

Glenn Tomkinson, a C-Art artist, said: 'For 25 years, exiled in south east England, I dreamed of Eden. Now I have my studio in the tranquil Eden Valley where I can share my work with visitors who can see the creative process involved in craft methods of printmaking.'

Adrian Lochhead, director of Eden Arts, said: 'We are really pleased with this project and the response to it. Having visited many of the studios, I know this will be the most beautiful art trail in the country - joyful countryside and fantastic artists. I'm sure that visitors will have a wonderful time this September.'

Artist studios are open on different days throughout the fortnight - in addition to the artists studio openings there is an exciting programme of associated events and workshops, all detailed on the website.

C-Art catalogues and fold out maps are available from selected cultural venues across Cumbria, acting as information points during the C-Art fortnight. In addition, maps are available from tourist and cultural venues across Dumfries and Galloway, the North East, North Yorkshire and Lancashire. Booths stores cover the area and are sponsoring the enterprise, so you can also find maps at their shops spread across the district.

For further details and to plan your visit, go to C-Art's website.