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Thursday, 02 June 2016

Cumbrian Art: Picturing Places

There are only three days to go, so if you haven’t already seen Cumbrian Art: Picturing Places head quickly to Tullie House in Carlisle for this excellent exhibition. It’s a show of some 100 paintings (and photographs), all from the museum and art gallery’s own collection and many of them not seen from year to year because they’re stored in the archives.

Anyone connected with Carlisle will love the first part of the show because there are 300 years of different city views, a number painted by the likes of Sam Bough and Thomas Bushby. You can see why Cumbria’s capital was such a popular place to paint, given its castle, cathedral, city walls and the vista across the River Eden from the north.

The other half of the exhibition sees a gear change in terms of time and space, exploring artists’ response to the Lake District and west Cumbria, many from the last 50/60 years. Favourites? They include former Turner Prize winner, Keith Tyson’s hugely evocative Nature Painting, Conrad Atkinson’s atmospheric Workington Steelworks, Julian Cooper’s epic Honister Crag, photographs by Fay Godwin and paintings by Sheila Fell, Winifred Nicholson and Martin Greenland (pictured). The exhibition runs until June 5.

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