Focus on an EVAN artist: Kirsten Gilder

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“There’s nothing quite like the meeting of two printmakers to get the chat flowing, though not always just about printmaking.” Interview by Polly Marix Evans Kirsten Gilder is a screen printer, based in North Cumbria, creating hand-crafted textiles and original … Continued

Kirkgate Summer Market 2021

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Showcasing Cumbria’s creative talent, Kirkgate Summer Market will be held on two Saturdays, 7 and 21 August, in All Saints car park behind the Kirkgate Centre in Cockermouth’s historic Kirkgate quarter. This new innovative market will offer a vibrant mix … Continued

Rydal Hall: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition 2021

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Rydal Hall: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition 2021 Background Cumbria Sculptors Group are delighted to be working in partnership with Rydal Hall to organise and deliver an exciting exhibition of outdoor sculpture this year within the beautiful grounds of this … Continued

Beneath the Beacon Song Project CD

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On sale now! Beneath the Beacon Song Project CD recorded at St Mary’s Church, Wreay. Performed by Dawn Hurton, Juliet Fossey, Peter Michael Rowan, June Swift, Gwen Bainbridge, Rich Evans, Thomas Corda-Stanley and Pete Moran. Mixed and mastered by Peter … Continued

Small Is Beautiful

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An online exhibition in aid of Eden Valley Hospice Penrith by Penrith Art Club This is our second online exhibition, but our first dedicated to a chosen charity, Eden Valley Hospice. Each painting is £20 and comes to you already … Continued

Wellbeing and Art

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Bang Your Fist (8th or 10th November): Over the past 6 months we have been scared, incarcerated, out of work and some of us have been bereaved. Levels of uncertainty around health, loved ones, travel, income, exam results, food, loo roll, … Continued

Focus on an EVAN artist: Sarah Reid

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Sarah is primarily a pastel artist. Her fabulous jewel-like pictures, often depicting incredible sunsets and wet beaches with intensity of colour and atmosphere, are to be seen in her studio in Eden Valley Artistic Network Gallery, other galleries and venues … Continued

Flourish with EVAN

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Free workshops on-line, part of Picturing Penrith, a series of live events from the 1st to 3rd September 2020. Join Eden Valley Artistic Network (EVAN) on-line and spend a relaxed hour exploring watercolours guided by experienced Cumbrian artist Alex Jakob-Whitworth … Continued


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On sale now! An album of 14 songs written and/or recorded during the period of lockdown March-July 2020, featuring some great artists from the Eden Valley Artistic Network. A project financed by EVAN through an EDC grant, providing local musicians … Continued

The Beautiful Face of Penrith

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Opens Tuesday 4th August 2020   A stunning photographic exhibition of the beautiful face of Penrith businesses by Trudie Smith The exhibition runs for 3 weeks, open daily 1pm to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday (1pm to 7pm on 11th and … Continued

Landscapes of Alston Moor exhibition

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Photo: Ben Haslam Landscapes of Alston Moor exhibition will reopen Nenthead’s Hive on 4th July 2020 The Hive at Nenthead will celebrate reopening from lock-down with an exhibition of new paintings of Alston Moor by four well-known local artists. The … Continued

Focus on an EVAN artist: Karen McSkimming

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In our latest interview, Simon Whalley spoke to our lovely Karen McSkimming.  Unable to interview her in person they used ‘Face Time’ while enjoying a cup of coffee. Karen says she loves painting with a passion, especially animals.  Karen is … Continued

Free Live Lockdown Pastel Workshops with Emma Hunt

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Join Emma each Sunday on Facebook at 2pm for a live demonstration of Pastel Landscapes. Visit: These workshops are aimed at helping ease worry or pain and maintaining wellbeing during these unprecedented times. Emma has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (a painful … Continued