Think of Cumbria and what springs to mind? A rural retreat complete with hearty hikes and snug pubs? If these are the images scudding across your mind’s eye, you’d not be wrong. Yet there are more things to do in Cumbria than its outdoor image might suggest. Tourism actually began here back in the 1700s, when clergyman Thomas West published a Guide to the Lakes. It banished forever the idea that Cumbria was wild and inhospitable. It’s thanks to West that when we think of the Lake District, we think of a chocolate-box landscape. Yet the ideal of the ‘picturesque’ is both a blessing and a curse: good for tourism, yet occasionally overshadowing the contemporary art that is made, performed and shown here year-round.
Cumbria is full of artists, from those taking part in the C-Art fest to those exhibiting at Blackwell and Abbot Hall; for them, the landscape’s ability to turn in a moment from benign beauty to lowering skies continues to inspire. It is this that has piqued our interest – and will, we hope, keep yours.
Set in the picturesque Lake District town of Penrith, it’s hard to imagine a more lovely location for a festival – and the programme is pretty clever, too.
Beastie reminds that we should not fear outsiders, but should instead see them as friends we haven’t met yet.
Lowthermere is an otherworldly experience that explores old Lake District myths while creating new ones of its own.
While many may associate Pop Art with America, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Abbot Hall’s summer exhibition returns us to the very roots of the movement: Britain.
Aimed at both fans and creators of comic art, young and old, the weekend-long Lakes International Comic Art Festival is the only one of its kind in the UK, back in the Cumbrian town of Kendal for the fifth year.
So good that 2017’s edition sold out before the line-up was announced, snap up your tickets for 2018 fast.
A great series that pokes fun at Hollywood myth making, the Redux Project’s next effort is a shot-for-shot remake of Withnail & I.