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Get Arty This November at Tullie House

Experience the new Percy Kelly exhibition at Tullie House, which depicts local landscapes with big, bold brushstrokes, charcoal drawings, watercolours and illustrated letters. Percy Kelly is one of the North’s greatest artists – and was born right here in Cumbria, in Workington. This intimate exhibition celebrates what would have been his 100th birthday and follows the huge success of Tullie House’s previous show Percy Kelly: Line of Beauty, which won the Carlisle Living Award for Best Arts or Cultural Initiative. Norfolk House, Acrylic & Oil, ©  estate of Percy Kelly Norfolk House, Acrylic & Oil, © estate of Percy Kelly

If you’ve been inspired by visiting the exhibitions here you can follow in the footsteps of Kelly and discover the locations that inspired his painting along the West Coast from Allonby in the North to St.Bees in the South. From short strolls to more challenging coastal hikes, all routes can all be reached by public transport. The coastal railway runs from Carlisle to Barrow-in-Furness and Lancaster. This railway line is one of the UK's best kept secrets. It clings to the coastline from Maryport south to Lancaster giving breathtaking views. Check live transport timetables before setting out. 

Percy Kelly Trails

Farm Buildings at Allonby, watercolour, © estate of Percy KellyFarm Buildings at Allonby, watercolour, © estate of Percy Kelly

The venue itself is worth the visit, with the exhibition housed in the beautiful Grade One Listed Jacobean Old Tullie House. The paintings are displayed in the very room in which Kelly would once have attended life drawing classes as a student, as the building was once part of Carlisle College of Art!

And there’s more!

New Light, an exhibition shining a light on northern artistic talent heads back north after a successful tour and a show at London’s Bankside Gallery. The exhibition, which has been delighting audiences with its eclectic mix of paintings, sculpture, prints and drawings, opens at Tullie House Museum and Gallery for its grand finale before the works return to the artists or the collectors.

Human Bridge, watercolour, © Glenn Ibbitson

Human Bridge, acrylic and oil on canvas, © Glenn Ibbitson

The artworks, all for sale, range from the hyperreal to the abstract, from printmaking to sculpture. This high-profile exhibition celebrates contemporary artists at all stages of their career, from emerging talent to esteemed Royal Academicians, and from all corners of the North of England.

Emerson Mayes, CEO New Light said:

‘This year’s New Light Prize Exhibition has been by far, our largest yet – with more artists, more venues and more education work…As a working artist myself I understand how important such exposure is to all those selected for this year’s Prize Exhibition.’ Sir Tom Courtenay, Oil on Canvas, © Isobel PeacheySir Tom Courtenay, Oil on Canvas, © Isobel Peachey

After all that, you’ll deserve a well-earned tea and cake in our comfy and spacious restaurant, and maybe a spot of early Christmas shopping in our gift shop.

Percy Kelly: A Legacy
3 November – 24 February 2018

New Light
The Fourth Biennial Prize Exhibition
13 October 2018 - 27 January 2019
Find out more about Tullie house here.
The article was paid for and provided by Tullie House, who are a member of Cumbria Tourism

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