The search is on for an artist in Cumbria to create an artwork to go on display at Blackwell - the Arts & Crafts house.

As part of a new exhibition: Class, Covid and Cumbria (22 October - 27 February), curators are searching for a creative practitioner to develop a reflective response to the pandemic.

The artist must live or work in Cumbria and their work must explore the themes of class and covid in the county. The commission fee for this project is £10,000.

Naomi Gariff, Programme Curator at Lakeland Arts said:

“As part of the Class, Covid and Cumbria exhibition at Blackwell this autumn/winter, we’re calling for local artists and makers to share their experiences of the pandemic.

“This is an amazing opportunity for early- and mid-career creative practitioners to create significant work that captures a really important time in the history of our county.”

The exhibition

“It is also an exciting and rare opportunity for artists and makers to have their work exhibited alongside the internationally acclaimed artist Grayson Perry and local photography legend Joseph Hardman at Blackwell - a stunning Grade I listed Arts & Crafts house, in the heart of the Lake District.”

The deadline for artists to submit their ideas is Friday 16 July 2021, with the final deadline of Sunday 14 November 2021 for the work to go on display.

You can also contact: Naomi Gariff, Programme Curator at

Lakeland Arts’ Participation and Learning team have been reaching out to create authentic experiences to mend objects and local communities.

More details can be found here

MEND makers hope to build new and lasting partnerships with the people who make Cumbria a contemporary place to live and thrive.

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