CRAFTSMEN and artists will mark 40 years of exhibiting at Lanercost Priory with a month-long showcase this summer.

Work created by 15 designer-makers will be taking over the Dacre Hall from Wednesday August 8 to Tuesday September 4.

A group of craftspeople has been exhibiting in the Dacre Hall since 1978 and they will be celebrating the anniversary this year with a varied mix of the best of Cumbrian craft and design alongside invited guests from across Scotland and northern England.

Tricia Meynell, a fine art and abstract photographer from Castle Carrock, and one of the organising team, says: "We’re a fairly fluid group with a strong contingent based in Cumbria.

"We’ve got a committed core of people and then, each year, we invite new people to take part, keeping it as fresh and varied as possible while maintaining the reputation for high quality work."

There will be seven new faces at the Priory for 2018: sculptor Rowena Beaty; glassmaker Jane Charles; ceramics artist Hilary Harrison; silversmith Caroline Brogden; stained glass artist Lizzy Hippisley-Cox; textile and printmaker Kim Tillyer; and painter Glynnis Carter.

Alongside them will be returning exhibitors including textile artist and printmaker Denise Huddleston, Julia Neubauer, who also works with textiles, watercolour artist Christina Hargraves, and Tricia Meynell.

In addition, and returning after a year’s break, Richard and Mary Kennedy from the RAM Workshop at Kirklinton will be exhibiting a selection of their wooden furniture, carvings and painted boxes.

Richard says: "We first exhibited at Lanercost back in 2004, at the invitation of Ian Butler and Barbara and Dick Wright, founder members of the group.

“It has a reputation as a prestigious show in a glorious old building and we’ve gathered lots of regular visitors and buyers over the years. With new faces invited to take part and a wide variety of arts and crafts represented, it’s a thriving exhibition and we’re looking forward to the next 40 years!"

The Craftsmen at the Priory 2018 exhibition will be open every day from 10am to 5pm, and many of the pieces will be available to buy.