Carlisle Cathedral Welcomes Local Artists in latest Fundraiser

31st August 2023

Carlisle Cathedral has opened its doors to the Carlisle and Cumbria Artists for their 54th annual exhibition.

Carlisle Cathedral welcomes local artists in latest fundraiser

Over 350 original paintings have gone on show inside the cathedral’s Fratry Hall to raise vital funds for both the cathedral and other local charities.

The art show was the original creation of the late Mrs Molly Mawson who, in 1968, wanted to raise money to save Carlisle’s 15th century Tithe Barn.

Carlisle Cathedral welcomes local artists in latest fundraiser

The first exhibition took place in the old Town Hall and was so successful that the Dean of Carlisle asked Mrs Mawson if future exhibitions could raise funds for the cathedral.

And the Carlisle and Cumbria Artists launched their 54 th Annual Exhibition last Saturday (August 26)with more than 350 original paintings along with cards for sale by 60 local artists. The exhibition includes local landscapes, still life and abstract work in a wide variety of techniques and styles.

The Revd Canon Benjamin Carter, Canon Warden at Carlisle Cathedral, said

“We are delighted to welcome Carlisle and Cumbria Artists back to the Fratry Hall for their 54th Annual Exhibition, it is always a highlight of our events calendar. 

“The quality of the artwork is incredible, and the range of subject matter is so varied, with many pieces inspired by our local Cumbrian landscapes and wildlife. There are over 350 items on display, which look magnificent set against the beautiful backdrop of the medieval Fratry Hall. 

“We encourage visitors to call in to see the exhibition, entry is free, and donations would be very gratefully welcomed. All proceeds will go to Carlisle Cathedral, which will help to ensure this special building remains open to all for many years to come. Thank you to all the artists who have contributed to this Exhibition.”

The exhibition will run to Sunday 10 September, 10am to 4pm daily. Admission is free.