Gallery

Exhibiting Now

Now in its 12th year, the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition is an open art competition which celebrates and promotes the best of Northern Art. 

It is open to artists born, living, or studying an art-based degree in Cheshire, Cumbria, Durham, Lancashire, Northumberland, or Yorkshire.

From the call out, a prestigious panel of judges have selected over 120 exciting artworks in an array of mediums for this the biennial New Light Prize Exhibition.

The Gallery at Rheged is delighted to be Cumbria’s hosting venue for this exhibition, where visitors can explore the wealth of northern talent, discuss the 5 award winners, vote for the Visitors Choice Award and purchase new work.

Open daily 10am to 5.30pm. Free Entry



Libby Edmondson’s Pop-Up Print Shop

Now open near our Gallery, visit our pop-up print shop dedicated to the vibrant work of Libby Edmondson with over 20 prints to choose from as well as a range of her Hare and Cheetah Sculptures.

All the artwork is available to take away on the day of your visit. You simply fill in the order form and take it the Gallery Desk where the team will be delighted to help.

Open daily 10am-5pm

We Feed The UK – Pop-up Portraits Exhibition

Until 15 April

A selection of We Feed the UK portraits, taken by photographer Louis Little, is currently on display in our community Gallery. We Feed the UK is a radical re-storying of regenerative farmers, food producers and grain rebels; custodians of biocultural diversity across land, sea, soil and seed. Their nature-friendly practices are the root of our future resilience, and the time is ripe to elevate these efforts in support of the regenerative farming transition right here in the British Isles.

Throughout 2023 The Gaia Foundation, who are leading on We Feed The UK, set up a pop-up portrait studio at three of the UK’s most-loved events celebrating the regenerative farming movement –  Oxford Real Farming Conference, Groundswell and Land Skills Fair. Here they met both the well-known and the unsung heroes of a thriving and hopeful sector; the people who are (re)growing an agri-culture to nourish people and planet.

Upon hearing these inspiring stories, The Gaia Foundation selected ten to amplify through a national arts project weaving together over 40 collaborators including ten critically acclaimed photographers and 10 award-winning spoken word artists, the Hot Poets.

A selection of 32 of the portraits are now on display at Rheged. They were taken by photographer Louis Little, who has worked alongside Martin Parr for a number of years, creating the infamous Parr portrait studios.

The 10 flagship We Feed The Uk exhibitions launch at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool on 8 February 2024, where the first story – ‘Agri-culture: a lineage of hedgerow ligging in Cumbria’ – will be exhibited, alongside previews of the nine other stories.

More at www.wefeedtheuk.org

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