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New scheme to boost Carlisle's contemporary art scene

A new scheme aiming to promote local contemporary arts in Carlisle has been launched.

This year, the projects will reflect on the devastation and aftermath of Storm Desmond.

The chosen artists Credit: ITV Border

Laura Harrison and John Dummett have been chosen to create the art using elements of video, audio and language.

The four-month-long scheme is a partnership between the University of Cumbria and the City Council.

Storm Desmond Credit: ITV Border

John Dummett explains what he'll be focusing on:

WATCH: Everest artist's new exhibition

Now, if the view from your office or factory is a little bland, you'll be rather envious of Cumbrian artist Derek Eland.

For almost two months Derek looked out over the Himalayas as he took up the post of artist in residence at Everest base camp.

In a new exhibition which opens on Saturday near Penrith, we get a glimpse of life in the death zone at over 17,000ft.

International artist completes latest project with help from Cumbrian hospice

Hospice patients painted by Julia Stanton Credit: Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

An international artist has completed her latest project with the help of Penrith Day Hospice patients.

Julia Stanton, who works across Europe and America, chose Penrith for her latest challenge in which she created a series of oil paintings of the Hospice patients as part of “The Hospice Project”.

Julia has spent almost a year completing the paintings as she encouraged the patients to chat while she sketched so that each portrait could highlight the individual’s personality and movement.

“This has been a transformative and extremely rewarding project. I set up my easel in the hospice day room, and each week painted a different subject. I’ve developed a great affection for the people who come to spend the day and these portraits will be part of their legacies.

“The Penrith Hospice is a hidden treasure, a lovely friendly and welcoming place for people who are sharing real challenges, and it is staffed by the nicest group of people one can imagine in health care.”

– Julia Stanton

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Melvyn Bragg condemns arts cuts in Cumbria

Melvyn Bragg Credit: PA

One of Cumbria's most famous faces has hit out at cutbacks to artistic and cultural centres in the county.

Lord Melvyn Bragg, who was born in Carlisle and grew up in Wigton, believes the government is ignoring the social and financial benefits of the arts.

When will this government understand that the arts are not only beneficial for people and a source of great pleasure... they make money?"

– Lord Melvyn Bragg

Wooden 'Urchin' among Dumfriesshire festival attractions

The 'Urchin' is described as a “floating inhabited sculpture” Credit: Sara Penrhyn Jones

A star attraction at this weekend’s free-to-attend Environmental Art Festival Scotland is the unusual wooden sphere set afloat on the loch in front of the medieval Morton Castle near Thornhill, Dumfriesshire.

The "Urchin", which was shipped up specially from Mid-Wales for this weekend’s free public arts event in Dumfries and Galloway, is described as a “floating inhabited sculpture” or a “contemplation chamber”.

Created by Jenny Hall and Tabitha Pope of Craftedspace, it allows wet-suit clad festival-goers to spend time out on the water rather than just wandering the margins.

The two-day celebration of the art and the environment starts today and includes many eye-catching and highly unusual performance and visual art events.

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