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South Cumbria set to host Turner Prize winner

A museum in South Cumbria is getting ready to welcome back a prestigious artist the have claimed as their own.

Grizedale Arts, based at the Ruskin Museum in Consiton, commissioned 'Wantee', a video by French artist Laure Prouvost.

It made her the latest Turner Prize winner and she is coming back to Coniston this weekend.

The Turner Prize comes to Cumbria

The installation art on display at the Tate Modern Credit: Turner Prize 2014

This year's Turner Prize-winning artwork is going on display in Cumbria where it was conceived and created.

Laure Provoust scooped the top prize with her installations Credit: Turner Prize 2014

The winning exhibit, Wantee by Laure Provoust, will be at the Ruskin Museum in Coniston.

She was announced as the winner of the prestigious contemporary art prize on Monday.

A piece entitled 'Whitehall' Credit: Turner Prize 2014


Dumfries shortlisted for artistic award

Dumfries' attempts to become an "art town" have taken a big step forward.

In recent years the town's got a reputation for hosting a number of successful arts events such as the Big Burns Supper, which attracts thousands of people.

Dumfries has now been shortlisted for a Creative Place Award, worth 150 thousand pounds. The winner will be announced in January next year.Organisers say that if they won, it would help make Dumfries one of the main places for arts and festivals in Scotland.

Thousands visit Cumbrian art exhibition

Around 1000 people have visited an exhibition of Cumbrian Artists in its first week at the Blackwell Arts Centre in Bowness-on-Windermere.

The historic house in the heart of the Lake District has hosted some big names in the art world but for the rest of the year it's be home to handiwork from closer to home.

One of the artists is Katy Holford, who came to glass factory Cumbria Crystal in Ulverston 3 years ago when the company was on the brink of bankruptcy.

Her designs turned the company around and they now employ 6 more people, including 2 local apprentices.


Miniature Masterpieces exhibited in Kelso

The 'world's smallest engraver' Graham Short is putting on an exclusive show in Kelso.

Earning the tag for his miniature masterpieces, Graham has spent almost 50 years honing his craft, going to physical and mental extremes to produce among the highest-quality engravings in the world.

Among his best known work is 'The Lord's Prayer', engraved on the head of a gold pin, which is so small a microscope is required to see it.

He will be at Kelso's Art House Gallery from 1pm on Sunday 30th June.

Display with a difference

Fifty-five photos of rural life are going on display throughout the Eskdale Valley in the western Lake District. The pictures will be shown beside waterfalls, along footpaths, at farms and at several stations on the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway on the 8th and 9th September.

Train driver along the Ravenglass and Eskdale railway Credit: Cumbria Tourism
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