Cumbria and the Lake Districts’ dramatic peaks, idyllic countryside and vast coastlines have attracted a fair share of famous artists and illustrators to the region such as John Ruskin, Beatrix Potter and the Heaton Coopers. Cumbria has a rich artistic history and the county has been a source of inspiration for artists, illustrators and creatives for centuries. Many famous artists and illustrators have taken inspiration from the breathtaking landscapes, vibrant seasonal colours and great natural beauty of the county. Today Cumbria is home to a thriving community of artists and illustrators who continue to find resonance with the distinctive natural beauty of the region.
One of the most exciting things about the creative community in Cumbria is that there is always something new to discover. Every style and discipline are represented in the county, resulting in stunning, original works of art to adorn your home, present as gifts or to simply admire in local galleries and stately homes. Cumbrian artists and illustrators have adopted countless styles and techniques and no two artworks or illustrations are the same. From oil paintings to contemporary art, each work of art captures the unmatched natural beauty of Cumbria and the Lake District from an entirely different perspective to the next. Artists and illustrators can masterfully tell a story through their imagery and capture the seasons using colour.
For visitors to Cumbria and the Lake District, the region boasts a number of award-winning galleries and exhibition spaces that host an ever-changing collection of local art throughout the year. Some offer the chance to purchase work from local artists and illustrators and others exhibit permanent art collections from more well-known artists. For something more interactive, some galleries and studios in Cumbria and the Lake District host workshops and classes you can attend. Why not support the artist community in Cumbria and get inspired by the spectacular wildlife and landscape yourself?
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