Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

02 March - 20 March 2020


Awards & Exhibition


The sixth edition of Eden Arts’ Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2020 is now open for entries from students and young people aged 15 - 24 who live, work or are from Cumbria.

Working in partnership with the Institute of the Arts at the University of Cumbria to showcase the excellent quality of work being produced by young people studying in or from Cumbria.

The winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2019 was announced as Poppy Cookson at a special preview of the exhibition. Poppy presented a video installation entitled A Sensory Enquiry into Non-Human Categories (2019) as part of a body of work exploring the relationships between humans and non-humans. The winning artist receives the opportunity of an artist residency at the Old Fire Station, Penrith as part of the Eden Arts Artist Spare Room scheme, as well as a cash prize of £250.

The 5 other artists that were shortlisted for the award were Calum Eccleston with his installation and performance piece, Mel Galley who submitted hand-made books with creative writing, Georgia White with an installation piece, Robin Little who submitted a video work and Adam Mennell with a photography series.

The Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition has taken place at The Vallum Gallery at Cumbria University's Institute of Arts in 2016 and 2017. The 2014 and 2015 awards featured an online gallery as part of the C-Art website.

Artists from or studying in Cumbria, aged 15-24 can submit work to the award and exhibition for selection by a panel of judges. Previous judges have included; Maddi Nicholson (artist, founder and director of Art Gene), Celia Burbush (artist, winner of the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2017), Jocelyn McGregor (artist, shortlisted for the Cumbrian Artist of the Year award 2017), and Emeli Hartness (winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award 2017); Alan Stones (winner of the People’s Choice of the Cumbrian Artist of the Year Exhibition 2015); Karen Babayan (winner of the Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016) and Adam Story (winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2016).

Work in any medium is accepted including painting, sculpture, photography, installation, digital media, performance. Previous winners have worked with photography, film, digital media, animation, performance and installation.


2019; Poppy Cookson

2017; Emeli Hartness

2016; Adam Story

2015; Bronny Salter

2014; Liam Collins

Enter the 2020 awards here


02 March - 20 March 2020

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The 2019 exhibition took place at the Vallum Gallery at the Institute of the Arts, University of Cumbria, Brampton Road Campus, Carlisle CA3 9AY

The following artists were featured in the exhibition;

Kara Ashurst, Phoebe Bell, Genevieve Borthwick, Megan Bowyer, Poppy Cookson, Marisa Crane, Calum Eccleston, Mel Galley, Emily Hall, Sophie Inkester, Hannah Faith Jackson, Shannon Johnston, Robin Little, Kirsty Milnes, Adam Mennell, Lucy Prescott, Lucy Playford, Leah Stoddart, Sophie Steadman, Georgia White

The winner of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year 2019 award was Poppy Cookson.

Enter the 2020 exhibition here:

Adam Mennell
Sophie Steadman
Sophie Inkester
Shannon Johnston
Robin Little
Poppy Cookson
Phoebe Bell
Peter Bentley
Melissa Galley
Marissa Crane
Megan Bowyer
Lucy Prescott
Lucy Playford
Leah Stoddart
Kirsty Milnes
Kara Ashurst
Hannah Jackson
Genevieve Borthwick
Georgia White
Emily Hall
Calum Ecclestone

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