Artists, makers and galleries

20th century and contemporary British painting and ceramics is very much the focus of Castlegate House, Cumbria’s best known commercial art gallery. Since opening its doors in 1987, over 300 exhibitions have been held in the two main rooms of this listed Georgian building, close to Cockermouth Castle.

Four generations of a renowned family of artists - the Heaton Coopers - are represented at this studio where you can buy original paintings, fine art prints, sculpture, ceramics, greetings cards, books, gifts and an excellent range of artists’ materials (papers, brushes, inks, paints etc). 

With its eye-catching range of art glass, ceramics, original paintings, limited edition prints and interior furnishings, this is something of a stand-out shop in Keswick.

OCG Arts in Ambleside. Cookhouse Gallery, Rebecca Cropper (pencil artist) and the Mere Gallery, all three in Bowness, Thuline de Cock studio/gallery (artist) in Windermere. Also Lake Artists Society.

Little Bird Gallery (Stuart Broadhurst ceramics) at Askham near Ullswater. Northern Lights Gallery and Viridian Gallery in Keswick. Thornthwaite Galleries at Thornthwaite near Keswick, Castlegate House Gallery, Percy House Gallery and Skylark Studio, all in Cockermouth.

Green Door Studios, Youdells (artists’ materials and more), Thuline de Cock studio/gallery (artist) in Kendal. Gallery H at Arnside. Beach Hut Gallery at Kents Bank, Grange-over-Sands. 

Pottery Studio at Brougham Hall near Penrith. Kirk Neuk Studio (Annie Peaker, ceramic artist) near Penrith. Gallery at Rheged, close to Penrith. Upfront Gallery at Unthank near Penrith. Beckstones Art Gallery at Greystoke Ghyll near Penrith. Red Barn Gallery at Larch Cottage Nurseries, Melkinthorpe near Penrith.

Alston Craftworkers and Gallery 1611 (ceramics) in Alston. Courtyard Gallery in Appleby. T’aint Modern in Kirkby Stephen. Finestra Gallery in Kirkby Lonsdale. Farfield Mill near Sedbergh. 

Edwin Talbot (gallery and picture framers), Daffodil Lane (studio and gallery), both in Carlisle.

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