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Spring Rising

A celebration of the arrival of Spring by Green Door Artists Green Door Artists have been motivated by the vitality of Spring. A response to this season’s promise of renewal, possibility, and hope. Spring reigniting the land and the things that live below, on, or above it. The colours, life and dynamic of Spring's energy,...

“Our Land in Colour” Oil paintings by Julie Dumbarton

It is a pleasure for Upfront to host an exhibition by Julie Dumbarton. Her first solo exhibition as a young artist was with us 22 years ago. She recently returned to Cumbria having lived in Scotland for 20 years. Julie has has exhibited nationally and internationally and won numerous awards. She was also on sky...

Brushstrokes – creative thinking in paint and clay

An expression of Life, Colour and Landscape by Potters and Painters This exhibition has been curated by Cumbrian artist, Frances Winder who is a regular exhibitor at Upfront:“The exhibition is a collection of works from friends whose work I love, rich and complex designs in ceramics and in paint, or bold and exciting work. Sensitive...

Shared Stories at Upfront

Ceramic Exhibition by 12 members of Northern Potters - Northwest

New Work by Jamie Oldham

Jamie grew up in Cumbria and after living near Bath and exhibiting regularly in many London galleries he decided in 2022 to return to Cumbria and live near the Solway coast.He loves the work of the landscapists Fred Cumming and Kurt Jackson, but his greatest influence (and greatest teacher) has been his late father, Tom. Upfront...

HANNAH APPLEYARD and STUART SHORT

Paintings & Sculpture Hannah's paintings are full of colour, life & magic. She wants people to approach her work with an open mind and open gaze and let their imagination do the rest.Her inspiration is nature and the natural world and she is fascinated by the similarities between the macrocosm and the microcosm. Stuart is...

Spring Exhibition

A Group Exhibition of Paintings, Prints & Mixed Media by Susan Dobson, Christina Mingard, Kate Durdy & Eddie Potts. We also have ceramics by Chris Cox, Syl Macro, Brian Goodall & Dorit Deutsch, plus work by our regular artists for 2023, Mary Ann Rogers, Mark A Pearce & Geoffrey Smith.

Watercolours & Prints by Mary Ann Rogers

Northumberland-based artist, Mary Ann Rogers, paints vibrant watercolour paintings full of energy, from an in-depth knowledge of her subject matter. Her studio is surrounded by the wild hills of Northumberland, whose inhabitants, along with her own menagerie of birds, feature in her work.Mary Ann has been a regular exhibitor at Upfront for many years. Her...

Landscape Paintings & Reduction Linocuts by Mark A Pearce

Mark is a professional printmaker and landscape artist living and working in the coastal village of Ravenglass in the beautiful Lake District. His home studio is situated on the shores of an estuary with stunning views of the surrounding fells and sea. These local landscapes provide much of the inspiration for his paintings and original linocut...

Ceramic Viewpoints

Eight ceramicists express their philosophies, motivations and styles. Ceramicists will include Nigel Edmondson, Geoff Cox, John Calver, Sally Toms, Emma Louise Wilson, Lara Clahane, John Davenport and Jan Huntley-Peace.

“Points of View”

Twelve artists express their philosophies, motivations and styles Artists will include Frances Winder, Kay Leech, Rosie Wates, Angie Mitchell, Tina Balmer, Annie Luke Turner, Kate Bentley, Heather Hannah, Liz Tracey, Kath Lockhart, Catherine MacDiarmid & Kate Bigland

Summer Exhibition

The Upfront Gallery Summer Exhibition includes some of our regular artists and some new artists. There is a selection of work in a variety of media - oil, acrylic, charcoal, multi media, ceramics & printmaking. Artists include Colin Blanchard, Heather Blanchard, Kate Durdy, Rachel Gibson, Syl Macro, Eddie Potts, Gregory Rankine, Geoffrey Smith & Malcolm...

From Xian, China to Upfront, Penrith!

Original Chinese Paintings by Milly (Mrs Shang Chaofeng) This exhibition of Milly’s work has been brought to us by John Keith, local art collector, who is an Upfront Gallery supporter and introduced us to Milly's work a few years ago. He dubbed Chaofeng ( Milly, in English), “The Chinese Modigliani”. She was unaware who Modigliani...

Hive Geometrix

Paintings by Stephen Livingstone Beehives are places of mystery and magic. Even beekeepers, who over many centuries have developed an intimate, symbiotic relationship with honeybees, can never properly understand the complex inner-workings of their hives. The paintings in this exhibition are a visualisation of the inside of a working beehive, an attempt to represent the...

Debby Akam – Paintings & Gary Power – Sculpture

DEBBY AKAM - "THINKING IN COLOUR" . Paintings + Woodcut Prints. New paintings on canvas and original woodcut prints are investigations of layered space created through colour relationships and gestural brush marks. Working with colour energises and motivates me, and I am concerned with its’ potential as a source of positive emotional response linking personal...

“PRESENCE” – Winter Art Exhibition

in association with "Proseed" and coordinated by Daniel Ibbotson An eclectic exhibition allowing over 50 artists to exhibit in the gallery, some for the first time. The exhibition is part of "Proceed" who began opening pop-up exhibitions during Lockdown to give artists a platform to sell their work and to have a presence.

Andrew & Gwen Adair : Colour & Surface

A joint exhibition by husband and wife artists, Andy and Gwen Adair. The exhibition will include ceramics and 2D work by Andy and paintings by Gwen. Artist's Statement - ANDREW ADAIR I have been a practicing ceramic artist for over thirty years and have always tried to maintain a playful approach to clay, allowing the material...

Peter Flanagan – Recent Paintings

Peter has been a professional artist for thirty-five years and has a studio in Allendale, Northumberland. He is increasingly inspired by the landscape of the North, but also paints cityscape, portraits, the figure and still life. His influences increasingly are the painters of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century; the realist painters of the...

On Track & End of Line

EXHIBITION CONTINUES UNTIL 8TH AUGUST The exhibition has paintings by railway artists who create evocative images of the railways of the past and these are combined with the unseen photographs by the late Trevor Grimshaw. Trevor photographed the rusting and abandoned trains, at the time when all steam trains were retired from service. Many of...

GREEN SHOOTS – Green Door Artists

Spring Exhibition by Green Door Artists  18th May – 27th June This exhibition celebrates a new beginning for the artists of Green Door after many months without an exhibition. Everything was planned and the exhibition hung in December, when we went into "Lockdown" once again.  Ironically called "Green Shoots",  this is definitely an exhibition of...

Christmas Ceramics Exhibition

12th November – 10th January The Upfront Christmas Ceramics Exhibition. A unique and diverse selection of ceramics.

COAST TO MOUNTAINS

PAINTINGS by PHILIPPA HEADLEY 29th September - 13th December I have spent many years hiking in the Lakeland Fells and walking along the Jurassic Coast. Whether I’m viewing a precipitous cliff top from the sea or gazing at a fell yet to be climbed I find wonderful opportunities to paint. This everchanging environment, eroded by...

KALEIDOSCOPE by Green Door Artists

5th November – 12th January This exhibition will feature work by Green Door artists celebrating their diversity and originality. The title ‘Kaleidoscope’ offers artists the freedom to approach their subjects using a wide variety of media and styles, and provides motivation and stimulus. Some may work from the word itself but others could choose to...

Ink Painting Workshop with Irene Sanderson

Ink Painting (sumi-e and suibo kuga) Calligraphy – Arts of the Brush EXPLORE THE MIND – EXPERIENCE SUMI-E A practical workshop introducing the techniques & methods, along with an overview of the masterpieces of this art form. About Irene Irene Sanderson is a painter, illustrator, printmaker and calligrapher, working mainly in ink and watercolour on absorbent...

Irene Sanderson “Shrines”

Painted images and photographs of a journey around Japan visiting beautiful and mysterious Shinto shrines – the greatest, the oldest, and the newest, enshrining a sun goddess, a mountain, a fox, the mythical founders of the nation and heroes of national modernisation. This journey along with conversations with Shinto priests, historians, ultra-rightist activists, atom bomb...