Internationally renowned names unveiled as guest artists for C-Art 2016

Internationally acclaimed artist Conrad Atkinson – who is well known on both sides of the Atlantic – is to head up an eclectic mix of guest artists for C-Art 2016, one of the North’s leading visual arts events.

Regarded as one of the leading fine artists of his generation, the radical Cumbrian-born artist has used his art to highlight political and social causes for more than 40 years.

He is Professor Emeritus at the University of California and currently has exhibitions at both Tate Britain and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts in New York.

Eden Arts can now reveal that Atkinson will be showcasing some of his work at Rheged near Penrith later this year, as part of C-Art’s Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition which runs 9 September – 13 November 2016.

Also showcasing her work at C-Art 2016 is Maddi Nicholson, who is well-known for her giant inflatable sculptures – including a life-size terraced house inspired by an industrial townscape in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Maddi’s large-scale works have also clad everything from castles and tower blocks to double-decker buses and even a Norwegian passenger ferry.

Completing the line-up of established guest artists for C-Art are:

• Margaret Harrison: One of the founders of the London Women’s Liberation Art Group in 1970, Carlisle-educated Margaret has exhibited across the globe including the USA, China, Switzerland and Germany. She won both the Northern Arts Prize and one of the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Awards for Artists in 2013.

• Paul Scott is best known for his research into ceramics and print. His ceramic printed objects are in private and public collections around the world, while his large-scale works include installations in Vietnam and Denmark.

Conrad Atkinson says, “I’m honoured that my work has been included in this important exhibition called Cumbrian Artist of the Year. Each time I revisit Cumbria I’m impressed by the initiatives particularly in the visual arts by Eden Arts. I’m pleased that both I and my partner Margaret Harrison have been invited as guest artists. Although I currently have shows in New York, Tate London, Kansas City, and even very large works in 11 Downing Street London it’s always nice to return and be invited to show work in Cumbria.

Adrian Lochhead, Director of Eden Arts, says, “C-Art is all about showcasing the best of the region’s creative talent. We love visual art that surprises, excites and challenges the senses, and it feels like quite a coup to be bringing a globally respected artist like Conrad Atkinson back to the origins of his work here in Cumbria.”

John Stokes, Arts Manager at Rheged says, “We are delighted to welcome back C-Art and the Cumbrian Artist of the Year exhibition at Rheged for a second year. The inclusion of these celebrated artists is an exciting development and we look forward to hosting what we are sure will be an excellent showcase of Cumbrian artists’ work. This year an additional sculpture trail throughout the centre will offer visitors a chance experience art outside of the gallery setting, as well as the traditional venue of the Gallery at Rheged.”

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Eden Arts is a charitable arts organisation (charity no. 1139215) based in the Eden District, Cumbria, and funded by Eden District Council, Arts Council England and The Big Lottery. Eden Arts promotes, invents, dreams and cooks up all sorts of creative projects from commissions to participatory to gigs and cinema.

C-Art is Cumbria’s largest visual arts programme and is now in its sixth year. Eden Arts devised C-Art in 2011 to celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Cumbria’s beautiful landscape and to give visitors the opportunity to talk to artists, watch demonstrations and see how work is made in some of the most remarkable towns and villages in the UK.

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