The Vallum Gallery, Institute of the Arts

The Vallum Gallery, Institute of the Arts The official page for the modern gallery space in the city of Carlisle, located in the main building of the Institute of Arts at The University of Cumbria.

The Vallum Gallery is a newly opened exhibition space, surrounded by the creative community of students and staff at The University of Cumbria's Institute of the Arts campus in the city of Carlisle. Open to the general public, all exhibitions are free and carefully selected to provide a unique and memorable gallery-going experience. With its modern aesthetics, clean lines and ample natural and artificial light, the Vallum Gallery provides an ideal environment for both traditional 2D and 3D shows and flexibility to accommodate new media exhibitions. Private view events, musical and dramatic performances and artist talks and book launches are all activities that complement the rolling exhibitions programme. Housed in the modern Main Building of the Institute of the Arts, part of the University of Cumbria, the gallery builds upon a creative tradition in the city of Carlisle that has a history dating back to the founding in 1822 of a Society for the promotion of the Fine Arts. This flexible new gallery space, installed during 2015, can present exhibitions in a traditional format with wall panels for 2D work and glass cabinets and plinths for 3D work, plus can accommodate digital format work on high definition screens or via projection.

Antony Gormley shares seven-day Instagram diary of life in lockdown
24/05/2020
Antony Gormley shares seven-day Instagram diary of life in lockdown

Antony Gormley shares seven-day Instagram diary of life in lockdown

British sculptor Antony Gormley is among a handful of artists who have collaborated with the White Cube gallery to document their life and work in lockdown via Instagram, in a bid to stay connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Cumbria
22/05/2020

University of Cumbria

We’re excited to announce that bookings for our virtual open day are now open. On the 16th June, our virtual open day will help guide and support you through choosing the right undergraduate or postgraduate course for you.
To book your place, go to: https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/about/events/virtual-open-day/

When will cinemas, theatres and museums re-open?
21/05/2020
When will cinemas, theatres and museums re-open?

When will cinemas, theatres and museums re-open?

The latest lockdown update suggests that arts and cultural venues must operate a "behind closed doors" strategy or stay closed beyond July

Signal Film & Media
21/05/2020

Signal Film & Media

WANT TO KNOW WHAT INSPIRES TOP PHOTOGRAPHERS?

TONIGHT (Thur 21st) AT 7PM award-winning British photographer & Signal-commissioned artist, the wonderful Vanessa Winship is doing a virtual bookshelf tour of the titles & writings that have influenced her. Check it out at mackbooks.co.uk/live
*Video will be archived on the Mack website afterwards*

Dalton Creatives Lakeland Arts Florence Arts Centre Redeye - The Photography Network The British Journal of Photography Barrow Camera Club The Arts Society Cumbria University of Cumbria Cumbria Life Magazine Cumbria Guide Barra Culture Art Gene FON Inspiring Barrow Barrow-in-Furness Main Public Library Lake District Photography and Art The Lakes International Comic Art Festival Mind in Furness Furness Lgbtq+ Youth Support Furness College Kendal College Arts & Media Campus Barrow Sixth Form College

UoC Wildlife Society
20/05/2020

UoC Wildlife Society

We’ve got loads of great activities lined for you today. Here’s a full breakdown of what to expect (there have been a couple of adjustments since our post on Monday):

8AM – Dawn Chorus with Cain Scrimgeour

9AM – BioBlitz Briefing and iNaturalist with Rachel Owen

10AM – Birdwatching with Sarah Nixon

11AM – Garden BioBlitz with Debs Muscat

12PM – Pollinators and Nestcams with Dr Alex Playford

1PM – Camera Trap Workshop with Rachel Owen and a Cumbrian Camera Trap Showreel

2PM – Wildflower Workshop with Jamie Normington, and Garden Birds with Ruth Thomas

3PM – Small Mammals with Cain Scrimgeour

4PM – Garden Wildlife with Lequane Johnson

5PM – LIVE Entomology Workshop with Alex Dittrich (via Zoom)

6PM – LIVE Worm Charming Championship hosted by last year’s champion Bethan Grinter (Facebook live). The Worm Charming Trophy is at stake!

7PM – Local Wildlife with Sam Mason

8PM – Bat Safari with Heather Devey

9PM –Garden Moths with Ruth Thomas and Moth Trapping with Guy Broome

10PM – Thank you, from our chairman, James Hughes

Please do send us your pictures of you taking part in the BioBlitz. We’d love to see what people are doing, and the wildlife they’re finding! #UoCVirtualBB

UoC Wildlife Society
18/05/2020

UoC Wildlife Society

Only 2 days to go until our virtual BioBlitz! We’ve got some great workshops lined up for you. Here’s a brief outline of the day – some workshops are subject to change, but we’ll let you know if any workshops get adjusted.

BIOBLITZ SCHEDULE

8AM – Dawn Chorus with Cain Scrimgeour

9AM – BioBlitz Briefing and iNaturalist with Rachel Owen

10AM – Birdwatching with Sarah Nixon

11AM – Local Wildlife with Sam Mason

12PM – Pollinators and Nestcams with Alex Playford

1PM – Wildflower Workshop with Jamie Normington, and Garden Birds with Ruth Thomas

2PM – Camera Trap Workshop with Rachel Owen and a Cumbrian Camera Trap Showreel

3PM – Small Mammals with Cain Scrimgeour

4PM – Garden Wildlife with Lequane Johnson

5PM – LIVE Entomology Workshop with Alex Dittrich (via Zoom)

6PM – LIVE Worm Charming Championship hosted by last year’s champion Bethan Grinter (Facebook live). The Worm Charming Trophy is at stake!

7PM – Bat Safari with Heather Devey

8PM – Moth Trapping with Guy Broome, and Garden Moths with Ruth Thomas

9PM – Bat Detecting with Bethan Grinter

10PM – Thank you, from our chairman, James Hughes

We look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday. Be sure to record your findings on the iNaturalist project, and send us pictures of yourselves having fun and looking for wildlife.

UoC Wildlife Society
13/05/2020

UoC Wildlife Society

We may still be in lockdown, but that doesn't mean we can't interact with nature. Join us on Wednesday 20th May for our first ever Virtual BioBlitz! 🐾 🌳

We'll be streaming nature-themed workshops and activities on our page throughout the day for you to get involved with, as well as featuring videos from students of their local wildlife. We've got some great content lined up - you don't want to miss this 🎥 🦔

Dreaming through the locking glass
12/05/2020
Dreaming through the locking glass

Dreaming through the locking glass

'What Cumbrian artists did during lockdown' The Coronavirus lockdown has been devastating to many Cumbrian artists and small businesses. At the same time, it has been a chance to slow down, reflect, and engage with a much smaller area around us. For artists this is an opportunity to capture a unique...

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival
11/05/2020

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

Responding to uncertain times, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival leaps into a virtual setting for 9th – 11th October 2020: https://bit.ly/LICAF-LIVE-Announced

Although movement restrictions resulting from the Coronavirus Pandemic look set to ease in the United Kingdom over coming weeks, event organisers across the country still face uncertainty over social distancing measures in response to the international health crisis. The uncertainty is problematic and even for events taking place later this year, decisions needed to be taken within the next month on arranging travel, accommodation and more for guests from across the globe.

In response, the Lakes International Comic Art Festival has, after discussion with funders including Arts Council England, decided to switch its annual weekend from a physical gathering to a virtual get together of comic creators – maintaining its strong international flavour with its many partners from across the globe, who include the Lyon BD Festival, Quebec BD Festival and the Czech Literature Centre.

Seizing the moment and making an opportunity of adversity, the organisation, whose remit also includes local community outreach, creator exchanges, year-round workshops and comics publishing, is therefore delighted to announce Lakes International Comic Art Festival Live (LICAF LIVE), taking place 9th – 11th October 2020, basing operations from Kendal, Cumbria, but, for this year, involving a host of comic creators from around the globe, joining in with the fun and creative energy from their own countries.

A carefully curated and produced weekend of largely free, pre-recorded and live material (with some participatory elements), featuring a range of both British and international guests, LICAF LIVE will celebrate comics in all of its guises and create special learning opportunities through a series of online workshops. Accessible for a period of time to enable people to dip into it at their leisure from different time zones, it will be informative, entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring.

Planned innovative and ambitious virtual events include creators “showing off”, new formats for getting up close to creators’ lives and interests; celebrity guests and many “Interactivities” - quizzes, personality tests, exhibitions, audience participation events and more.

In addition, the Festival is delighted to include a dedicated strand of programming, Infinity and Beyond, focused on the cutting edge of comics into the digital sphere, through technologies such as Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and more, brought to you by creators and companies at the forefront of this fast-developing, ground-breaking expansion to the medium.

The weekend-long event will also include a number of awards and announcements including the new Comics Laureate (taking up the torch from current incumbent, Hannah Berry), the winner of the Myriad First Graphic Novel Competition, the launch of the Breakthrough project anthology and the winner of the Festival's Race Into Space Comic Strip Challenge.

The Festival’s web site is also being transformed to reflect the change of focus, with a special Virtual Marketplace built and designed by Joe McGarry and brother Luke to highlight the creators, publishers and retailers who would have been part of the annual Comics Clock Tower in Kendal Town Hall.

Seeing the switch from a physical event to a truly international, virtual gathering, Festival Director Julie Tait says she and the organising team welcome the challenge, along with key partners.

“It became increasingly clear that restrictive measures will continue for some time and that, when they are eased and we return to (the new) normal, festivals and events will be the last things to re-enter the public domain,” Julie explained. “There are so many unknowns, such as the situation with international travel, amongst other things, so we spent many hours revisiting our position, which was to continue plans for a physical event.

“The bottom line is even if the Festival could have gone ahead in October, it is highly likely there are going to be distancing measures which make many of our Festival elements impossible to deliver without undermining their purpose and appeal – for example, our hugely popular, free Comics Clock Tower and Family Zone.

“LICAF normally goes into medium speed mode in May and full speed in July. International travel is usually booked by now to get the best prices and routes and marketing spend begins. So we needed to make a clear and positive decision, relay this to our partners including volunteers and then to our audiences so we can take them with us and, like us, encourage them to see it as an opportunity rather than a threat to LICAF.

“Rather than do nothing and ride the storm into next year, we have decided to take the opportunity to run a virtual weekend and to create a dedicated virtual Comics Clock Tower, running from June until May 2021, and be ready for planning ahead for the return of our annual, physical event in Kendal in October 2021.

“We’ve been delighted by support from the Arts Council, and our international partners - some already embarking on a similar virtual path this year.”

Julie is also keen to stress that LICAF LIVE will be clearly be “located” in Kendal and the Lakes, which she feels reflects an image of the popular Cumbrian town and the South Lakes as an area for cutting edge creative use of technology.

“Elements of the programming will offer interesting, inspiring and entertaining takes on Kendal and the South Lakes,” she teases.

“Some of the event formats could enable increased collaboration, learning opportunities and sharing of challenges and opportunities between creators at a global level,” she suggests.

“A virtual approach will enable us to experiment artistically and to try new kinds of events, presentations and live draws which could be taken forward into the physical festival in the future. It expands our vision and enables us to experiment with digital events and the digital medium – and, potentially broadens our audience... which is both daunting - and very exciting!”

Carlisle Cathedral
07/05/2020

Carlisle Cathedral

Thank you to all front line and key workers

Freedom
06/05/2020
Freedom

Freedom

These illustrations by Jordan are simply stunning! Jordan very kindly shared the story of this artwork, so be sure to read to the end of this post. Creative Notes Prior to lockdown I had been struggling with severe anxiety which has had a profound effect on my life. Simple activities such as short w...

06/05/2020
University of Cumbria: Institute of the Arts

University of Cumbria: Institute of the Arts

Our Brampton Road Campus in Carlisle is home to our Institute of Arts - a community of hundreds of creatives, including lecturers, students and technicians.

Offering a friendly atmosphere and creative environment, this is the perfect place for you to refine your craft, explore your creativity, build on your creative skills, and learn from a team of expert lecturers, many of which are commercial artists themselves.

On-campus, you'll find our Stanwix Theatre and Vallum Gallery, which are open to the public and together host 100 performances and exhibitions a year by our students and lecturers as well as external touring companies and artists.

To ensure that you have all the equipment you need to hone your craft, our Brampton Road campus also boasts art-specific facilities such as our photography darkroom, studios and editing suite; dance and rehearsing studios; an illustration and graphic design studio; game design suites; a TV studio and a fully kitted AV department from where our students can borrow filming and photography equipment. We are also home to a large fine art studio, an art supply shop as well as a fully equipped workshop space including woodwork, ceramic and costume areas.

Be inspired. Be creative. Become part of a creative community here at the University of Cumbria.
Find out more by visiting https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/study/academic-departments/institute-of-arts/

University of Cumbria: Institute of the Arts
06/05/2020

University of Cumbria: Institute of the Arts

Covid-19 has inspired our students to create all sorts of wonderful artwork and explore new and old talents.

BRANDON DOWNS is studying Wildlife Media, but here he is trying his hand at some painting and we think it's lovely. He has also joined The Isolation Archive, where a group of our students and other artists and creatives are sharing their work during isolation.

Rachel Owen is also a Wildlife Media student, but has been playing her cello from her rooftop and was even part of an orchestral performance with other musicians online, which was featured by BBC News.

We sure have a multi-talented bunch here at the Institute of Arts, but what about you? Have you tried something new and artistic since the lockdown began?
#wearetogether #studentlife #unilife

Dreaming through the locking glass
02/05/2020
Dreaming through the locking glass

Dreaming through the locking glass

'What Cumbrian artists did during lockdown' The Coronavirus lockdown has been devastating to many Cumbrian artists and small businesses. At the same time, it has been a chance to slow down, reflect, and engage with a much smaller area around us. For artists this is an opportunity to capture a unique...

Somewherenowhere
29/04/2020

Somewherenowhere

An inspiring quote that we came across while reading through Austin Kleon's great little book 'Keep Going' - a very apt message for these times.

So go to work creatives - and let's face it, we are all creative in one form or another - your thoughtful brilliance is needed.

Wordsworth Grasmere Art.earth Cumbria Arts and Culture Network Great Place: Lakes and Dales Grizedale

Prism Arts
28/04/2020

Prism Arts

Hello from the Prism Arts Team!
We hope you are all safe and well.
Today we wanted to share with you a fun creative challenge that you can do at home, drawing faces!
We hope you enjoy this activity, we would love to see what you create so please feel free to send us photos!
This task was created for our participants so that they can continue to create with us from home. It would be great to be able to share with them your creations.

Support Prism Arts - https://bit.ly/Prismdonate

Arts Council England #lockdownactivity #creativetask #drawing

28/04/2020
Terry Abraham - Outdoors Filmmaker and Photographer

Terry Abraham - Outdoors Filmmaker and Photographer

TAKE TWO! Pre-recorded live stream featuring the opening scenes of 'Life of a Mountain: Helvellyn'. A wee insight with regards as to what's to come, how it was filmed and I'll be on hand in the comments for Q&A. 🌄🎬

This post is in addition to the live stream earlier today as a result of techinical issues.

28/04/2020
Cumbria Wildlife Trust
25/04/2020

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Thinking of something to do in the sunshine? Why not get your camera out, get snapping and enter your favourite pics in our Wildlife Photography Competition?

www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/get-involved/photo-comp

We may be in lockdown, but the flowers are in bloom, bees are buzzing, insects are scurrying and our birds are nesting…
So whether your outside space is a window box or a few acres, we'd love to see the wildlife you're noticing on your doorstep! #joinusfromhome #wildlifephotography

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University Of Cumbria
Carlisle
CA3 9

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Telephone

01228400300

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OPPORTUNITY FOR CUMBRIAN ARTIST - PLEASE SHARE: There is only a few days left until the deadline closes for Signal Film and Media's exciting Lost Stations Micro-commission opportunity. The opportunity is open to Cumbrian artists working in any form digital media and includes £1,000 worth of funding to exhibit in their space of choice at the beautiful Grade II listed building, Cooke's Studios. Artworks must incorporate the digital, but submissions may include film, photography, sound, animation, mixed media or performance art. The work will be open for public viewing for a number of weeks, or it can take place on a shorter timeframe if they include a live element. Please visit www.loststations.signalfilmandmedia.co.uk for how to apply or for more information email [email protected]. Deadline: Monday 17th July 2017
Hi folks, looking forward to seeing the Open show. Is there a list of who is included in it?