Last call for lockdown art

With just two days until deadline - midnight Friday 29th - we're putting out a final call for Cumbrian art created during lockdown.

'Through the Locking Glass' is a collection of Cumbrian artists’ responses to the lockdown. Art – from all disciplines – can be submitted, as long as it has been inspired by, or created during, this time of Covid lockdown.

Artwork - from poetry and print to textile and photography; from illustration and nature writing to watercolour and installation - will contribute to a coffee table book that not only gets artists' work in front of a large audience, but will also raise funds for the NHS locally, and grassroots arts.

Below is a selection of submitted artwork, accompanied by a few words from the artists' statements.

For more information on entering, fell details can be be found here:

Ruth Clayton - ‘Dear Elliot’

"‘Dear Elliot’ depicts me sitting on the decking of my wooden lodge listening to the river running by and dreaming of sailing in an Ark where we ‘clap for our carers’ every Thursday, watch the animals roam our streets undisturbed, appreciate how nature springs forth regardless and how a caring and sharing community pulls together. The elephants reflect my gratitude for living among the Howgill Fells, affectionately referred to by A. W. Wainwright as ‘sleeping elephants’."

Shelley Rhodes - ‘Lockdown Walks’

"On each walk, alongside my daily sketching, I start collecting. I become a hunter-gatherer – foraging and stuffing things in pockets – natural and manmade things, discarded detritus, items lost, things left behind."

Geoff Beattie - #PortraitsForNHSHeroes

"A friend suggested I take a look at what another artist, Tom Croft, was doing on Instagram. Tom was painting NHS worker’s portraits for them as a ‘thank you’ and used #portraitsfornhsheroes to tag the images. The tag was soon taken up by other artists, all offering portraits of front line workers for free.

I joined in."

Catherine MacDiarmid - ‘Calm Place’

"While my children were working, I drew. I was interested in the sunlight streaming into the interior space and initially was drawing a quiet space, but as time passed, I realised I was interested in how different family members moved in and out of the space."

Polly Marix Evans - ‘The Emotions Series’

"These T-shirt prints depict my ups and downs, uncertainties and difficulties; the worries about loss of work, the trials of juggling home learning and slow broadband; and most of all the immense sense of responsibility I felt to keep life ticking over, to keep things as calm and normal as possible, to reassure, love and nurture my children whilst feeling totally isolated and scared myself." utterly_polly

Jonathan Humble - 'In Boots Like These'

"I miss the physical and spiritual beauty of the Lake District, but I know that there are more important issues facing us and although we are presently constrained by this situation, the mountains, lakes and fells will still be there at the end of it all."

Stuart Gray - ‘Home is where your story begins’

"This painting of Dentdale I hope goes some way towards telling the story of how the lockdown allowed me to fully appreciate the fells surrounding our lovely town, Sedbergh."

Maggi Toner-Edgar - 'Breathe'

"The necklace – cotton thread, beads and dandelion seeds – reflects the fragility of human existence. Each of the 66 dandelion clock seeds celebrates one of Joan’s 66 years making a difference in West Cumbria."