In our spacious Gallery on the top floor, we host a changing programme of five exhibitions every year which have a connection with our Cumbria home. Some exhibitions break the bounds of the Gallery and take over the centre, so you may find art in unexpected places. Each exhibition is curated with a leading cultural organisation or a creative community around us. We are proud to exhibit work by Cumbria’s world class artists and craftspeople, often see here for the first time. This strong relationship with artists means we can show creativity at its most diverse, as well as reflecting life in the landscape.

We also hire some of our exhibitions for touring – find out more here.

The Great Print Exhibition 2018


Fri 9 November 2018 – Sun 3 February 2019. The Great Print Exhibition 2018 is the largest exhibition of its kind in the UK. With over 350 framed artworks on the wall by over 60 printmakers from up and down Britain, it’s an excellent chance to see and buy original art. This year the exhibition will include an array of new artists who haven’t shown in the exhibition before, as well as some firm favourites from previous years returning. You’ll…
'Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art'

Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art

‘Comics: Explore and Create Comic Art’ from Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, explores how comic books are created by giving visitors the opportunity to explore each step in the creative process. Through Character, Setting, Plot, Style and Special Powers, comic book fans of all ages will be immersed in the in the stimulating and imaginative world of children’s comics, surrounded by interactive activities, playful props and unique, original materials. See Desperate Dan and Dennis the Menace as…
Friday 15 February - Monday 22 April 2019
Opening times
10am-5pm every day
£3.50, children aged 4 and under go free

THREAD: Contemporary Needlecraft

THREAD: Contemporary Needlecraft is an exhibition of all forms of needle arts including embroidery, cross stitch, tapestry and more. The exhibition shows how needlecraft today goes beyond the purely decorative, showing its connections to folk traditions, abstract art, word and activism. The exhibition follows on from our successful exhibition New Quilting, and again shows a surprising and modern look at a traditional craft form. It shows that that these beautiful and intricately crafted objects can hold a much deeper meaning,…
Hands-on history with LEGO. Rheged Centre, Penrith 1920

Past exhibitions

In our spacious Gallery on the top floor, we host a changing programme of five exhibitions every year which have a connection with our Cumbrian home. Find out more about our past exhibitions here.