After an absence of four years, Carlisle and Cumbria Artist Group will be back exhibiting their work in Carlisle Cathedral.
The group of over 60 selected local artists has been in existence since 1968, with the aim of showcasing their work and raising funds for Carlisle Cathedral and other charities.
It has not been able to exhibit at the cathedral’s fratry for four years due to COVID-19 and the creation of the new Fratry restaurant and organisers say they are thrilled to be back.
Since 1968, the group has raised over £250,000, which has helped pay for the restoration of the Tithe Barn, the Fratry refurbishment and lighting for the choir stalls. It has also donated over £55,000 to local charities.
This year all profits will go to Friends of Carlisle Cathedral to help towards the new Fratry Restaurant.
Charlie Egerton, chairman, said: “We are delighted to be up and running again at the Fratry.
“This year over 50 artists’ works will be on sale, covering a wide range of subjects.
“We are proud to be continuing this exhibition which was set up by Molly Mawson 52 years ago.
“Many of the artists and committee members have been involved for a number of years and it is with sadness that I have to report the death of Don Rae and Walter Graham, both very popular and talented artists.
“In particular Walter was a very active committee member for many years. We will greatly miss his help and guidance during this year’s exhibition.”
The exhibition starts on July 29 and is open every day from 10am until 4pm until August 15.