Theatre by the Lake has two gallery spaces, which are used throughout the year for a wide variety of exhibitions by professional and amateur artists, groups and societies.
Admission to both galleries is free from 9.30am most days. However the gallery spaces are occasionally closed to the public, so please check in advance with Box Office on 017687 74411 if you are making a trip specifically to see an exhibition. View below for current and upcoming exhibitions. If you are an artist interested in showing your work, click here
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The Gardens of Persephone by Mike Healey
The ancient Greeks explained seasonal changes with the disturbing yet strangely beautiful story of Persephone. One day Hades (King of the Underworld) saw the beautiful young Persephone gathering flowers and promptly abducted her, dragging her down to his bleak, underground kingdom. In vain Demeter – Persephone's mother - scoured the globe, desperately searching for her daughter; wherever she went, plants shrivelled, rocks splintered. In the end a compromise was reached – as often happens between Greeks. The gods decided that Persephone would remain in the Underworld for half the year as Hades' queen, returning to Earth for the other half – hence Spring/Summer turning inevitably into Autumn/Winter in an endless cycle of death and regeneration.
Persephone's Gardens are therefore an exploration of these diverse worlds, together with a look at the Elizabethan stage that drew widely on ancient Greek mythology for many of its plots.
About the artist
Mike Healey is based in the Lake District although for the last ten years he has been living and working mostly in the South West of France and Greece (Corfu and Thessalonica). He is now back at Theatre by the Lake after a break of twelve years since his last exhibition in the Friends Gallery. As former Associate Director of the Oxford Playhouse, he draws on his experience of both stage and television to inform his art. He is also a writer of crime fiction, historical novels, short stories and stage plays. He is currently the featured artist in the October edition of Cumbria Life.
You can see more of his work on his website here
In the Friends' Gallery between 31 October 2018 - 16 January 2019
Go Figure is a loose grouping of North Cumbrian artists who get together to do life drawing roughly once a week as part of their artistic practice. Go Figure is not a business - it is more like an informal club.
Founded in 2011, Go Figure currently have over 50 names on their mailing list with an average weekly attendance of about 12. Their models pose unclothed and clothed, sometimes in contemporary clothing and sometimes in costume (occasionally borrowed from the Theatre). Some of the works in this exhibition have been developed out of Go Figure life sessions.
The group are very pleased to be holding our third exhibition at Theatre by the Lake. The theme of this exhibition is "identity” and the only requirement is that all the works must include a figurative element. They hope some of the work here moves visitors to write a comment in the book provided. This exhibition continues simultaneously in our Gallery Upstairs at Mrs F's Emporium café in Main Street which is normally Go Figure's "home” for solo exhibitions for our artists. Enquiries about the group should email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In Circle Gallery between 15 November - 16 January 2019
More information coming soon.