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 for more information.


Friends' Gallery

Keswick Photographic Society
Until Wed 13 November
The exhibition shows the range of photographic interest amongst the members of the Keswick Photographic Society from natural history, landscapes, portraits and more creative styles. The membership of the society is made up of people local to Keswick, but the photographs have been taken within Cumbria and beyond.

Circle Gallery

Alison Critchlow
Circle Gallery
Until Sunday 11 January

These pictures are a collection of moments spent beside Derwentwater. Some are fleeting glimpses, others are the result of slow and careful observation. Informed by memory and experience as well as by Joseph Farington’s sketches made here in the late eighteenth century, they are a personal reflection of time spent by this water. Alison has been drawing on the lakeshore for the last 20 years- in all seasons and in all weathers! Painting outside is a unique process which is often as much about the mind’s eye as the view. The experience of leafing through Farington’s sketchbook from 1777 has made her think about the wider significance of this lake and her own response to it in the 21st century. A painterly reflection on the poetry of this place and the passage of time.

Alison Critchlow is a contemporary landscape painter based in Cumbria. She is fascinated by the creative process and how it can be used to explore landscapes (both internal and external). Over the last two years she has spent time working in Dove Cottage garden as well as from the Wordsworth Trust’s collection in Grasmere, exploring the shared territory between poetry and painting. Drawing from works in the Trust’s art collection has provided massive inspiration. It is an extraordinary privilege to be able to draw from original artwork and look through the sketchbooks which show the process and thinking of another artist 200 years before. To then paint in the same location brings a fresh perspective on the Lake District and the tradition of landscape painting.

Alison trained at Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall (1989-1992) and recently studied with Turps Art school in London on their postgraduate correspondence course. She has spent time painting in some wild and remote locations often visiting the Outer Hebrides and making a trip to Arctic Greenland in 2010. She was artist in residence on the Isle of Iona throughout February 2017 and has exhibited widely throughout Britain. She has work in several private collections including Royal Bank of Scotland, Ernst and Young and Edinburgh Hospitals Trust. In 2017 and 2018 she worked with the Wordsworth Trust on their ‘Weather Words’ and ‘Poetry and Paint’ projects. You can read more about these projects and about her work at www.alisoncritchlow.co.uk.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sophie Martin
From Sat 16 Nov, Friends' Gallery