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.


Paul Leith - Over the hills and far away
Paul Leith was born in South Shields. Following his training at Sunderland College of Art and the Royal College of Art he worked as an illustrator in London for 30 years. Creating work for some of the biggest brands in editorial, advertising, print and publishing including the Radio Times, The Economist, Heathrow Airport and Penguin Books, Sir Quentin Blake, one of Paul's former tutors, described him as "an unusual talent which manages to convey an atmospheres of retro art along with a personal voice. I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like it and I still admire it now in its more recent manifestations.”
Since returning to the North of England, Paul has turned his unique view of the world to Cumbria, creating large public murals, detailed felt pictures and colourful painted art works of the Lake District and surrounding areas. Over the hills and far away will cover his journey from working to a brief for Commercial Art to the freedom of creating art works for Art's sake. The vibrant exhibition at Theatre by the Lake will include the launch of new unseen works including, large-scale mural panels depicting classic Lake District views, its flowers and nature. The exhibition will also include some of Paul's earlier commercial illustrations and felt pictures. Signed prints and some original artworks in the exhibition will be available to purchase.
Friends' & Circle Galleries from 10 May - 8 July
To find out more about Paul Leith, visit his website here.  

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sue Glassford
In the Friends' Gallery between 11 July – 12 August
CDFA A-Level
In Circle Gallery between 17 July – 4 September
Margaret Wilmot
In the Friends' Gallery between 15 August - 16 September
In Circle Gallery between 6 September – 8 October