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' and Circle Gallery

Karen Babayan exhibition

Swallows and Armenians – Karen Babayan

Wed 6 March – Wed 10 April

An exhibition of paintings, prints and photographs which reveals the history behind the real life Anglo-Armenian family who inspired the iconic children's book, Swallows and Amazons. Arthur Ransome's inspiration for the fictional Walker family was the Altounyans, from Aleppo, Syria, who spent summer holidays in Coniston visiting their maternal grandfather W.G. Collingwood. Ransome was a close family friend, who for many years visited them in the Lake District, as a child and later, as an adult.
This exhibition and accompanying talk at 3.00pm on Sat 9 Mar as part of Words by the Water Festival, highlights the rich cultural diversity that is not usually associated with the Lake District. The story of the Altounyan children is little known and is celebrated here by linking the Lake District and its World Heritage Status to Aleppo in Syria, flagging up the our connection to the wider world and more specifically, to the current political events in the Middle East.
The artist, Karen Babayan, was born in Iran to Armenian/British parents, and moved to the UK following the Islamic Revolution. She lives in the Eden Valley and was awarded C-Art Cumbria Artist of the Year in 2016. Further information on her previous exhibitions and future projects can be found by visiting www.karenbabayan.com

Upcoming Exhibitions

Cumbria Colourists
Sat 13 April – Sun 26 May
David Philips
Thu 30 May – Sun 21 July
Cumbria Printmakers
Wed 29 May – Sun 7 July
CDFA A Level
Wed 10 July – Thu 5 September
Thu 5 September – Sun 29 September
Elaine Pratt
Wed 24 July – Sun 15 September
Keswick Photographic Society
Wed 18 September – Wed 13 November