Visual Art

Visual art comes alive at Kendal

Art remains an integral part of Kendal Mountain Festival and we work to platform a diverse range of local and national artists. It's a privilege to showcase their incredible work and we hope you enjoy this opportunity to see their work up close. Dive in and discover each artist’s contribution to the ‘Outdoor’ genre and their personal celebration of landscape, nature and place.

Scroll down to learn more about who we will be showcasing this year.


Photography Exhibition by Marc Langley

A deeply personal body of work which explores the void that is left with the loss of a sibling using climbing photography as a vehicle for this exploration. In conjunction with Petzl, Marc is taking familiar climbing routes and compositions and combining two distinct photography techniques to present something we as a climbing community are familiar with seeing but, in a new light. For Marc this body of work is about processing the loss of his brother, on another level it also reflects the world we are currently living in - a deeply polarised society consisting of polarising views and rigid belief cycles. However, using climbing photography Marc hopes to show that we should all try to view the world in a different light, challenge our beliefs and learn to exist in the present.

Marc Langley is a Lake District based adventure photographer. Born in Liverpool and raised in the North West of England. His parents introduced him to the outdoor world of climbing from an early age, scrambling around on the Gritstone Outcrops of Chew Valley and exploring the Yorkshire Dales with his Dad. As decades went on Marc found a love for climbing and subsequently a desire to record and document his adventures.

Since those early days in adventure sports photography Marc has built an extensive portfolio, working with some of the biggest commercial brands in the world and their respective athletes. From historically significant assignments with Patagonia, documenting some of the best climbers in the world ascending some of the most cutting edge routes as well all working on some of the most distinctive intimate interviews with the aforementioned.

Located in the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, this stunning exhibition will be open all day every day over the festival. The exhibition will run from the 15th November to the 3rd December 2022.

Proudly supported by Petzl.

Free Entry

The Places We Go To Feel Small

by contemporary wilderness artist Samantha Gare

Sam’s work depicts the natural landscapes from which modern lifestyles are increasingly disconnected. Her work aims to share the positive power of nature on the human spirit and soul. She wants to reconnect us to nature and in turn promote us to conserve and respect the wilderness.

Driven by a lifelong passion for nature, she frequently travels to natural environments to inform her work, creating both in the studio and outdoors in the field.

Located in the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, this stunning exhibition will be open all day every day over the festival. The exhibition will run from the 15th November to the 3rd December 2022.

Free Entry

Sea to the West - Graham Whitwham

A collection of photographs exploring the Cumbrian Coast

Cumbria’s coast extends to some 180 miles of often heavily-indented coastline and has a rich and fascinating history. The images in this collection, from Silverdale in the south to the Solway Firth in the north, form a photographic essay of this unique coast by highlighting places and events of historical note and importance. The images have been originated on traditional film in a wooden panoramic wide-angle pinhole camera which characteristically gives a degree of distortion and softness to the images.

Graham Whitwham was a keen landscape photographer who, for most of his adult life, lived and worked in South Cumbria. This collection of pinhole photographs exploring the Cumbrian coast is taken from “Sea to the West” which was published shortly before his death in 2021.

Located in Cross Lanes Projects Gallery (Cross Lane, Kendal, LA9 5LB) this fascinating exhibition will run from the 14th November to the 5th December. The Gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 5pm.

Free Entry

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