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.

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.

William Heaton Cooper

The Early Years - 1903 to 1943


This exhibition charts the early life and work of the painter William Heaton Cooper, with paintings, letters and photographs that have not previously been seen. They show William’s development as an artist, when his work was very different from the rock and fell landscapes for which he became famous, including early oil paintings done in France after leaving the Royal Academy Schools, paintings and etchings from Sussex and Argentina, designs for interiors, and for film studios during his London life in the 1930’s, and early climbing paintings from the 1920’s. The exhibition ends in the early Second World War years when William married Ophelia Gordon Bell and the Studio in Grasmere was built, and when their daughter Otalia was born in 1943, the first of their four children.

The pictures tell the story of a truly great - and fascinating - life. “We know that William’s work is loved and appreciated by people who love the Lake District, and especially the mountains of the Lakes,” says Julian Cooper, “but we think they will be surprised and intrigued by these earlier works.”

The exhibition was held at Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere, LA22 9SX


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