Exhibition shows life outside the box

Exhibition shows life outside the box

A little red box on display at Carlisle’s Tullie House museum has helped inspire a whole exhibition about the packaging of some of the city’s most famous goods.

For graphic design lead tutor Zoe Garnett-Scott who spotted the red Carr’s Biscuit tin which inspired Packaging Carlisle (from 5 April until 12 May, Vallum Gallery, University of Cumbria, Brampton Road, Carlisle) the exhibition is more than just a collection of artefacts.

The distinctive metal container, produced in their millions and embossed with the name ‘Carr’s of Carlisle’ is one of dozens of artefacts loaned from the museum, city library and  archives as well as from the personal collections from people across Cumbria.

“Many of our students are new to Carlisle so encouraging them to get to know the city and all it has to offer is another important aspect of this project,” Zoe said. “They’ve designed their own work to illustrate what the city means to them.” 

Among them is Emily Pope from Blackpool. The BA Graphic Design student has produced a box in the shape of an iPhone which contains possessions which highlight what’s important to her.

“My Carlisle is my friends and social life and without them it wouldn’t be the same experience,” Emily says, leafing through photos. “The friends you make at uni you keep forever.” 



“We think it’s the first time such a collaboration involving such a wide range of sources has taken place,” says Laura Baxter curator of the Vallum Gallery within the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts which is widely used by academics who she says take ownership of the space to exhibit on a wide range of subjects. “From ornate artwork used to illustrate packaging to the construction of the container itself, we’ve managed to piece together a selection of products from some of the best known names in Carlisle’s manufacturing history."



Preview April 4 2017
Exhibition runs from April 5 - May 12 2017.