Photography and green space – can they positively impact mental health?
Cumbrian exhibition impresses in Sweden
Lecturer creates unique Brexit picture and audio archive
One year after the UK triggered its withdrawal from the EU, a unique sound and picture archive has been created by a university lecturer who toured the country canvassing the views of voters. Alice Myers, lecturer of photography at the University of Cumbria, and artist Ali Avery embarked on a two-week tour of the UK last April to listen and record the views of everyday voters. They stopped at 50-mile intervals and knocked on every number 50 door they could find, documenting their journey.
Posted on Thursday, March 29, 2018
Film industry opportunity for University of Cumbria students
The chance to work with professionals from the film industry recently led to an outstanding experience for a group of film and TV production students from the University of Cumbria.The newly-released version of ‘Peter Rabbit’ was filmed at a number of locations in the north of England, including the Lake District, and the students were employed during shooting as location marshals.
Posted on Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Students crack beer brief
Design students at University of Cumbria have been working with a growing Penrith brewery and one of the county’s most successful family businesses to create the artwork for a new range of beers.
Posted on Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tagged Media Arts
Forty-two species of bird spotted, and fifty worms charmed during Brampton Road BioBlitz!
The keenly anticipated findings of the Brampton Road BioBlitz have finally been revealed! Despite some of the late-evening activities being rained off, an impressive number and range of species were identified throughout the day.
Posted on Thursday, May 17, 2018
Memorandum signing marks formal farming collaboration
A farm which acts as a natural laboratory allowing students from the University of Cumbria to monitor biodiversity, lambing and undertake other valuable work experience has signed a formal memorandum of understanding with the university. Susan’s Farm, at Houghton near Carlisle, is a 200 acre organic beef and sheep farm featuring pedigree Longhorn cattle, sheep, goslings and chickens is named after honorary fellow Susan Aglionby.
Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Inspiring photography project aims to challenge perceptions of disabilities
Taking photographs of people with prosthetic limbs may seem an unlikely project but for University of Cumbria photography student Megan Ogley it made perfect sense. Her exhibition, called Capability, included a series of images depicting the remarkable strength, capabilities and power of individuals who had either been born without a limb or lost one in later life.
Posted on Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Tagged Media Arts
Outstanding response to university 1000-mile bus tour
Students from the University of Cumbria will be over 450 miles into a 1000-mile tour of Northern England and Ireland by the end of this week, helping people to find their place at university. So far, students have taken over 450 enquiries from people looking to start university this year or next. Students have spoken to people from such far off places as Colombia and one individual is known to have travelled 105 miles from his home in Dublin to visit the bus in Belfast just to get some advice.
Posted on Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Brewers team up with university to literally put themselves on their product
The team behind a rapidly growing independent brewery have injected their personalities into the business by literally putting themselves on their products. Jemma Ainsworth, a graphic design student at University of Cumbria, came up with the innovative designs as part of the annual Eden Student Design Project, in which it challenges students to develop the artwork for its beers.
Posted on Friday, August 17, 2018
Inclusive dance show for younger audience gains high acclaim at Edinburgh Festival
A dance show aimed at pre-school children has won a prestigious ‘Three Weeks Editors’ award’ at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Four go Wild in Wellies is a playful look at how friendships are built, broken and mended and features tents that have a life of their own, bobble hats, and lots of fun in wellies. The show was choreographed by Stevie Prickett, Senior Lecturer in Dance and Physical Theatre at the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Monday, September 3, 2018
Renowned Cumbrian artist exhibits retrospective at university gallery
A celebrated Cumbrian-based artist is bringing a retrospective of his work to the University of Cumbria’s Vallum Gallery this week. Alan Stones, a Penrith-based multi-disciplinary artist will exhibit selected drawings from his back catalogue spanning 48 years.
Posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Students to celebrate at winter graduations
A student who photographed patients to challenge perceptions of disability and another who appeared on BBC Countryfile will join TV newsreader Dr Fiona Armstrong at next week’s graduation ceremonies in Carlisle. Over a thousand students will graduate at ceremonies beginning next Tuesday (27 Nov) at Carlisle Cathedral.
Posted on Thursday, November 22, 2018
Emmy award-winning adventure film-maker heads to Carlisle
An Emmy award-winning adventure cinematographer will share exciting tales of his life behind a lens when he visits Carlisle this month. Highly respected by some of the world's top mountaineers, Keith Partridge has worked in some of the world's most hostile and spectacular environments and helped create more than 60 films.
Posted on Monday, January 7, 2019
Designers inspiring students as gaming industry booms
The next generation of video game designers will learn from some of the best in the business at an event in Carlisle this week. Two leading figures are visiting the University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts, when the winners of its GameJam competition will be announced.
Posted on Monday, January 14, 2019
Flagship BBC Radio 4 programme Any Questions? heads to Carlisle
On Friday, 15 March 2019, BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? will be broadcasting live from the Stanwix Theatre on the University of Cumbria’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle. The weekly programme – the station’s flagship political panel show – features a diverse panel of personalities and speakers who answer questions from an audience.
Posted on Monday, January 28, 2019
Graduates celebrate Royal Television Society awards success
Two graduates from the University of Cumbria are celebrating wins at the annual Royal Television Society (RTS) North East and Border Awards. Amon Shaw and Tom Strachan were among those recognised at the glittering 2019 RTS event, which took place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead hotel. More than 400 people attended the event including actress Brenda Blethyn, star of ITV’s Vera, and a host of familiar faces from regional news centres such as ITV Border and BBC’s Look North.
Posted on Friday, March 1, 2019
Carlisle Culture – How can Carlisle capitalise on creative industries?
How can Carlisle build upon its arts, heritage and cultural assets – including 200 new graduates every year – to boost the local, regional and national economy as creative industries continue to smash UK records? Business leaders are invited to join a panel of influential figures next Tuesday (12 March) at the University of Cumbria to explore how they can help Carlisle thrive through developing creative industries and related infrastructure. Guests include designer Wayne Hemingway MBE.
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2019
Carlisle Culture – Experts say ‘be brave’ and bold in vision for future
Two leading experts have told civic, business, community and cultural figures from across Carlisle to ‘be brave’ and bold as work continues to develop a cultural vision for the city. Wayne Hemingway MBE and Nicky Chance-Thompson, chief executive of The Piece Hall Trust in Halifax, have been discussing the issue of Creative and Cultural Economy during the latest Carlisle Culture event.
Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Fine art friends win prestigious British Council Fellowships for world-famous Venice Biennale
Best friends Aimee McCallum and Lauren Wilson will spend a month immersed in and working at the world-famous Venice Biennale when it takes place later this year. The fine art students have been awarded Venice Fellowships by the British Council. Held in one of the world’s most romantic and architecturally important cities, the Venice Biennale has a history stretching back more than 120 years and is recognised as one of the world’s most important artistic events.
Posted on Sunday, March 17, 2019
University of Cumbria hosts nationally acclaimed contemporary dance workshop for artists and practitioners
Three figures from a contemporary dance company that won national acclaim for its inclusive routine featuring disabled dancers on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing are heading to the University of Cumbria. The university’s Institute of the Arts is hosting the AVS Take More Space Dance Lab in Brampton Road, Carlisle over the weekend of 15 and 16 June 2019.
Posted on Sunday, May 19, 2019
150 university artists to host one of Cumbria’s largest exhibitions of up and coming talent
One of the largest events of its kind in the region will see a university campus transformed by 150 artists. The University of Cumbria’s Institute of the Arts will host its annual Summer Degree Show between 1-8 June. The event is the culmination of final-year degree students’ hard work whilst studying at the Brampton Road campus in Stanwix, Carlisle.
Posted on Tuesday, May 28, 2019
New insight into poet William Wordsworth and the Lake District's literary landscape
Students on a new course are to get an insight into the life of William Wordsworth. The University of Cumbria is teaming up with Rydal Mount, where the poet lived for most of his life, for its new Masters degree in Literature, Romanticism and the English Lakes.
Posted on Monday, June 17, 2019
Bafta award-winning Peaky Blinders gives boost to illustrator
Television’s Tommy Shelby – the kingpin character of BAFTA award-winning Peaky Blinders – is giving graduate illustrator Harry G Ward a career boost. A digital painting by the 23-year-old – entitled ‘Cracks’ - is gracing billboards on roadsides up and down the country as well as the BBC’s digital, online and social platforms as part of a major publicity campaign by the broadcaster to promote the fifth series of screenwriter Steven Knight’s crime-gang drama.
Posted on Thursday, September 19, 2019
University develops Lakes literary powerhouse
Literary passion and talent which made the Lake District a magnet for some of the greatest writers and artists of their time are about to be showcased in rousing rhetoric. Looking at the inspiration behind a cultural landscape of international fame, a series of talks at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus is set to share the genius of past masters and present purveyors of literature and art. Renowned poet, academic, and biographer, Dr Grevel Lindop, gets the ball rolling on 7 October.
Posted on Monday, September 30, 2019
Light It in Red campaign: University of Cumbria joins global day of action
University of Cumbria’s dedicated Institute of the Arts campus has been turning red as part of a global initiative shining a light on the continuing crisis in the live events sector. The #LightItInRed campaign, linked to the online #WeMakeEvents movement, recognises the struggles theatres, venues and live events are facing during the coronavirus pandemic period, and the calls on government to offer the sector a lifeline.
Posted on Thursday, October 1, 2020
Literature in lockdown competition celebrates teens’ talents
A new University of Cumbria competition launched to inspire young people during the coronavirus lockdown is celebrating the literary loves and talents of teenagers. English Literature senior lecturers, Dr Penny Bradshaw and Dr Paul Ferguson, developed ‘Reading During The Lockdown’, a competition for 16-18 year olds.
Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Carlisle Culture framework launch
A cultural framework for Carlisle, that aims to give new life and vision to the city’s rich culture and heritage, is set to be launched at a virtual event early next month. The event will provide progress on Carlisle Culture - a partnership working to harness the rich arts, heritage and culture of the city for our future sustainability and growth. The four lead partners are University of Cumbria, Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.
Posted on Monday, October 26, 2020
University and #TheBigDraw brings climate change into focus for young people across Cumbria
Young artists have been taking part in the world’s biggest drawing festival thanks to support from University of Cumbria. Offering artistic and cultural opportunities to young people, the university invited secondary schools and colleges to take part in The Big Cumbria Draw competition.
Posted on Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Students capture wildlife wonders for 2021 calendar
Aspiring wildlife photographers and filmmakers have pooled their talents to create a 2021 calendar. University of Cumbria’s Wildlife Society has selected 13 stunning images of nature for its calendar. Showing a diversity of animal, bird, insect and plant life, the collection features coastal birds such as the Sandpiper, forest and woodland’s Tawny Owls, the nocturnal badger and, shining a light on the importance of invertebrates, the role of bees and moths in pollination.
Posted on Friday, December 11, 2020
Disability arts pioneer inspires students
Renowned sculptor Tony Heaton OBE is challenging art students to explore societal barriers faced by people with disabilities. Tony presented the issues as he delivered a guest lecture, part of a series of talks organised by the Arts Research Initiative, for University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts staff and students. A selection of his art, material and documents is also on display at the university's creative Carlisle campus.
Posted on Monday, December 16, 2019
Final instalment of smash hit TV trilogy, ‘Life of a Mountain’ premiered on BBC Four
The concluding chapter of acclaimed filmmaker, and Professor of Practice at University of Cumbria, Terry Abraham’s ‘Life of a Mountain’ series, premiered last night on BBC Four. ‘Life of a Mountain: A Year on Helvellyn’, is the third and final instalment of his hugely popular lakes-based TV documentary series.
Posted on Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Tagged Media Arts
Lakes spotlight on literary luminary
One of the country’s best known and loved literary and broadcasting luminaries is set to captivate when he reveals the impact of Cumbria on his widely acclaimed books. Labour Peer Lord Melvyn Bragg will be speaking at a public gathering at University of Cumbria’s Ambleside campus on March 8, where MA literature students are studying his novel The Maid of Buttermere.
Posted on Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Wildlife filmmakers share career insights with students
Sharing spectacular stories from the natural world gives us a greater understanding about planet Earth. Award-winning filmmakers and photographers who help to shape these global stories are visiting the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts virtually to share career insights with students.
Posted on Friday, May 21, 2021
Unmasked: Students stage 2021 creative showcase
A brand new exhibition from the University of Cumbria Institute of the Arts is showcasing the creativity and talents of more than 200 artists. Launching on Tuesday 1 June, Unmasked: IoA Degree Show 2021 represents the work of students who are graduating this summer. There will also be a presence in Carlisle city centre, operated in line with government guidance.
Posted on Thursday, May 27, 2021
Celebrated Lakes filmmaker to share his secrets of success
Terry Abraham, a self-taught filmmaker celebrated for his glorious ‘Life of a Mountain’ TV trilogy is joining the ranks of academia as a professor of practice at the University of Cumbria.
Posted on Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Cumbria arts institute boost to Afghan refugee appeal
The University of Cumbria is supporting some of the Afghan refugees who are to settle in the UK following the country's Taliban takeover. Assisting efforts to meet the basic needs of the refugees, the University of Cumbria has donated clothing from its Institute of Arts wardrobe stores to the Carlisle Refugee Action Group.
Posted on Thursday, September 23, 2021
Cumbria launches new website showcasing talents of more than 120 artists
2020Vision is a virtual gallery giving University of Cumbria arts graduates a clear platform to show off their skills developed over the last three years. The university’s Brampton Road campus in Carlisle - a creative arts campus for 70 years - is usually transformed each summer by its talented students completing an array of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Coronavirus lockdown restrictions mean that this year's celebration has moved online for the first time.
Posted on Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Success for Cumbria’s university students at D&AD New Blood 2020
Three new University of Cumbria graduates are celebrating after scooping accolades in a series of influential industry awards that recognise young and emerging creative talent. Graphic design graduates Tim Stewart and Jacob Towle are among the winners of the 2020 D&AD New Blood Awards and illustrator Ed Merlin Murray is 'One to Watch' according to the charity which inspires and celebrates excellence in design and advertising.
Posted on Monday, July 27, 2020
Photographer gains degree with his autobiographical picture portrayal of life with a disability
Photography graduate Jordan Mossom has praised University of Cumbria for supporting him to study for and gain a degree while living with a rare muscle-wasting condition. Growing up with a passion for photography, Jordan did not think university would be an option open to him. He's now a proud member of University of Cumbria’s Class of 2020, successfully completing his degree this summer and seeing his work recognised by an international photography magazine.
Posted on Friday, July 31, 2020
Internationally acclaimed theatre company Shared Experience announce creative partnership with the University of Cumbria
"University’s the best thing we’ve ever done!” - mature students’ message to those considering a career change
Life is taking a new direction for mature students Zoe Lyons and Ed Merlin Murray, who have successfully achieved University of Cumbria degrees. Now members of its Class of 2020, both Zoe and Ed joined University of Cumbria as first-time undergraduates two decades after their schooldays had ended.
Posted on Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Royal Television Society success for Professor of Practice
Acclaimed filmmaker and University of Cumbria Professor of Practice Terry Abraham is celebrating Royal Television Society success. The concluding chapter of his ‘Life on a Mountain’ series, about Helvellyn in the Lake District, has been named Best Factual Production at the RTS North East and the Border Awards 2022. Film and TV students from the university's Institute of Arts were also shortlisted in the regional RTS awards.
Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2022
University hosts ‘Safer Streets, Making a Start’ seminar, raising awareness on violence against women and girls
The ‘Safer Streets, Making a Start’ seminar is taking place at the University of Cumbria and top of the agenda will be the issue of violence against women and girls in the Carlisle area. School pupils are being presented with a series of engaging films, short talks and presentations, hosted by University of Cumbria students and staff, the Office for Police and Crime Commissioner, Cumbria Constabulary and local partners.
Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Journey and Rest: Celebrating 900 years of Carlisle Cathedral
A new exhibition by 90 University of Cumbria arts students reflects 900 years of Carlisle Cathedral. Journey and Rest: 900 years of Carlisle Cathedral is the collaborative work of the first-year Institute of Arts students, and marks the beginning of their three years of study at the university.
Posted on Monday, May 9, 2022
'First of its kind' inclusive arts symposium takes place in Carlisle
Carlisle based disability arts organisation Prism Arts and the University of Cumbria Institute of Arts have teamed up to deliver a symposium showcasing inclusive arts in higher education. Step Up Step Forward takes place in July 2022.
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2022