Under the Northern Sky

An exhibition of 13 artists from across
Cumbria and the North

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Launch Weekend:

Fri 1 March | 6.30pm – 9pm

Sat 2 March | 1pm – 4pm

Exhibition Opening Times:

Wed – Fri 12pm – 6pm

Sat – 12pm – 5pm

Until Sat 16 March

The finale of our year-long digital arts programme PlatformUNDER THE NORTHERN SKY will be a major exhibition bringing together 13 artists from across Cumbria and the North this Spring. 

The show will feature something for everyone and will take you on a journey through different spaces in Cooke’s Studios and 102 Abbey Rd. to encounter short films, photography, sound art, video projection, textiles, and large-scale interactive artworks.

Step inside a giant pinhole camera, take a strangely familiar personality test, shape your own sound art piece at the randomisation station and step into ultraviolet light to encounter an underwater science experiment like you’ve never seen (or heard!) before….

One of the installations, which is in partnership with Furness Refugee Support, will be welcoming donated items. Please click this link for info for more information.


Fri 1 March | 6.30pm – 9pm

Opening Night

Join us for the launch of the exhibition with a special late-night event with drinks reception.

All are welcome and the evening will include a talk from special guest speakers INVISIBLE FLOCK, an interactive arts studio based in Leeds characterised by their collaborative approach and highly sensory installations. Many of the studio’s projects explore our relationship to the natural world – from Morecambe Bay to the River Kaveri, India, they have created projects globally that explore art & technology within the some of the planet’s most fascinating landscapes



Sat 2 March | 1pm – 4pm

DROP IN to our Family-friendly Afternoon!

Join us for an afternoon with something for everyone: from 4 – 400yrs! We’ll adapt our activities to suit your young people. Free refreshments will also be available.

  • Meet the artists’ Q+As

CHILDREN & FAMILIES drop-in activities:

  • Make-Your-Own Pinhole Camera Ages (Suitable for all ages 4+)

Make and decorate your very own homemade camera to take away in this workshop led by Julia Parks and learn about how the original camera was invented (equally fun for adults!) 

  • Zine-Making Workshop (Suitable for all ages 4+)

Make your own miniature magazine by blending digital and hands-on collage techniques, exploring your relationship to technology and the online world. Suitable from 4yrs+

  • Digital Art Explorers (Suitable for all ages from 4+)

If visiting with the kids, grab a free activities pack to become a creative adventurer for the afternoon. Listen, draw and interact with the artworks as you complete challenges to be crowned a digital art explorer! 

Activity packs for families will also be available throughout the exhibitions run (check opening times above)

  • Digital Art Explorers (Recommended for ages 4-11)

ADULT WORKSHOPS with Furness Refugee Support. Click here for more information (15+)

  This has got to be our biggest and most ambitious exhibition yet to date! The Development Lab really opened up new ideas and ways of working – and created new and meaningful networks between these really exciting and diverse artists who’ve been  selected from all across Northern England.” – Director Loren Slater

Featured Artists: Sam Pickett, Rachel Capovila, Philip Green, Keeley Bentley, Amy Story, Samra Mayanja, Jenn Mattinson, Julia Parks, Cat Scott, Joe Beedles, Jack Brown, Laura M R Harrison and Jessica Mallard.

Visit the page on our Development Lab below to find out more about the artists and mentors…

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