West coast photo: Retrospective

An exhibition exploring life on the
Cumbrian West Coast over 100 years

© Ivor Nicholas: Image Courtesy of the Artist


The Beacon Museum,

Whitehaven, West Strand, CA28 7LY


Exhibition Opening Times:
Sat 28 March – Sat 31 May
Open Tues – Sun, 10.30am-4.30pm

Launch Evening:
Thurs 2nd April, 6.30pm
Includes short artists talks & free refreshments

First shown at the Dock Museum in 2018, this exhibition brings together for the first time a wide collection of photographs and video works by more than 20 local and national artists and photography enthusiasts, exploring the ways photographers, filmmakers and artists have documented the West Coast of Cumbria from the early 20th Century to now. West Coast Photo showcases life on the west coast, past and present, from Barrow to Maryport and from the traditional to the unique; from the area’s stunning landscape and wildlife, to women in industry and the area’s global industrial links; childhood and recreation to protest and politics. Some of the striking snapshots include giant turtles washed up on the beach, ‘screen girls’ working their last shift in the west Cumbrian collieries, Daniel Meadow’s iconic Barrow portraits from the 70s and gigantic pinhole photographs using Whitehaven Lighthouse as a camera.  See a selection of the featured images below from: Ivor Nicholas, Conrad Atkinson, Daniel Meadows, Joanne Coates and the Sankey family archive. All images courtesy of the artist.

Featured Artists:
Martin Parr
Eve Arnold
Joanne Coates
Peter Cattrell
Daniel Meadows
Jem Southam
Conrad Atkinson
Felicity Hammond
Ivor Nicholas
Brian Moxham
David Jones
Kevin Carr and Michael Cumming Henry Iddon
Phil Green
John Darwell
Martin Newth
Katrin Joost
Alex Culshaw
Thomas Joshua Cooper
The Caravan Gallery
Lillian Wilkie
R.L. Wilson
Raymond Moore
Chris Killip
Roger Palmer
The Sankeys