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Taking Part

Taking Part: A New Hope - An Open Exhibition

After the curatorial success of the summer-long exhibitions at The Rum Story in Whitehaven, artist and curator Emma Hunt comes to Rosehill to continue showcasing fabulous local talent in a series of exhibitions this autumn/winter.

Curated by Emma Hunt
Curatorial advisor Jessica Bennett

This exhibition presents works created during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting a range of artists from those who have been making work their whole life, to those who are just starting, to those who have made work in their own homes, to those self-taught and doing it as a hobby. It is a celebration of creativity in Cumbria and gives visibility to art practices that may not have been seen by a public audience.

Emma Hunt rekindled her love affair with painting just over two years ago, motivated by the local landscapes here in Cumbria. Beginning as a coping mechanism for pain, painting became a source of therapy. Inspired by other local artists, she worked to create opportunities to showcase the local artists/photographers in Cumbria.

Emma feels strongly that there is a real density of talent in the area and states: “We are all inspired by the coast and the lakes, so it goes without saying that we have a wealth of artistic talent here.

She feels the last year has also broken down barriers in the arts world for her. “During lockdown, almost everyone engaged in the arts in some way and it’s really opened up a new desire to play, learn and admire. This beautiful setting at Rosehill will enhance the talent we have even more. I’m really looking forward to getting this going and to put on a good show that we can all be proud of!”

Curatorial advisor Jessica Bennett says: “It has been a privilege to work with Emma on this project and to be able to support a wide range of local artists. The last year has been a difficult one for all of us, yet this opportunity has allowed us to make this a positive and celebrate what Cumbria has to offer!”

Daniel Whitehouse, creative and community development producer at Rosehill, says: “We are really delighted to be supporting this exhibition and enabling Emma to develop her curatorial practice. There is some fantastic talent in the area and we feel it is important that we make the most of our walls and spaces and provide a platform for artists making work in the area.”

Performance times and tickets

  • Exhibition opening times:
    Closed Monday
    12-4pm Tuesday-Thursday
    12-7.30pm Friday
    Saturday & Sunday at least one hour before scheduled performances (see website for listings)

  • Tickets
    Free exhibition
    (No need to book)

  • Exhibition open evening Tuesday 19 October 6-8pm

We are grateful to the following organisations for capital funding:

We are grateful to the following organisations for revenue funding:


We are grateful to the following organisations for their in kind support: