Milnthorpe Art Exhibition - The largest open art exhibition in the North West
Thursday 3rd to
Sunday 6th August 2017
Venue: St Thomas's Church, Milnthorpe, LA7 7QA
Opening Times
Thur to Sat 10am - 6.30pm
Sun 10am - 3pm
 Artists see Exhibit section:
Annie Southward 
Previous Featured Artist 
March 2017
We have just confirmed the exhibition dates. (See them on the right.)
More news soon about our Guest Artists and the chosen Charity for 2017.
Artists - thank you very much for providing contact email addressses - we now have 210 of you registered. (See our contacts page if you wish to register.)


February 2017

We have just sent another  email to all artists who have provided email addresses, giving information about our Guest Artist for 2017 - Tim Pavey. If you haven't received an email or would like to register with us as an exhibitor , please send us a message on our CONTACTS page.
(Contact by email means that we can pass the savings on postage to our charities.)
P.S  a few of the emails have "bounced" please check your "Spam" folders and settings.

Milnthorpe Art Exhibition 2016 - Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th August 2016.

The Milnthorpe Art Exhibition is now in it's 27th year and is run by the Milnthorpe Men's Forum for the benefit of local charities. Our chosen charity for 2016 is the Springfield Hostel in Kendal. A long running, local charity set up to counter Domestic Abuse. Last year we donated £7500 to our charities.

It is the largest open art exhibition in the North West.

For artists, the selection process is rigorous and usually only about 50 per cent of paintings submitted are displayed for sale. As a result we have helped many artists to become recognised and valued.

For the buying public, it is a very good opportunity to purchase fairly-priced, original art from accomplished artists with the knowledge that any commission goes to good causes in the community.

Louis Morton the Chairman of our Art Exhibition is delighted to welcome Frances & Geoff as this year's Guest Artists.

Featured Artist for 2016 - Frances Winder

About the artist

Frances has lived in Kendal for 15 years. Inspired by the Lake District in all its facets, she is moved by colour, mood and light. Using paint in a free and boldstyle, exploring the surface effects in a painting, trying to achieve more significance than realism in the work. This can lead to more abstract pieces sometimes.

After a Fine Art Degree at Manchester College of Art and an Art teaching degree, Frances taught Art in the Manchester area for five years. Now her career has included illustration work for landscape architects, architects, advertising agencies, freelance illustration and also more teaching in adult education. All the while painting and exhibiting In galleries.

Her work is in a variety of disciplines, Acrylic paint, guache and oil pastel and other mixed media methods, Ceramics and printing methods are very important.

Some of her work below, please click to enlarge:




Featured Artist for 2016 - Geoff Taylor

Geoff introduces himself:

"I was born in Lancaster a long time ago, we moved to Sheffield for a time before returning north to Arnside 19 years ago. After a 3 year Graphic design course at Chesterfield College of Art I began work as a Graphic Designer.

In my quest to design Record Sleeves in the 70’s I did some illustrations for the album The Musical Version of the War of the Worlds by Jeff Wayne. Which led to book cover painting for fantasy and science fiction writers such as David Eddings and Raymond E Feist.

I received commissions for pen and ink illustrations for children’s books for authors including Michelle Paver and Cliff McNish. Another style of art evolved when I was taken on by Games Workshop, a role-playing gaming company where I did many illustrations for their unique Warhammer World.

I have always painted wildlife whenever I had some free time, wolves mostly. Such as inspiration from the local story of “The Last Wolf” in England, reputedly killed at Humphrey Head, Cumbria in the 14th Century.

Now semi retired I have found a new passion in the Lake District fells and have been painting landscapes. When I first began painting I worked with designer’s gouache on art board and developed airbrushing skills which lend themselves well to the book cover art which needed bright intense colour, then a change to acrylic paints in the 90’s. The size of my painting brushes have always been fine, finer and finest which accounts for the detail in my paintings. Some say I paint every hair on a wolf! maybe I do!"

Some of his work, please click to enlarge: 





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