First Floor

We have a semi-permanent exhibition of paintings, many  relating to Maryport .
The main artists featured are:
William Mitchell (1823- 1900). It is appropriate that the first public exhibition of his work will be in the 200th year anniversary of his birth. He was born in Donaghadee,  Northern Ireland and immigrated to Maryport as a teenager  to work painting railway coaches. Over the next 10 years , he developed his artistic skills,  becoming a full time artist and producing possibly 10,000 works of art in his lifetime.
Percy Kelly (1918 – 1993) He was born in Workington,  Cumbria. He had no formal artistic training until he went to Carlisle Art College in his 40s, but taught himself to draw  as soon as he could hold a pencil. His interests were in the mining villages,  coast,  pit heads and railway lines. His talent came to the attention of  Sir Winston  Churchill,  Sir  Nicholas Seekers,  Princess Margaret,  her husband  and many others,  but he was a difficult man to deal with,  constantly changing his mind about what he wanted to exhibit or sell. So few works were sold in his lifetime and he died intestate and in self-imposed exile in Norfolk.
There will also be a few prints of Maryport by L S Lowry, some Sheila Fell paintings,  historical prints and other more recent works  of art by local painters. 

Ground Floor

Our volunteer crew will be on hand to greet you as you enter through the original door in the building’s corner that has been reinstated.

Our artist has a small room on this floor where we hope they will spend some of their time working.

We will have paintings from our in house artist and other local artists which will be for sale. There will also be available post cards, cards, prints and posters.

This area will also be used for talks and other events outside opening hours.


Our gallery looks out on this wonderful sculpture by ex miner Colin Telford

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