The 2023 Irton Group Art Show will be staged later this month in its usual venue at the Santon Bridge village hall.

The event will take place on October 21 and October 22. 

The group was formed in 2009 by artists around the area to act as a self-help and encouragement circle for individuals who otherwise tend to work in relative isolation within our largely scattered communities.

A spokesperson said: "Members will be showing new artworks, which always reflect the diversity of approach within the group.

"The result is always an exhibition which is both challenging and enjoyable to the viewer. Styles and subject matter range from the traditional to the abstract, calling at various points between.

"In fact, it is these wide boundaries that make Irton Group exhibitions that little bit different. The artists like to experiment – each month the group meets for art workshops at the hall, in which members concentrate on a particular aspect of art.

"An agreed theme is usually mentored by one of the group, who provides guidance to start the day, followed by encouragement to develop and diversify.

"Recent workshops have included knife painting, acrylic spray painting, tree studies, and life drawing. Whenever possible, the group enjoys visiting art exhibitions which this year have included Printfest at Ulverston and Wildlife Photographer of the Year at Rheged.

"Membership is quite informal, there is no membership fee, and a fee is charged for workshops attended to cover hall rental and costs of materials provided."

The exhibition at the hall runs for Saturday and Sunday, open 11-4 both days, with free parking and entry. Refreshments will be available, in the form of tea, coffee, and cakes.

The artists man the show themselves and are happy to chat about their work and to anyone interested in joining the group. All they ask is that you come along with an open mind. 

The hall is situated near the Bridge Inn at Santon Bridge, on the road from Eskdale to Wasdale, and it will be well signposted. As well as the original artworks, there will be plenty of artists' prints and cards available to purchase.