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“Beautiful, witty and yet unsettling” Rock Solid? 2 at The People’s Gallery, Kendal Museum



ROCK SOLID? 2 “Atomic Wastes Under Cumbria?”


Rock Solid? 2 is an exciting new Art Trail and Exhibition at The People’s Gallery, Kendal Museum exploring the plan to try to contain atomic wastes deep inside the Lake District’s beautiful and complex coastal geology.. The Preview on 10th May was attended by the newly elected Mayor of Kendal, Councillor Jonathon Cornthwaite on a night that saw the People’s Gallery buzzing with people eager to see the exhibition described by visitors as a “beautiful, witty and yet unsettling collection” and “You come away from this show with deep thoughts indeed.”


HEAVYWEIGHTS OF THE CUMBRIAN ART WORLD

The exhibition brings together heavyweights of the Cumbrian and international art world. John Moore’s Painting Prize winner Martin Greenland is Guest Artist. Other Cumbrian icons taking part are Julian Cooper, internationally renowned for iconic mountain paintings and Russell Mills who has produced record covers for some of the biggest names in rock music. Altogether 20 artists have produced artworks including comic books, installations and multi-media inspired by the plan to use coastal geology to try and contain humanity’s most long lived and dangerous wastes. A painting by artist Irene Sanderson is created using West Cumbrian geology and features the legacy of historic mining.





EXPERTS ASK: “ATOMIC WASTES UNDER CUMBRIA?"

Events have included a talk: Atomic Wastes Under Cumbria?” with Dr Ian Fairlie, an expert on radiation in the environment and Richard Outram of Nuclear Free Local Authorities and future events will include a geology, wildlife and literature walk along the Cumbrian coastline from St Bees to Jonathon Swift’s House at Whitehaven (date tbc).


RESONATES WITH THOSE WHO LOVE THE LAKE DISTICT

The exhibition has been co-ordinated by participating artist Marianne Birkby who said “The response to Rock Solid?2 has been amazing both from artists, from participating shops in Kendal and from the public showing that this is a subject that resonates with those who love the Lake District from the mountains to the sea.”

Rock Solid?2 runs until 29th June at the People’s Gallery, Kendal Museum Station Road, Kendal, GB LA9 6BT.


Entry and opening

Entry to the People’s Gallery is free and open to public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30-16:30.

Please note that the gallery is down a flight of stairs. Please contact Kendal Museum 01539 815597 info@kendalmuseum.org.uk if you require alternative access

🐾 Trail – Art trail through Kendal town centre, drop by the museum for a trail sheet.

🥂 Exhibition preview – Open preview evening 6-8pm on Friday 10th May at Kendal Museum’s People’s Gallery. All are welcome.

🎙 Talk – Atomic Wastes Under Cumbria?” with Dr Ian Fairlie, an expert on radiation in the environment and Richard Outram of Nuclear Free Local Authorities 7-9pm on Saturday 11th May at Kendal Museum

🥾 Walk – a geology, wildlife and literature walk along the Cumbrian coastline from St Bees to Jonathon Swift’s House at Whitehaven (date tbc)..

Entry and opening

Entry to the People’s Gallery is free and open to public Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9:30-16:30.

Please note that the gallery is down a flight of stairs. Please contact Kendal Museum 01539 815597 info@kendalmuseum.org.uk if you require alternative access

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More Info

contact RockSolid?2 co-ordinator Marianne Birkby






Guest Artist Martin Greenland, Dr Ian Fairlie, Mayor of Kendal Cllr Jonathan Cornthwaite, Richard Outram and RockSolid? co-rdinator Marianne Birkby (L-R)


The online catalogue is just a taster of this vibrant exhibiiton which includes archive material alongside beautiful and thought provoking artworks.


Online Catalogue available to view and share


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