Local Cumbrian artists Clare Dent, Sophie McKenna and Tam Taylor are coming together for the first time, for an exhibition of their current work. From Thursday 7 February until Sunday 10 March their artwork will be on display in the intimate setting of The Barn Café at Swarthmoor Hall, near Ulverston.

All are Fine Arts graduates, but each has a very distinct approach. Clare Dent is a painter and printmaker based in Cumbria. Her current work is primarily inspired by the Cumbrian landscape and she uses a variety of printmaking techniques including monotype, intaglio and collagraph.

Sophie McKenna’s practice explores painting as a site of fantasy. Through the language of abstraction, she allows her work to develop organically out of experimentation, as well as drawing inspiration from the outside world.

Tam Taylor is a Lake District-based artist who works largely from instinct, creating layered, textural abstracts. Hermixed-media work is inspired by observation of accidental collections of forms.

Clare says: ‘It is exciting to be part of the first exhibition hosted by The Barn Café, especially in such beautiful surroundings. Although our styles are very different, we hope people will all find something to identify with in our work.’

Swarthmoor Hall is a sixteenth century house in Swarthmoor Hall Lane, off Urswick Road to the south of Ulverston.  The café is open Thursday to Sunday 10.30am – 4pm until 17thFebruary, then daily from 18thFebruary 10am – 5pm when tours of the Historic Hall resume. Entry to the gardens, shop and café, including the art exhibition, is free of charge.

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