A community inspired exhibition exploring the stories of Cumbrians during the pandemic.

Featuring _
Grayson Perry
Rosie Galloway-Smith
Joseph Hardman
Juliet Klottrup

GRAYSON PERRY (b.1960) The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012. Wool, cotton, acrylic, polyester and silk tapestry. On loan from the Currell Collection Copyright the Artist, courtesy of Victoria Miro Gallery.

↑ The Grayson Perry Tapestry

The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012, is part of a series of six tapestries that tells a story of class, taste, aspiration and identity and is kindly on loan from the Currell Collection. 

A Close-Up of Grayson Perry’s Tapestry

Curator Naomi Gariff, shares some insights about the Grayson Perry tapestry, The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2021 on display at Blackwell, the Arts & Grafts house and the rest of the tapestries that form part of the series.

Rosie Galloway-Smith

Rosie is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and mixed media artist from Carlisle. She creates paintings, drawings, sculpture, and digital pieces that explore semiotics, materiality, femininity, and identity.

As part of her commission, Rosie has been talking to people across the county to hear of stories and experiences during the pandemic. Her artwork will only be on display from Thursday 18 November 2021.

Find out more about Rosie’s commission here.

Joseph Hardman

Celebrated photographer, Joseph Hardman was born in Radcliffe, near Manchester in 1893 and moved to Kendal in 1911. He tirelessly documented local events, personalities and traditions throughout Cumbria and his fascinating archive of nearly 5000 images were gifted to Lakeland Arts following his death in 1972. 

Hardman’s photographs appeared in local and national newspapers and magazines, as well as several books, winning countless awards. He followed the seasons and the agricultural calendar, making use of lighting and weather conditions to ‘show up the changing moods of an area of high scenic wealth’. 

See more of his collection  

Juliet Klottrup

Juliet is a young photographer and visual artist working in and around Cumbria. Her work explores the experience of youth in rural Cumbria, with a particular focus on the young farming community.

Her dynamic and refreshing portraiture won her the prestigious Portrait of Britain 2020 award from the British Journal of Photography and alongside photography by Joseph Hardman from the Lakeland Arts collection, her work will reflect the lived experiences of Cumbrians during the pandemic.


MEND is a community-focused project introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, aimed at connecting people across Cumbria through creative collaboration and shared experiences.

In 2021, MEND makers have been working with local community organisations and groups to produce the work that is on display.

Find more about MEND here.

About Class, Covid & Cumbria ↓

Visit Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts house for our brand-new community inspired exhibition.

Creating a unique record of an extraordinary period, Class, Covid & Cumbria reflects on the past two years by exploring Cumbrian experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The exhibition features an internationally significant tapestry by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry.The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012is part of a series of tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences which explores the themes of class identity and social-mobility, and the idea that where people start in life can have a significant impact on where they end up. 

On display alongside the tapestry will be images by award-winning photographer Juliet Klottrupas well as celebrated local photographerJoseph Hardman (1893-1972) who’s vast portfolio of images document Cumbrian life in the mid-20th century. The exhibition will also feature artworks created through the Lakeland Arts MEND project on public display for the first time. 

From Thursday 18 November, Blackwell introduces the largest single artist commission in more than a decade. Cumbrian artist Rosie Galloway-Smith, launches a bespoke textile display inspired by the intricate Arts & Crafts patterns found within Blackwell, which highlights person stories of the pandemic shared by the community.

Class, Covid & Cumbria opens daily from 10am on Friday 22 October 2021.

Admissions ↓

Gift Aid / Standard
£9.90 / £9
£7.70 / £7
Child (<15)
£4.95 / £4.50
Friends of Lakeland Arts
Family (2 adult + up to 3 children)
£26.95 / £24.50
Art Fund National Art Pass
50% off
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