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Name: Ceri Allen


Ceri Allen studied painting at City & Guilds School of Art , London and has exhibited widely throughout the UK and also the USA.  Her work is represented in public and private collections including , Tullie House, Carlisle, St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and Corpus Christi College, Oxford .  She has also taken up  Artists Residencies at the University of Cumbria, Corpus Christi College, Oxford and  Kronstadt, St Petersburg with the NCCA. This year she was Artist in Residence with ‘Demi –Paradise productions’ at Lancaster Castle and also has been commissioned to illustrate The Oxford Almanack 2017.  In Cumbria her work can be viewed at The Castlegate Gallery, Cockermouth.

‘My work is representational, with a  particular focus  on portraying the human figure in an urban environment .  I  use composition to suggest the space and tension between people or objects – physical and mental space . My paintings are worked from material collected in the form of photographs or sketches and transformed in the process’.


Solo Exhibitions

1987             Irthing Valley Centre, Brampton, Cumbria

1988             Castlegate gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria

1990/93        Sark Gallery, Hethersgill, Cumbria

2006             Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria

2008             Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria

2011             ‘Urban’. The Crown Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria

2012             ‘Sense of Place’ Brewery Art Centre, Kendal

2013             ‘City life’  Corpus Christi College, Oxford

2015             ‘An Artists View’  Corpus Christi College, Oxford


Joint/ Group Exhibitions

1988             Stephen Ferris Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee USA

1988             Lake Artist’s Society Annual exhibitons, Grasmere 1988-2015

1995             ‘Arthouse’ Lewisham

1997             ‘Untitled’ Cotton’s Atrium, London Bridge

  • ‘The Players’, The Alchemy Gallery, Farringdon Road, London
  • ‘Primart’, London Zoo
  • ‘Three in one’, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria
  • ‘Cityscape><Landshape’, Cumbria Institute for the Arts
  • Lake Artists society, Keswick Museum Art Gallery
  • ‘Inspired by Water’, Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria
  • Group exhibition , Keswick Museum&Art Gallery
  • Carlisle Printmakers Collective, High Head Gallery

2012             Lowes Court Gallery, Egremont

2012             The Crown Gallery, Carlisle

2012             Red Barn Gallery, Melkinthorpe, Cumbria

2013             The Yellow Door,  Dumfries

2014             Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth

2015             McGill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas

2015             The Dundas Gallery, Edinburgh Fine Art Society

2015              ‘A Day in the Life’  Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth

2015             ‘White Watch’  The Old Fire Station, Carlisle


Other Exhibiting Experience

Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria

Sark Gallery, Hethersgill, Cumbria

Tullie House, Carlisle Museum and Art Gallery, Carlisle, Cumbria

Contemporary Fine Art, Eton, Berkshire

The London Art & Antiques Fair, Barbican Centre, London

The Broughton Gallery, Broughton, Lanarkshire, Scotland

The Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London

The Bath Contemporary Art Fair, Bath

Arthouse, Lewisham, London

Cottons Atrium, London Bridge

The Lake Artist’s Society, Grasmere (Annual Exhibitions since 1987)

University of Northumbria Gallery

Upfront Gallery, Penrith, Cumbria

Pinfold Gallery, Bowness on Windermere, Cumbria

Keswick Museum & Art Gallery, Cumbria

Rheged, Penrith, Cumbria

Contemporary Art Fair, Battersea, London

Theatre by the Lake, Keswick, Cumbria

C-Art Open Studios  2011,2012,2013, 2014

Spring Fling 2014 and 2015

Mc Gill Duncan Gallery, Castle Douglas

Dundas Gallery, Edinburgh

The Mustard Gallery, Langholm, Dumfriesshire

Commissions include:

Portrait of Conservative MEP, Lord Inglewood

Portrait of the Novelist, Margaret Forster

Series of paintings for  Corpus Christi College, Oxford completed 2014/15

Artist Residencies

AA2A ( Artists Access to Art) University of Cumbria

Corpus Christi College, Oxford

NCCA Residency, Kronstadt, St Petersburg


Tullie House, Carlisle City Museum & Art Gallery.

St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

Corpus Christi College, Oxford


Artist in Residence with Demi-Paradise Productions , Lancaster Castle

Commissioned to produce cover image for The Oxford Almanack 2017

The Lake Artists Society Summer/Winter exhibitions

C-Art open studio event

The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster ( Residency work with Demi-Paradise Productions )

The Whitehouse Gallery, Kircudbright – Winter exhibition


Available Works from Ceri Allen