CULTURE-VULTURES will soon have an extra attraction to visit, thanks to a local artist's idea to set up a pop-up gallery.

Emma Hunt, from Egremont, came up with the idea to set up the gallery in Maryport as part of the town's cultural regeneration.

She said she thought a pop-up gallery would be: “Nice to give the whole community a bit of an arts vibe and colour during these difficult times.”

Emma invited Cultural Maryport to get involved and Jeremy N’Dure and Gareth Falkingham were excited to offer their cafe as a premises for the venture, on Senhouse Street.

This cafe is reopening fully soon, and the pop-up gallery is what Gareth and Jeremy envisioned for their business.

Jeremy is already experienced in the arts, having studied fine art, graphic design and digital art. His work will also be on show at the gallery.

Emma is a recently-established Cumbrian landscape artist who wants to share the benefits of art and to make it more inclusive.

She said: “There is much to come in the arts and cultural consortium, but I just felt it was time to inject some colour and excitement into the town; something anyone can access. It’s so important to me and Jeremy that people can come to a relaxed setting, such as this, and appreciate art with a cuppa.”

The exhibition is opening on May 28 to June 1, refreshments will be available and free parking can be found in Mill Street.

Jeremy would like to make this a recurring event when the cafe opens, bringing together a relaxed atmosphere with viewing local art and photography. He hopes to bring displays, exhibitions and workshops to Maryport and would like artists and photographers who are interested to hear more to email him at:

From April 19 to May 9 the cafe will have a window display – the result of a schools project where artist Alan Roper worked with local Maryport schools to create collages. The project was co-ordinated by Dolly Daniels and Lindsay Wyatt and the display is being organised by Maryport Arts. It will feature the life of artist and climber, Bill Peascod.