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Welcome to Art's and Culture

Whatever the new ‘normal’ is there’s never been a more poignant and exciting time for arts and culture. Like very thirsty people we’ve all been dreaming of slaking our creative thirst. There’s real positive energy just bursting to get out. Be part of these exciting times, there are already many ways to get involved (some listed below) but there’s always room for new ideas.

So sharpen those pens, dust off the brushes, or have a gargle and get your voice ready. Here’s to it. Scroll down for more information or use our interactive map and lists of exciting museums and monuments.

Help for Ukrainian refugees
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Help for Ukrainian refugees

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Help for Ukrainian refugees

We are ready to do all we can to help refugees fleeing Ukraine. 

Advice and support is available from Cumbria County Council and central government.


Refugees in Cumbria

Cumbria County Council is the lead authority for refugee resettlement in Cumbria.

Some of the details are still being worked out. Cumbria County Council will be working with partners to provide support to refugees and their sponsors.


Homes for Ukraine Scheme

Homes for Ukraine is a government led scheme, administered by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC). If you want to offer a home to people fleeing Ukraine, you can become a ‘sponsor’ as part of the Homes for Ukraine scheme.

The .GOV website includes Homes for Ukraine scheme: frequently asked questions.



As Cumbria prepares to welcome refugees escaping the war in Ukraine, the Community Foundation is encouraging donations to the Welcome Fund.

The Fund provides a single point for collection of donations from individuals, families, businesses, charitable trusts and other organisations wishing to support refugees and asylum seekers. The Fund assists the coordination of efforts in support of people in need.

Funds raised will support individuals and families who are refugees and/or asylum seekers living in Cumbria. Hardship grants will help to relieve hardship and address needs not covered by the Government. Funds will also be distributed to local groups and organisations providing a broad range of assistance and support, from the provision of essential items to family support and community integration. 

The money donated to the Fund will be used for charitable purposes in relation to:

1. The relief of hardship of refugees and/or asylum seekers placed in the county of Cumbria
2. Support for refugees and/or asylum seekers to integrate into the communities of Cumbria.

To make a donation online, visit the Cumbria Community Foundation website.

Alternatively you can donate funding to established national charities such as the Red Cross or to the Disasters Emergency Committee which brings together leading aid charities.




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Useful Information and links

A Strategic Framework for Culture in Carlisle was initiated in 2019 by a small steering group of Carlisle City Council, Prism Arts, Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust and the University of Cumbria.  The consultation was designed to not only engage existing cultural specialists but to encourage a diverse range of voices representing diversity, business, education, health, individual and freelance artists and creative practitioners to contribute to shaping the future arts and cultural agenda.

Discover Carlisle has lots of ideas for things to see and do in and around England’s biggest city

"A virtual hub for all things multicultural in Cumbria. Sharing our similarities and celebrating our differences"

    Cumbria Arts & Culture Network 

      Prism Arts

   Eden Arts

   Carlisle Contemporary Arts 


There are a number of historical monument in and around Carlisle.  Please see the downloadable Monuments and Memorial Guide below.

Public art

Professional street art is growing in the city as show cased in this Cumbria Guide article.  


Landmark Street Art


The Source Collective  

Theatre and Drama


  Rocket Theatre