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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.

Mayor of Carlisle 2022 - 23
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Mayor of Carlisle 2022 - 23

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Carlisle City Councillor Mike Mitchelson has been appointed Carlisle’s first citizen for the Municipal year 2022 - 2023.

Councillor Mitchelson has taken on the Mayoral role after serving a year as Deputy Mayor to former Mayor, Cllr Pam Birks.

Sworn in at the Mayor Making Ceremony (Monday, 16 May) at the Civic Centre, the Conservative Member for Brampton recited the ancient Mayoral Oath giving his allegiance to the city and its citizens.

Councillor Colin Glover was sworn in as the Deputy Mayor.

This year’s event was the last Carlisle City Council Annual Council.

From 1 April 2023 local government in Cumbria will change. The current six district councils and Cumbria County Council will be replaced by two new unitary authorities. There will be one new council covering the current area of Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland, the council's name will be Cumberland Council. 

Biography - Cllr Mike Mitchelson

Mike was born, educated and brought up and has lived all his life in the Brampton area.

He went to Lanercost School and then to the White House School in Brampton which went on to be part of William Howard School.

He left school to work in the family milk retail business until he and his wife Anne, who he married in 1972, took over the local newsagents shop in Brampton. In 1997 he also became the sub-postmaster for Brampton.

Mike and Anne have two children Chris and Janice who are both now married. They also have two grandchildren - Abby and Jack.

Mike’s first taste of helping others came while still at school when he became secretary of the local youth club in Lanercost.

In the early 70s he organised fortnightly pop dances in the Dacre Hall, Lanercost to raise funds for all the local organisations in the Lanercost area, this included national groups such as Black Sabbath and Mud plus many local bands form Cumbria and the North.

In about 1966 he took over as secretary and later as Chairman of Lanercost Cricket Club and through his stewardship and leadership took the club from a small single team club to the present day where the club has 10 teams providing cricket for children of five years to adults including women and girls. He has also been President of the Cumbria Cricket League and is currently the Chairman of the Eden Valley Cricket League.

He has been heavily involved in the National Federation of Retail Newsagents both locally and nationally being a member of their National Executive for 36 years until stepping down at the end of last year. He has had the extremely rare honour of being their National President on two occasions during this time (1995 and 2019).

Mike became a member of Carlisle City Council in November 1995 representing and championing Brampton and its residents for over 26 years.

He became Leader of the Council in 1999 and during his 13-year term of office led the city through its many challenges including Foot and Mouth Disease and the great flood of 2005.

He continued his passion for sport and music developing sporting facilities and delivering the new Sheepmount Stadium.

His tenacity and drive brought the BBC Radio 1 Roadshow to Carlisle and the popular Pop 2 the Park music concerts featuring famous British artists and bands. This culminated in the huge coup of staging the Radio One Big Weekend which included many world-famous music stars.

He was awarded Freeman of the City status in 2016 in recognition of his work for Carlisle and its residents.

Throughout his civic career he has worked tirelessly in promoting Carlisle and the people who we represent.



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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