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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.

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Update on services

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Our planning team continues to deal with planning applications and provide support:

  • Our team is working remotely from home but can still be contacted by email.
  • Face to face meetings, including duty planner facilities are no longer possible.
  • We aim to continue to inspect application sites where required and possible. All visits will be unaccompanied.
  • If we are not able to see the area of your proposal or the adjacent properties from public viewpoints, we may ask you to take photographs and send them to us. We will not arrange to enter your property or private garden spaces as we need to respect social distancing.
  • If a visit cannot be undertaken and you are not able to provide photographs the determination of your application may be delayed.
  • Applications validated on or after 23 March 2020 which would normally be publicised by site notice will also be publicised by letter to adjoining properties where possible which we normally do although there may be a slight delay in sending letters out.

For current planning applications, please send comments, amended plans or other information to [email protected]


Virtual Development Control committee meetings

Committee meetings had been temporarily postponed during the Coronavirus outbreak, however we have now put in place a new way to hold meetings.

A link to our upcoming virtual meetings is available here



Theme picker

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