AUTO-Destruct is the summer exhibition for the region's latest art space.

Adding another dimension to an already vibrant cultural scene, Cross Lane Projects opened its fresh and innovative doors last year in the former Kendal Mint Cake factory.

Located on Cross Lane, just behind Kirkland, the gallery gives extra gravitas to Kendal's existing creative offer that includes nationally important centres of creativity such as Abbot Hall Art Gallery - which has a major redevelopment in the pipeline - and the boundary pushing Brewery.

Cross Lane Projects was put together by Cumbrian artist Rebecca Scott and her sculptor husband Mark Woods, with its inaugural exhibition featuring prints by Dame Paula Rego and new works by Rebecca.

The creative couple have gained a reputation and recognition for bringing new contemporary art and challenging debate to the county with a programme of exhibitions and events featuring the work of local, international and British artists.

Running until August 31, Auto-Destruct includes works by Steve Carr, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Cedric Christie, Jean Luc Dubin, Lee Holden, Graeme Miller, Simon Liddiment, Stacie McCormick, Elena Montesinos, Owen Oppenheimer, Ben Philpott, Jay Price, Pascal Rousson, Gavin Turk, Tisna Westerhof and, Rebecca, herself a highly regarded artist.

Curated by Cedric Christie, Pascal Rousson and Stacie McCormick, Auto-Destruct is inspired by the work of Gustav Metzger, the Nuremberg-born artist and political activist who invented the term, Auto-destructive art, in the early 1960s to describe radical artworks made by himself and others, in which destruction was part of the process of creating the work. Metzger wanted to bring attention to the risks in the "deluded" pursuit of technological progress and of humans being eclipsed by their machine selves. Auto-destructive art was inherently political; also carrying anti-capitalist and anti-consumerist messages.

The Cross Lane Projects exhibition examines themes of our fascination and capacity to be seduced by world changing inventions and technologies that may or may not lead to improvements.

Cross Lane Projects is open Wednesday until Saturday, noon-6pm.