A NEW outdoor painting has become the latest addition to Cross Lane Projects’ free contemporary art offering in Kendal.

Located on the side of a building on Cross Lane in Kirkland, adjacent to Cross Lane Projects gallery, a new painting has been composed of large circular forms on a geometric backdrop.

The artist behind the work is Manchester based artist Alex Giles, who is best known for his bold, multi-coloured vibrant paintings.

The project was created by the gallery director Rebecca Scott, who commissioned the artist to create a piece of artwork creating colour outside the former Kendal Mint Cake factory and bring art for all into the local community.

The purpose of the mural's design was to guide passers-by to the independent gallery, the newest art which is the only venue for Contemporary Art in Kendal currently open.

After a challenging year, the gallery is looking forward to welcoming back visitors and relaunching an ambitious programme of contemporary art in Kendal.

A solo exhibition by Mark Woods is set to open on July 23 at the gallery and will continue through to September 18.

Rebecca Scot artist and founder Cross Lane Projects said: "I had a notion to include wall at Cross Lane Projects for a while - it’s a creative way of making the space welcoming and bringing art to Kendal, a 24/7 exhibition.

"When I saw Alex’s multi-coloured creations at an exhibition in the White Elephant Gallery in Morecambe it got me thinking - it felt right for the space at Cross Lane.

"It’s bold colour pallet sits so well near the old Mint Work factory. It will brighten even the dullest of days - Kendal may no longer be known as the ‘auld grey town".

Rebecca Larkin, Gallery Manager said: "We are tucked away off the main street, and this will certainly put us on the art trail.

"It’s great that even when we are closed there is something for people to see and it starts conversations.

"We believe in breaking down barriers for anyone who wants to see contemporary art and this new piece is a great addition to the gallery. Admission is free."

The gallery is free to visit and open Wednesday – Saturday, between 12-5pm.