A Cumbrian artist is planning a new exhibition at the Arts & Crafts house in Bowness-on-Windermere as a reflective response to Covid-19.

Rosie Galloway-Smith was commissioned by Lakeland Arts to develop the idea which was selected as the stand-out concept from dozens of applications.

The 'washing line at Blackwell' features symbols associated with the pandemic from toilet rolls, digital meetings, bubbles, and face masks.

Rosie’s weathering the storm forms part of the venue’s new exhibition Class, Covid & Cumbria which is open until February 22, 2022.

She drew her artistic inspiration from the wealth of patterns found at Blackwell as well as her own enthusiasm for mid-century design.

Rosie said: “This is the second piece of work I have made in Cumbria in response to a crisis - the first being the textile map of how Carlisle flooded in 2015 which was acquired by Tullie House in 2017.

“It has been a humbling experience once again to hear these individual stories from people and have a glimpse of their lives and struggles.

“I hope I’ve done justice to these tales and even wish I had more time to explore more of them in depth. At this point in time the crisis is continuing and we are still weathering it together. I hope 2022 brings new beginnings and hope for Cumbria and that we can put this strange period behind us.”

Naomi Gariff, Programme Curator at Blackwell said: “Weathering the storm is a powerful tribute to the amazing stories of resilience that Cumbrian people shared with Rosie for her commission.

“The installation captures the diverse experiences of local people during the pandemic. While many of the stories are deeply personal, they express feelings and moments that are relatable to so many people.

“We are really excited for the work to go on display at Blackwell, further enriching the Class, Covid & Cumbria exhibition.”