LOVERS of the Lake District are being given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have their favourite view captured on canvas by one of Britain’s leading ‘en plein air’ artists. 

Windermere Fine Art Gallery is offering the rare and remarkable chance to have a bespoke painting commissioned, worth up to £1,000.

It is to celebrate the opening of its highly-anticipated ‘Lakeland Exhibition’ on June 1, featuring an astounding showcase of fine and contemporary art, featuring the Lake District, such as ‘Afternoon Sun In The Langdale Valley’ by renowned artist David Curtis, a leading member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI) and Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA). 

The Westmorland Gazette:

Now you could have your chosen view painted by a similarly-illustrious artist, such as Michael Ashcroft or other colleagues from the ROI; Manchester Academy of Fine Arts (MAFA), which dates back to 1859 and ranks L.S. Lowry among its former members; and the acclaimed Northern Boys painting group, famed for their ‘en plein air’ work, which is exhibited at the gallery on Beech Street. 

Matthew Titherington, who owns Windermere Fine Art Gallery, along with his wife, Dawn, said: “We are offering an exceptionally rare and incredible chance to have your favourite Lakeland view painted by one of our amazing and award-winning artists. 

“To enter, we would just like to know your favourite Lakeland view, the reasons why you love it and what it means to you.” 

The painting will be 16" by 12" framed and signed by the artist. 

It is to celebrate the new exhibition, featuring breath-taking and inspiring images of the National Park by leading national artists, will run for a month until Thursday, June 30.   

The Westmorland Gazette:

It follows the success of the gallery’s popular ‘Back To The City’ exhibition, which has just finished. It displayed stunning images of well-known cityscapes on display for the first time, after leading artists captured cities coming back to life following the deserted streets of the pandemic. 

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It will be the second in a series of major exhibitions at the gallery running throughout 2022, as part of a campaign to re-establish the Lake District to being widely-recognised as a northern hub for high quality fine and contemporary art, rivalling the big city galleries. Contact the gallery for more information and to book a place at the exhibition’s preview evening. 

“We’re thrilled to be bringing the award-winning work of all of these nationally-recognised artists for this unmissable display,” said Matthew. He and Dawn took over the gallery just over a year ago to start luring more art buyers and London-based collectors back to the Lake District for weekends and short breaks. 

The gallery has been a champion of the ‘en plein air’ style of painting – which celebrates painting outdoors – by the distinguished group known as the Northern Boys, whose work frequently features in top London galleries.  

Submissions can be made online, by post or in-person to: or Windermere Fine Art, Beech Street, Windermere, LA23 1ED. Tel: 015394 88665 or via the website at The closing date for entries is Friday, June 17