Date Posted: 7th January 2017

Looking North over Parton and Lowca, West Cumbria.

In what promises to be a turbulent year of uncertainty I am looking forward to a crack inh the clouds and a bit of joy.. I am launching this newsletterl from the Percy Kelly web site because September 23rd 2017 - January 28th 2018 will be the year of Workington born Percy Kelly.   2018 will be his centenary year. and I am curating an exhibition of his work that I have been researching and gathering for the last 2 or 3 years. I am now so excited to be able to give dates,

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle is the perfect place to mount an exhibition covering Kelly's development as an artist from the 1930s until his death in 1993 aged 73..  Part of the Art College was based here when he started his courses in 1961; he studied life drawing on the top floor and the inaugural lecture by the Principal, Tennant Moon was held here. The printmaking department was based in a building, referred to by the students as the NAAFI in the city centre where the Civic Hall now stands. After 4 years Kelly was awarded an NDD honours degree in 1965. He was acclaimed as an outstanding student.

I am presently working on a beautiful catalogue of the exhibition . Many works have never been exhibited before and there will be films, sketch books, school and college reports, letters, lectures and many artefacts. People have been very generous with their loans. It has been difficult to choose just over 100 works from over 750 offered.

You will get the newsletters if you have signed up on either the Chris Wadsworth  or the Percy Kelly web site.  There is no need to sign up individually on ech one. They are linked.

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So stick with it and pass the web site addresses on to other interested parties. I want this exhibition to be the best it can possibly be in honouring Kelly's tallent as an artist.