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Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year

Cumbria is home to dramatic landscapes, whether the expansive greens of the imposing peaks, indigo depths of the famous lakes or the unending coast that looks out to the Irish Sea, inspiring a community of talented artists. Celebrating the county’s rich vein of creativity, James Cropper Paper is the proud sponsor of the Young Cumbrian Artist of the Year Award, which was awarded to emerging animator, Bronny Salter on Thursday 14 May 2015.

The 20 year old student, hailing from Milnthorpe in Cumbria, received her award from Chairman, Mark Cropper at the Rheged cultural centre in Penrith, in a ceremony that also saw the Cumbrian Artist of the Year and the People’s Choice Awards handed to local talents. Now in her third year of studying animation at Bristol University, the origins of Salter’s artistic gift can be found back home, having studied art to A-level at Dallam School.

The prize was judged by the short-listed artists competing for the main prize of Artist of the Year, and were impressed by Bronny’s skills in stop-frame animation filmmaking, as seen in her second year film, Back to the Burrow. Her work will now be seen as part of the C-Art exhibition, in the video room at the Rheged.

Mark Cropper, Chairman of James Cropper, said: “Coming through a field of five similarly talented young artists, Bronny has done fantastically well to rise to the top of the judges’ selection. Animation takes great patience, skill and attention to detail and her work speaks for itself. In presenting her award, I wish her well in her studies, hoping that they take her further along the road to a successful career in animation and filmmaking.”

The C-Art exhibition continues until Sunday 28 June 2015 and is made up of 25 artists selected works. Entry to the exhibition is free and open 7 days a week from 10.30am to 4.30pm at the Rheged Gallery, Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith.