Percy Kelly’s Copeland

On: Saturday 21 January 2023

Until: Sunday 26th February 2023 


In 1997, the newly opened Beacon Museum hosted an exhibition of artwork by local artist Percy Kelly. Now, more than 25 years later, The Beacon Museum will host “Kelly’s Copeland”, a celebration of some of his finest work and preliminary sketches featuring the towns and villages of Copeland . It will be a unique opportunity to see some of his more famous pieces of work and expansive charcoals. 

The exhibition will also showcase a collection of Percy Kelly’s work, commissioned by Sir Nicholas Sekers of The Silk Mill in Whitehaven. This collection has never before been seen in public. 

This exhibition will feature opportunities to bring Percy Kelly’s work to life and share insights into this uniquely talented and complex artist, with guided walks and talks from Chris Wadsworth (founder of Castlegate gallery and author of Percy Kelly – the man who couldn’t stop drawing) and Tony Calvin (chairman of Friends of The Beacon), co-curators of the exhibition.


Every Sunday at 11.30am – 1.30pm, from 22 January to 26 February. This event is FREE, however please note that access to The Beacon Museum requires an admission fee to be paid.

You can book for the FREE walk and Talk here. 


Every Tuesday and Saturday at 1 – 3pm, from 21 January to 25 February, Chris Wadsworth, Tony and Sal Calvin will conduct informal talks in the Light and Dark Gallery, which will provide you with some background about the artist and they will talk you through the pictures on display. Please note that an admission fee is required for this. 

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