Beating Time

Beating Time

A conversation between Painting and Poetry

An exhibition of paintings and prints by Sandra Becarelli, Miranda Boulton, Alison Critchlow and Una D’Aragona

17th January - 22nd February 2020

Private View: 17th January 6 - 8

Artists Talk: 22nd February 2 - 4


ART at the ARB Alison Richard Building,

7 West Road,



Derwent Water and Lodore Falls

Exhibition at the Circle Gallery, Theatre by the Lake  November 2019 - January 12th 2020

The exhibition takes inspiration from Joseph Farington's drawings made at Derwent Water and Lodore Falls in the late eighteenth century. It offers a fresh look at this landscape and its significance across the centuries.

I am delighted to be taking part in the 'Around the Island Art Trail'.

Taking place on 20-22nd and 27-29th September 2019. Studios will be open from 10am - 5pm each day.

 I moved to the Solway coast a few months ago and I am thrilled that work is now underway on a new studio...I can't tell you how excited I am to have a purpose built studio on my doorstep! Fingers crossed it will be ready in time for the art trail.

The coast area around Bowness on Solway which lies to the west of Carlisle on the estuary is known locally as 'the island' and is home to 6 professional artists. Each artist will be on hand to discuss their creative methods and ideas as well as selling their work. Leaflets showing the route and places of interest are available from TICs and museums throughout the county as well as a waymarked trail to guide you around.

Participating artists- Rowena Beaty, Hilary Rose Burt, Alison Critchlow, Roger Golding, Ben Fosker and Jonathan Leech.

You can read more about the artists and the trail on our facebook page 'Around The Island Art Trail'.













West Walls 'Now' Exhibition -

Upfront Gallery, Hutton in the Forest 31 July -1 September

I am showing six recent paintings in this group exhibition which showcases the latest work from the 12 current members of the West Walls Artists. The gallery is open daily except Mondays.

Maker's Mill, Keswick- 3rd August- 4th September

I have a few paintings in the newly opened 'Makers Mill' (on show until the start of September). It is a vibrant space beside the river with various artists studios on site, workshops, courses, talks as well as a gallery space. I will be doing a residency as a 'guest artist' in this wonderful creative venue next year ( more details to follow).

Poetry and Paint Workshops at HMP Haverigg- 2019

I have been working with the Wordsworth Trust Outreach programme to deliver  'poetry and paint' workshops at Haverigg prison. Some incredible work made by the men there will be on display later in the year and I will be working with the Trust to develop a learning resource for use within prisons. You can read more about this project on the 'Projects' page.

Adventures In Paint - 17th July 2019 10.30 -11.45 am

I am giving an illustrated talk at Portinscale Village Hall, looking back over 25 years of painting in some weird and wonderful places. I will be discussing my working methods and inspiration along the way. This is organised by Skiddaw U3A - everyone is welcome, non members pay £1.50.






Tales From The Tea Room -

Wednesday 29th May 2019

I will be talking about my recent work from Dove Cottage garden at the All Hallows Centre in Fletchertown. Come and hear about painting through the night and listening to the dawn chorus in this most special of places. I will be sharing paintings, drawings and thoughts from the garden. A free event... all welcome. This is part of the Wordsworth Trust outreach programme. 




The Front Room, Brampton - Christmas Exhibition

November 22nd- December 22nd 2018

Open Wednesday - Saturday 11- 4


Porthmeor Studios, St Ives , Cornwall -'Spot the Artist' exhibition  14th and 15th September 2018


Wordsworth Trust, Jerwood Centre, Grasmere -

Artists on Art

26th July 2018   3-5pm

'An afternoon with artists Alison Critchlow and Alex Jakob Whitworth who will offer their perspective on some of the watercolour masterpieces of the collection and discuss the techniques and materials used to create them'

Poetry and Paint Exhibition - Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere August - September 2018-

An exhibition showcasing the wonderful work created during the Poetry and Paint workshops which I led with Susan Allen from the Wordsworth Trust. A truly inspiring project. You can see a short video  here

I am giving a talk about my work at the All Hallows Centre, Fletchertown  on 27th June  7-9pm 

'From Arctic Greenland and the wild shores of the Hebrides to painting through the night in Dove Cottage Garden Alison Critchlow will share her work and painting adventures to date' A free evening of stories, tea, coffee, cake and good conversation. Come and see 25 years of evolving painting practise'

A Wordsworth Trust 'Tales from the Tearoom' event supported by Solway Arts.

Upfront Open Exhibition 2018-

 30th January - 25th March 2018 at Hutton in the Forest

Artists On Art -

Saturday 7 th October 2 -4.30pm  at Wordsworth Trust Museum, Grasmere

Take a closer look at the paintings on display in the current watercolour exhibition in the company of painters Alex Jakob-Whitworth and Alison Critchlow. They will offer their own perspectives on the pictures in the exhibition, discussing the techniques and materials used, as well as considering the broader themes and significance of the collection. This will be followed by an open conversation about their own creative process which they will illustrate with some examples of their own work.

This afternoon session brings an informal look at the tradition of landscape painting, where it started and how it looks today. There will be ample opportunity for questions and conversation.

(Tickets are £5 from Wordsworth Museum)


National Open Art  Exhibition -Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse, Southbank, London  17-26 November 2017

 I am delighted to have a painting in this exhibition which is on London's South Bank between the National Theatre and Tate Modern. The exhibition aims to showcase a cross-section of the very best British and Irish contemporary art of 2017. You can read more details here 

Open Studio - 9th -17th September 2017

My studio will be open as part of C ART Open Studios    at Unit 2 ,Blencathra Business Centre, Threlkeld Quarry CA12 4TR just off the A66 near Keswick (follow the yellow signs ).Open 10 -5 each daily. Come and see work in progress, recent paintings,sketch books etc. Canvases for sale as well as work on paper and cards. Hear about my residency in Iona and recent work with Wordsworth Trust. 

Weather Words - Exhibition with the Wordsworth Trust 

1 July 2017 -28th August at the Wordsworth Museum, Grasmere

I have been working on a collaborative project with Wordsworth Trust as part of a wider research project conducted by Leeds University. 

Art At The Fratry - Carlisle Cathedral Cafe

April- August 2017

I have a painting in this exhibition which showcases the work of 15 painters

Iona Residency- February 2017

I am going to be artist in residence on the Isle Of Iona for a month. I will be working outside mostly and will be using my time there to collect information and thoughts for a body of work which will evolve as the year goes on ! I will be exhibiting the resulting paintings later in the year. You can chart my progress on my Blog or by following me on Facebook, Alison Critchlow-Artist or Instagram @Alcritchlow.


17th Upfront Open Exhibition 2017

24th January - 19th March 10.30 -4.30 ( except Mondays). Upfront Gallery , Hutton-in-the-forest.

I have 2 paintings on show in this exhibition.


ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2016

17-27th November

I am delighted to have a painting on show in this exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London SW1. My picture was selected by Dan Coombs, gallery open daily 10- 5 


"Cumbrian Atist Of The Year Exhibition"- 9th September - 13th November 2016

I  have 4 small paintings on show in this exhibition in the gallery at Rheged. An excellent cross section of Cumbrian contemporary art curated and selected by a group of young curators overseen by Eliza Bonham Carter, Head of the Royal Academy Schools, and Nick Rogers, Curator at the Lakeland Arts Trust. 


C Art -Open Studios - 10-25th September

I am opening my studio as part of C Art 2016 . I will be open on Thursday-Sunday until 25th September 10.30-5. Hope to see you there. Find more details here

"Time And Tide" - Poetry Afternoon -

6th May 2016  from 2- 4 pm run by Wordsworth Trust

Upstairs @Upfront, Upfront Gallery, Hutton-in-the-forest


The Wordsworth trust are running this poetry event based on the themes of the exhibition. This will be a poetry reading and conversation shared in an informal way. There will be time to look at the exhibition in the company of the artists before an hour of poetry and chat linked to the themes of the show. Please email if you would like to attend as places are limited.




7th May - 27th May 2016

Rye Creative Centre, New Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7LS

Artists Discussion 7th May 2 - 4pm


Rye is the next destination for this touring show, which I have a painting in. It is a lively and diverse mix of contemporary painting.You can read more about this project at 



"Spring Fling" Exhibition

Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries

9th April -21st May 2016


The flagship exhibition for the Spring Fling, (Dumfries and Galloway's open studios event which takes place over the last bank holiday in May).The exhibition is fascinating, it focuses on the process of making, and each artist has displayed something which explains more about their process of making alongside a finished work. I am taking part as a neighbouring artist from Cumbria, and will be exhibiting at the beautiful Mill On the Fleet throughout the Spring Fling event.




"Time And Tide"-

19th March- 8th May 2016

Upstairs @ Upfront, Upfront Gallery, Hutton-in -the -Forest CA11 9TG.


An exhibition of my recent paintings with sculptor Rowena Beaty. We have both created new work for this show and very much enjoyed the creative exchange  which has resulted. The exhibition looks at the significance of time and the ebb and flow of the tide. This is an extract from the statement I have written about the work on display.


"This selection of paintings from the last two years invites you on a journey into the world of paint. Viewed at a distance, close in, looking up or peering down from the air all of these paintings are concerned with time, erosion, speed and motion. The wild Atlantic shores of the Hebrides were the starting point for many of the paintings and the point of focus has becomes closer and closer until eventually you are in the water and the dribbles and dashes of paint take on a wholly abstract life of their own. This fascinates me; the balance between representation and abstraction between a moment caught and reinvented in paint – held in time."




21st February- 20th March 2016

1830 Gallery, The Artworks, Shaw Lodge, Halifax


I have a painting in this touring exhibition which showcases the work of some of the Turps Art school correspondence painters.The online post graduate course is an innovative  project giving painters access to critical perspectives and challenging insights into their own practice. A diverse and exciting selection of contemporary art, this exhibiton will be touring throughout the year and will also be "evolving" as it goes, with a different selection of work on show in each venue. Read more about this project here,














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