You've made it to our EMERGE Visual Arts Show!


This exhibition is a collaboration with Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, curated by artist Chloe Waning and is part of the Carlisle Festival of Hope 2020.


The Festival of Hope is a hub of creativity and connectivity for young people, by young people and it's aim is to fight through the lack of opportunities for young people. We want to show the world that we have a lot to say and the talent to help us say it.


This exhibition is a showcase of the shortlist of entries submitted for the EMERGE Visual Arts Competition and we're pleased to be able to share these amazing responses.


We asked people aged 17-25 to submit a piece of artwork to illustrate what hope means to them, and the submissions we received were nothing short of inspiring.


The winner of the exhibition will receive a creative commission by Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, and all our shortlisted entries will be displayed in the museum later in the year.


Here is our shortlist for you to enjoy. We hope you find some inspiration and find some time to reflect upon what hope means to you right now. 


Please show your support to the artists at @carlislehopefest and tell us what you think of the artist's work!

Competition Winner

Rosie Woolaghan

places we go when we are hurting

Looping analogue rotoscope animation, acrylic on paper.

In my consideration of “Hope”, I produced a looping hand painted animation with accompanying ambient sound linking to my experiences of living with chronic pain. I have superimposed a visualised memory of everyday pain onto an ordinary living space in the hope that these pieces may open up a dialogue around acknowledging/being at peace with the commonplace nature of struggle/pain in the lives of less able-bodied people. Much of the hope I am able to find in dealing with chronic pain comes through artwork, thus this piece is personal and therapeutic. Additionally, my work carries the hope that other non-able bodied people may relate or bring their own experiences to my work and recognise a sense of shared experience. Finally, it is my hope that able-bodied people may be able to gain insight into experiences of those living with varied health through recognition of the experience the work is representing.


Madison Brown

The Handprint Project

This image is from a broader collection, that all come together to form "The Handprint Project". A project to anonymously share stories of abuse and assault, in the hope of helping others see that they are not alone. The white paint signifies the trauma people go through. See how the paint sticks to the skin like a tattoo? Feeling like it will stain the skin. That's what trauma does, it stains the skin, it feels like a constant bruise. Something that feels like it's never going to leave you. But the paint can wash away and that's the beauty behind this image and the collection. Trauma may feel like a pertinent mark but with time we can wash away the hurt together.

Alex Standring

Windows of Hope

Goldwork Hand Embroidery - Metal Wire and Gold Japanese Thread, 8cmx8cm x2

"Windows of Hope" is a series of hand embroidered artworks representing the power of hope during the great lockdown. 2020 has been an unprecedented year with many of us having been stuck inside the home looking out of the window to the same quiet and deserted scenery. Each morning as we view the sun rising, it provides a little glimmer of golden hope showing that better times are ahead. The certainty of the sun rising, as it has done for millennia, has provided reassurance that the world will keep turning and we will get through these strange and uncertain times.


I have used gold work embroidery as it is a traditional and exquisite craft which is fitting to embody the theme of hope. It is often utilised for ecclesiastical textiles which are used by those who choose to follow and share their faith which is exactly what the world currently needs.

Helen Moffatt

Our Prisons

Line drawing repeat pattern, 80x80cm

A line drawing repeat pattern designed for fashion textiles, exploring the quality of our prisons, and the relationship the public has with their inmates. In the UK, almost half of those sent to prison in 2018 were sent for six months or less, despite the knowledge that those with many previous offences are 36% less likely to reoffend if they're given a community sentence instead. In making this, I questioned why the system exploits the ability to separate offenders from society instead of integrating them, and what we can do to improve the lives of offenders in order to give everyone a fair chance.

Laura Saleh


Gouache and Oil pastels on paper, 24x19cm

An illustration where I have placed the character in my homeland, recalling the serenity of those hours before dawn which is similar to the feeling I am left with in the silence after a prayer. The artwork portrays the smallness one feels in the world, but the presence of someone greater depicted through the presence of the air moving behind the curtains.

Aidan Ledward

Aa Whole

Acrylic & Emulsion Pain on 100cm x 100cm Canvas

My work looks at what I feel the word hope means to me. To me the word hope doesn't define one thing, but a multitude of things which is what I set out to achieve in my painting, each individual circle represents a different element of my version of hope is, something else that I thought about over the last several months was the relationship between hope, unity and teamwork, something I feel has been in abundance over the recent tough few months. I feel my painting has shown elements of this through the vast amount of circles coming together to create 'the bigger picture'. Lastly, I wanted to use a range of colours which to me makes me think of a rainbow, an element often linked to hope.

Laura Saleh

Daisy Field

Encaustic on wood panel, 11x14 inches

A portrayal of new beginnings. Daisy flowers bloom at the end of Spring and through Autumn when everything else is dying, thus signifying that life goes on even at times when it does not seem like it would. The sunrise in the background emphasises this idea further as a new day begins.

Callum Latimer

Lockdown fledglings


During lockdown I watched a pair of wrens rearing their young. When they fledged it gave me hope, looking forward to when lockdown would be lifted and we all could start our new normal.

We would like to give a special thanks to Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, Curious Minds, Blaze Arts and our project funders the National Lottery heritage Fund.


Also, thank you to our judges: Shane Johnstone (Artist), Jamie Quantrill (Cinematographer), Izak (Art Student and Festival of Hope young Producer), Charli Summers (Programme Manager at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery) and Chloe Waning (Artist and Founder of EMERGE)