MP's Appleby art gallery visit leads to a commission

Date: Monday 26th November 2018

PENRITH and the Border MP Rory Stewart visited an Appleby fine art gallery and shop to hear an update on its operations and tour its new exhibition — and commission a drawing of his mother’s house.

The Castle Fine Art Gallery, owned by Mark Hilsden, opened in August with the aim of selecting and showcasing regional artists through monthly exhibitions.

Though Mr Stewart was unable to attend the opening, he tweeted his support for the gallery and was eager to visit at the earliest opportunity.

During the visit he asked Mr Hilsden, who guided him round, about business, visitor numbers and long term goals, and then commissioned the artist to draw his mother’s house.

The present exhibition showcases some of Mr Hilsden's art and Mr Stewart expressed his appreciation for what he had seen, stopping to admire many pieces.

"I was delighted when the Castle Fine Art Gallery opened in Appleby and it was a very great pleasure to visit it for the first time," said Mr Stewart. "We are lucky to have such a vibrant art scene in Penrith and the Border and I would very much recommend a visit to the Castle Fine Art Gallery to all of those who haven't been."