Tullie House has extensive and important art collection including Fine Art, Decorative Art and Textiles. Our main priorities are:

To maintain, record and interpret special collections of fine and decorative art of national importance.

To record and interpret artistic activity in Carlisle and northern Cumbria from the eighteenth century onwards.

To collect leading contemporary artists and makers working in Carlisle and Cumbria.

To record and interpret decorative art and textiles made in, used or associated with Carlisle and northern Cumbria from the eighteenth century onwards.

Fine Art

Winged figure by Lorna Graves

The Fine Art collection includes 4800 mainly British paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and a small collection of sculpture dating from around 1650 to the present day. Special strengths include: North Cumbrian artists and views dating from the 18th century to the present day...

Decorative Art

Tyrolean Dancers, about 1756, Chelsea porcelain

The decorative art collection consists of around 2000 items including ceramics, textiles, metalwork, musical instruments and furniture dating from around 1564 to the present day. Special strengths include:   Eighteenth and nineteenth century English porcelain including Chelsea, Derby, Worcester...

Costume and Textiles

Court mantua dress about 1750

The costume collection includes men's, women's and children's costume and accessories dating from 1720 to recent times. The main strengths of the collection include: Women’s day and evening dresses dating from 1750 to recent times including a rare court mantua dress c.1750 possibly worn by a...

Curator

Keeper of Fine and Decorative Arts

Melanie Gardner

Deals with fine art, decorative art and textiles dating from the 18th century onwards. These include:

  • Oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and sculpture.
  • Ceramics, metalwork, glass, furniture and musical instruments.
  • Textiles.

The curator also has expertise in costume. The costume collection is jointly managed with the Keeper of Social History.

Enquiries

E-mail: enquiries@tulliehouse.co.uk
Telephone: (01228) 618735