Carlisle – Tullie House

Welcome to our Festival of Hope Carlisle

A Festival of Creativity and Connectivity for young people, by young people.

Emerging from a socially isolated world, we are determined to reignite the spark of youth culture by bringing innovation, representation and virtual togetherness.

We feel that creativity is being stripped from our lives and we share a common goal to activate change in our great border city!


Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery have teamed up with a group of 7 young producers who have planned a festival programme from scratch.

This festival sees the young producers in the driving seat, creating their own alternative arts & heritage activity for their peers.

This is our opportunity to  test out new approaches, digital platforms, showcase contemporary art and history, and capture the stories of people who are usually under-represented.

The programme will include…

  • underREPRESENT – A series of Q&A’s which tackle under-representation and alternative creative careers.
  • LIVE & LOUD – A local Rock, Metal and Punk history showcase in the form of  a grunge TV show.
  • EMERGE – A Visual Art Competition for young Cumbrian creatives.
  • A documentary telling stories of young people,  and showing different cultures hidden within the city.
  • Empathy X Apathy   – A Hip-Hop EP release which tells a personal story of Apathy and Empathy.
  • Hannah Recommends – A virtual guide’ using what is around us to learn, discover and create.
  • An immersive, anti-digital public art installation in a pop-up location.
  • An Animated ghost tour inspired by Carlisle’s past! Could this be the first ever digital ghost walk?



Young Producer: Izak
Featuring: Various Artists

underREPRESENT is a series of Q&A’s about giving ourselves the diverse representation we need in the creative industries. The Q&As will look at different creative practitioners who feel under-represented in some way or another, and how they use their platforms to give themselves a voice and visibility.

Produced by emerging illustrator Izak, because he wanted to use his own experience of being part of the transgender community to create a space where under-represented individuals could have their voices heard. He wants to inspire other young people; and use creativity as a way of representing people and their experiences.

We aim to explore:

– How do we want to be represented?
– Things to help us feel less alienated here in Carlisle.
– How can we encourage young people to stay here and flourish?
– A wide range of topics to provide others with the education we wish we had.


Live and Loud

Young Producer: Ali
Featuring: IMPA TV and Various Artists

The LIVE & LOUD Scuzz-style mixed media TV show aims to capture the rich, but often forgotten heritage of Carlisle’s Rock, Metal and Punk music scenes. 

Created with IMPATV it’s full of personal stories and experiences in alternate ways (screaming words down a microphone and stomping our feet). Young producer and metal enthusiast Ali came up with the idea because she wants to revive the Carlisle metal scene and support young musicians who are trying to get their work out there.

WARNING, this video contains strong language, adult humor, and Cumbrian accents.


EMERGE Competition

Young Producer: Chloe
Featuring: Various Artists

Calling young artists aged 17-25 who live, learn or work in Carlise… submit artwork that communicates what Hope means to you, for your local area, for the world.

The winner of EMERGE will win a £300 cash prize and a funded creative commission from Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. Created by young producer and visual artist Chloe and her creative ethos, of approachability and a drive to tackle the lack of creative opportunity for young people in her local area.


Culture of Freedom

Young Producer: Mariana
Featuring: Various contributors

Watch the premier of “Culture of Freedom,” a directorial debut for young film maker Mariana this film offers up a window into the barriers and prejudices the contributors face in their day to day lives, and how they understand and overcome them.

This short film directed by Mariana celebrates Carlisle’s young, culturally rich community and addresses how we might encourage conversations that create positive change. This film focuses it’s lens on the contributions of three local young people, and how their personal experiences have shaped their creative journey.


Told from the perspective of one of our young producers, whose own personal journey to Carlisle has forced her to question ideas around identity and inequality, this short film will celebrate Carlisle’s young, culturally rich community and address how we might encourage a conversation to create positive change.

Using a combination of audio and video interviews recorded online, personal footage recorded by the filmmaker and contributors themselves, the film attempts to offer up a window into the barriers and prejudices the contributors face in their day to day lives, and how they understand and overcome them.

Empathy X Apathy EP Launch

Young Producer: Dale
Featuring: Dale

Empathy X Apathy is a digital EP created and produced by
@ThatRapperDale where he brings his own coming of age story to life through his art form.

Having moved from the south-east to the north-west, overcoming obstacles that stopped him from progressing to solely focus on his foundation of music attributes (that later would become harnessed skills and assets as he ventured on an unbeknown journey), he found himself with a sharp tone and straight to the point attitude in his song writing and creativity through resourcefulness. Join Dale as he premiers his newest work.

Hannah Recommends

Young Producer: Hannah

Hannah Recommends is a virtual guide targeting young creatives and providing recommendations of inspiring, hand-picked content and activities. Young producer and graphic designer Hannah hopes “Hannah Recommends” will stimulate and support creative and social development.

Hannah Recommends is a virtual guide targeting young creatives and providing recommendations of inspiring, hand-picked content and activities.

Through this, we hope to offer resources that will stimulate and support creative and social development.

POP-UP shop

Young Producer: Chloe
Featuring: Chloe

A pop-up shop front exhibition inside the local shopping centre, that brings art to the people. Designed, created and produced by young artist, Chloe, who uses humour, performance and
hand-made props to play with people’s ideas of what art is.


Animated Ghost Tour

Young Producer: Jess
Featuring: Ghosts

For the Festival of Hope Jess is creating a “historical docusoap”, using the format of a ghost story, and puppets to inspire the public to engage with objects in Tullie House’s collections in a way they might not have before. Through this story Jess hopes to change the public’s perception of museums, and their perception of how young engage with culture and history.






Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Castle St, Carlisle CA3 8TP

Unit 60, 2 Grapes Lane,
Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8NX

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