The Archive Gallery


The Heaton Cooper Studio has built an acclaimed reputation for staging a top-class in-house exhibition programme. 

The Heaton Cooper family have created a world leading artistic space known as the Archive Gallery, located in the heart of Grasmere, in the English Lake District, a space devoted to mountain art. The Archive Gallery has exhibited innovative contemporary works by artists such as Tessa Lyons, stunning mountain photography by Henry Iddon, environmental photography by Ashley Cooper, illuminating sculpture by Ophelia Gordon Bell and high fashion by artist and designer Linda Ryle alongside works by the UK’s leading contemporary mountain artist Julian Cooper.

The team continue to develop a varied programme of exhibitions themed specifically around mountain art, curating a programme based on the key themes of mountains, nature and humankind’s connection to and immersion in the landscapes in which we live. The world’s diverse mountain scenery, moulded over many millions of years by the forces of nature forms the basis of a compelling tale that has inspired and captivated for millennia. A tale that has captivated the Heaton Cooper family for four generations and has inspired them to capture the embodiment of the world’s most iconic mountain landscapes from the Himalaya, Norwegian Fjords to the Lake District Fells, their spiritual and physical home.



What’s On


‘Among Mountains’

Paintings by Julian Cooper
from the mountains of Tibet, Peru, and the Swiss Alps, 1990 to 2013.


Selected paintings from Julian Cooper’s own collection, done over a span of 23 years and representing different stages of Julian Cooper’s painting among mountains.

The exhibition includes paintings done after a winter visit to Zermatt in 1990, when he drew and photographed the surrounding mountains from high vantage points reached by cable-car, including a close-up figure and four paintings produced from the sketch-book drawings twenty-three years later, commissioned to illustrate the 150th anniversary edition of the Alpine Journal in 2013.
Three large oil paintings done during two months spent among the Peruvian Andes in 1995, where Cooper worked on a large scale and at high altitudes in front of the subject.
And two large paintings of Mount Kailas, when in 2006 he travelled to western Tibet to paint and circumnavigate the sacred mountain.

The exhibition runs until 10th May 2020 at the Archive Gallery.


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