The Archive Gallery


The Heaton Cooper Studio has built an acclaimed reputation for staging a top-class in-house and touring 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


‘Moments of Being’ : Mountain, Cave, Coast

Walking-performance in rural landscapes

An exhibition by Louise Ann Wilson

The exhibition is about how, by using alternative viewpoints and perspectives, Louise’s work invites us to look at the landscape differently in order to transform the way we think about ‘missing’, marginal or challenging life-events. Familiar and much loved sites including mountains, caves and coast, become places where both personal and public issues can be addressed. The expression, ‘moments of being’ was used by Virginia Woolf to describe sudden revelatory shocks that are counterpoints to what she referred to as ‘non-being’ and have the effect of ‘puncturing the cotton wool of daily life that renders one blind to the particular and the common place.’

Louise is an artist, scenographer and researcher who creates site-specific walking-performances, films, installations and books that give-voice to significant life-events – with transformative and therapeutic outcomes.

Showing film, photographs, objects, drawings, poems and texts ‘Moments of Being’: Mountain, Cave, Coast draws on the body of work Louise has created over the last decade. These works have been staged in the Lake District, Cornwall, Snowdonia, the Trough of Bowland, the Ingleborough Fells, and Morecambe Bay. The exhibition is part of The Kendal Mountain Festival 2019.


The exhibition runs from 9 – 27 November 2019.



We are counting down the days for the art market, November 29/December 1st, there’s going to be such a lot of talanted artists and makers exhibiting and selling their work. Plus we have live music and lots of delicious foodie offerings @mathildesgrasmere

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