Chris Wadsworth
Percy Kelly - Looking East to the Ennerdale Fells

Writer and Art Consultant

CHRIS WADSWORTH is a northern writer. She trained as an art teacher working in secondary schools in Yorkshire, County Durham, Dorset and the Isle of Wight.

In 1986, after many years in exile in the South she moved to Cumbria, fell in love with a beautiful Georgian house in Cockermouth and became a Gallerist.

Over the last 25 years she has mounted many landmark exhibitions at Castlegate House in Cockermouth including L S Lowry, Sheila Fell, Winifred Nicholson, Mary Fedden, Barbara Rae, Elizabeth Frink and Percy Kelly and produced some exquisite catalogues and books.

She wrote for Art Review for many years as well as a regular series of articles for Cumbria Life.

She has travelled widely in her search for art and artists; Africa, India, Japan, Australia, Russia. She has become a well known speaker and lecturer.

Her enthusiasm for art has spilled out into her writing. In 2009 her memoir of gallery stories Hercules and the farmer's wife was published first in hard cover and then in paperback closely followed by her quirky biography of reclusive and retentive artist Percy Kelly The man who couldn't stop drawing.

Castlegate House has become a Mecca for art lovers and readers of her books.

Finally on the 25th anniversary of the opening of the gallery - on 7th July 2012 - she gave it up to write full time from her home a few miles away in Bassenthwaite where she lives with her partner Michael.

She is currently working on a sequel to Hercules and the Farmer's Wife.

From left to right: Percy Kelly - Breton Church, Winifred Nicholson - Lily of the Valley St Bees, Sheila Fell - Cumberland 1959