Artistic Programme

Brewery Arts is a flagship arts venue for Cumbria.

Through the variety, quality and diversity of the work we present we have a regional and national impact.  We draw on the uniqueness of our location but also find inspiration from the diversity of arts and culture from throughout the UK and beyond.


Brewery Arts is one of the North West’s liveliest music venues, hosting a wide and varied programme of live performances across the genres of Folk, Roots, World, Blues, Jazz, and contemporary music.

A wide and varied programme of live music performances is at the heart of Brewery Arts programme and builds upon 50 years of landmark music performances within our walls. Memorable gigs have included Patti Smith, John Martyn (who recorded a live album at the Brewery) and Robert Plant, plus many more.

We programme live music across the genres of Folk, Roots, World, Blues, Jazz, and contemporary music; with around 60 performances a year.

We are committed to programming work that reflects the diversity of modern Britain and to celebrate music from across the world.

We have forged a new partnership with Band on the Wall, to grow an even bigger and bolder live music programme for Kendal. Band on the Wall present an internationally-acclaimed programme of music events in its award-winning Manchester venue and externally at venues across the UK. The partnership will increase the scale and scope of the year-round programme at Brewery Arts.

Brewery Arts seeks to support emerging talent through performance opportunities and small-scale commissions.

We use live-streamed digital content to expand the programme; bringing unique live performances from across the globe to Kendal

Theatre & Dance

Brewery Arts is south Cumbria’s premier theatre hosting an eclectic and diverse mix of theatre and dance, throughout the year. Our programme ranges from classical drama to contemporary dance and includes work by emerging talent and some of the UK’s foremost touring theatre and dance companies.

Brewery Arts hosts an eclectic and diverse mix of theatre and dance, offering audiences experiences around accessible and more challenging work, with an emphasis on new writing and finding new ways to refresh classic work.

Brewery Arts uses its limited co-commissioning budget to create and host new and innovative theatre experiences. We also support the development of new talent through our Emerging Artists Programme and Brewery Young Actors scheme.

Brewery Arts theatre programme focuses on drama, family and physical theatre and within dance, the emphasis is on contemporary dance and the crossover with theatre.

We utilise larger venues to programme high-profile performances that increase reach to a wider number of audience members and we seek to programme existing work into unique locations within the Lake District, to raise the profile of Cumbrian culture.

Brewery Arts hosts live-streamed digital performances as part of the programme, mixing work from the classical repertoire with new and innovative performances.


Brewery Arts hosts screenings for over 360 days of the year, ranging from major film releases to specialist film and world cinema.

We present live-streamed performances, particularly to expand the styles of performance and art forms on offer.

Brewery Arts seeks to encourage young people to experience the unique atmosphere of cinema, with innovative marketing and ticket discounts and programming opportunities.

Spoken Word And Literature

Hosting Verbalise, a monthly open mic event for writers, performances by some of the biggest names in literature and providing a home for major festivals like the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Brewery Arts is at the heart of literature and the spoken word in Cumbria.

 At the heart of Brewery Arts spoken word programme is Verbalise, a monthly open mic event, hosted and programmed by poet Ann Grant and featuring some of the UK’s leading poets and spoken word performers. Verbalise also provides the starting point for special spoken word projects and small-scale commissions within the local community.

Brewery Arts also hosts larger performances and events by writers and performers, including Lemn Sissay, Henry Normal and Jodi Picoult.

Brewery Arts is a Founder Supporter and host venue of the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and supports the Brewery Poets and Kendal Poetry Festival.


Brewery Arts welcomes some of the biggest names in comedy to its own venues and to larger performance spaces across Kendal.


Brewery Arts hosts a year-round programme of free exhibitions and other visual arts activities, across a wide variety of art forms, from printmaking to digital art.

We focus in particular on celebrating and developing the work of emerging artists from Cumbria and beyond, seeking where possible to take art outside Brewery Arts confines and into other parts of Kendal and the Lake District, including site specific and digital work.

We work with partner organisations, including Kendal Mountain Festival and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, to develop the breadth and range of our exhibition programme, through co-commissioning of exhibitions.

The Visual Arts Committee, a group of elected arts professionals from across Cumbria, offer the Brewery a wealth of experience and a diversity of approach when selecting work to be exhibited.

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Community Programmes

Our Creative Learning team deliver a fantastic variety of special projects and activities that involve a wider range of young people and vulnerable adults into the work of the Brewery and the arts in general.

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