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What’s On January - June 2013 Abbot Hall Art Gallery Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House Windermere Steamboat Museum

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Free events listing

Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry 5 8 9 11 12 16

Exhibitions and displays Weekly activities Saturday sessions Events and activities Special events Museums at Night

Windermere Steamboat Museum 16 17

Museums at Night Events and activities

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House 19 21 22 23 &

Exhibitions and displays Weekly activities Events and activities 27 Special events

Front cover: Uwe Wittwer Interior after De Hooch 2011 © The Artist

Published by the Lakeland Arts Trust (registered charity no. 526980) © LAT 2012

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Blackwell: 015394 46139

Family Events for everyone, devised for the whole family to get stuck into.

Young @ Art Exciting opportunities for all young people interested in the Arts.

Talks and events Lively and engaging talks for fans and followers or to inspire those new to galleries and museums.

Special events One-off extraordinary events to get you thinking ‘art-side’ the box.

A festival of after hours cultural events in museums and galleries. New for 2013 - The LAB The Lakeland Arts Barn at Abbot Hall is where our creative fun happens, a place to develop new talent, innovate and explore collections. But keep it quiet as we don’t want everyone finding out!

Abbot Hall: 01539 722464


Date(s)

Event

Venue

January Friday 25

Highlights Tour

Blackwell

February Saturday 2

Craft Workshop - Rag Rugs

Museum

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February Sunday 10

The Craft of the Copper Wheel

Blackwell

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February 12 - 14

Calling the Shots

The LAB

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February Saturday 16

Hunt the Hardmans

Museum

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February Friday 22

Highlights Tour

Blackwell

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February Saturday 23

History of Art Talk

Abbot Hall

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February Saturday 23

Young @ Art Saturday Session

The LAB

FREE

10

March Saturday 2

Craft Workshop - Printing

Museum

9

March Friday 8

Heather Gillespie: New Glass

The Box

FREE

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March Saturday 23

Young @ Art Saturday Session

The LAB

FREE

10

March Sunday 24

Through the looking Glass

Blackwell

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April 1 - 5

Young Chadwicks

Blackwell

24

April Saturday 6

Craft Workshop - Lace Making

Museum

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April Saturday 6

It’s a Blast

Blackwell

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April 8 - 12

Young Chadwicks

The LAB

April Thursday 11

Life on the Lake

Marchesi Centre

April Wednesday 17

Dressed to Impress

Museum

April Thursday 18

Talking about leisure on the Lake

April Saturday 27

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FREE

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15

Steamboat

FREE

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History of Art Talk - British Sculpture

Abbot Hall

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April Saturday 27

Young @ Art Saturday Session

The LAB

FREE

10

May Thursday 2

Talking about racing

Steamboat

FREE

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May Saturday 4

Craft Workshop - Stick Making

Museum

May Thursday 16

Talking about life on the Lake

May 16 & 17 May Saturday 18

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Steamboat

FREE

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Arts & Crime: Murder at Blackwell

Blackwell

FREE

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Sculptorades

Abbot Hall

FREE

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May Saturday 18

Victorian Vendor

Museum

FREE

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May Sunday 19

Story Time

Blackwell

25

May Saturday 25

Young @ Art Saturday Session

The LAB

FREE

10

May 27 - 31

Mobile Mania

The LAB

15

May 27 - 31

Cardboard Creations

Blackwell

25

June Saturday 1

Steamboat Saturday

Museum

15

June Sundays 2

The Women of Arts & Crafts

Blackwell

26

June Thursday 6

Talking about fishing

Steamboat

FREE

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June Saturday 8

Potaholics

Blackwell

25

June Sunday 9

The Women of Arts & Crafts

Blackwell

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June Sunday 16

The Women of Arts & Crafts

Blackwell

26

June Thursday 20

Talking about boats

Steamboat

FREE

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June Saturday 22

Young @ Art Saturday Session

The LAB

FREE

10

June Sunday 23

The Women of Arts & Crafts

Blackwell

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• Free with admission

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About the Gallery and Museum Abbot Hall is in the beautiful historic quarter of Kendal, a market town on the edge of the Lake District. This beautiful Georgian villa houses both an impressive permanent collection of historic and contemporary art, as well as a changing series of exhibitions. Opposite, in what was the original coach house and stable block, is the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, giving a wonderful insight into the Lake District and its inhabitants over 300 years. Recreated period rooms, street and displays show how rural people lived, worked and played. Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL Opening Times Monday - Saturday 18 January - 21 December 2013 Every day 29 June to 16 September 10.30am - 5.00pm March - October 10.30am - 4.00pm November - February Admission Free Gallery and Museum entry for children up to the age of 16 and free Gallery entry for full-time students with a valid card Joint Gallery & Museum, Adult £8.00 Gallery, Adult £6.20 Museum, Adult £5.00 (Buy one day get 12 months museum entry FREE)

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Abbot Hall Coffee House Open from 10.00am, serving sandwiches and salads, soup, cakes and drinks and a specially-made children’s lunch box. Coffee House Exhibitions: A Year of Printmakers Celebrates the thriving printmaking community working in Cumbria, exploring the different techniques in printmaking through the work of skilled artists working in the region. Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase a unique work of art. Gallery and Museum Shops Our shops are packed with books on art and culture, artists’ prints and materials, a great choice for children and stunning displays of creative gift ideas and crafts. Abbot Hall Park and Play Area Enjoy the park, play area and castle views next to Abbot Hall – all a short walk from the town centre.

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Exhibitions Uwe Wittwer: In The Middle Distance Abbot Hall 18 January - 16 March

Uwe Wittwer, The Dance Negative after Watteau, 2010 © The Artist Supported by

Abbot Hall Art Gallery’s first exhibition of 2013 showcases the dazzling images of Zurich-based artist Uwe Wittwer (b.1954). His brilliantly executed paintings and large-scale prints explore complex themes through the transformation and distortion of European and British old master paintings by artists such as Hogarth, Gainsborough, Watteau, Constable and de Hooch. Towering over the exhibition will be a dramatic and ambitious full-size version of Abbot Hall’s enormous seventeenthcentury triptych, The Great Picture, along with an elaborate and intriguing multi-part watercolour series based on cult 1960s film, Blow-Up.

Lynn Chadwick Abbot Hall and Blackwell 28 March - 15 June

Lynn Chadwick, Iron Sculpture, 1953 Supported by

Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) was one of the most important British sculptors of the twentieth century. Chadwick brought an exciting and innovative approach to the construction of his sculptures, working with welded metal to create dramatic and distinctive forms underpinned by a brilliant sense of design. This exhibition, devised in close collaboration with the Lynn Chadwick Estate and Osborne Samuel Gallery, is showing at Abbot Hall and both inside and on the lawns at Blackwell. It will provide a significant opportunity to experience key works from all phases of Chadwick’s career, from the earliest abstract mobiles and remarkable human/beast/machine hybrid metal constructions of the 1950s and 1960s, through to the imposing, monumental figures of his late period.

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Gallery displays Percy Kelly Abbot Hall 18 January - 1 April

Percy Kelly Fellside, Caldbeck, Cumberland 1968

It is said that Percy Kelly (1918-93) could hold a pencil before he could walk. Born in Workington, Cumbria, Kelly began his career as a postman, occasionally drawing on the letters he had to deliver. He drew everyday and on anything he could find - plastic plates, the back of cereal packets and envelopes to name only a few of his outputs. Over his career he amassed a vast body of work and his Norfolk cottage was stuffed with his drawings, Kelly preferring to live in poverty than to sell any of his work. This display brings together his exquisite artwork alongside his distinctive illustrated letters from the Lakeland Arts Trust collection.

Modern Materials: Abbot Hall’s British Sculpture Collection Abbot Hall 4 April - 30 June This display, featuring rarely seen works from the Lakeland Arts Trust’s permanent collection, will show that there is more to sculpture than just bronze and marble. Whether it is the slate obelisk of Ian Hamilton Finlay’s Corday Lux, the polished steel of Richard Wentworth’s humorous Half a mo or the infinite possibilities presented by Li Yuan-Chia’s experimental magnetic sculpture, the variety of materials and approaches in this wonderfully diverse selection demonstrates how inventive British sculpture can be. Ian Hamilton Finlay, Corday Lux, 1989

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Gallery & Museum joint adult ticket £8.00, children FREE


Picasso’s Tête de Femme Abbot Hall 3 April - 19 October This tiny bronze sculpture is an incredibly rare cast of Picasso’s 1906 copper relief, depicting a strongly-stylised head of a woman, from one of the artist’s most intensely creative periods. The Lakeland Arts Trust is thrilled to have been lent this fascinating sculpture on long term loan, giving visitors the opportunity to glimpse a moment of this modern master’s creative genius as he worked towards his first iconic masterpiece, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon of 1907.

Picasso, Tête de Femme, 1906/c1950

This small bronze will be displayed alongside works from the Lakeland Arts Trust’s modern collection, highlighting the influence that Picasso exerted on his contemporaries.

Museum Display Welcome Aboard: Boating on Windermere Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Friday 8 February - Sunday 7 July The easily overlooked treasures of museum collections often paint the most vivid pictures. In this display we are bringing boating on Windermere to life, through beautiful dinner services used for fine dining on board, to oil cans used to keep elegant steam launches whisperquiet. Together with historical photographs and costume we are giving you a glimpse of the stories that will be told in the new Windermere Steamboat Museum when it opens in 2015.

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Weekly events and activities Family Crawl at the Hall Every Friday* 10.30 - 11.30am Meet at the Gallery reception Free with gallery admission Get creative with your young ones in the gallery exploring colour, shapes, textures and sounds with an experienced gallery educator. Join other parents in the coffee house for a free tea or coffee afterwards. * excluding Bank Holidays

Young @ Art INK u bet! Every Saturday in term time 10.00am - 12pm In the LAB Age 5 - 11 years Free, limited places Booking essential 01539 722464 Galleries aren’t places for paint, mess and noise? Wrong! This early morning weekend club will help young people explore their creative flair. Some weeks we’ll do large scale collaborative work, some weeks we’ll do fine detailed work, but we’ll always be having fun.

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Talks

Join one of the curatorial or learning team for a 20 minute talk or demonstration.

Gallery Talk Every Monday* 2.00pm Free with Gallery admission January 21 Spotlight on… Percy Kelly 28 Spotlight on… Uwe Wittwer: In The Middle Distance February 4 Spotlight on… Unfinished Portrait of Alistair Morton by Claude Harrison A new acquisition which has never been shown in public before. This painting is part of the BBC Your Paintings project 11 Introduction to Abbot Hall Art Gallery 18 Spotlight on… Dark & Light by Alistair Morton This painting is part of the BBC Your Paintings project. 25 Spotlight on… Uwe Wittwer: In The Middle Distance

Museum Talk Every Wednesday 2.00pm Meet in Museum reception Free with Museum admission

Gallery & Museum joint adult ticket £8.00, children FREE


Saturday sessions Craft Workshops

History of Art Talks

Monthly afternoon workshops for budding crafters 1.00pm - 4.00pm Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Meet in reception Free with museum admission (Adult £5.00 Children free) Booking essential 01539 722464

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Free with gallery admission (Adult £6.20 Children & Students free) Tickets are limited, available on the day on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.

Rag Rugs February Saturday 2 Our craft expert will take you through the art of making rag rugs with a traditional or contemporary design. Printing March Saturday 2 Our resident artist will take you through the art of printing. You can make your own printed card, and have a go using our Columbian Press in the Museum to produce a bespoke print. Lace Making April Saturday 6 Our craft expert will take you through the art of lace making. Stick Making May Saturday 4 We see them carried by walkers, but how are they made? Join this workshop to see how you turn a gnarled piece of wood into a work of art.

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We are offering visitors the chance to improve their knowledge of the history of art in our series of talks. These are held in the Gallery and are aimed at giving people a chance to extend their knowledge. Eighteenth-century British Old Masters February Saturday 23 at 3.00pm We are starting our history of art series by exploring the work of eighteenth-century British Old Masters. British Sculpture April Saturday 27 at 3.00pm An introduction to British Sculpture The Arts Council’s sculpture collection is stored at the Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Natalie Rudd, Curator of Sculpture, will lead an illustrated talk on the collection and how galleries and museums throughout the country borrow works from this fantastic treasure trove.

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Saturday sessions Young @ Art Monthly afternoon workshops for artists aged 11 - 16 The LAB 12.00 - 2.00pm Free Events, limited places Booking essential 01539 722464

February Saturday 23 This is the first of our Saturday workshops for all young artists in and around Kendal. Our digital artist will help you unlock the potential of digital art. This session will include a guided visit around the Uwe Wittwer exhibition. March Saturday 23 Watercolours? Art from last century artists? No! Our monthly workshop for young creatives explores the possibilities of working in watercolours like Uwe! These will not be small. April Saturday 27 Our monthly dose of creativity is back and has taken a distinctly sculptural feel. Explore sculpture followed by a hands on clay to bronze workshop.

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Uwe Wittwer, Landscape after Constable, 2007 © The Artist

May Saturday 25 We’re continuing our sculptural work this month, but we’ve gone miniature in size. So small in fact that they will need photographing in situ so people don’t step on them. June Saturday 22 There’s a changeover in exhibition, so we’re taking a traditional feel this month and getting to grips with landscape painting, but with Graham Sutherland awaiting to be displayed, this session may take on a surreal turn.

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Events and activities Walking tour with Uwe Wittwer January Friday 18 at 9.30 - 10.15am Abbot Hall Art Gallery Meet at the Gallery reception Tickets £9.00. (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £6.00) Includes a cup of tea or filter coffee afterwards. Booking essential 01539 722464 Join artist Uwe Wittwer as he walks you round his new exhibition In the Middle Distance, hear him talk about the new work based on The Great Picture and his love of the old masters.

Estelle Lovatt: How to Blog at Art February Saturday 9 at 3.00pm Abbot Hall Art Gallery Seating in the North Gallery Free with gallery admission (Adult £6.20 Children free) Tickets are limited, available on the day on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. How do you form an opinion about Art? It’s not easy. How do you write, or blog about art and let others know? Difficult. We are delighted to welcome art critic Estelle Lovatt to Abbot Hall to let us in to the secret of reviewing art and blogging about it. This will be an entertaining talk about Estelle’s work, but also an industry inside into how the art world ticks. Estelle has the unique experience of both sides of the canvas; having trained as a painter and read art history Estelle is able to judge works of art with expert opinion. Estelle is the art and exhibition reviewer for BBC Radio 2’s flagship arts programme, The Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman, and writes for numerous art magazines and newspapers including Art of England magazine.

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Events and activities Calling the Shots

Hunt the Hardmans

February Half Term Tuesday 12 / Wednesday 13 / Thursday 14 between 10.30am - 1.00pm The LAB Free with gallery admission (Adult £6.20 Children free) This workshop is aimed at putting the creative control in the hands of even the youngest gallery goer.

February Saturday 16 between 10.30am - 3.00pm Starts and ends at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Free with Museum admission (Adult £5.00 Children free)

Explore digital art in a workshop that will introduce you to the endless possibilities of this growing process in art.

Challenging families, couples, walkers (everyone) to pick up the Hunt to find Hardman images placed around Kendal. As you follow the trail you can record the images you find and scan the QR codes to find out more information. Enter your completed trail into a prize draw to win a framed Hardman print. The prize draw will take place outside the Museum at 3.00pm.

Special events Film: Blow-Up February Sunday 17 Introduction at 7.30pm, screening at 8.00pm All tickets £5.00 Purchased from Brewery Arts Centre box office 01539 725133 To coincide with the Uwe Wittwer exhibition we are teaming up with the Warehouse at Brewery Arts Centre to screen Antonioni’s cult British film Blow-Up, a series of which features in Wittwer’s work. An introduction to the exhibition will be given by Nick Rogers, Curator before the film. Bring your cinema tickets to Abbot Hall for a 2 for 1 admission deal to the exhibition, valid until 16 March.

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Get Closer to… Joseph Hardman February Thursday 28 at 6.00 - 7.30pm Booking essential 01539 722464 Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Exclusively for Friends, Patrons and Benefactors The first of our new Get Closer to… series of events, taking you deeper into our collections and closer to our historic buildings. Join Helen Watson, Director Exhibitions and Collections, who will introduce the evening, and James Arnold, Assistant Curator Social History in the first of our Get Closer to… series. James will introduce the Joseph Hardman photographic collection taken around the Lake District. See the original glass plates that these beautiful images were created from and talk to James about the project and our plans for it in the future. Expect another Get Closer to... event in Autumn 2013. To find out more about becoming a Friend, contact Jasmine O’Flaherty on 015394 46139 or email joflaherty@lakelandarts.org.uk

Small Things Theatre: The Resonance of Seclusion March Thursday 14 at 6.00pm Abbot Hall Art Gallery Tickets £6.00 (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £5.00) Booking essential 01539 722464 In the year 2000 artist Joash Woodrow left his home in Leeds for the final time to a new life in sheltered housing in North Manchester. Having lived as a recluse for almost 40 years few people could believe what was discovered when the contents of the house were finally revealed. Despite his apparent seclusion Joash had painted and drawn throughout his life, filling the rooms of the normal suburban semi with over 700 paintings, 3000 drawings and hundreds and hundreds of books. Join Small Things to discover an extraordinary story inspired by one man’s unstoppable drive to create and the equally unstoppable support of his family that made his artistic life a reality.

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Events and activities Steam Launch Dolly March Thursday 21 at 6.00pm The LAB Tickets £6.00 (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £5.00) Includes a cup of tea or filter coffee. Booking essential 01539 722464. While Windermere Steamboat Museum is closed, there’s plenty of work going on without fanfare. Join us for a talk about the history of our oldest steam launch, her salvage in 1962 and an update on our plans to conserve her ready for the museum opening in 2015.

Easter Holidays Young Chadwicks April Monday 8 / Tuesday 9 / Wednesday 10 / Thursday 11 and Friday 12 at 11.00am The LAB Free with Gallery admission. Join us to construct sculptures from willow. Each day visitors will be encouraged to contribute to the huge sculptures taking shape or to make mini sculpture to take away with them.

Lynn Chadwick, Maquette IV Two Reclining Figures, 1973

Peter Osborne & Michael Bird: Talking Chadwick April Thursday 11 Drinks at 6.00 for 6.30pm Abbot Hall Art Gallery South Gallery. Includes a book signing Tickets £9.00 (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £6.00) Booking essential 01539 722464 Peter Osborne, co-founder of the Osborne Samuel Gallery, London, has supported the work of many modern British painters and sculptors, so he is well positioned to introduce this engaging talk on the works of Lynn Chadwick. After a brief introduction Michael Bird will continue the talk, which will culminate in a highlights tour of the exhibition at Abbot Hall, with plenty of time for questions throughout.

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Dressed to Impress April Wednesday 17 at 2.00pm Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Free with Museum admission (Adult £5.00 Children free) A rare opportunity to view some of the gorgeous Victorian and Edwardian costume in the collection. Join our Assistant Curator Social History to look at these beautiful items.

Mobile Mania May Half Term Monday 27 / Tuesday 28 / Wednesday 29 / Thursday 30 / Friday 31 Between 12.00pm - 2.00pm The LAB Free with Museum admission (Adult £5.00 Children free) This is a great opportunity for the entire family to get their creative heads together and make a mobile. There will be inspirational ideas all around us, but we’re hoping to delve into your imaginations for this one and create something that will never have been seen in Cumbria before.

Steamboat Saturday June Saturday 1 Between 12.00pm - 4.00pm Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Free with Museum admission (Adult £5.00 Children free) To coincide with the Welcome Aboard: Boating on Windermere display, we are opening up the collection for a fun-packed day. There will be plenty of activities to get involved with, including making a dreamboat, posing for a Victorian photograph and searching the Museum for the elusive Tizzie-Whizie.

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Museum at Night Abbot Hall Art Gallery Sculptorades May Saturday 18 Gallery open until 10.00pm Open from 6.00pm, games start after 7.00pm Free Event Why stay in and play board games when the Lakeland Arts Trust team is challenging teams of visitors to a giant game of Cranium sculptorades as part of Museums at Night. The Gallery will be open until 10.00pm, so come along and enjoy an after-hours night at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry Victorian Vendor May Saturday 18 Museum open until 10.00pm Free Event We are serving up some Victorian food outside the museum and gallery as part of Museums at Night, but we’re keeping our very modern tastes in mind to serve you some more modern treats. Whatever your tastes, there will be something delicious for you.

Windermere Steamboat Museum Talking about life on the Lake May Thursday 16 Museum open 5.00 - 8.00pm We’re staying open tonight to welcome people in for a chat. The new museum will be alive with Windermere vessels, but stories from people are as important as the objects themselves. Did you work on the lake or did members of your family in the past? Drop in for a close-up look at museum objects and photographs and a chance to share memories and bring our lake story to life.

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Windermere Steamboat Museum We are in the middle of a major redevelopment project at Windermere Steamboat Museum, with Heritage Lottery Fund support. The site is closed while we prepare an exciting new museum for 2015, but we’re keen to open our doors when we can, so hope you’ll be able to drop in for one of our 2013 events. Don’t miss the chance to see some of our smaller boating treasures on display at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry (see page 7).

Life on the Lake April Thursday 11 Marchesi Centre Holly Road Windermere at 2.00pm Free Event Booking essential 015394 46139 Margaret Reid, Windermere Steamboat Museum Curator, wants to tell you about the Windermere Steamboat Museum project, and in particular some of the themes that will feature in the new museum when it opens in 2015.

Talking about leisure on the Lake April Thursday 18 at 4.00 - 6.00pm Windermere Steamboat Museum Whether you’re local and enjoyed your time off on the lake, or had family holidays here as a child, we’d love to hear from you. Do you have photos and memories you’d like to share? Drop in for a chat.

Talking about racing May Thursday 2 at 4.00 - 6.00pm Windermere Steamboat Museum Our collection includes some classic racing boats and associated memorabilia. It’s a chance to delve into our archive collection and share memories of racing on the lake.

Talking about fishing June Thursday 6 at 4.00 - 6.00pm Windermere Steamboat Museum We need your help with telling the story of fishing on the lake. Drop in to share your thoughts, photos and stories.

Talking about boats June Thursday 20 at 4.00 - 6.00pm Windermere Steamboat Museum Join us for a ‘behind the scenes’ look in the boatshed and a chance to share your own memories and stories of the special craft in our collection.

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About Blackwell Blackwell was designed by Arts & Crafts architect M H Baillie Scott as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt. The house is a wonderful combination of architecture, craft and the applied arts. These elements, together with the garden terraces and its setting in one of the Lake District’s most spectacular positions, create a beautiful and exciting exhibition venue. In order to bring Blackwell to life and reawaken the interiors, furniture and works of applied arts from the Trust’s collection are displayed throughout the house to enhance the beauty of the interiors and interpret the wider Arts & Crafts movement.

Opening Times 18 January - 31 December Every Day 10.30am - 5.00pm (4.00pm November - February)

Admission Adult admission £7.20 Adult garden only admission £4.00 Free entry for children up to 16

Blackwell Tea Room Open from 10.00am, Our inviting menu emphasises quality and the handmade, a great place for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea - listed as one of The Times’ ‘50 best places to eat alfresco’.

Blackwell Contemporary Craft Shop We stock work by leading contemporary craft-makers selected for its quality and beauty: ceramics, glass, jewellery, textiles and woodwork, for yourself or as an inspirational gift.

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Exhibitions New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform Blackwell 31 January - 12 May The Lakeland Arts Trust and Contemporary Glass Society have worked in partnership to create this vibrant exhibition exploring the skill of the contemporary glassmaker. Held in the unique setting of Blackwell, this exhibition gives makers the opportunity to showcase the best of their skills and artistic vision. Works have been selected by Rieno Liefkes, Head of Ceramics and Glass at the V&A Museum, Victoria Scholes, Chairperson for the CGS, Helen Watson, Director Exhibitions and Collections and Beth Hughes, Curator for the Trust. James Maskrey, The Drayton Egg, 2011 Š The Artist

Lynn Chadwick Blackwell and Abbot Hall 28 March - 15 June

Lynn Chadwick welding in the studio Š Photography by David Farrell

Our retrospective of the celebrated British sculptor, Lynn Chadwick, is spread across two Lakeland Arts Trust sites, with early and mid-career works being shown at Abbot Hall and a selection of his late, monumental sculptures installed on the lawns at Blackwell. These impressive and imposing figures will be viewed against the dramatic backdrop of the Lake District fells, their towering, majestic forms interacting with the surrounding landscape. Inside at Blackwell will be an exhibition of domestic-scaled sculpture by Chadwick, completing what promises to be a spectacular journey through the career of this brilliant and innovative artist.

Pick up our free sculpture trail to all the Trust sculptures on display this spring

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Exhibitions Bodil Manz Blackwell 24 May - 1 September Bodil Manz’s work utilises the gentle fragility of egg shell porcelain and dominance of utilitarian white and block colour to create breathtaking ceramic vessels. Her near paper thin cast porcelain cylinders are so translucent that you can often discern the light and shadow passing through both walls of a pot, blending interior with exterior.

© Brahl Fotografi

Work will be in the exhibition rooms as well as in the period spaces.

Displays Edwardian Elegance Blackwell 31 January - 21 March Blackwell, the Holt family’s country retreat, was a place of rest and relaxation where the family could enjoy a leisured life. This display marks an era of extravagant living, cut short by the First World War, with a display of elegant costume and accessories from 1900-10.

New to Blackwell in 2013 There are changes afoot. Blackwell will reopen with a new quilt on display in the Jocelyn Morton room kindly loaned from the Gawthorpe Textile Collection. Dating from 1911, this vibrant red patchwork quilt contains a ‘fan’ design enclosing many different striped and floral prints. Downstairs, in the dining room, we welcome some new Baillie Scott furniture. An exquisite sideboard and chairs will refresh the room adding to our collection of Baillie Scott furniture at Blackwell.

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Children FREE


Weekly events and activities Family Blackwell Babies Every Monday 10.30 - 11.30am (Excluding Bank Holidays) Blackwell Meet in reception Free with house admission (Adult ÂŁ7.20 Children free) Make yourself at home in this former family house; with your own children you will explore the shapes, colours and textures of a different room each week. This session is led by an experienced gallery educator. Join other parents in the Tea Room for a free tea or coffee afterwards.

Talks Free with house admission (Adult ÂŁ7.20 Children free)

House Talk Every Friday at 2.00pm (Excluding Bank Holidays) Blackwell Main Hall One of our volunteer guides will introduce you to Blackwell House, Baillie Scott and the Arts & Crafts Movement.

Highlights Tour January Friday 25 at 2.00pm February Friday 22 at 2.00pm Join curator Beth Hughes as she walks you round the new exhibition New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform.

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Events and activities Walking Tour with Victoria Scholes January Thursday 31 at 9.30 - 10.15am Blackwell Meet at reception Tickets £9.00 (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £6.00) Includes a cup of tea or filter coffee afterwards. Booking essential 015394 46139 Join Victoria Scholes from the Contemporary Glass Society as she delves deeper in to the techniques within the New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform exhibition.

The Craft of the Copper Wheel Part of the New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform series of events February Sunday 10 at 2.30 - 3.30pm Blackwell Main Hall Free with admission (Adult £7.20 Children free) Glass engraving using a copper wheel is a craft that is kept alive by only a handful of artists in the UK. Exhibiting artist Heather Gillespie is one of the small handful. Heather talks about the special nature of using this technique in her contemporary practice, and shows you her wheel in action (she may even let you have a go).

Hearts & Crafts February Tuesday 12 / Wednesday 13 / Thursday 14 at 11.00am - 3.00pm Blackwell Education Room £10 each (all three £25) (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £7.00, all three £18) Booking essential 015394 46139 Suitable for over 14’s Blackwell has been inspiring artists for years, most recently Laura Ellen Bacon and Halima Cassell. We want to continue this tradition, so we have partnered up with the Ulverston ‘The Shop Floor Project’ to commission three artist / makers to develop three workshops inspired by the house. If you have a passion to create beautiful objects in an equally stunning building, then we might have the workshop here for you. All workshops include entry to the house, materials for the workshop and a full day workshop with an artist. The Shop Floor Project has selected the following artists; print with Alice Pattullo, weaving with Emily Mackey and jewellery with Ruth Vintr. For more details regarding the dates please contact the Learning Team 01539 722464.

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Through the looking Glass Part of the New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform series of events March Sunday 24 at 2.30 - 3.30pm Blackwell Main Hall Free with admission (Adult £7.20 Children free) Curator Beth Hughes will lead a panel discussion with exhibiting artists on the ancient skill and contemporary artform of glass. The talk will explore the variety of skills shown through the work, and also how the glass has been curated throughout the house.

Special event Heather Gillespie: New Glass Part of the New Glass - Ancient Skill, Contemporary Artform series of events March Friday 8 at 6.00 for 6.30pm The Box, Kendal (behind the Castle Dairy) Free Ticketed Event Booking essential 015394 46139 Nokia & Selfridges: Big companies commissioning artists isn’t new and it can offer potential opportunities for emerging artists. Heather Gillespie, glass engraver, has worked with Selfridges and Nokia on separate projects. In this talk you will journey with Heather to the Czech Republic and the Nokia lab to explore how companies support the careers of new artists, the relationship of commissioning and all the pitfalls along the way. A question and answer session will close the talk (tweet us any questions @lakelandarts #ancientskill).

Dr Elizabeth Cumming: Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement March Sunday 17 Drinks at 6.00 for 6.30pm Blackwell Main Hall Tickets £9.00 (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £6.00) Booking essential 015394 46139 It’s Women’s History Month so we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate the overlooked women of the Arts & Crafts movement. You’ve heard of Voysey, Baillie Scott and William Morris, so we’ve invited Dr Elizabeth Cumming along to tell you more about the women of the Arts & Crafts movement. This forms the introduction to a series of talks later in June.

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Events and activities Easter Holidays Workshops: Young Chadwicks April Monday 1 / Tuesday 2 / Wednesday 3 / Thursday 4 / Friday 5 at 11.00am Blackwell This activity is outdoors in our mARTquee, please dress for all weathers Free with admission (Adult Garden £4.00 / House £7.20 Children free) Join us on the lawn at Blackwell and help construct sculptures from willow. Each day visitors will be encouraged to contribute to the huge sculptures, or to make mini sculptures to take away with them. This is an outdoor workshop so please wear appropriate clothing.

It’s a Blast April Saturday 6 11.00 - 1.00pm or 2.00 - 4.00pm Blackwell Education Room Free with admission (Adult £7.20 Children free) Booking essential 015394 46139 Design and make your own coasters for your house, or make them as gifts for loved ones. This workshop involves the design and marking out of a piece of glass; the blasting happens off site.

Dr Jon Wood: Post-war British Sculpture April Thursday 25 Drinks at 6.00 for 6.30pm Blackwell Main Hall Tickets £9.00 (Friends of the Lakeland Arts Trust £6.00) Booking essential 015394 46139 Dr Jon Wood, Research Curator at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, discusses the importance of post-war British sculpture, and the context within which Lynn Chadwick’s work sits. Lynn Chadwick, Paper Hat, 1959

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Story Time May Sunday 19 12.00pm / 2.00pm / 4.00pm Blackwell Main Hall Free with admission (Adult £7.20 Children free) Booking advised 015394 46139 Storyteller Ian Douglas has set up home in one of our inglenook fireplaces for National Storytelling Week. Book on to this family workshop and help Ian craft and create a story with twists and tales that can be told throughout the house for years to come.

Half-Term Workshops: Cardboard Creations May Monday 27 / Tuesday 28 / Wednesday 29 / Thursday 30 / Friday 31 Blackwell This activity is outdoors in our mARTquee, please dress for all weathers Free with admission (Adult Garden £4.00 / House £7.20 Children free) Booking essential 015394 46139 We like to think of our organisation as fairly ‘green’, but we do end up with a lot of cardboard boxes in the venues. We’ve invited some artists along for the week to work with families in bringing these dull and lifeless boxes to life.

Potaholics June Saturday 8 12.00 / 1.00 / 2.00 / 3.00 & 4.00pm Blackwell Education Room Free with admission (Adult £7.20 Children free) Booking essential for time slots Come along to this creative workshop and paint your own Bodil Manz inspired design onto a mug, whether a present for Father’s Day, or just a new mug in the house. Be inspired by the beautiful patterns around Blackwell.

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Arts & Crime: Murder at Blackwell May Thursday 16 & Friday 17 at 5.30pm / 6.30pm / 7.30pm / 8.30pm House & Gardens open until 10.00pm Performances last 30-40 minutes. Places are limited to 15 per performance Booking essential 015394 46139 Not all is as it seems when you enter the dining room at Blackwell tonight. You’ve mistakenly entered the end of a dinner party in the 1920s: what has happened and is someone still ‘at large’? Let the theatre company Irresponsible Decorators lead you on a bespoke promenade performance through Blackwell in search of the culprit. The Gardens will be open until 10.00pm to enjoy a glass or two of wine and take in the wonderful views.

The Women of Arts & Crafts June Sundays 2 / 9 / 16 / 23 between 3 - 4.00pm Blackwell Main Hall Free with admission (Adult £7.20) Booking essential 015394 46139 This summer series of afternoon talks focuses on the women behind the Arts & Crafts movement and the design work of this period. During this series the following woman will be the focus of each talk: Sunday 2 Jean Marsh on May Morris Sunday 9 Sarah Beattie on Frances Macdonald & The Glasgow Four Sunday 16 Mary Greenstead on Georgina Gaskin Sunday 23 Dr Elizabeth Cummings on Phoebe Traquair

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Special event Antique Antics with Eric Knowles June Thursday 27 5.00pm, Please be seated by 6.00pm Blackwell Main Hall Drinks served on the garden terrace (weather permitting) from 5.00pm, and a chance to mingle with Eric and discuss your treasures (limited to two items per person) All Tickets £20 Booking essential 015394 46139 An evening of more than just: where, when and how much? Eric Knowles is one of those rare individuals who is able to share his extensive knowledge of the world of antiques in a manner that is easily understood. With over 20 years working on the BBC’s flagship programme The Antiques Roadshow under his belt, Eric has become the friendly face of what for many years proved to be a business shrouded with no small element of mystery. In Antique Antics, the lad from Lancashire takes the wraps off a business in which he has been immersed for over 30 years. The first part of the evening is given over to what are quite often irreverent anecdotal reminiscences, ably supported by excellent images. The second part of the evening is devoted to the audience’s ‘treasures’, 25 of which have been selected by Eric during the initial meeting and greeting session and welcome party. Eric is keen to assure all those bringing heirlooms that he for one will be drinking only Adam’s Ale until all are safely returned!

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How to find us

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House Windermere Steamboat Museum By Car: Blackwell is situated just off the A5074 on the B5360 and is signposted with blue RAC direction signs. The Windermere Steamboat Museum is situated on the A592, between Bowness-on-Windermere and the A591.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry By Car: Abbot Hall and the Museum is situated on the one way system in the south of the town centre, just past the parish church. By Public Transport: Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station and a connecting train will bring you into Kendal (less than 1 mile away from Abbot Hall) with a level walk along the river.

By Public Transport: Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station, a connecting train will bring you into Windermere. Buses are available to Bowness-on-Windermere, 1½ miles north of Blackwell and 10 mins walk to the Museum. Taxis are available from Windermere Station.

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Windermere Steamboat Museum

A592

A6

Windermere Train Station

A591

Bowness-onWindermere

A685

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Kendal A684

A592

Oxenholme Train Station

A5074

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A591

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Sir John Fisher Foundation

The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust

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LAT What's On January - June 2013  

Details about the exhibitions, displays and events at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life &...

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