Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House
Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House
Blackwell is one of England's most important surviving houses from the turn of the 20th century. Designed by M. H. Baillie Scott between 1898 and 1900, it is a superb example of Arts and Crafts movement architecture.
It occupies a stunning position overlooking Windermere in the English Lake District and is open to the public as a Historic House and a gallery for contemporary craft.
Gallery, Historic house or home, Architecture centre, Garden, parklands or rural site
17 January - 31 December 2014 (except 25 & 26 Dec)
Open Daily, 10:30 - 17:00 (Closing 16:00pm Nov - Feb)
Adult admission £8/£7.25, Children and Students FREE
Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts from 1890-1930
- 25 July — 31 December 2014 *on now
The end of the nineteenth century saw Glasgow’s artists emerge as accomplished and talented crafts people. Born at the highly influential Glasgow School of Art and blending together the imagery of the Celtic Revival with influences from Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts Movement, the term ‘the Glasgow Style’ was coined and came to represent this distinctive style developed in the west of Scotland.
This exhibition explores the unique skills of some of the leading makers associated with this period including Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Talwin Morris, Jessie Marion King, Ernest Archibald Taylor and Margaret and Frances Macdonald, showing the strength and prominence of Glaswegian Arts and Crafts.
- Any age
Adult Gift Aid £8, standard £7.25, children and students FREE.
After Ford 151 - Blackwell’s Dark Place
- 10 October — 20 December 2014 *on now
It’s Arts & Crafts, but not as we know it. As part of The Nuisance of Landscape: Grizedale – The Sequel exhibition, Grizedale Arts have crafted After Ford 151 – Blackwell’s Dark Place upstairs in the beautiful Oliver Thompson Gallery. This ambitious installation explores the notion of Arts & Crafts as a resistance movement and its evolution through modernism to become a cornerstone of how we understand the contemporary. It presents Grizedale Arts’ own polticised history of design - a brave new world of objects and ideas that serve as a provocative reassessment of the Arts & Crafts legacy.
Containers of Light and Darkness
- 17 October 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now
This display explores the significance of light and darkness in their metaphorical and aesthetic manifestations within the clay form. Featuring seven works by three ceramic artists: Gordon Baldwin, Bodil Manz and Lawson Oyekan, that trace the dynamics of outer and inner space, perforations which illuminate the clay body and openings which speak of darkness and the unknown.
As part of Lakeland Arts' commitment to supporting curators at all stages of their career this display has been curator by Corinna Leenen, student placement from Leicester University.
- 23 January — 12 April 2015
We begin 2015 by showcasing the work of up and coming ceramic artist, Emilie Taylor. Often working with vulnerable people or those on the fringes of society, Emilie utilises her MA in psychotherapy together with her BA in Fine Art to create socially engaged ceramics. Her work combines humour, the patterns of flock wallpaper, the images of those she works with in the style of a graphic novel, all overlaid on her large scale pots. Emilie is working in such a unique manner creating ceramics which are fresh, dynamic and relevant. As an emerging artist Emilie has had considerable recognition as a ceramic artist thus far
she is currently completing an artist residency at Chatsworth in Derbyshire and has had commissions from Grizedale Arts and Sheffield Museums and Galleries. She has had three small solo exhibitions, two in Sheffield and one at the Snug Gallery in London, and so Blackwell is in the unique position to offer Emilie her first high profile exhibition.
Emilie's work will be available for sale.
Evelyn de Morgan
- 24 April — 13 September 2015
This exhibition celebrates the artist Evelyn de Morgan (1855-1919), whose remarkable paintings bear the influence of early Italian Renaissance art as well as that of her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries, yet have a distinctive style that is uniquely her own. As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, this significant show, comprising loans from the De Morgan Foundation, will focus on de Morgan’s pacifism and reaction both to this conflict and the Boer War of 1899-1902, with many of the works having been included in the artist’s solo exhibition held in the spring of 1916 in aid of the Red Cross.