Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House
Blackwell
Bowness-on-Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 3JT
England

Website

www.blackwell.org.uk

www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk

E-mail

info@blackwell.org.uk

Telephone

015394 46139

Fax

015394 88486

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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.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

17 January - 31 December 2014 (except 25 & 26 Dec)
Open Daily, 10:30 - 17:00 (Closing 16:00pm Nov - Feb)

Admission charges

Adult admission £8/£7.25, Children and Students FREE

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

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.

Limnology, Richard Skelton, 2012

Memorious Earth: A Longitudinal Study

  • 16 January — 14 March 2015 *on now

This exhibition continues on from the show at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, and gatheres together a selection of Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton's Cumbrian work for the first time, including music, texts, artefacts and editions.

Over the past half-decade, Autumn Richardson and Richard Skelton have carved out a wholly self-directed and independent niche as artists, releasing pamphlets, books, CDs and editions through their own publishing house, Corbel Stone Press. Operating at the crossover of art, music and literature, the couple have created a deeply engaging and genuinely innovative body of work that draws together these seemingly disparate disciplines.

Their work is ‘informed’ rather than ‘inspired’ by landscape. It is not impressionistic, but the result of extensive research into specific places, topographies, ecologies and histories. Pages from their book-works frequently spill with word-lists drawn from varied sources: pollen diagrams, dialect glossaries, cartographic records, archaeological tracts - but their repurposing of this material as art is deeply humane, aimed at drawing the attention towards the lost, forgotten or overlooked; it celebrates the poetry and beauty that such attention can reveal, and gently urges each of us towards a more intimate relationship with our natural surroundings.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard house admission applies.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/memorious-earth-longitudinal-study-0

Emilie Taylor

  • 23 January — 12 April 2015 *on now

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.

Work by Emilie Taylor

Emilie Taylor

  • 23 January — 12 April 2015 *on now

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard house admission applies.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/emilie-taylor

Evelyn De Morgan, S.O.S., 1914-16

Evelyn De Morgan: Artist of Peace

  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard house admission applies.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/evelyn-de-morgan

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.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Blackwell Bunny Easter Egg Hunt

Blackwell Bunny Easter Egg Hunt

  • 4 — 5 April 2015

The Blackwell Bunny has left some Easter surprises around the house and garden at Blackwell. There will be a drop in Easter basket workshop so that you have something to put all the eggs you find in. Each day the Blackwell Bunny will also be hiding in the garden, if you can find him, he’s yours to keep.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with house admission.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/blackwell-bunny-easter-egg-hunt

De Morgan

Evelyn De Morgan Evening Lecture

  • 24 April 2015 6:30-7:30pm

In this evening lecture held in the Main Hall at Blackwell, Claire Longworth the curator of the De Morgan Foundation will discuss Evelyn’s life and works.

Trained at the Slade School of Art, Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) was a prolific professional artist, who enjoyed significant commercial success with sales of her symbolic paintings, which were inspired by both literature and contemporary concerns. In her personal life, she was married to Arts and Crafts potter William De Morgan and socialised with many others in the Arts and Crafts circle.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10 / £7, includes admission to the house from 5.30pm, booking is essential as places are limited.

Blackwell will be open from 5.30 - 6.15pm for you to see the exhibition before the talk.

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/15404480215/c24

Evelyn De Morgan, S.O.S. (detail), 1914-16

Evelyn De Morgan Exhibition Tour

  • 24 April 2015 2-2:20pm

Using examples of her work, Dr Richenda Roberts will explore De Morgan’s use of symbolism within the contexts of British home front life during the First World War. Examining the artist’s oeuvre within such a framework, it will be revealed that her use of culturally symbolic images to engage with the negative effects of war had parallels in the work of other pacifist artists and writers, including Joseph Southall and Vernon Lee. This suggests De Morgan’s active involvement in a deliberate cross-fertilisation of ideas advocating engagement with the terrible impact of war as a way to proactively promote peace.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free with admission

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/evelyn-de-morgan-exhibition-tour

2014 Performance of Much Ado About Nothing.

Globe Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

  • 20 — 22 July 2015

We are delighted to be welcoming back Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Shakespeare’s Globe award-winning touring programme appeared at Blackwell in 2014 presenting Much Ado About Nothing in association with The Old Laundry Theatre. This very special outdoor performance at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House had for its backdrop the majestic Coniston Fells and the lake, giving the audience a truly special experience.

This year we present Romeo and Juliet. A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between their families, and tragedy begins to unfold. A small troupe of travelling players takes to the road with Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Performed on an Elizabethan-style stage, this stripped-down version breathes new life into one of the greatest of all love stories.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adult: £17.50, Friends of the Old Laundry and Lakeland Arts: £16, Child: £12

Website

http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/event.php?event=149&cat=3

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