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, overlooking lake windermere
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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:

Gallery, Historic house or home, Architecture centre, Garden, parklands or rural site

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.
Moorcroft, Meo Voto 2

Moorcroft: 100 Years of a Living Art Pottery

  • 23 January — 20 July 2014 *on now

It is highly fitting that this exhibition of bold and beautiful Moorcroft pottery should take place at Blackwell, a house built little more than a decade before William Moorcroft first set up his own factory in Stoke-on-Trent, and whose beautiful handcrafted decoration was, like that of Moorcroft, inspired by the observation and stylisation of plants and natural forms. The incredible skill of the master craftsmen working at the turn of the last century is evident not only in the brilliantly-carved flora and fauna that adorn Blackwell’s interiors, but also in the vibrant, flowing forms of the fruit, flowers and foliage that shimmer from the surface of Moorcroft pottery. Together, Blackwell and Moorcroft constitute Arts and Crafts-inspired workmanship at its very best, and this exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity for visitors to experience how well Moorcroft’s luminous pottery and Blackwell’s finely-carved interiors complement one another.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Gift Aid £8, standard £7.25, children and students FREE.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/moorcroft-100-years-living-art-pottery

Detail of magazine cover by Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh

Glasgow Style: Arts & Crafts from 1890-1930

  • 25 July — 31 December 2014

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.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Gift Aid £8, standard £7.25, children and students FREE.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/glasgow-style-arts-crafts-1890-1930

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.
Jean Cocteau, Plate, Ceramic. The Sherwin Collection, Leeds, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library.

Picasso and Co: Sherwin Ceramics

  • 27 March — 21 June 2014 *on now

To coincide with British Surrealism Unlocked: Works from the Sherwin Collection at Abbot Hall, this small exhibition will showcase Dr Jeffery Sherwin’s stunning decorative arts collection. A wonderfully inventive pot by Pablo Picasso, bright, bold dish designs by Jean Cocteau and Desmond Morris, and a teapot by surrealist painter Samuel Haile are among the many varied delights this show has to offer.

Admission

House adult Gift Aid £8, standard £7.25, children and students FREE.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/picasso-and-co-sherwin-ceramics

Peacock at Blackwell

Early Bird

  • 17 — 18 April 2014 5-9pm *on now

We will be inspired by buds, birds, nests and all things spring-like; you can also help with our spring clean by making feather dusters to make Blackwell even more beautiful!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 5-6

Admission

£10.00 per person, booking essential as places are limited.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/early-bird

Jean Cocteau, Plate, Ceramic. The Sherwin Collection, Leeds, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library.

Collections, Collectors and Curators

  • 23 April 2014 10:30am-5pm

The current exhibitions at both Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, have been made possible because of a passion for collecting art and artifacts and are a reminder that human beings have always loved collecting! Are you an avid collector? What is it about your collection that you value? How do you store your objects? How do you display them and tell their story? This is a wonderful opportunity to bring your collections to the Lakeland Arts plinth where your display and stories will be photographed, documented and then uploaded onto the new Treasures of Cumbria project website.

The event is also taking place at Abbot Hall Art Gallery on Wednesday 16 April.

Admission

Free with admission

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/collections-collectors-and-curators-0

A Family Holiday Home

A Family Holiday Home

  • 25 April 2014 2-2:30pm

Blackwell was built as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, Lady Elizabeth Holt and their five children. Find out more about this period in the history of Blackwell and how it was designed to suit their needs.

Admission

Free with admission, no booking required

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/talk-family-holiday-home-0

Moorcroft Tubelining

Made like Moorcroft

  • 26 April 2014 11am-4pm

Join artist Penny Hamspon to create your own tube line designed tile, inspired by the Moorcroft: 100 Years of a Living Pottery exhibition. The workshop will give people the opportunity to experience the tubelining decorative process in response to the exhibition, designing and decorating a ceramic tile using the process that has established Moorcroft as an Arts & Crafts institution.

See how Moorcroft pottery is made in this video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=O96xEISWc_4

Admission

£20, booking essential. All equipment is provided and includes admission into the exhibition and lunch.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/made-moorcroft

Bees Knees

Bright Young Blackwell

  • 16 May 2014 7:30-11pm

Decadence comes back to Blackwell with a bang for one night only. Join us and a glittering group of party-goers as we celebrate the period when Blackwell was in full swing as a house for entertaining. Marvel at the new Steam Launch in the carriage court as you enter through the main door. With some fizz on arrival, a jazz band in the Main Hall and dance classes to get you moving, you will be in need of a cocktail on the lower lawn as the sun goes down across Windermere. There will be a fully licensed paying bar to cater for the thirsty. Dust off your glad rags and book onto this once in a lifetime offer at Blackwell.

Performance and Charleston dance classes are curated by Bees Knees www.londonsfinestflappers.com and Casablanca Steps will be providing the music on the night www.casablancasteps.co.uk

For conservation reasons dancing in stilettos will not be permitted in the Main Hall

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20 per person, booking essential
Includes fizz on arrival, dance class, music and sunset cocktail

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/bright-young-blackwell

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