Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness on 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:

Historic house or home

Opening hours

Opening Times Until 31 October
House: 10.30am - 5pm
Tea Room: 10am - 5pm

Opening Times from 1 November - 1 March
House: 10.30am - 4pm
Tea Room: 10am - 4pm

Winter Closure Times
Closed Christmas and Boxing Day
Closed Tuesday 2 January - Thursday 11 January 2018 for maintenance

Admission charges

Adult admission £8.80 / £8.00 without donation. 'Friends', children and students FREE

Discounts

  • National Art Pass
  • Museums Association
Getting there

BY CAR

From the south
Exit the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere. At the roundabout take the first left following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T-juntion, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell's car park.

From the north
Exit the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. Once in Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere follow the road to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) and turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell's car park.

Postcode for SatNav: LA23 3JT

BY TRAIN

Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station, a connecting train will bring you into Windermere (three miles from Blackwell). Buses run to Bowness-on-Windermere, 1½ miles north of Blackwell. Alternatively taxis are available from Windermere Station to Blackwell.

BY BIKE

Blackwell is accessable by bike and has dedicated bike racks.

TAXI SERVICES

Abacus Taxis 015394 88285
Bowness Taxis 015394 46664
Lakes Taxis 015394 44055
Pegasus Taxis 015394 48899

Collection details

Architecture, Decorative and Applied Art

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

Katie Spragg: Ceramics

  • 26 January — 28 February 2018
  • 1 March — 10 May 2018

Recognised as one of the country’s finest up-and-coming talents, Royal College of Art graduate, Katie Spragg combines clay with a range of processes including animation, illustration and installation. Her works aim to evoke a sense of wonder about being outside in nature.

The exhibition of ceramics at Blackwell will showcase eight new responses to the Arts and Crafts house and the surrounding landscape, alongside six existing works previously displayed by the Craft Council COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, Miami Art Week and the British Ceramic Biennial Award show.

Spragg spent a week at Blackwell in November and was inspired to create new works based on her experience. She said, “In the mornings Blackwell feels very serene. The nooks and corners of the house lend themselves to daydreaming, particularly at this time of day. I became interested in how the landscape is framed through the windows of the house and also how nature is brought inside.”

Alongside this exhibition at Blackwell, two digital works by Spragg will also be on display at Abbot Hall Art Gallery from 12 January – 28 April 2018.

Spragg’s works are in demand. A recent piece, Hedgerow, was purchased in spring 2017 by the world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Whether through sharing a story or conjuring a collective memory, Spragg’s works highlight the forgotten sources of joy and amusement that surround us, and aim to arose curiosity.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £8.80 / £8.00
Children, Students and Friends FREE

Website

https://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/katie-spragg-0

Getting there

BY CAR

From the south
Exit the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere. At the roundabout take the first left following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T-juntion, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell's car park.

From the north
Exit the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. Once in Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere follow the road to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) and turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell's car park.

Postcode for SatNav: LA23 3JT

BY TRAIN

Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station, a connecting train will bring you into Windermere (three miles from Blackwell). Buses run to Bowness-on-Windermere, 1½ miles north of Blackwell. Alternatively taxis are available from Windermere Station to Blackwell.

BY BIKE

Blackwell is accessable by bike and has dedicated bike racks.

TAXI SERVICES

Abacus Taxis 015394 88285
Bowness Taxis 015394 46664
Lakes Taxis 015394 44055
Pegasus Taxis 015394 48899

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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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