Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House

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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.
Laura Ford

Laura Ford: Sculpture and Drawings

  • 11 March — 4 September 2016 *on now

Located on the lawns, with select pieces in the main house and at Abbot Hall, this exhibition will comprise Ford’s earlier work together with new sculptures.

Born in 1961, Laura Ford’s imaginative creations explore aspects of the human condition. She describes her work as sculptures dressed as people who are dressed as animals, as they meld together ideas of childhood memory with a disturbing edge. Ford studied at Bath Academy of Art and Chelsea School of Art. She has exhibited at Strawberry Hill, Hayward Gallery and Serpentine Gallery as well as representing Wales at the Venice Biennale. She has work in major collections around the world including Tate, Museum of Modern Art, the Arts Council and the V&A.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/laura-ford-sculpture-and-drawings-0

Nicola Jarvis Studio Presents: The Art of Embroidery

  • 26 May — 8 September 2016 *on now

Nicola is an artist and embroidery designer using intricate drawing techniques and traditional hand embroidery to make her work.

The Art of Embroidery originated in Nicola’s exhibition at the William Morris Gallery (2013). She designed this exhibition after winning the Gallery’s Inspired by Morris competition in 2010. As a result of the exhibition’s success, Nicola received Arts Council funding to display the work in William Morris houses and institutions around the UK. This display at Blackwell is located in the Tea Room.

Inspired by the iconic drawings, textile designs and practice of William Morris and his daughter May Morris, the art works in this exhibition are reproductions of embroideries made by Nicola and her talented friends and colleagues from the world wide embroidery community, including Australia, United States of America and Europe.

The textile images feature Nicola’s distinctive birds and creatures, constructed from her deep knowledge and love of hand embroidery and English decorative art. Created in a range of traditional embroidery techniques and stitches, including crewelwork, silk work and gold work, the motifs have been worked in contemporary materials and colour schemes to produce a collection of modern canvases.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/nicola-jarvis-studio-presents-art-embroidery

Chris Keenan at Blackwell

houseplace by Chris Keenan

  • 29 July — 9 October 2016 *on now

houseplace will be the result of a short residency undertaken by Chris Keenan at Blackwell in early 2016 organised jointly by the Craft Potters Association and Lakeland Arts, funded by the Headley Trust. The resulting work will be on display later in 2016.

'There are few things that offer me greater satisfaction than being at the wheel, throwing or turning. My work and knowledge of clay occupies a fairly narrow band of the extremely broad ceramic spectrum but that band does go deep. I have only ever used porcelain and for the most part, only two glazes. I largely make work in small batches and for these, repetition is key; but the word “repetition” belies the reality that each piece represents a separate examination of the form in question and is a nuanced response to a previous incarnation.

In addition, over the past few years, I have been making my “extra-curricular” work – non-functional, interactive installation pieces which have at their core a sense of playfulness, incorporating elements of theatre which is a nod to my previous existence as an actor.

My work is exhibited around the world and is held in the permanent collections of several Museums including the V&A in London, the Ashmolean in Oxford and the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art, Japan.'

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £8.50 (without donation £7.70)
Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE
Free admission for young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16.
National Art Pass 50% discount

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/houseplace-chris-keenan

Chris Keenan at Blackwell

Chris Keenan: "stuff i live with; stuff i love"

  • 29 July — 4 September 2016 *on now

For this installation potter Chris Keenan applies William Morris’ dictum - ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful’ - and presents a selection of his personal “stuff” which, from being looked at, handled and used, makes his domestic life better. Each piece - from a wooden heart to a bashed tin cup - comes with a brief narrative that illuminates its significance for him.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £8.50 (without donation £7.70)
Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE
Free admission for young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16.
National Art Pass 50% discount

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/chris-keenan-stuff-i-live-stuff-i-love

Annie Garnett

Spinning the Colours of Lakeland: Annie Garnett's Spinnery, textiles and garden

  • 24 September 2016 — 29 January 2017

‘Colour I revel in’ – the words of Annie Garnett, the creative Arts and Crafts designer and entrepreneur who became a key figure in the revival of hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District.

The exhibition is based on the unique archives of the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal and will describe the establishment and ethos of Annie Garnett’s Spinnery workshops in Bowness-on-Windermere.

It examines how she created employment for up to a hundred women, working at home in cottages and farmhouses, to hand-spin flax and silk yarns for weaving into wonderfully coloured textiles, some richly embroidered, for making into dresses and soft furnishings of all kinds. These won numerous star prizes at important regional and national exhibitions and were purchased not only by local Lakeland folk, but also by the rich and famous from far and wide, including royalty, with some customers being as far away as the United States of America.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/spinning-colours-lakeland-annie-garnetts-spinnery-textiles-and-garden

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.
sit anf stitch

Sit and Stitch Embroidery Workshop

  • 25 August 2016 2-4pm
  • 29 September 2016 2-4pm
  • 27 October 2016 2-4pm

Learn the techniques of hand embroidery and enjoy an afternoon of stitching in the White Drawing Room. Great for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10/£3 Friends, material provided. Booking essential

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/27

Summer Activity at Blackwell

Summer Holiday Activity

  • 18 July — 2 September 2016 *on now

Drop in throughout the summer holidays to help create artwork of gargantuan proportion. Use the majestic views of Windermere that can be seen from Blackwell to inspire you in contributing to this piece of community artwork.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Children free. Normal adult admission applies

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/summer-holiday-activity

Annie Garnett House and Garden

Tour: David Ingram and Rachel Roberts

  • 23 September 2016 1-2pm

The curators of Spinning the Colours of Lakeland will lead a tour highlighting the inspiration for Annie Garnett's colours and designs in her garden.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/tour-david-ingram-and-rachel-roberts

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

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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