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.
exhibition room

Fifty Shades of White

  • 15 January — 28 February 2016 *on now

From the winter snows cloaking the Lakeland Fells to the elegant simplicity of Blackwell’s whitewashed exterior and the meditative calm of its drawing room inside, white challenges our senses. It is perceived both as a combination of all the visible hues and as an absence of colour, and is symbolic of the untainted and uncorrupted. From Japanese Shino glazes to the purest Chinese porcelain, white has always held a peculiarly tricky allure for artists and craft makers.

This display brings together a selection of vessels and ceramics from Lakeland Arts’ collections. It includes modern makers from around the world, such as Taiwanese potter Chun Liao, Danish ceramicists Bodil Manz and Inger Rokkjaer, London-based Japanese maker Nao Matsunaga, and master potter Edmund de Waal, whose recent book, The White Road, sees the author make a a journey, via China, Cornwall and Dresden in search of the origins of porcelain, the purest, most transparent ceramic of them all. The quest for white, in all its varied shades, has no geographical boundaries.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Normal admission applies

Laura Ford

Laura Ford: Sculpture and Drawings

  • 11 March — 4 September 2016

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

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.
craft week

Craft Week

  • 15 — 19 February 2016

Create amazing art inspired by nature during drop-in workshops all week long in this fabulous Arts and Crafts house.

Beat half-term boredom with family workshops. Fun for all ages at MOLLI and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per child, normal admission for adults, Friends free
Drop in session, no booking required

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/craft-week

sit and stitch

Sit and Stitch Woskshop

  • 26 February 2016 2-4pm
  • 31 March 2016 2-4pm
  • 28 April 2016 2-4pm

Enjoy an afternoon of stitching in the white drawing room and get inspired by Arts & Crafts textiles. Great for all ages and skill levels.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

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

Website

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

John Ruskin

Lecture: John Ruskin - Man vs. Machine

  • 2 March 2016 6-5:30pm

This is the first in our Shakers and Makers series of lectures introducing the revolutionary thinkers and local artists behind Britain’s Arts & Crafts movement.

Ruskin promoted craftsmanship when skilled workers were being outpaced and outpriced by machines. Stephen Wildman, Director of the Ruskin Library at Lancaster University, explores Ruskin’s influence on the Arts and Crafts Movement and the relevance of his ideas today.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10/£8 Friends, includes a glass of wine
Booking essential

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/lecture-john-ruskin-man-vs-machine

Vase Making

Workshop: Vase Making

  • 6 March 2016 9:30am-4pm

Gwen Bainbridge is a well known ceramicist who’ll show you how to make your own porcelain vase and candle holder with textured detail. You will use lace and handmade sprig moulds to create delicate patterns and textures. Gwen’s work is available in Blackwell’s Contemporary Craft Shop.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50/£40 Friends, includes admission to Blackwell, lunch and materials
Booking essential

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/workshop-vase-making

William Morris

Lecture: William Morris - The Politics of Craft

  • 24 March 2016 11-7:30am

This is the second in our Shakers and Makers series of lectures introducing the revolutionary thinkers and local artists behind Britain’s Arts & Crafts movement.

William Morris was born on 24 March 1834 so on his birthday, Anna Mason from the William Morris Gallery explores Morris’s socialist views - outlined in his utopian novel News from Nowhere - and how they evolved out of his experiences as an artist and entrepreneur.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10/£8 Friends, includes a glass of wine
Booking essential

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/lecture-william-morris-politics-craft

Easter egg hunt

Blackwell Family Easter Egg Hunt

  • 26 March 2016 11am-3pm

Search for chocolate eggs in Blackwell’s garden terraces and follow a trail of clues to find the Blackwell Bunny!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per child, normal admission for adults. Friends free
Drop in sessions, no booking required

Website

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

Annie Garnett

Lecture: Annie Garnett - Weaving in Windermere

  • 14 April 2016 6-7:30pm

This is the third in our Shakers and Makers series of lectures introducing the revolutionary thinkers and local artists behind Britain’s Arts & Crafts movement.

Discover Annie Garnett’s naturally inspired textiles and examine the role she played in reviving hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District with Professor David Ingram, author of The Gardens at Brantwood.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10/£8 Friends, includes a glass of wine
Booking essential

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/lecture-annie-garnett-weaving-windermere

Arther Simpson

Walking tour: Arthur Simpson - Kendal’s Craftsman

  • 21 — 24 April 2016

An in-depth look at Simpson’s signature woodworking techniques. Led by Hugh Wright, antique furniture restorer and author of The Beautiful Furniture of the Simpsons of Kendal.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10/£8 Friends, includes a glass of wine
Booking essential

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/walking-tour-arthur-simpson-kendal%E2%80%99s-craftsman

Blackwell at night

Family Dance Night

  • 14 May 2016 6-8pm

Did you know that Blackwell used to be a school and the children enjoyed line dancing in the House? Bring your dancing shoes and join us for music and party games.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per child, Friends free. Normal admission for adults.
Drop in session, no booking required

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/family-dance-night

story telling

Story Telling Week: Trails and Tales

  • 30 May — 3 June 2016

With titles like Headthinker VIII and the Medieval Cloud Girls, Laura Ford’s sculptures at Abbot Hall immediately grab your attention and the rooms at Blackwell have some intriguing visitors. The Armour Boys, the Rag and Bone Hedgehog and the Sorrow Filled Cat - what stories could they tell if only they could speak?

Inspired by Laura Ford’s intriguing sculptures and Beatrix Potter’s anniversary create your own cast of characters using wire or collage and place them in their very own story.

Also as Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3 per child, normal admission for adults. Friends free
Drop in sessions, no booking required

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/story-telling-week-trails-and-tales-0

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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