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

Slee and McNicoll

Consumers' Corner: Richard Slee and Carol McNicoll

  • 13 May — 10 July 2016 *on now

Select work by two of Britain's most important contemporary ceramic artists are on display at Blackwell this spring.

Carol McNicoll was part of the 'New Ceramics' group, along with fellow makers such as Richard Slee, introduced a radical element to ceramics in reaction to the austerity and minimalism of more traditional potters such as Bernard Leach.

Slee makes the functional unusable, and imbues his brilliantly-crafted objects with a surreal and subversive British humour. His exuberant ceramics take the rich, sometimes garish, hues of children's toys and plastic goods as the inspiration for their lustrous glaze. McNicoll's work is subversive yet, unlike Slee, often remains functional. Her use of recycled materials can be read as a reaction to, and critique of, our throwaway consumerist culture.

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/consumers-corner-richard-slee-and-carol-mcnicoll

Chris Keenan at Blackwell

houseplace by Chris Keenan

  • 29 July — 9 October 2016

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

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

  • 28 July 2016 2-4pm
  • 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

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

Baillie Scott

Lecture: What's New About Baillie Scott?

  • 21 July 2016 6-7:30pm

Get to know Blackwell's architect with Diane Haigh, the author of Baillie Scott: The Artist House.

Admission

£10 / £8 Friends

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/lecture-whats-new-about-baillie-scott

Baillie Scott Design

Lecture: The Making of Blackwell's Master Bedroom

  • 23 July 2016 2-3pm

Meet Rob Leach, antique furniture restorer, and discover how he recreated a Baillie Scott bed from the 1901 Pyghtle Works Catalogue.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/lecture-making-blackwells-master-bedroom

Chris Keenan at Blackwell

Lecture: Chris Keenan

  • 28 July 2016 4-5pm

Artist Chris Keenan discusses his residency at Blackwell and his works in the resulting exhibition, houseplace.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/lecture-chris-keenan

Chris Keenan at Blackwell

Tour: Chris Keenan

  • 29 July 2016 9:30-10:15am

On the morning before his work is open to the public, Chris Keenan will be giving a private tour of his work on display at Blackwell.

His displays are a result of a short residency undertaken at Blackwell in early 2016 organised jointly by the Craft Potters Association and Lakeland Arts, funded by the Headley Trust.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/tour-chris-keenan

Sue Kerry

Lecture: The Making of Blackwell's Master Bedroom

  • 6 August 2016 1-2pm

Find out how textile historian, Sue Kerry, created the embroidered bedspread and soft furnishings in the style of Blackwell’s architect Baillie Scott.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/lecture-making-blackwells-master-bedroom-0

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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