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 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.
Evelyn De Morgan, S.O.S., 1914-16

Evelyn De Morgan: Artist of Peace

  • 24 April — 13 September 2015

This exhibition celebrates the artist Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919), whose remarkable paintings bear the influence of early Italian Renaissance art as well as that of her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries, yet have a distinctive style that is uniquely her own. As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, this significant show, comprising loans from the De Morgan Foundation, will focus on De Morgan’s pacifism and reaction both to this conflict and the Boer War of 1899-1902, with many of the works having been included in the artist’s solo exhibition held in the spring of 1916 in aid of the Red Cross.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Standard house admission applies.

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/evelyn-de-morgan

Evelyn de Morgan

  • 24 April — 13 September 2015

This exhibition celebrates the artist Evelyn de Morgan (1855-1919), whose remarkable paintings bear the influence of early Italian Renaissance art as well as that of her Pre-Raphaelite contemporaries, yet have a distinctive style that is uniquely her own. As we commemorate the centenary of the First World War, this significant show, comprising loans from the De Morgan Foundation, will focus on de Morgan’s pacifism and reaction both to this conflict and the Boer War of 1899-1902, with many of the works having been included in the artist’s solo exhibition held in the spring of 1916 in aid of the Red Cross.

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De Morgan

Evelyn De Morgan Evening Lecture

  • 24 April 2015 6:30-7:30pm

In this evening lecture held in the Main Hall at Blackwell, Claire Longworth the curator of the De Morgan Foundation will discuss Evelyn’s life and works.

Trained at the Slade School of Art, Evelyn De Morgan (1855-1919) was a prolific professional artist, who enjoyed significant commercial success with sales of her symbolic paintings, which were inspired by both literature and contemporary concerns. In her personal life, she was married to Arts and Crafts potter William De Morgan and socialised with many others in the Arts and Crafts circle.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10 / £7, includes admission to the house from 5.30pm, booking is essential as places are limited.

Blackwell will be open from 5.30 - 6.15pm for you to see the exhibition before the talk.

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/15404480215/c24

Evelyn De Morgan, S.O.S. (detail), 1914-16

Evelyn De Morgan Exhibition Tour

  • 24 April 2015 2-2:20pm

Using examples of her work, Dr Richenda Roberts will explore De Morgan’s use of symbolism within the contexts of British home front life during the First World War. Examining the artist’s oeuvre within such a framework, it will be revealed that her use of culturally symbolic images to engage with the negative effects of war had parallels in the work of other pacifist artists and writers, including Joseph Southall and Vernon Lee. This suggests De Morgan’s active involvement in a deliberate cross-fertilisation of ideas advocating engagement with the terrible impact of war as a way to proactively promote peace.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Free with admission

Website

http://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/evelyn-de-morgan-exhibition-tour

2014 Performance of Much Ado About Nothing.

Globe Theatre: Romeo and Juliet

  • 20 — 22 July 2015

We are delighted to be welcoming back Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. Shakespeare’s Globe award-winning touring programme appeared at Blackwell in 2014 presenting Much Ado About Nothing in association with The Old Laundry Theatre. This very special outdoor performance at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House had for its backdrop the majestic Coniston Fells and the lake, giving the audience a truly special experience.

This year we present Romeo and Juliet. A violent street brawl between their rival families is the prelude to Romeo’s first encounter with Juliet. Despite this, and the fact that Juliet has been promised to another, they fall in love. But any plans for their future happiness are cruelly destroyed by renewed violence between their families, and tragedy begins to unfold. A small troupe of travelling players takes to the road with Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Performed on an Elizabethan-style stage, this stripped-down version breathes new life into one of the greatest of all love stories.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Adult: £17.50, Friends of the Old Laundry and Lakeland Arts: £16, Child: £12

Website

http://www.oldlaundrytheatre.co.uk/event.php?event=149&cat=3

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