Brantwood House

Brantwood House
Brantwood Trust
LA21 8AD




015394 41396


015394 41263

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The former home of John Ruskin, Brantwood is the most beautifully situated house in the Lake District. Brantwood is both a treasure house of historical importance and a lively centre of contemporary arts and the environment, welcoming in the region of 30,000 visitors a year.

Displays and activities in the house, gardens and estate reflect the wealth of cultural associations associated with Ruskin’s legacy – from the Pre Raphaelites and Arts and Crafts Movement to the founding of the National Trust and the Welfare State.

With its many contemporary exhibitions, concerts, courses and special events, together with its education work in the wider community, Brantwood continues in the Ruskin tradition today.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site, Gallery

Opening hours

Daily 1100-1730
Wed-Sun 1100-1630

Admission charges

See website for details.

Collection details

Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Land Transport

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

Bettina Reiber: A Residency

  • 23 September 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Bettina Reiber was artist in residence at Brantwood through 2013, recording her developing experience of the landscape in every season. Bettina was a short-listed runner-up in the John Ruskin Prize for Art in 2012.

Bettina painted these pictures during her residency in 2013, when she stayed and worked at Brantwood for three periods, in April, June and September. The residency offered a wonderful opportunity to become increasingly familiar with certain spots on the Brantwood Estate, just above it at Crag Head, and also in the foothills of the Old Man of Coniston. Bettina was drawn to the vast views across Lake Coniston and into the Cumbrian Mountains and to the much shorter views within the lush rainforest on the Estate itself. By being in the landscape she could fully experience the impact the different seasons have on the feel and look of landscape. “I love the grandeur of the landscape and the variety of feeling and tones that it elicits.”

Bettina paints in oils and only in front of the motif. She takes her easel, paints, brushes, and – in the Lake District especially critical – rain and wind gear into the landscape until she finds a spot that triggers her inspiration and her imagination.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply


Inner Journey by Jan Huntley-Peace and Mark Gibbs

  • 29 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Forest paintings, mysterious arrangements in print, and delicate animal and birdlike sculptures all feature in this joint exhibition by Cumbrian based artists Jan Huntley-Peace and Mark Gibbs. Having been at art college together, this exciting collaborative exhibition brings the two artists back together after many years.

The work occupies an ambiguous space between the real and the symbolic- reality and myth.Mark’s recent work has taken on a northern theme featuring anonymous fir and birch forest, and its secretive inhabitants. The work is informed by environmentalism, in particular the destruction of large areas of borealforest by unsustainable logging, but also by the concept of the forest as a metaphor for the mind. Jan uses print and frottage to capture, reveal and reflect on a moment in time.

Using the human form, clothing, the forest floor and bird imagery to express ideas of transition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Normal admission charges apply