Abbot Hall Art Gallery

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The award-winning Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing world-class contemporary and historic works.

Conveniently located in the town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone's throw from the leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for a fascinating and inspiring day out for all ages.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 5pm (closing 4pm Nov - Feb)

Admission charges

Adult £7.70 (without donation £7.00)
Children and Students FREE

Collection details

Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Personalities, Social History

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

The Great Picture Triptych, 1646

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

This monumental painting which is nearly 5 meters wide, presents the family history and accomplishments of Lady Anne Clifford using a combination of portraiture, text and symbolism.

The left panel of the triptych depicts Lady Anne Clifford at the age of fifteen, when she was disinherited. The inclusion of portraits and books highlight Lady Anne’s education and refined upbringing.

The central panel depicts Lady Anne’s parents, Margaret Russell and George Clifford, third Earl of Cumberland, with her older brothers who did not survive to adulthood. On the walls behind the family group hang portraits of Lady Anne’s four aunts. As Lady Anne was not born until 1590, she does not appear in the central panel as such, but Lady Margaret’s gesture hints that the daughter who would ultimately become the Clifford heir had already been conceived at the time of the original painting.

The right panel shows Lady Anne in late middle age, when she finally regained the Clifford estates. Portraits of Lady Anne’s two husbands hang behind her. The depiction of Lady Anne at fifty-six was used as the model for many subsequent portraits and is probably the only likeness in The Great Picture to have been painted from life.

The triptych is a composite work by a skilled copyist working from miniatures, portraits and whatever gowns and armour were still in Lady Anne’s possession. The piece has been attributed to Jan van Belcamp (1610-1653), a Dutch artist active in England who was a specialist in this genre.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/great-picture-triptych-1646

George Romney

  • 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2018 *on now

On display in the Georgian interiors downstairs at Abbot Hall is a selection of works by George Romney (1734-1802), one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century portrait painters. Starting in the Dining Room, Romney’s early career in Kendal is described through paintings that show him developing his style and growing in confidence as an independent artist: from the beautiful colouration and awkward elegance of his early full length portraits, through to the experimental light effects of The Artist’s Brother James Holding a Candle (1761) and his grand Shakespearean ‘history’ painting, King Lear in the tempest tearing off his Robes (1762).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/george-romney

Summer of Swallows and Amazons Exhibition at Blackwell in Windermere

Summer of Swallows and Amazons

  • 29 June — 3 September 2017 *on now

From June to September, Blackwell celebrates the magical children’s tale of Swallows and Amazons.

Inspired by the Lake District, Arthur Ransome’s classic novel is brought to life with an exhibition featuring props from the 2016 film, including the magnificent Swallow and Amazon boats perched upon the lawns. The Harbour Pictures’ collection will be displayed alongside unique Ransome objects from the archives of the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Throughout the exhibition there are activities for the whole family to enjoy, with daily crafts, trails and family-friendly events. Discover an indoor recreation of the Walker children’s campsite on Wild Cat Island and join our resident storyteller every Wednesday to immerse yourself in the adventures as imagined by Arthur Ransome.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
Bowness-on-Windermere
Cumbria
LA23 3JT
England

Getting there

By car

From the south

Exit the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere. At the roundabout take the first left following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T-juntion, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell's car park.

From the north

Exit the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. Once in Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere follow the road to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) and turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell's car park.

Postcode for SatNav: LA23 3JT

By train

Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station, a connecting train will bring you into Windermere (three miles from Blackwell). Buses run to Bowness-on-Windermere, 1½ miles north of Blackwell. Alternatively taxis are available from Windermere Station to Blackwell

Services and facilities

Admission

Adults £8.80/£8.00, Kids and Students FREE

Website

https://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/summer-swallows-and-amazons-0

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney banner

A Rake's Progress by David Hockney

  • 14 July — 30 December 2017 *on now

David Hockney is one of the most successful and widely recognised British artists of his generation, with a career that now spans 6 decades.

A Rake’s Progress was made following David Hockney’s first trip to New York in 1961, a visit that marked a transformation in Hockney’s personal and professional life. Hockney’s prints revisit themes in English artist William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, an eighteen-century moral tale presented in a series of 8 engravings.

A Rake’s Progress was Hockney’s first major group of etchings. Since then he has created more than 500 prints. Accomplished in drawing, Hockney developed a natural talent for depiction in line on etching plates. This series of 16 skillfully executed etching and aquatint prints draw on his experience as a visitor to New York in their narrative, featuring a semi-autobiographical character.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £7.70/£7.00. Free for kids, students and 'friends'.

Painting Pop at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Painting Pop

  • 14 July — 7 October 2017 *on now

The exhibition focuses on the period around 1962, a pivotal year for Pop Art in Britain, presenting works by leading artists in British Pop Art who have made a significant contribution to the development of twentieth century and contemporary art practice. The show presents loans from the Tate collection by Allen Jones and David Hockney. Significant loans are also borrowed from the National Portrait Gallery, Arts Council Collection, and the Royal College of Art – a crucible for Pop painting during this time, as many of the artists in the exhibition met whilst studying there. Another RCA graduate included in the show is Pauline Boty, a largely forgotten artist, represented by her painting Colour Her Gone. This portrait of Marilyn Monroe is shown alongside other important works from public and private collections.

For many people, Pop Art means Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns, this bold, witty and thought-provoking show proves that painting in Britain in the 1960s could be just as inspirational and iconic as that of the Americans.

As part of the exhibition, there is a 1960s style living room for an immersive sixties experience.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £7.70 with gift aid, £7 without
Under 16s and Students FREE

Website

https://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/painting-pop

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.
Art Camp at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Art Camp

  • 24 — 28 July 2017 *on now
  • 14 — 18 August 2017

A week of hands-on exciting activities exploring art and history for 8 – 14 year olds. Go behind the scenes at Abbot Hall and immerse yourself in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons at Blackwell. Get creative and crafty, unleash your inner Swallow and achieve an Arts Award by the end of the week!

Art Camp 1 runs from 24-28 July but if you miss it, the activities are repeated in Art Camp 2 from 14-18 August.

For insurance purposes, children must be 8 years (or older) on the first day of Art Camp.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Additional info

Cafe, toilets and shop available on site.

Admission

£150 for 5 days

Website

https://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/art-camp

Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Abbot Hall
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 5AL
England

Website

Our website for what's on, the cafe, information for your visit and more.

www.abbothall.org.uk

www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk

E-mail

info@abbothall.org.uk

Telephone

01539 722464

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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