Abbot Hall Art Gallery

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

Website

www.abbothall.org.uk

www.lakelandartstrust.org.uk

E-mail

info@abbothall.org.uk

Telephone

01539 722464

Fax

01539 722494

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Abbot Hall's fine collection of 18th, 19th and 20th Century art is set within an elegant Georgian Villa. The permanent collection is complimented by a programme of critically acclaimed changing exhibitions. Abbot Hall's Coffee House also boasts an appetising menu of locally produced food, which is freshly prepared.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

17 January - 20 December 2014
Mon - Sat 10.30 - 17.00 (Closing 16.00 Nov-Feb). Open Sundays throughout July and August, 12.00-16.00.

Admission charges

Adults £7/£6.35, 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.
Barbara Hepworth, Summer Dance, 1972. © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape

  • 5 July — 27 September 2014 *on now

Abbot Hall’s summer exhibition focuses on one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century, Dame Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975). The exhibition will contain some of Hepworth’s most iconic sculptures including Stringed Figure (Curlew), 1956, Torso III (Galatea), 1958, and Moon Form, 1968, alongside prints, photographs and ephemera detailing the artist’s life long relationship with the landscape. Lakeland Arts are working closely with the Hepworth Estate to secure key works as well as borrowing from national institutions for this important exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £7.00/£6.35, Children and Students FREE

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/barbara-hepworth-landscape

Joe Colquhoun, Charley’s War, 1982

The Great War in Comics

  • 28 September — 6 December 2014

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival are bringing together for the first time the work of three internationally-acclaimed artists who have shed new light on this conflict through the medium of comic art. This September the art of Joe Colquhoun, Charlie Adlard and Ivan Petrus will provide an alternative perspective on the reality of war.

Charley’s War has been described as ‘the greatest comic strip ever created’and from 1979 until 1987 formed a unique collaboration between pioneering writer Pat Mills and acclaimed war artist Joe Colquhoun. The comic strip rarely flinched from providing a frank portrayal of the horrors of war, with Colquhoun willing to subvert traditional techniques of comics’ illustration by opting for heavy inks, messy backgrounds and stark facial expressions to depict an exceptionally dark atmosphere.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult Gift Aid £7, standard £6.35. Free admission for young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16.

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/great-war-comics

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.
Lunchtime Bites

Lunchtime Bites

  • 24 July 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 31 July 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 7 August 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 14 August 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 21 August 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 28 August 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 4 September 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 11 September 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 18 September 2014 12:30-1pm
  • 25 September 2014 12:30-1pm

Why not enjoy your lunch hour on our gallery lawn this summer. We’ll be giving some informal talks and workshops in front of our beloved Oval Form Trezion, a Barbara Hepworth sculpture while you enjoy your lunch. If you haven’t brought your lunch why not pick up something in the Coffee House?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/lunchtime-bites

Peter Lanyon, The Yellow Runner (detail), 1946. © The Estate of Peter Lanyon

Spotlight on The Yellow Runner

  • 28 July 2014 2-2:30pm

Our Curator looks in depth at this key work by Peter Lanyon, with an exploration of its complex multi-layered imagery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission, no booking required

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/talk-spotlight-yellow-runner

Drawing in the Gallery

Drawing in the Gallery

  • 30 July 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 27 August 2014 6-7:30pm
  • 24 September 2014 6-7:30pm

Inspired by the collection and exhibitions on the wall we are hosting a pop up drawing class in the gallery the last Wednesday of every month. Huddle up near a Barbara Hepworth sculpture or stand poised near a form, whatever you decide to do, this is truly a fantastic opportunity to sketch in, and around some magnificent works of art.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10 per session, booking essential (18 years+)

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/9342540791/c24

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), At work on the plaster for Oval Form (Trezion) Palais de Danse studio, St Ives, 1963 Photo: Val Wilmer; courtesy Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Lecture: On Hepworth

  • 31 July 2014 6-7:30pm

On Plasters & Prototypes with Dr. Sam Lackey, Curator, The Hepworth Wakefield

Three curators explore different facets of Barbara Hepworth's life and work in our 'On Hepworth' lecture programme which brings new insights and offers up discussion about Hepworth, a leading artist of the twentieth century.

At the heart of The Hepworth Wakefield lies a collection of 44 plasters and prototypes by Barbara Hepworth. The majority are original plasters, not casts; the first step in a creative process that ultimately resulted in Hepworth's elegiac cast sculptures. Dr. Sam Lackey looks at the use of plaster by Hepworth and her contemporaries including Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore and Kurt Schwitters and consider the status of plasters as original objects in their own right.

Complimentary drink at 6pm, lecture starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Admission

£8/10, booking essential

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/11722009847/c24

Barbara Hepworth, Summer Dance, 1972. © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

In’Tent: Closer to Hepworth

  • 31 July 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 1 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 2 August 2014 11am-1pm
  • 2 — 3 August 2014 2-4pm

Artist, Karen Lloyd will lead practical workshops using a range of media to get closer to the sculptures of Barbara Hepworth. Collaged surfaces and bold mark-making will enable young artists to respond to the emotional and physical sense of the landscape that so inspired Barbara Hepworth. Working on a large scale, this will be drawing like you’ve never done before!

Barbara Hepworth exhibition learning programme supported by Westmorland Arts Trust.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 includes one child on to workshop, admission to gallery for accompanying adult. £3 for each additional child.
Booking essential

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/10815837461/c24

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), Stringed Figure (Curlew), 1956 © Bowness, Hepworth Estate

In’Tent: Young Hepworth’s

  • 14 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 15 August 2014 11am-1pm, 2-4pm
  • 16 August 2014 11am-1pm
  • 16 — 17 August 2014 2-4pm

Artist, Paul Mason will lead workshops designed to share some of the thinking and making processes employed by the sculptor, Barbara Hepworth. Working in a variety of materials, including card, wire and plaster, constructions inspired by the landscape will take shape. We might even create our very own sculpture garden!

Barbara Hepworth exhibition learning programme supported by Westmorland Arts Trust.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10 includes one child on to workshop, admission to gallery for accompanying adult. £3 for each additional child.
Booking essential

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/10816011983/c24

Romney’s Emma Hart as Miranda

Romney’s Emma Hart as Miranda

  • 18 August 2014 2-2:30pm

George Romney depicted lively, vivacious Emma Hart (later Emma Hamilton) in his work over 300 times. This talk explores Romney's fascination with his young subject and looks at the influence she had on his art.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free with admission, no booking required

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/talk-romney%E2%80%99s-emma-hart-miranda

Candle at a Window by Winifred Nicholson

Putting Ourselves in the Picture: The Finale

  • 30 August 2014 10:30am-5pm

The LAB will throw open its doors to welcome back Candle at a Window by Winifred Nicholson as it returns from its grand tour of locations in South Lakes. An opportunity during Mintfest to come and discover where the painting has been, listen to conversations it generated and reflect on the creative activity it inspired.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/putting-ourselves-picture-finale

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), At work on the plaster for Oval Form (Trezion) Palais de Danse studio, St Ives, 1963 Photo: Val Wilmer; courtesy Bowness, Hepworth Estate

Adult Workshop: Landscape and Form

  • 13 September 2014 10am-5pm

Working with artist Paul Mason this day long workshop will explore the ‘reductive’ process behind some of Hepworth’s most iconic works. The day will start with an exploration of the Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape exhibition, before the creative work begins on carving, then siting finished works in the grounds of Abbot Hall. This is a perfect beginners guide to the carving process, and will be a great way of learning new skills.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£40 includes all materials and tools are provided, booking essential (18 years+). Lunch is not included.

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/11721718977/c24

Hepworth drawing on Rosewall, above St Ives (from John Read’s BBC Television film Barbara Hepworth, 1961)

Lecture: On Hepworth

  • 18 September 2014 6-7:30pm

On The Beginnings of Hepworth with Beth Hughes, Curator, Lakeland Arts

Three curators explore different facets of Barbara Hepworth's life and work in our 'On Hepworth' lecture programme which brings new insights and offers up discussion about Hepworth, a leading artist of the twentieth century.

“Perhaps what one wants to say is formed in childhood and the rest of one’s life is spent trying to say it.” (Hepworth, 1970)

From the rugged industrial landscapes of Yorkshire to the coastal beauty of St Ives in Cornwall, Hepworth’s art was inspired by a range of environments which infiltrated her creative process. This talk charts Hepworth's travels from Wakefield, Leeds and London, through to her time in St Ives and her journeys through Greece and Italy.

Complimentary drink at 6pm, lecture starts promptly at 6.30pm.

Admission

£8/10, booking essential

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/11722031913/c24

Grizedale Arts Roadshow

Grizedale Arts at Lakeland Arts

  • 10 October — 20 December 2014

We're playing host to a lively, entertaining and stimulating exhibition looking back at the recent history of radical arts agency, Grizedale Arts. With an emphasis on process and engagement, and without any exhibition spaces of its own, how can Grizedale Arts present an account of its achievements since its transformation in 1999 from the Grizedale Society to its current incarnation? The answer lies in a unique partnership opportunity between Lakeland Arts and Grizedale Arts which results in the staging of an ambitious exhibition which will take the visitor on a journey through the twists and turns of the organisation’s last 15 years. The show which is being developed will feature reconstructions, films, original artworks, performance, discussion and a wealth of other material that tell the story - sometimes serious, sometimes irreverent – of how an arts agency in a rural corner of England expanded its reach from local Cumbrian communities to a global model for contemporary art practice.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £7.00/£6.35, Children and Students FREE

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/grizedale-arts-lakeland-arts

photograph of poppies

The Great War in Comics

  • 19 October 2014 10:30-11:30am

Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Lakes International Comic Art Festival shed new light on this conflict through the medium of comic art.

Join Tim Pilcher (co-founder of the publishing house, Les Cartoonistes Dangereux, which was the original publisher of White Death) to assess how comic art has provided an alternative perspective on the reality of war and to discover why these artists have chosen to tackle this subject at all.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.00.

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/great-war-comics

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