Abbot Hall Art Gallery

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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

Open 16 Jan 2015 - 14 Feb 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan)
Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4pm (closing 5pm Mar - Oct)

Sundays during July, August and Canaletto exhibition (22 Oct -14 Feb 2016), 12 - 4pm

Admission charges

Adult £7 (without donation £6.35)
During the Canaletto exhibition Adult £9 (without donation £8.15)

Joint Gallery & Museum £9 (without donation £8.60)
During the Canaletto exhibition Adult £10 (without donation £9.50)

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

Laura Ford

Laura Ford: Sculpture and Drawings

  • 11 March — 25 June 2016 *on now

Abbot Hall hosts an extraordinary exhibition of work by sculptor Laura Ford, comprising her 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.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/laura-ford-sculpture-and-drawings

      David Landau, by Frank Auerbach

London Legacy: Auerbach, Andrews and Freud

  • 25 May — 19 October 2016 *on now

Lucian Freud was one of Britain’s greatest painters and Lakeland Arts has acquired three new art works from the artist’s collection. Alongside works by Freud’s great friend, Frank Auerbach, and his School of London associate, Michael Andrews, the exhibition includes figurative paintings by artists directly influenced by them, such as RB Kitaj and Tony Bevan.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £7 (without donation £6.35)
Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE
Young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16 FREE
National Art Pass 50% Discount

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/london-legacy-auerback-andrews-and-freud

Winifred Nicholson

Winifred Nicholson in Cumbria

  • 8 July — 15 October 2016

An exhibition exploring the creativity of Winifred Nicholson viewed through the paintings that she made in Cumbria, where she lived for large parts of her life.

The show includes over 40 paintings, many previously unseen from private collections, as well as some of her best loved paintings, and draws on new research, including previously unseen archival material. The exhibition is divided broadly into three sections: Bankshead in the 1920s and 1930s, Boothby and the Lake District post war, and Bankshead again for the last two decades of her life.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/winifred-nicholson-cumbria

people on paper

People on Paper

  • 29 October — 17 December 2016

Artists have been drawing the figure for centuries, from carefully composed life drawings to people caught unaware at leisure or work.

This exhibition brings together some of the finest examples from the Arts Council Collection: Charles Avery, Frank Auerbach, Martin Bloch, Peter Blake, John Braby, John Craxton, Peter de Francia, Lucian Freud, Antony Gormley, Alistair Gray, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Howard Hodgkin, Gwen John, Leon Kossoff, Richard Hamilton, L S Lowry, Henry Moore, Eduardo Paolozzi, William Roberts, William Scott, Walter Sickert, Stanley Spencer and Euan Uglow.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/people-paper

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.
Drawing in the gallery

Being Human

  • 28 May 2016 11am-4pm *on now

The Laura Ford sculptures will be joined by a live model and the artist Catherine MacDiarmid for a workshop which explores gestures, movements and expressions possible within the human form and how these can be communicated in drawing. Participants will draw in the gallery using a range of dry media, followed by a sustained observational study of the human head using both paint and drawing media.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£20/£16 Friends, includes admission to the Gallery and materials
Booking essential

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/workshop-being-human

Story telling

Story Telling Week: Trails and Tales

  • 30 May — 3 June 2016

With titles like Headthinker VIII and the Medieval Cloud Girls, Laura Ford’s sculptures at Abbot Hall immediately grab your attention and the rooms at Blackwell have some intriguing visitors. The Armour Boys, the Rag and Bone Hedgehog and the Sorrow Filled Cat - what stories could they tell if only they could speak?

Inspired by Laura Ford’s intriguing sculptures and Beatrix Potter’s anniversary create your own cast of characters using wire or collage and place them in their very own story.

Also at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3 per child, normal admission for adults. Friends free
Drop in sessions, no booking required

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/story-telling-week-trails-and-tales

Laura Ford at Abbot Hall

In Conversation: Laura Ford and Stephen Feeke

  • 20 June 2016 6-7:15pm

Join artist Laura Ford and Stephen Feeke, Director of New Art Centre, Roche Court, for an evening exploring Ford's work and her exhibition at Abbot Hall and Blackwell.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10/£8 Friends.

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/conversation-laura-ford-and-stephen-feeke

      George Romney, The Gower Family

Lecture: Great Lives - George Romney

  • 30 June 2016 5-6pm

Alex Kidson, an art historian and Research Fellow for the Romney Society, will explore Romney’s study of the Death of General Wolfe. Alex is a thoughtful and engaging authority on the life and work of George Romney, now considered one of the early Romantic painters, and his talk will illuminate Romney’s approach to historical themes.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/lecture-great-lives-george-romney

      Winifred Nicholson, Northrigg Hill, c.1926 © estate of Winifred Nicholson

Lecture: Winifred Nicholson in Cumberland

  • 12 July 2016 6-7:30pm

Curator, Jovan Nicholson, explores Winifred Nicholson's tireless creativity and the influence Cumbria had on her work.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/lecture-winifred-nicholson-cumberland

Rag rugging

Summer Holiday Activity

  • 18 July — 2 September 2016

Take inspiration from the exhibition, Winifred Nicholson in Cumberland and come and help make a giant rag-rug inspired by Cumbria's epic landscape. The finished rug will go on display in the autumn.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult £7 (without donation £6.35)
Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE
Young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16 FREE
National Art Pass 50% Discount

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/summer-holiday-activity-0

Summer Art Camp

Summer Art Camp

  • 25 — 29 July 2016

A week of hands-on, exciting activities exploring art and history inspired by museum collections for 7 - 14 year olds. Go behind the scenes at Abbot Hall and Blackwell and our partners at The Wordsworth Trust and Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery. Get creative and crafty, unleash your inner actor and achieve an Arts Award by the end of the week!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15

Admission

£50 per child for 5 days

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/summer-art-camp

Winifred Nicholoson and Mungo, Bothby

Lecture: Winifred Nicholson by her friend, artist Donald Wilkinson

  • 8 September 2016 6-7:30pm

A personal recollection of the pair's friendship through images of Winifred's work and the places that inspired her.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/lecture-winifred-nicholson-her-friend-artist-donald-wilkinson

Lady Anne Clifford

Lecture: Great Lives - Lady Anne Clifford

  • 20 October 2016 5-6pm

Learn about the life of this formidable, local woman as documented in Abbot Hall's Great Picture, 1646.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/lecture-great-lives-lady-anne-clifford

Family Caricature Day

Family Caricature Day

  • 28 October 2016 11am-3pm

Drop by Abbot Hall and see the current exhibitions and displays before posing for a family portrait drawn by a local caricaturist.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £7 (without donation £6.35)
Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE
Young people up to the age of 16 and full-time students over 16 FREE
National Art Pass 50% Discount

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/family-caricature-day

      Harold Gilman. Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London

People on Paper: A Walking Tour with Curator Ann Jones

  • 18 November 2016 4-5pm

Arts Council Collection Curator, Ann Jones, leads a walking tour of this show, which draws together artwork by British artists of the last 100 years.

Admission

£10/£8 Friends

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/people-paper-walking-tour-curator-ann-jones

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

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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