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.

Modern Masters at Abbot Hall

  • 1 January 2015 — 26 September 2016 *on now

Featuring a selection of modern masterpieces from Abbot Hall’s extensive collection, this will be a rare chance to see Paula Rego’s major political work, Triptych, as well as important paintings by Frank Auerbach, LS Lowry and other modern and contemporary masters.

Suitable for

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/modern-masters-abbot-hall-0

Terry Frost, Straw and Purple Visage, 1958

Taking Flight: St Ives in the 1950s

  • 26 June — 3 October 2015 *on now

Abbot Hall’s main summer exhibition, looks in depth at five key artists – Terry Frost, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton, Peter Lanyon and Bryan Wynter - who were active in St Ives in the 1950s, showing how their art developed from constructivism to abstraction.

The exhibition of St Ives’ ”Middle Generation” includes several works acquired in the very early days of Abbot Hall’s own collection, as well as important loans from public and private collections.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/taking-flight

Canaletto, London: The Thames from Somerset House Terrace towards the City

Canaletto's Architecture: Celebrating Georgian Britain

  • 22 October 2015 — 14 February 2016

Canaletto’s Architecture: Celebrating Georgian Britain examines the artist’s nearly 10 year stay in England from 1746.

As well as showing works created during that time, the exhibition also shows the extreme contrast between Canaletto’s depiction of the Palladian architecture of his native Venice – including typical views of Palladio’s Redentore and San Giorgio Maggiore – with the works he created in England.

Admission

Normal admission charges apply

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/canalettos-architecture-celebrating-georgian-britain

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.
people living with dementia and their carers.

Every First Tuesday

  • 1 September 2015 From 2pm
  • 6 October 2015 From 2pm
  • 3 November 2015 From 2pm

Part of Lakeland Arts’ programme of activities and events designed to engage people living with dementia and their carers. Sessions are informal and social, stimulate lively discussion, generate creative ideas and enhance well being.

Begins with a tea or coffee and then time is spent in the gallery or museum.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5 per session. Adults in support roles will not be charged. Booking is essential. Make your booking by telephoning the gallery, 01539 722464, to discuss specific needs and address any issues around mobility and access to the buildings.

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/every-first-tuesday-0

Peter Laynon

Taking Flight Late

  • 1 October 2015 From 6:30pm

Join us for an intimate evening gallery tour of Taking Flight. Enjoy Abbot Hall on a evening with a glass of wine, before curator Nick Rogers leads you around the exhibition. The St Ives group have entered the art historical canon amongst gallery goers everywhere, but what made this group and their work so interesting and popular today?

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10, £7 for Friends of Lakeland Arts (booking is essential as places are limited).

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/taking-flight-late

Singing Workshop: Soulwind Circle Songscapes

Singing Workshop: Soulwind Circle Songscapes

  • 2 September 2015 7-9pm

Following on from the Soulwind Songline of 2014 Lulu Guinness and Ali Mills will lead a singing workshop. Songs relating to the landscape will be sung in various locations in and around the gallery echoing the works of the St Ives painters. Songs are easily accessible to all levels of experience. The focus of our workshops will be the relationship to one’s own voice within the song, the relationship with others who are singing the same song and the relationship between the song, the singer and the natural world.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10, £7 for Friends of Lakeland Arts (booking is essential as places are limited).

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/singing-workshop-soulwind-circle-songscapes

Michael Bird

We all make it again: ancient landscapes, modern art with Michael Bird

  • 3 September 2015 6:30-7:30pm

Clambering over granite boulders and down mineshafts, cliffhanging, kayaking, glider flying, artists in west Cornwall in the post-war decades explored every means of getting across, inside and above the landscape. They looked at it in close-up, from a distance and through the magic prism of mescaline. Michael Bird, author and art historian, asks how this remote coastal region, with it ancient megaliths and industrial ruins, came to mean so much to a group of ambitious young modern artists. He looks at how, despite certain shared aims, artists such as Frost, Heron, Hilton, Lanyon and Wynter arrived at very different experiences and interpretations of the landscape.

Tickets include entry to have a look around the exhibition from 5pm before the lecture.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10, £7 for Friends of Lakeland Arts (booking is essential as places are limited).

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/we-all-make-it-again-ancient-landscapes-modern-art-michael-bird

Dr Steven Parissien

Canaletto: Celebrating Britain, with Dr Steven Parissien

  • 22 October 2015 1-2pm

Canaletto is today remembered as one of Italy’s greatest view painters, yet he also stayed in this country for nine years, between 1746 and 1755. The paintings and drawings which Canaletto executed in Britain were specifically designed to celebrate the latest achievements of British architecture and engineering - and, by implication, the impressive accomplishment, success and wealth of the rising British nation. Join Dr Steven Parissien, Director, Compton Verney, for this lunchtime special talk.

Tickets include entry to have a look around the exhibition before the talk.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

£10, £7 for Friends of Lakeland Arts (booking is essential as places are limited).

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/event/canaletto-celebrating-britain-dr-steven-parissien

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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