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

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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'.

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Women of the Arts & Crafts Movement

  • 15 September 2017 — 1 January 2018 *on now

In anticipation of Lakeland Arts’ 2018 programme celebrating the 1918 Representation of People’s Act in which women first received the right to vote in the UK, this exhibition highlights the diverse skills of the women artists and designers associated with the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The show recognises works by women artists whose contributions have often been overlooked, or wrongly attributed in favour of a more prominent male family member.

Textiles, jewellery, bookbinding, enamels and illustrations by May Morris, Margaret Macdonald, Ann Macbeth and Phoebe Anna Traquair will be displayed, with loans from the Victoria & Albert Museum and National Museum of Scotland.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

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

Admission

Adults £8.00/8.80. Free for Children and Students.

Website

https://www.blackwell.org.uk/exhibitions/women-arts-crafts-movement

Land Sea Life Exhibition

LAND | SEA | LIFE

  • 20 October 2017 — 17 February 2018 *on now

The Ingram Collection is recognised as one of this Country’s most significant collections of Modern British Art.

This exhibition explores recurring themes in the work of British artists of the twentieth century emphasising trends in subject matter including still life, the human figure, landscape and abstraction.

See over 70 works by over 40 leading artists including Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Graham Sutherland and Laura Knight in this fascinating collection.

The exhibition will also investigate the notion of collecting, comparing the personal motives of Chris Ingram with the Gallery Collection and exploring why we collect?

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.70 / £7.00 without donation. Children, students and Friends FREE

Website

https://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/land-sea-life

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Folk Art

  • 22 November 2017 — 28 February 2018 *on now
  • 1 March — 14 April 2018

The Lake District has a long history of communities making art, creating beautiful items, and learning new skills. This exhibition explores why people devote time and effort to making beautiful objects, and the unique and fascinating stories of their lives.

On display from the museum’s collection of over 40,000 items are objects made by miners, prisoners of war, and dozens of other anonymous people. Discover the reasons that people are drawn to craft, and see objects rarely displayed before. The exhibition also celebrates the sports, talents and achievements that the people of Cumbria have devoted themselves to.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
Kirkland
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 5AL

Admission

£5.50 / £5.00 without donation. Free for Friends, students and children.

Website

https://www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk/exhibitions/folk-art

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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