Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery
Abbot Hall




01539 722464


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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.
Joe Colquhoun, Charley’s War, 1982

The Great War in Comics

  • 28 September — 6 December 2014 *on now

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


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


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.
Grizedale Arts Roadshow

Grizedale Arts at Lakeland Arts

  • 10 October — 20 December 2014 *on now

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


Adults £7.00/£6.35, Children and Students FREE