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 Art Gallery from accross the river Kent
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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.
Desmond Morris, There's No Time Like The Future, 1957. The Sherwin Collection, Leeds, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library. © Desmond Morris

British Surrealism Unlocked

  • 11 April — 21 June 2014 *on now

This exhibition comprises key British surrealist works from the extraordinary collection of Dr Jeffrey Sherwin, a GP by profession, who has built up the largest collection of British surrealist art in the country over a period of more than 25 years. What is most remarkable about the collection is the diversity of styles and imagery - unlike other key artistic movements, surrealism has never had a single overriding visual aesthetic, and has constantly reinvented its means of poetic expression. Although unified most strongly as an official movement in Britain in the 1930s and 40s, this exhibition will show that surrealism continued, and continues, to infect the work of modern and contemporary artists, from Desmond Morris and Conroy Maddox to Eduardo Paolozzi, John Davies and Damien Hirst.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £7.00/£6.35, Children and Students FREE

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/british-surrealism-unlocked-works-sherwin-collection

Robin Ironside, Satyr offering an apple to a spaniel (detail), 1946

Robin Ironside: Inner Eye

  • 16 April — 21 June 2014 *on now

Until a recent retrospective at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and the Grosvenor Museum, Chester, Robin Ironside (1912-65) was a frequently overlooked figure – a truly visionary artist whose brilliant, obsessively-worked watercolours and paintings were drawn from literary sources, music and theatre and, on occasion, the influence of hallucinogenic drugs. This small exhibition will present a concentrated retrospective of the artist’s career, focusing on some of his most intense and inventive works.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adult gallery Gift Aid £7, standard £6.35, children and students FREE.

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/robin-ironside-inner-eye-0

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

Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape

  • 5 July — 27 September 2014

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

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.
Crawl at the Hall

Crawl at the Hall

  • 25 April 2014 10:30-11:30am *on now

Crawl at the Hall is our weekly event for the under fives. Inspired by the exhibitions, our creative practitioners lead immersive sessions involving a range of thinking and making processes including mark-making, construction techniques, storytelling and role play. These are memorable moments, enjoyed and shared between adults and children. Each session generates feelings of curiosity and delight, creating engaging experiences in the gallery that bring the exhibitions to life in fascinating ways. These very young children will grow up to be the cultural audience of the future – we want them to love art and love visiting galleries.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

Children FREE, £3.00 per session per accompanying adult, Booking is essential as places are limited.

Website

http://www.abbothall.org.uk/crawl-hall

Silvano Levy

Silvano Levy on Surrealism

  • 15 May 2014 6:30-7:30pm

Join us for a Museums at Night late event to hear British Surrealism expert, and published author Silvano Levy discuss the important collection on show. This is also a great opportunity to visit the show after hours and experience the gallery, and some of the more dream-like works of art when the gallery is asleep.

Ticket includes time to look at the exhibition before the talk, between 5 - 6.30pm, talk starts at 6.30pm in The LAB.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets £9 / £6 'Friends', booking essential

Website

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/10587117353/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

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