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Lakeland Arts Trust

Lakeland Arts Trust manages two major cultural venues in South Lakes District of Cumbria: Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal, which programmes major visual arts of the 20th and 21st century; and Blackwell, the arts and crafts house designed by Bailie Scott, now showing contemporary crafts and design. Our funding is towards a programme of visual arts and crafts exhibitions at Abbot Hall and Blackwell, and to engage a broad audience and schoolchildren through events and education programmes.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £120,000
  • 2013-2014: £122,760
  • 2014-2015: £125,952

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An interview with artist Uwe Wittwer

Anna Mustonen from Haunch of Venison interviews Zurich-based artist Uwe Wittwer for his forthcoming exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. They are filmed in front of Uwe's ambitious full-size version of Abbot Hall's iconic seventeenth-century triptych, The Great Picture.

Laura Ellen Bacon - Into The Weave

Laura Ellen Bacon Art Sculpture

Laura Ellen Bacon - Woven Space

Laura Ellen Bacon at Chatsworth House in 2009

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Exposed: A Sculptural Installation by Laura Ellen Bacon

Laura Ellen Bacon was selected as a Jerwood Contemporary Maker 2010. Her work is site-specific and ecologically sound; she creates large scale 'morphing' structures, most often woven in willow or other coppiced materials. At Blackwell, Laura has created an installation of two large-scale works in red willow. These pieces have been developed in direct response to Laura's knowledge and experience of Blackwell, its landscape environment and the climate within which it exists. She has created two dramatic curvaceous structures, bonded to the building and the retaining wall of one of the garden terraces. The form of these two 'clinging' structures, which span two floors of the external elevation, emphasise their fragility against the relative permanence of the house. The installation is in place until 30 September 2012.

Richard Long at Abbot Hall Art Gallery - ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with the Art Fund

Richard Long recreating 'River Avon Mud, Slow Hand Spiral' and 'Cornish Slate Ellipse' for the 2011 ARTIST ROOMS exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal Cumbria, UK. ARTIST ROOMS On Tour is an inspired partnership with the Art Fund - the fundraising charity for works of art, making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned by Tate and National Galleries of Scotland and was established through The d'Offay Donation in 2008, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. 'River Avon Mud, Slow Hand Spiral' and 'Cornish Slate Ellipse' © Richard Long ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 2008. Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kendal, Cumbria LA9 5AL © Tony West Photography

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Contact details


Blackwell the Arts & Crafts House
Newby Bridge Road
LA23 3JT

54.343208, -2.92054

  • 54.343208 -2.92054

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