05/12/18 PRESS RELEASE: A Design Lineage: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell
5 December 2018
A Design Lineage: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell
Exhibition of contemporary Arts & Crafts furniture
Stunning contemporary furniture designed and made in Cumbria will go on show at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House.
The pieces have been inspired by the Arts & Crafts Movement and Blackwell itself.
A Design Lineage: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell opens on 18 January and runs until 9 June 2019.
From workshops in Greenodd on the edge of the Lake District, The Rusland Movement’s creations stand the test of time, becoming heirlooms of the future. Its talented team of craftspeople draw inspiration from their Cumbrian surroundings to create pieces inspired by nature.
Helen Watson, Director of Programming at Lakeland Arts said: “The Rusland Movement creates stunning pieces, it’s craftspeople and designers are all based in Cumbria and invest many hours into the pieces they create.”
In A Design Lineage: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell, visitors will explore how pieces of furniture are sketched, realised in 3D models and crafted in the Cumbrian studio just 20 minutes from Blackwell.
Select pieces to go on display throughout Blackwell will include an elegant cocktail cabinet, sofa and chair, desk, sideboard, bedside table, mirror and drawer unit.
Since it opened in 2001, Blackwell has built up a reputation of displaying contemporary work by craftspeople who have been inspired by Blackwell’s Arts & Crafts architecture and design.
The team of nine dedicated craftsmen and women at The Rusland Movement combine traditional techniques and innovative thinking to create flawless pieces that blend the design aesthetic synonymous with the Arts & Crafts Movement with contemporary style.
Dan Critchley, Founder of The Rusland Movement, visited Blackwell for the first time almost two decades ago and the experience had a big impact on the then Kendal College student.
“I was training to be a cabinet maker and was exploring different design ideas. We had a college trip to Blackwell and until that moment I knew nothing of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
“What I realised that day, was that the direction my work was taking, was an Arts & Crafts one. That visit cemented my love of Arts & Crafts and ultimately led to the creation of The Rusland Movement.
“It will be a very proud moment seeing the furniture we create on display in Blackwell.”
Visitors to Blackwell will be able to meet their team and gain an insight into The Rusland Movement’s creative process in Monthly Meet the Maker events. There will also a programme of lectures and talks taking place in Blackwell’s stunning Main Hall.
The bespoke furniture on display as part of the exhibition is available for purchase as are smaller pieces of woodwork and furnishing in Blackwell’s contemporary Craft Shop. A catalogue will be at receptio
More details about the exhibition: https://www.blackwell.org.uk/items/ruslandmovement/
The Rusland Movement website: www.theruslandmovement.co.uk
Notes to editors:
Images: The Rusland Movement furniture and people. And of Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jkon8fogr4hnsd3/AAC_rSoNaUWv0HhI9p43LFQwa?dl=0
Lakeland Arts has a portfolio of galleries and museums in the Lake District. It’s venues are Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. A new museum: Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories will open in spring 2019. www.lakelandarts.org.uk
Abbot Hall Art Gallery:
Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal opened in 1962. It has built up an outstanding collection and a strong reputation for showing exhibitions of national and international artists of the highest quality. In 2018 it showed work ranging from Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin to contemporary artists Elisabeth Frink and Alison Watt. The gallery and surrounding estate will undergo a major redevelopment planned to start in 2020. www.abbothall.org.uk
Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry:
Abbot Hall also houses the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in the former coach house and stables. The Museum opened in 1971. Immerse yourself in Lake District history, discover the region’s past in farming, mining and tanning. Find out about Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome and stroll down a Victorian Street. The Museum also has a regular programme of exhibitions. www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House:
Blackwell is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere and is architect MH Baillie Scott's greatest house. Built as a Lake District rural holiday retreat for the Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt, today it is an outstanding example of an Arts & Crafts House. Retaining most of its original decorative features. It is a perfect setting for exhibitions of historical and contemporary craft. www.blackwell.org.uk
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories:
Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories will open in spring 2019. Designed by Carmody Groarke architects, this will be a new world-class museum in a stunning setting on Windermere and will display an internationally important collection of boats which are all associated with lake Windermere. Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is the major funder for the Museum. HLF grants are made possible by National Lottery players. The project is also supported by Regional Growth Fund and Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund. www.windermerejetty.org
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