22/07/19 PRESS RELEASE: Step into summer at Lakeland Arts

STEP INTO SUMMER AT LAKELAND ARTS

Family activities and events across four venues

There are a whole host of summer activities for all the family across Lakeland Arts’ venues this summer.

Over the six week holiday visitors can get creative at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House and Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories - which enters its first summer season since opening in March.

Ian Read, Head of Participation and Learning said: “We have a really exciting summer programme of family events and activities across all our museums and galleries. There is a mixture of free and paid-for activities to suit all the family this summer.

“We have launched Everyday Creativity which sees creative stations across all our venues that will signpost visitors to spend five minutes being creative. Studies have shown that just five minutes of creativity every day can improve your wellbeing.

“This is also the very first summer season for Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. Visitors can enjoy an array of boat, lake and landscape inspired activities while getting creative as a family.”

There are several family friendly activities at Windermere Jetty from map adventures to daily storytelling of Swallows and Amazons.

Windermere Jetty has also launched a summer pass which enables families to pay once and then enter the museum as many times as they like over the six week summer holiday (until 9 September).

At Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry the exhibition Child Labour: Hidden Stories of Cumbria looks at the experiences of youngsters in a bygone age who worked in a variety of industries across the region.

It offers a great opportunity for grandparents to talk to their grandchildren about what life was like when they were young.

There are interactive experiences for all the family demonstrating why small children were considered ideal for roles in mines where they needed to work in smaller spaces.

Families can pit themselves against each other in a test of speed and agility with bobbins or step back in time and enter a Victorian classroom.
The major summer exhibition at Abbot Hall Art Gallery is Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud, which has opened in time for the holiday. This is the biggest exhibition ever staged at Abbot Hall, which features 135 works and runs across six galleries.
Abbot Hall will be open on Sundays throughout summer and on this day there is half-price admission to anyone in the CA or LA postcodes (Cumbria and North Lancashire).

The 50% offer applies to all tickets – visitors need to produce something that shows that their address is in one of these two postcodes.

Artists John Ruskin and JMW Turner both liked to record what they did on their holidays and visits abroad, often in very detailed drawings and paintings. Visitors can create an imagined landscape or a version of their holiday within doodles as part of a self-led Everyday Creativity.

Across all venues Everyday Creativity is asking people to take time away from day-to-day life and try something new, or to rekindle a passion. There will be creative stations that will signpost visitors to spend five minutes being creative.

Abbot Hall visitors can also enjoy Messy Mondays - a new event which enables families to play with paint, have fun with fabric and create with clay. Messy Mondays take place on three Mondays during the holiday in the Lab (across the car park from Museum of Lakeland Life).

Abbot Hall is putting on Gallery in the Library sessions at Kendal Library throughout summer.  The free sessions for under 5s will explore art and the senses.
Children go free at both Abbot Hall and Museum of Lakeland & Industry. And there is a joint ticket available for adult who visit both venues.

At Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House there are several fantastic craft activities for all the family.
The grounds of Blackwell will re-spawn with a special Fortnite inspired activity. In a first for the house, Fort Day is inspired by the online gaming sensation.

This guided game takes place outside on three days throughout August. Squads of six people can create their own forts as well as learn to default, floss or dab with dancer Eva Clifton.

Fake Nature sessions are ideal for children aged 7+. Families can enjoy artist-led workshops to make a mossy pin cushion or silk flowers.
Nature Tiles sees visitors creating clay tiles inspired by the William Morris and William De Morgan designs around the house.


Lakeland Arts full summer activity listings:

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories:

Letting Off Steam: All day 10-18 August, 24 August - 1 September. 
Take part in a range of activities centred on finding your ‘Spirit of Adventure’. Complete our Cartography Quest, look for adventure with handmade binoculars, design a fabulous flag or set sail in a created craft. (FREE EVENT).

Water Babies: 23 and 30 July, 6 and 27 August 10-11am (at Windermere Library). Bringing the lake to the library with sensory story-telling sessions about the boats of Windermere. Suitable for children under five. (FREE EVENT).

Tales at Two: Everyday at 2pm
Join our experienced Participation & Learning team in the Boathouse for an active storytelling version of Arthur Ransome’s Swallows & Amazons. (WITH ADMISSION).

Adventure Days: 29 July - 2 August. 11.30am – 1pm.
An interactive play session filled with performance, discovery and adventure. Hunt for treasure, explore islands and save the day - all in time for lunch. Booking required by email: bookings@windermerejetty.org (Capacity 20). For children aged 4+. £5 per person. Does not include admission to the museum.

Arts Award Discover Week: 5-9 August and 19-23 August 10am-2.30pm (facilitated art session from 2.30pm).
Suitable for ages 5+. Earn Arts Award Discover at the museum as a family and take part in our facilitated art sessions to earn your certificate. (£5 PLUS MUSEUM ENTRANCE).

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry:

Child Labour: Hidden Stories of Cumbria: See the exhibition and enjoy interactive experiences for all the family demonstrating why small children were considered ideal for roles in mines where they needed to work in smaller spaces. Young visitors can test their speed and agility at bobbins or step back in time and enter a Victorian classroom.

Everyday Creativity: Making food is an essential part of life. Our Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry (Kendal) charts how the use of food in Lakeland communities was an everyday survival story, often making the most of a limited list of ingredients. Using a list of ingredients write down as many interesting meals you could make. (FREE).

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House:

Everyday Creativity: The White Drawing Room at Blackwell often makes our visitors gasp and take breath, they have found a space to relax, one that is truly tranquil. But how do different spaces and collections make you feel, and can you describe that feeling? Take one of our blank postcards and return to the museum, gallery or house you are in. Enter a room and stop, immediately write down how that space has made you feel. Please leave us your feelings for others to read, or take them home as a memory. (FREE).

Under The Canopy: Our new space for families. Welcome to a multi-sensory forest of play. Create your own wilderness within an abstract world of woodland, birdsong and nature. (FREE WITH ADMISSION).

Fake Nature: 23 and 30 July, 6, 13, 20 and 27 August.
Blur the boundaries between inside and outside this summer. These artist-led workshops show families how to make a mossy pin cushion from towels, silk flowers from blouses or sofa-foam fungi. Ages 7+. (FREE WITH ADMISSION).

Nature Tiles: 24, 31 July, 7, 14, 21, 28 August.
Visitors can create clay tiles inspired by the William Morris and William De Morgan designs around the house. All ages. (FREE WITH ADMISSION).

Fort Day: 1, 8, 15 August (11am-3pm).
The grounds of Blackwell will re-spawn with a special Fortnite inspired activity - the online gaming sensation.
This guided game takes place outside on three days throughout August. Squads of six people can build a fort, create masks and learn to default, floss or dab with dancer Eva Clifton. For all ages. (£20 per squad of six. Does not include admission to house. Booking essential at blackwell.org.)

Summer Cyanotypes: 26 July, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August (11am-3pm).
Capture the sun in this shimmering cyanotype workshop. This early form of photography develops in sunlight leaving a beautiful blue image. All ages. (FREE WITH ADMISSION).

Abbot Hall Art Gallery:

Messy Mondays: 29 July, 5, 12 August (11am-3pm).
Messy drop-on craft activities! Play with paint, have fun with fabric, create with clay. Takes place in the Lab (across the car park from Museum of Lakeland Life). This is free with admission to the Museum of Lakeland Life or Abbot Hall.

Everyday Creativity: Visitors can be inspired by the paintings of Ruskin and Turner. Visitors can create an imagined landscape or a version of their holiday within doodles. (FREE).

Gallery in the Library: 26 July, 2, 6, 9, 16, 23, 30 August (10.30-11.15am).
Gallery in the Library sessions take place at Kendal Library. The free sessions for under 5s will explore art and the senses.

Summer Art Camps:

Lakeland Arts is running two different summer camps for youngsters aged 11-15. Places are limited to 15 and booking is essential.

1/ CLIMArt Camp (19-23 August) Takes place at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life and Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House from 10.30-4.30pm.

Lakeland Arts’ successful summer arts camp returns each day from 19-23 August. Children aged 11-15 will work with an artist and Lakeland Arts Learning Team to respond to this year’s theme of CLIMArt.
The CLIMArt camp reacts to the big summer show at Abbot Hall: Ruskin, Turner and the Storm Cloud. Youngsters will be encouraged to think as artists and create work that reacts to climate change. The final day of the camp involves the children showing off their work. Cost is £200 per child. to book https://www.lakelandarts.org.uk/civicrm/event/register?reset=1&id=327

2/ Eco-Camp (27-30 August)
Takes place at Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories (10am-4pm).
This week-long ecology themed camp on the edge of Windermere is ideal for 7-11 year olds interested in protecting the environment. During the week children will investigate and focus on the ecology of the lake and become Environment Champions while gaining a Superstar CREST Award. Children will need clothing for all weathers and packed lunch.
Cost £100 per child. To book: bookings@windermerejetty.org

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Notes to editors:
For further information contact Dickie Felton dfelton@lakelandarts.org.uk

Lakeland Arts:
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 opened in March 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 opened on 23 March 2019. Designed by Carmody Groarke architects, this is a new world-class museum in a stunning setting on Windermere displaying an internationally important collection of boats which are all associated with Windermere. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the major funder for the Museum. 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
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): 
New General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) came into effect in May 2018. We want to ensure that your data is handled correctly. One of the main requirements is to make sure we have your consent to receiving certain types of communication – and I would be grateful if you could confirm that you are happy to receive communications from Lakeland Arts about programmes and events by emailing dfelton@lakelandarts.org.uk
 

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