31/10/2018 PRESS RELEASE: Lakeland Arts' exhibitions for 2019

PRESS RELEASE
October 2018

Lakeland Arts’ exhibitions for 2019

Turner, Ruskin, Scottish Colourists, The Art of Belonging and more

Lakeland Arts has revealed key highlights from its exciting 2019 programme of exhibitions.

Helen Watson, Lakeland Arts’ Director of Programming, said: “Lakeland Arts has a fabulous and fascinating year ahead. We will be showing off great works from our own collections as well as major loans from across the UK.

“We will be exhibiting more than 450 years of art history as well as contemporary work from artists of today.” (See full listings at end of press release).

Main summer exhibition:

The main summer show at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, is Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud (12 July - 5 October 2019).

The exhibition will include more than 100 works and stretch across five rooms. It is one of the biggest exhibitions in the UK during the 200th anniversary of John Ruskin’s birth.

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud will be the first in-depth examination of the relationship between both men, their work, and the impact Ruskin had in highlighting climate change.

In addition to Ruskin’s paintings and writings, the exhibition will feature an introductory film along with a new publication incorporating fresh research on Ruskin and Turner’s work.

Abbot Hall is partnering with York Art Gallery and University of York on Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud. Works from both partners go on show alongside substantial loans from national and regional collections.

Ruskin (1819-1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, prominent social thinker and philanthropist.

JMW Turner (1775-1881) was a landscape painter, traveller, poet and teacher. Many people consider him the first modern painter. Ruskin said of Turner he was ‘the greatest of the age’ and was a lifelong supporter.

The exhibition will feature watercolours, drawings and a haunting portrait of Ruskin from the National Portrait Gallery, made in the aftermath of his first serious mental illness.

In 1884 Ruskin wrote about an encroaching “Storm Cloud” - a darkening of the skies that he attributed to the belching chimneys of the modern world. The imagery also allowed him to articulate his ongoing mental struggles.

Bringing together Victorian and contemporary works of art, the exhibition will demonstrate the unsettling messages underpinning Ruskin’s eye for beauty in the natural world.

Ruskin’s anxiety about darkening skies and polluted storm clouds is contrasted with his early interest in Turner’s luminous pictures.

The exhibition contains a substantial display of Turner’s watercolours, demonstrating his evolving style, and his creation of highly-finished sample studies of British and alpine landscapes.

Lakeland Arts’ The Passage of Mount St Gothard (1804) by Turner will be a key painting on show.

Cultural organisations in Cumbria including Ruskin Museum and Brantwood in Coniston will also be marking the anniversary of Ruskin’s birth with a series of exhibitions and events in 2019, making the county the place to visit for everything Ruskin related.

The Ruskin Museum holds the most comprehensive display in the Lake District about the life and work of John Ruskin. Brantwood is Ruskin’s former home where he spent the last 28 years of his life.

Helen Watson said: “Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud will be one of our biggest shows ever. If you have an interest in Ruskin and Turner this is a must-see exhibition.

“Next year is hugely significant in celebrating Ruskin and we are delighted to have this landmark exhibition at Abbot Hall during the 200th anniversary of his birth. It’s particularly apt that the exhibition takes place in Cumbria - the home of Ruskin and the place he found most inspiration.”

In showing Ruskin’s and Turner’s influence today among contemporary artists, the exhibition will also display a series of large monochrome drawings by Emma Stibbon.

In June 2018, Royal Academician Stibbon retraced the steps of Turner and Ruskin visiting the Alps. She took the route made by Ruskin in June 1854 when he produced a series of daguerreotypes (early photographs) of Alpine scenery, to see what remains of the glaciers today.

Her work shows how geography has been impacted by climate change over the last two centuries.

Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud will also be shown at York Art Gallery from March 29 to June 23 2019.

The exhibition book, bringing together a collection of new essays by artists, climate change scientists, art historians and curators, will be published in March 2019.

More Lakeland Arts’ exhibitions during 2019:

Refuge, The Art of Belonging (15 February - 29 June 2019, Abbot Hall) tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria.

The exhibition examines displacement within artists’ work and the adoption of new landscapes.

The show features works from Lakeland Arts’ Collection including Hilde Goldschmidt, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Kurt Schwitters.

Schwitters (1887-1948) the first multi-media artist, settled in Ambleside, Cumbria, after coming to Britain as a refugee.

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford) (22 March - 22 June 2019, Abbot Hall) sees an unsung campaigner return home.

Abbot Hall takes part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home project which is loaning portraits of iconic individuals to places across the country that they are most closely associated with.

This means Abbot Hall is able to show off the finest portrait of Lady Anne Clifford, which is in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676) spent much of her life in a long and complex legal battle to obtain the rights of her inheritance. This portrait of her, by William Larkin, (c1618), is an excellent example of those commissioned by members of the Court of Charles I.

Her fascinating fight is known through her diaries and the magnificent The Great Picture, painted in 1646 and on permanent show at Abbot Hall.

The Lady Anne Clifford portrait, on loan from the National Portrait Gallery, will be hung alongside the portrait of her mother, Lady Margaret Russell, Countess of Cumberland, which was also painted by William Larkin.

Anne’s mother was the only person who supported her campaign. The arrival of this important portrait sees mother and daughter reunited in Cumbria.

Helen Watson said: “We are delighted be taking part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home initiative. We will be bringing Lady Anne Clifford home and uniting her with her mother, who campaigned for her daughter’s right to inheritance until her death. Lakeland Arts will tell the story of Anne’s fight.”

Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists (18 October 2019 - January 2020, Abbot Hall). This show presents the work and influences of the Scottish Colourists, centred on masterworks from the renowned Fleming Collection which is the finest collection of Scottish art outside public museums and institutions.

A selection of works from Lakeland Arts’ collection will explore the influence of the Scottish Colourists on artists such as Anne Redpath, William George Gillies and Joan Eardley.

The Colourist paintings by SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, Leslie Hunter, and FCB Cadell, have been at the heart of the Fleming Collection since its inception.

One of its first purchases in 1968 was Hunter’s masterpiece Peonies in a Chinese Vase, which along with other key works such as Peploe’s Luxembourg Gardens, Fergusson’s Blue Nude and Cadell’s The Feathered Hat, reveal the quartet’s remarkable trajectory as artists.

The exhibition at Abbot Hall reinforces the Colourists’ status as four of the most talented, innovative and distinctive artists in twentieth century British art.

New Year New Maker: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell (18 Jan - 9 June 2019) looks at the Rusland Movement’s beautiful furnishings inspired by nature.

The Rusland Movement is a group of dedicated craftsmen and designers, all of whom are based in Cumbria. They invest their heart and soul in all that they create, designing and making beautifully elegant, commissioned pieces of furniture, destined to become heirlooms.

Greater detail on Lakeland Arts exhibitions, events across all its venues will be announced in due course. www.abbothall.org.uk/programme2019

Full 2019 listings:

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria:
Alison Watt: A Shadow On The Blind

(until 2 February 2019)
A last chance to see work by one of Britain’s leading painters at Abbot Hall. The exhibition includes major new paintings representing a significant new development in Watt's practice as well as a selection of key earlier works. Many works are being exhibited for the first time.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria:
Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry

(until 16 February 2019)
Visitors can see two giant tapestries until 16 February 2019.
Julie Cope is a fictional character created by Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries and extended ballad presented in the exhibition.

This is the first time that works by the Turner Prize winning artist have been exhibited in Kendal. Crafts Council acquired the tapestries with Art Fund support (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation).

The tapestries are shown alongside a digital interactive to help explore the details of the tapestries and specially commissioned audio recording The Ballad of Julie Cope, a 3000 word narrative written and read by Perry himself that illuminates Julie’s hopes and fears as she journeys through life.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria:
John Harden (1772-1847)

(until February 2019)
To celebrate UNESCO World Heritage Site Status for the Lake District, this display showcases the work of watercolorist John Harden capturing the cultural landscape of the early 19th century.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria:
Refuge: The Art of Belonging

15 February 2019 - 29 June 2019
Drawing on Abbot Hall’s own collection and supported by loans, this exhibition tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria:
Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford)

22 March - 22 June 2019
In March 2019, Abbot Hall takes part in the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home project which is loaning portraits of iconic individuals to places across the country that they are most closely associated with. This means Abbot Hall is able to show off the finest portrait of Lady Anne Clifford, which is in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676) spent much of her life in a long and complex legal battle to obtain the rights of her inheritance. This portrait of her, by William Larkin, (c1618), is an excellent example of those commissioned by members of the Court of Charles I.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal:
Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud

12 July 2019 - 5 October 2019
Marking the 200th anniversary of Ruskin’s birth, this exhibition examines themes in his work including the influence of Turner, his fascination with the impact of industrialisation on the environment and his ongoing struggle with depression.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria:
Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists

18 October 2019 - January 2020
This show presents the work and influences of the Scottish Colourists, centred on masterworks from the renowned Fleming Collection which is the finest collection of Scottish art outside public museums and institutions. The Colourist paintings by SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, Leslie Hunter, and FCB Cadell, have been at the heart of the Fleming Collection since its inception.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria:
The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family

until 6 January 2019
This exhibition places The Simpsons family in the context of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Lake District. The exhibition makes links to Simpson craftsmanship throughout Blackwell and presents work by Arthur Simpson, one of the forgotten masters of Arts and Crafts furniture, embroider and leatherworker, Jane Simpson, their daughter Hilda who produced delicate lace-work, and both sons who became apprentices under their father’s guidance.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria:
Grayson Perry, In Focus Display

until 6 January 2019
Grayson Perry In-Focus Display features three spotlight loans which will be displayed in the unique Arts & Crafts setting. Included are Melanie (2014) on loan from York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery), Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot (1996) on loan from the Crafts Council, and Christening Pot, on loan from a private collection. Christening Pot was an early private commission for Perry and is on show in Blackwell’s dining room. This is the first time this piece has ever been on public display.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria:
New Year New Maker: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell

18 January - 9 June 2019
Looks at the Rusland Movement’s beautiful furnishings inspired by nature. The Rusland Movement is a group of dedicated craftsmen and designers, all of whom are based in Cumbria. They invest their heart and soul in all that they create, designing and making beautifully elegant, commissioned pieces of furniture, destined to become heirlooms.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal, Cumbria:
New Year, New Maker: Lorna Singleton

19 January 2019 - 6 May 2019
The Museum opens the new year with a spotlight on the traditional Cumbrian craft of swill basket making. Contemporary crafter Lorna Singleton uses long-established methods in her work to create beautiful hand-woven baskets for modern day. Singleton won the Cumbria Life award in 2016 for ‘best maker’. Her contemporary swill baskets will be shown alongside historic examples and tools from the collection.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal, Cumbria:
Child Labour: Hidden Stories of Cumbria

18 May - 28 September 2019
An exhibition that looks at the lives of children in the Victorian era and how they worked in the Lake District industries. The exhibition will challenge visitors through participation and exploration of child labour in the present day.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal, Cumbria:
LGBT+ Project

12 October 2019 - January 2020
A project to re-examine our collections and engage with LGBT+ history and voices to help us better represent Cumbria’s communities.

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Notes to editors:

For further information contact Dickie Felton dfelton@lakelandarts.org.uk
or kclegg@lakelandarts.org.uk
Images for the 2019 programme available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5y9wk0lsgrdsf09/AABxa9dWzTl7cz7wEGFpPjzZa?dl=0

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 is currently under construction. 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:
Lakeland Arts is nearing completion of Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. 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

National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home Project:
The National Portrait Gallery has been collecting portraits of men and women who have made a significant contribution to British life and history since 1856. As part of Coming Home, the Gallery will be working with local museums, galleries and other venues to help choose portraits that are special to them, providing communities across the country with the opportunity to celebrate their local heroes. The new initiative will enable 50 portraits from the national Collection to travel to towns and cities across the UK from 2019 onwards and has been made possible by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and generous contributions from The Thompson Family Charitable Trust and funds raised at the Gallery’s Portrait Gala in 2017.

Emma Stibbon:
Royal Academician Emma Stibbon is an artist who works in drawing and print. Her work often takes her on location. Her work is held in private and public collections including the Stadtmuseum, Berlin; New Art Gallery, Walsall; Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery; and the V&A, London. Emma Stibbon was elected Royal Academician in 2013 and works from her studio at Spike Island, Bristol.

  • JMW Turner, The Passage of Mount St Gothard (1804)
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