Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall is open Monday - Saturday, 10.30am - 4.00pm.
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Abbot Hall is one of Kendal’s most impressive historic buildings, Grade I listed and of national significance. The Georgian villa and its stables were built on the banks of the River Kent between 1759 and 1762 by Colonel George Wilson. The Gallery has achieved a national profile, offering exhibitions for children and adults to experience art at first hand. The beautifully furnished Georgian period rooms display work by J M W Turner, John Ruskin, John Constable and George Romney. The upstairs galleries command views of the River Kent and Kendal Castle and are perfect spaces for showing contemporary work. Check our website to see what's on at Abbot Hall Art Gallery today: www.abbothall.org.uk

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are now closed, reopening 2 January. 🎄'Nativity', Harry Hellawell, 1968#merrych...
23/12/2019

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are now closed, reopening 2 January. 🎄
'Nativity', Harry Hellawell, 1968
#merrychristmas #happyholidays #happynewyear

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 12: Today we're thanking our fr...
23/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 12: Today we're thanking our friends, funders, and supporters. We could not do any of our projects, initiatives, and exhibitions without you! Thank you for being our advocates and partners as we embark on our next journey together in 2020.
#acesupported #thankyou #friends

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 11: Today we're thanking our vo...
22/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 11: Today we're thanking our volunteers. Thank you for giving your time and energy to support us, and providing those who visit us a warm, welcoming experience. Pictured are some of our dedicated volunteer invigilators.
#acesupported #thankyou #volunteer

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 10: Today we're thanking... you...
21/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 10: Today we're thanking... you! Thank you for being part of our digital audience, whether it's snapping, tagging, scrolling or tapping. Your engagement helps us to spread the word about what we have going on. Pictured is our wonderful café view at Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories
#acesupported #thankyou #12DaysofThankYous

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 9: Today we're thanking our vis...
20/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 9: Today we're thanking our visitors. Whether you're local or international, an art lover or social history enthusiast, thank you for visiting our sites and engaging with our collections. Pictured here is LGBThq at our Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, when we opened up our collections for reinterpretation and interrogation for the first time.
#acesupported #visitors #thankyou #visitkendal #visitcumbria #lgbt #pinc

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 8: we're thanking our supporter...
19/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 8: we're thanking our supporters of Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories, our new sibling site which opened this year. If you helped with the opening of the museum, the launch of the learning programme, or visited us in our inaugural year, thank you for being part of Windermere Jetty's success! 🚣 Pictured are local Windermere schools who launched the museum's opening with their collective folk song
#acesupported #windermerejetty #thankyou

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 7: we're thanking children and ...
18/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 7: we're thanking children and young people who work with us across our sites. From our Art Clubs, to our work with Young Carers, to our climate strike workshops, thank you for letting us be part of your creative crafty journey! Pictured is one of the banners created during our CLIMArt workshop over October half term. #acesupported #youngpeople #thankyou

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYousDay 6: we're thanking our commissio...
17/12/2019

Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible with #12DaysofThankYous

Day 6: we're thanking our commissioned artists who enrich our sites with their work. Thank you for bringing your expertise and contemporary artistry to our audiences. Pictured is a workshop for an ongoing commission, for our upcoming exhibition at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House
#acesupported #artists #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 5: we're thanking our artist facili...
16/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 5: we're thanking our artist facilitators who deliver our programming and make them better with their involvement. Thank you for providing our audiences with truly creative experiences! Pictured is Bordello Theatre, who delivered a theatrical, immersive journey around our @museumoflakelandlife and enrichened our interpretation of Cumbrian LGBT+ narratives.
#acesupported #artists #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous  Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 4: we're thanking the little ones ...
15/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 4: we're thanking the little ones who get creative and craft with us. If you've visited us for Crawl in the Hall, Water Babies Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories or tried our summer sessions at Windermere or Kendal Library thank you to families for getting involved!
#acesupported #earlyyears #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 3: we're thanking our communities w...
14/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 3: we're thanking our communities who love to craft and create as much as we do. Pictured is a still of the short film 'Selkie Selfie', made by Ed Coyle, Chris Ireson, and Linda Fjodorova with Manna House, Cumbria. Abbot Hall screened the film in our #ACentreofAttention space in the gallery, a new collaborative project space until February 2020. Swipe to read our manifesto!
#acesupported #communities #thankyou

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 2: we're thanking our local schools...
13/12/2019

#12DaysofThankYous Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.

Day 2: we're thanking our local schools for inspiring their students and for teachers who support our sites. Pictured is our Child Labour exhibition co-created with Dean Gibson RC Primary School and just one example of our projects this year!
#acesupported #schools #thankyou

Today we're launching #12DaysofThankYous ! Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.Day 1: we're th...
12/12/2019

Today we're launching #12DaysofThankYous ! Each day we're thanking the people who make our work possible.
Day 1: we're thanking families who take the time to visit us during busy school holidays. Thank you for getting crafty with us, from clay tiles to birdhouses, and engaging with our collections!
#acesupported #families #thankyou

06/12/2019

Hurray! It’s time for the Christmas Tree Festival @KendalParish Church. Starts today. Come and support all the charities, especially ours!
Queen Katherine School , Furness College
Charities Christmas Tree Festival #acesupported

To celebrate the Colour of the Year we'd like to share Winifred Nicholson's oil on canvas of 'Candle at a Window'! #Clas...
05/12/2019

To celebrate the Colour of the Year we'd like to share Winifred Nicholson's oil on canvas of 'Candle at a Window'!
#ClassicBlue #Pantone2020
Can you find other examples? Search more of our collection online here: http://ow.ly/1Ue250xsEjY

Saturday 30 Nov is the final day of FREE entry to Abbot Hall and nearby Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry with any Nati...
30/11/2019

Saturday 30 Nov is the final day of FREE entry to Abbot Hall and nearby Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry with any National Lottery ticket.
#ThanksToYou for helping @NationalLotteryGoodCauses to generate millions for good causes every week!
#NationalLottery25

What is a ‘Caravan of Conversations’? Visit #aCentreOfAttention FREE at Abbot Hall where Hannah Fox presents a space to ...
28/11/2019

What is a ‘Caravan of Conversations’?
Visit #aCentreOfAttention FREE at Abbot Hall where Hannah Fox presents a space to foster conversation.

Hannah Fox is an Artist and Performer working in public spaces. Having trained in environmental art at the Glasgow School of Art, Hannah became a member of the radical Dutch Theatre Collective Dogtroep and now lives and works in her Cumbrian hilltop farm.

Hannah is also the creator of Once Upon a Woodland currently on display Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Her ‘Caravan of Conversations’ at Abbot Hall A Centre of Attention can be seen FREE between 12 - 14 December

See works from different local groups and artists in A Centre of Attention. Learn more ➡️ http://ow.ly/ZcXR30pVifL

In groups of all shapes and sizes we find can  express what matters to us 🧶Sewing group regular, Jac Osman started and s...
22/11/2019

In groups of all shapes and sizes we find can express what matters to us 🧶
Sewing group regular, Jac Osman started and stopped making this quilt so many times that good friend, Stephen Trevaskis, challenged her to finish it for her own mental health’s sake. After Stephen took his own life in 2018, Jac finished the quilt in his memory. It now hangs proudly at Abbot Hall today - on the eve of Stephens one year anniversary.

Manna House will support people in the South Lakes with any issue from tenant rights to tackling homelessness.

Learn more about their talented Sew What? group and see other incredible work and stories from the people from Manna House at Abbot Hall, FREE and on display to 23 Nov - let us know when you arrive that you’re visiting #aCentreOfAttention

Learn more about Manna House and A Centre of Attention ➡️ http://ow.ly/vj9G30pVhR3

21/11/2019
Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Oliver Clark was selected for the 2019 Romney Art Prize.

Oliver Clark was presented with Abbot Hall Art Gallery's annual Romney Art Prize. The piece selected was a photograph of Oliver and his closest friends holding an item that was most memorable to them. The work was part of Kendal College final year show.

The photograph will hang alongside many of the George Romney paintings, for which the prize is named after, in Abbot Hall Art Gallery from this summer. 'It is really exciting for a gallery with such renowned exhibitions and collections to support and nurture talent in Kendal. By doing this the gallery is showing its ambition in developing a contemporary voice for Kendal and Cumbria', said Ian Read, Head of Participation and Learning after presenting Oliver with his award.

Get FREE entry to Abbot Hall and MOLLI, just show your National Lottery ticket between 23 Nov - 1 Dec at the front desk,...
21/11/2019

Get FREE entry to Abbot Hall and MOLLI, just show your National Lottery ticket between 23 Nov - 1 Dec at the front desk, enter and enjoy!
This is our way to say #ThanksToYou for generating over £30 million for good causes every week!
#NationalLottery25
National Lottery Good Causes

Selfie / Selkie20-23 November..This film is part of Manna House exhibition in ACoA. In Scottish folk stories selfies (se...
20/11/2019

Selfie / Selkie
20-23 November
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This film is part of Manna House exhibition in ACoA. In Scottish folk stories selfies (seal folk) are mythological beings capable of theroanthropy, changing from seal to human form by shedding their skin.
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In this short film, a woman takes off her jacket. By shedding her outer skin, she casts off all her negative feelings about herself. ‘The Worst of Me’ is imprinted into the fabric of her jacket. Other people can pick up and wear her disregarded jacket in the gallery.
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Community artist, Ed Coyle has been facilitating sessions at Manna House asking people to explore how negative thoughts we have about ourselves could be useful to other people. ‘I leave the worst of me to you’ is a gift to develop empathy, understanding and emotional strength.
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The film was shot and edited by first time film maker Chris Ireson and the Selkie character was created and played by Linda Fjodorova @ Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Over October half term, participants at our CLIMArt workshop explored how protest and art can be used to make their view...
29/10/2019

Over October half term, participants at our CLIMArt workshop explored how protest and art can be used to make their views on the environment heard. They made badges, placards, and banners for their next climate protest. Their group piece will be exhibited at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in 2020!
Special thanks to our Artist Facilitator Kat Loudon and our participants throughout the 3 day workshop. Most of them were from Stramongate Primary School!
#climateprotest #extinctionrebellion #climateemergency

Put these in your diary for Saturday! Pop by MOLL-I Salon at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry to see the LGBT+ dis...
18/10/2019

Put these in your diary for Saturday! Pop by MOLL-I Salon at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry to see the LGBT+ display and share your thoughts.

This one-off event this Saturday, MOLL-I Salon starts 12.00pm. Visit the link in our bio for more details. We’ll see you there!
#lgbtcumbria #museumlakelandlife


#lgbt #lgbtq🌈 #lgbtq #lgbtmuseums #cumbria #lovecumbria #diversitymatters #lakedistrict

Abbot Hall Art Gallery's cover photo
17/10/2019

Abbot Hall Art Gallery's cover photo

Did you take part in the Student Climate Strike in September? We worked with schools across Cumbria to prepare students ...
16/10/2019

Did you take part in the Student Climate Strike in September? We worked with schools across Cumbria to prepare students with their own placards for their protest.
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From 23-25 October we are running a FREE 3 day workshop for young people 10+. Work with artist Kat Loudon to create banners, placards and artwork for your next protest. Email [email protected] to find out more.
#protest #free #climatestrike #kendal

Join us at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry this Saturday from 12pm for a special opening of the exhibition 'LGB...
15/10/2019

Join us at the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry this Saturday from 12pm for a special opening of the exhibition 'LGBT+: Within and Beyond' with Bordello Theatre
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On Saturday 19 October we invite you to a 21st century LGBT+ enlightenment salon. A salon is a social gathering under the roof of an inspiring host, a place to amuse one another and share knowledge. This unique opportunity aims to give LGBT+ people and their allies a place to discuss, dissect, explore and share their personal stories, objects and experiences with other like minded individuals. This is a theatrical ‘show and tell’ where being prepared to share is highly encouraged, but not compulsory. Click the link to find out more! 👇

http://ow.ly/Mdhp50wKLFC

#LGBT #cumbria #kendal #ally #theatre #free

COMING SOON 'Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists – Highlights from the Fleming Collection...
14/10/2019

COMING SOON 'Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists – Highlights from the Fleming Collection'
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SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, George Leslie Hunter, and FCB Cadell were four of the first artists in Europe to engage with the creative upheavals taking place in France at the turn of the twentieth century, which saw the birth of modern art. The Colourists did not forget their Scottish roots especially in their brilliance at conveying the unique beauty of Scottish landscape, marking them out as French inspired artists with a singular Scottish identity.
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This is the first time Lakeland Arts’ works by the Colourists - and artists influenced by them - has been displayed alongside masterworks from The Fleming Collection.
Opens Friday 18 October.
#kendal #lakedistrict #samuelpeploe #scottishcolourists

'I found when I reached them that they were a large party of Emperors in superb condition and plumage, no fewer than 46 ...
12/10/2019

'I found when I reached them that they were a large party of Emperors in superb condition and plumage, no fewer than 46 all told. They were a little scared when I came up to them and all went down on their bellies and began tobogganing off at a great rate, so I jumped out of my ski and ran as hard as I could till I headed them off... I lay on my stomach and crawled towards them like a seal thinking they would run, but they were not least afraid and one came and slung out at me with his beak so I got up.' Diary entry from 29th September, 1902.
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Edward Wilson (1872-1912) was a British polar explorer, scientist, and artist. He embarked on the Discovery expedition to the Antarctic in 1902 with Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton. Their discovery of a rookery on Cape Crozier meant that they were the first to study the breeding biology of live Emperor Penguins.
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See more of Edward Wilson's works in our Watercolour Gallery. Abbot Hall is open for FREE until 16 October.
#kendal #lakedistrict #penguin #antarctic #watercolour

Do you have your passes for this weekend’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival? Hurry it starts 11 October. Plus look...
10/10/2019

Do you have your passes for this weekend’s Lakes International Comic Art Festival? Hurry it starts 11 October. Plus look out for the Next Frame at Abbot Hall on 12 October 🖼️
Get passes and tickets at the Comic Art Festival website:
http://ow.ly/OU5850wHo8s

Our temporary gallery spaces are closed for exhibition changeover but our permanent collection is well worth a visit. Fo...
08/10/2019

Our temporary gallery spaces are closed for exhibition changeover but our permanent collection is well worth a visit. For a limited time, visitors can view works by the likes of Celia Paul and Lucian Freud for absolutely FREE. This offer ends 16 October, so don't wait!

Lucian Freud, 'Kai', 1991-2.
© The Estate of Lucian Freud

#lucianfreud #celiapaul #kendal #lakedistrict #mustsee #free

The children from Art Club are working on their final collaborative piece. Today they created the background by wet felt...
05/10/2019

The children from Art Club are working on their final collaborative piece. Today they created the background by wet felting. They chose to do a Ruskin inspired Lake District landscape with a Turner sky. #JMWTurner #Ruskin #artclub #lakedistrict #Felting

05/10/2019
Artist Emma Stibbon at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

WATCH! Artist Emma Stibbon in conversation with Kerri Offord at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

Royal Academician Emma talks about Ruskin, Turner and following in their footsteps to The Alps.

Today (Saturday 5 October) is the last day you can see Emma's work in our exhibition Ruskin, Turner & The Storm Cloud.

(Apologies for the technical difficulties with our live recording yesterday).

https://vimeo.com/364404857

Emma Stibbon, RA, in conversation with Kerri Offord at Abbot Hall Art Gallery October 2019.

Watch Emma Stibbon’s talk at 3.00pm today LIVE on Facebook from Abbot Hall Art Gallery. Stay tuned! 🎬#RuskinTurnerStibbo...
04/10/2019

Watch Emma Stibbon’s talk at 3.00pm today LIVE on Facebook from Abbot Hall Art Gallery. Stay tuned! 🎬
#RuskinTurnerStibbon

Catch a glimpse of Emma Stibbon’s talk this Friday at Abbot Hall. Join LIVE here on Facebook at 3.00pm. If you’ve not al...
03/10/2019

Catch a glimpse of Emma Stibbon’s talk this Friday at Abbot Hall.
Join LIVE here on Facebook at 3.00pm. If you’ve not already seen her work & the exhibition - hurry! Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud ends 5pm Saturday
#RuskinTurnerStibbon #FridaysForFuture

LAST CHANCE TO SEE our biggest exhibition yet! 'Turner, Ruskin & the Storm Cloud' ends Saturday 5 October. Open 10.30am ...
03/10/2019

LAST CHANCE TO SEE our biggest exhibition yet! 'Turner, Ruskin & the Storm Cloud' ends Saturday 5 October. Open 10.30am - 5pm.
#turner #ruskin #landscape #lakedistrict #kendal #art

The first Water Babies took part @windermerejetty today and they welcomed some familiar faces from our Crawl in the Hall...
02/10/2019

The first Water Babies took part @windermerejetty today and they welcomed some familiar faces from our Crawl in the Hall!.
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Today’s creative play was all about water, naturally, and what a great day to create a vision of the lake.
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Sessions are every Wednesday 9.30-10.30am. £3 per adult and two children. Bookings can be found in Windermerejetty.org @ Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

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Abbot Hall Art Gallery, 9 Church Walk
Kendal
LA9 5AL

Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station and a connecting train will bring you into Kendal (less than 1 mile away from Abbot Hall) with a level walk along the river.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:30 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 16:00
Thursday 10:30 - 16:00
Friday 10:30 - 16:00
Saturday 10:30 - 16:00

Telephone

01539722464

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