Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall is open Monday - Saturday, 10.30am - 5pm (closing 4pm Nov - Feb). Also open Sundays throughout Jul & Aug and 28 Sep, 12 - 4pm.

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

DELIGHTED!Exciting redevelopment plans for Abbot Hall Art Gallery have received a major boost with £4.6m Arts Council E...
10/06/2019
10/06/19 PRESS RELEASE: Abbot Hall Dream Moves Step Closer | Lakeland Arts

DELIGHTED!

Exciting redevelopment plans for Abbot Hall Art Gallery have received a major boost with £4.6m Arts Council England funding!

https://www.lakelandarts.org.uk/100619-press-release-abbot-hall-dream-moves-step-closer

PRESS RELEASE 10 JUNE 2019 Artist impression images: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qhpl6nzb5h2pu1t/AABwQj4U-hf5hwXKPMO27Byza?dl=0 ABBOT HALL DREAM MOVES STEP CLOSER £4.6m grant application approved by Arts Council England Exciting redevelopment plans for Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal have received ...

Crawl in the Hall is back! Have fun with our multi-sensory sessions for toddlers, Fridays at 10:15am. Here Amy leads our...
06/06/2019

Crawl in the Hall is back! Have fun with our multi-sensory sessions for toddlers, Fridays at 10:15am. Here Amy leads our last session on Shadows and Light! Book online at: https://www.abbothall.org.uk/crawlinthehall
#kendal #cumbria #thingstodowithkidsincumbria #artforkids

Saturday Art Club is back! Running between 8 June and 6 July, 10:30am - 1:30pm. For more information check out our websi...
05/06/2019

Saturday Art Club is back! Running between 8 June and 6 July, 10:30am - 1:30pm. For more information check out our website: http://ow.ly/PSZ850uxcHu

We're looking for architecture students to take part in a live build for our Sheltered Spaces project! 🔨See our websi...
02/06/2019

We're looking for architecture students to take part in a live build for our Sheltered Spaces project! 🔨
See our website for more info: http://ow.ly/zxyR50utFmD

The first half of the Sheltered Spaces project ended this week with Young Carers discussing with Kerri Offord, our Head ...
31/05/2019

The first half of the Sheltered Spaces project ended this week with Young Carers discussing with Kerri Offord, our Head of Curatorial, how this gallery space was curated. They also created architectural models of their proposed structures for the gallery. Which one is your favourite?
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#shelteredspaces #youngcarers #youngartists #cumbria #artgallery

Today we kicked off our Sheltered Spaces project, in collaboration with Carer Support South Lakes and Young Carers from ...
28/05/2019

Today we kicked off our Sheltered Spaces project, in collaboration with Carer Support South Lakes and Young Carers from Kendal! Over May half term they are creating a design brief for a custom installation through a series of interactive workshops, and the final result will be made with architects Matt + Fiona in June and installed in the art gallery.

We are proud to be a partner in such a fantastic exhibition, and perfect to see it in #cumbria for #Ruskin200
27/05/2019
Jan

We are proud to be a partner in such a fantastic exhibition, and perfect to see it in #cumbria for #Ruskin200

Went to York Yesterday to see the Ruskin and Turner Exhibtion which is coming to Abbott Hall on the 12th July. Kendal Hostel is only 500 metres from the Gallery and a great place to stay whilst visiting the Art Gallery and Museum of Lakeland Life. It also belonged to the Wilson Family and you can see the Coat of Arms on our drainpipe. Book online www.kendalhostel.co.uk or ring 07795198197 We also have a Cumbria Blue Badge Guide on site too Jan Nicholson

'I have painted a beach scene from Italy because it is important to me because I go there every year and enjoy it a lot....
23/05/2019

'I have painted a beach scene from Italy because it is important to me because I go there every year and enjoy it a lot. And I go there every year with my family.'

Children who took part in our relaunched Art Club have their final pieces displayed in our café this May half term! They explored our current exhibition 'Refuge: The Art of Belonging', and led by the artist Hamish McLain, they painted places and memories that they would remember if they had to leave home.
#cumbria #kendal #halfterm #youngartist

09/05/2019

Thursday 9 May please note we are closing the Gallery early at 4pm due to an event. We will be open again during the usual hours of 10.30am-5pm from Friday. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Join weekly multi-sensory sessions for under 5s at Abbot Hall. The hour long sessions vary each time and include storyte...
02/05/2019
Crawl in the Hall | Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Join weekly multi-sensory sessions for under 5s at Abbot Hall. The hour long sessions vary each time and include storytelling, song and play-based learning. Book online: http://ow.ly/nR3F50txmzr

Our weekly creative sessions for the under-fives are inspired by works of art from Abbot Hall’s exhibitions and collections.

The Hutchinson Camp opened in 1940, Kurt Schwitters was among the non-threatening interned prisoners academics, musician...
02/05/2019

The Hutchinson Camp opened in 1940, Kurt Schwitters was among the non-threatening interned prisoners academics, musicians & artists there.
Despite Schwitters reduction in circumstances and meagre art supplies he used a wooden tea chest to create the remarkable portrait of Edward Driscol, A an ex-army officer volunteered to serve as a guard at the camp.
See more at Refuge, the Art of Belonging Exhibition or join tonight’s walking tour at 6pm
http://ow.ly/IhWy30oBPbL

Still spaces available to join us on Thursday's 6pm talk on the Walking tour of Refuge. For details and to book visit: h...
01/05/2019
Walking Tour of Refuge: The Art of Belonging | Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Still spaces available to join us on Thursday's 6pm talk on the Walking tour of Refuge. For details and to book visit: http://ow.ly/v3wz50tzoZl

Thursday 2 May, 6pm for 6.30pm start. Come to Abbot Hall and join Kerri Offord, Head of Curatorial at Lakeland Arts, for a tour of Refuge: The Art of Belonging. Learn about the inspiration behind the exhibition and discover more about the experience of the artists that came to Britain seeking refuge...

LAST CHANCE to book kids on tomorrow's Art Club for just £5 👉 https://bit.ly/2IPdI6OThe taster session kicks off wit...
26/04/2019
Saturday Art Club | Abbot Hall Art Gallery

LAST CHANCE to book kids on tomorrow's Art Club for just £5
👉 https://bit.ly/2IPdI6O
The taster session kicks off with collages, this is a highly active class with future weeks exploring foam reduction painting, charcoal drawing and abstract painting!

Saturday courses starting 27 April. Bring art to life – create your own artwork inspired by the exhibitions.

Saturday Art Club starts 27 April - Book now!A creative hands-on club for 7-12 year olds try our 4 week course, led by a...
24/04/2019

Saturday Art Club starts 27 April - Book now!
A creative hands-on club for 7-12 year olds try our 4 week course, led by artist Hamish McLain and see final artwork on display in Abbot Hall Art Gallery. Book at: https://bit.ly/2IPdI6O
£20 for all 4 sessions or just £5 to try the first session

As part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home show at Abbot Hall we’ll soon be looking for families in Kend...
11/04/2019

As part of the National Portrait Gallery’s Coming Home show at Abbot Hall we’ll soon be looking for families in Kendal to host portraits from our world class collection in their homes. Leave a message below if you’d be interested in joining in 'In Your Home'!

We're sorry if you missed visiting us today.  All Lakeland Arts venues were closed for the official opening of Windermer...
08/04/2019

We're sorry if you missed visiting us today. All Lakeland Arts venues were closed for the official opening of Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories. We look forward to welcoming you to see the powerful Refuge: The Art of Belonging exhibition and Lady Anne Clifford from the National Portrait Gallery.

National Portrait Gallery Heritage Lottery Fund

Wow, what a day and an honour to meet The Prince of Wales. Here’s one of our favourite snaps... and there are more. Visit our site as we update with events from the day https://bit.ly/2YYaELq #windermerejetty #officialopening #newmuseum #Royalvisit

We will be closing all Lakeland Arts venues on the 8th April for a very special occasion, learn more from Windermere Jet...
02/04/2019

We will be closing all Lakeland Arts venues on the 8th April for a very special occasion, learn more from Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories 😃

We're gearing up for a *very* special visit from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales on Monday 8 April. Such an honour. The museum will be closed to the public for the day, but we will be sharing his visit on social media - stay tuned!
#windermere #lakedistrict #museumofboats #royalvisit #excited
Photo: @marcusginns

Lots to see at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, don't miss Refuge: The Art of Belonging. A story of artists who entered Britain a...
30/03/2019

Lots to see at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, don't miss Refuge: The Art of Belonging. A story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation. Includes work from Kurt Schwitters, Hilde Goldschmidt, Hans Coper, Lucie Rie, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach and Martin Bloch. Part of @iofestival learn more https://bit.ly/2YyFha2

08/03/2019
Lorna keeps alive an ancient Cumbrian tradition

On #InternationalWomensDay we celebrate Cumbria's Lorna Singleton - Oak Coppiced & Woven In Cumbria - one of only four swill basket makers in the entire WORLD. Lorna keeps keeps alive this ancient Lake District tradition.

Her work is now on show at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

https://bit.ly/2Ja2M5s

An amazing woman and an amazing painting!Anne, Countess of Pembroke, fought a long legal battle for her rightful inherit...
08/03/2019
Coming Home: Anne, Countess of Pembroke (22 March - 22 June 2019) | Abbot Hall Art Gallery

An amazing woman and an amazing painting!

Anne, Countess of Pembroke, fought a long legal battle for her rightful inheritance.

Her portrait, by William Larkin c.1618, "Comes home" to Abbot Hall Art Gallery Cumbria later this month thanks to National Portrait Gallery.

See this amazing painting from Friday 22 March. #InternationalWomensDay https://bit.ly/2H5Yydl

Anne, Countess of Pembroke (Lady Anne Clifford) 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 t...

07/03/2019
Crawl in the Hall | Abbot Hall Art Gallery

A reminder that we have Crawl in the Hall tomorrow (Friday).

Our weekly event for under 5s is inspired by the art and museum collections.

Join fun, creative and multi-sensory sessions that encourage expression, exploration, language and movement.

Meet 10.00am in the Bakestone Café at Abbot Hall for a 10.15am start. Booking essential:

https://www.abbothall.org.uk/crawlinthehall

Our weekly creative sessions for the under-fives are inspired by works of art from Abbot Hall’s exhibitions and collections.

Lakeland Arts
03/03/2019

Lakeland Arts

EIGHT roles available at the new Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories.

Museum opens its doors on Saturday 23 March.

Come and join our fantastic team.

Vacancies in curatorial, visitor experience, learning, and estates: https://windermerejetty.org/currentjobs/

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
25/02/2019

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

HELP! "I was visiting Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry when I lost my owner. I’ve been well looked after by museum staff, but I’m ready to go home"

(Please get in touch with us on 01539722464 if you can help us reunite this dolly with her owner).

We have several job vacancies across our venues.This includes Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories which ...
16/02/2019
Jobs - Windermere Jetty

We have several job vacancies across our venues.

This includes Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories which opens 23 March, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry.

Take a look and please share with anyone you think may be interested:

https://windermerejetty.org/currentjobs/

Abbot Hall Art Gallery's cover photo
16/02/2019

Abbot Hall Art Gallery's cover photo

WINNERS! Two years in a row! The Bakestone Café at Abbot Hall Art Gallery has scooped another @VisitEngland Quality Foo...
15/02/2019

WINNERS! Two years in a row!

The Bakestone Café at Abbot Hall Art Gallery has scooped another @VisitEngland Quality Food and Drink Award.

The café has now won the award in 2017 and 2018.

11/02/2019
Grayson Perry tapestries at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Last chance to see!

Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry closes at Abbot Hall Art Gallery on Saturday 16 February.

Don't miss the chance to see these amazing tapestries in Cumbria.

https://vimeo.com/309457342

Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry is at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria until Saturday 16 February 2019. More details…

08/02/2019
Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

FREE Ruskin cake at Abbot Hall Art Gallery this weekend! *while stocks last!

From Blackwell to Brantwood!

We celebrated #Ruskin200 with specially made cakes today.

We took one to Brantwood Coniston and left another at Abbot Hall Art Gallery.

The Abbot Hall cake is free to visitors this weekend - while stocks last!

We have a major exhibtion of Ruskin's work at Abbot Hall this summer: https://www.abbothall.org.uk/exhibitions/Ruskin-Turner

07/02/2019

Such a lovely comment from one of our loyal fans:
“Abbot Hall Art Gallery I spend a lot of time in your gallery. It was in one of your workshops that I met my closest friends when I moved to the Lakes in 2003 and I have seen nearly every exhibition since and enjoyed many wonderful workshops and gallery talks and coffees. Very excited about the new expansion plans. You are such an important asset to people living in the North West. Keeping people sane!
Thank you”

29/01/2019

Due to expected snowfall this afternoon we are closing our venues a little earlier today (Tuesday 29 Jan).

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Blackwell The Arts & Crafts House and Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry will close at 3pm.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

WIN! We have a SIGNED copy of the book which accompanies the brilliant Alison Watt exhibition."A Shadow on the Blind" cl...
28/01/2019

WIN! We have a SIGNED copy of the book which accompanies the brilliant Alison Watt exhibition.

"A Shadow on the Blind" closes on Saturday (2 Feb).

To win this unique collectors item simply like and share this post.

Winner to be selected at random on Thursday at noon.

Good luck!

If you want to see Alison's amazing paintings - be quick. The show will finish at close of play on Saturday 2 Feb: https://www.abbothall.org.uk/alisonwatt

Visitors can help us complete an amazing Grayson Perry inspired tapestry at Abbot Hall Art Gallery on Saturday (26 Jan)....
25/01/2019

Visitors can help us complete an amazing Grayson Perry inspired tapestry at Abbot Hall Art Gallery on Saturday (26 Jan).

Get crafty and help us create this stunning piece of art. Guidance will be given to everyone who attends.

This is a collaboration between Abbot Hall and Manna House Kendal, a homeless prevention charity in Kendal.

15/01/2019
Grayson Perry tapestries at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

There's just one month left to see the amazing Grayson Perry tapestries at Abbot Hall!

They've been such a hit with visitors. Experience the tapestries and audio ballad of Julie Cope read by Grayson Perry himself.

Exhibition closes 16 Feb.

https://vimeo.com/309457342

Julie Cope's Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry is at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria until Saturday 16 February 2019. More details…

We are really excited to have this amazing exhibition at Abbot Hall this summer: Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud (12 Ju...
07/01/2019
Climate change ravages Turner’s majestic glaciers

We are really excited to have this amazing exhibition at Abbot Hall this summer: Ruskin, Turner & the Storm Cloud (12 July - 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.

The exhibition - and the issues it covers - is already gaining national media attention:

https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jan/06/climate-change-ravages-turner-majestic-glaciers-ruskin--alps-emma-stibbon-exhibition?CMP=share_btn_tw

New images by Emma Stibbon of locations used by Turner and Ruskin highlight the toll taken on Alpine landscape

"Once paintings leave the studio they take on their own life". With one month left to see Alison Watt's wonderful A Shad...
02/01/2019

"Once paintings leave the studio they take on their own life".

With one month left to see Alison Watt's wonderful A Shadow On The Blind exhibition at Abbot Hall, the artist speaks to us about paintings and the passing of time...

Alison Watt answers questions on our blog: https://lakelandarts.wordpress.com

(picture: Alison Watt in her studio. Courtesy of the artist and Parafin, London. Photo by John McKenzie).

01/01/2019
Abbot Hall's 2019 Programme

Take a look at our short video about the great exhibitions to look forward to at Abbot Hall #Kendal in 2019. (view time 24 seconds) #Cumbria

Turner, Ruskin, Scottish Colourists, The Art of Belonging and more. Lakeland Arts has revealed key highlights from its exciting 2019 programme of exhibitions at…

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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 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:30 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:30 - 17:00
Thursday 10:30 - 17:00
Friday 10:30 - 17:00
Saturday 10:30 - 17:00

Telephone

01539 722464

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