Lakeland Arts' much-loved art collection includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture ranging from the 1700's to the present. In our refreshed collection galleries discover the stories of our extraordinary collection pieces and the people connected to them. Historic artists and subjects will be shown alongside works from modern and contemporary eras, telling a diverse story of people; their lived experiences, conflicts and shared commonalities.
Contemporary artists, such as Kendal-based artist Lela Harris have been invited to exhibit alongside the Abbot Hall collection. Highlights from the collection include works by George Romney, Joan Eardley, Lucian Freud, Hilde Goldschmidt, Victor Pasmore, Celia Paul, Kurt Schwitters, Stanley Spencer and Charmaine Watkiss.
You'll be able to see The Great Picture which depicts the accomplishments and family history of Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676). Painted during the English Civil War, it is a rare celebration of the life of a woman from that period. Through a combination of portraits, words and symbols it represents Anne's fight for her rights, her intelligence and her talent as a writer.
Within the collection galleries you will also find the Art Herbarium, a space to explore plant, mineral and animal forms. Drawings and paintings range from the immaculate 'organic vision' of John Ruskin, to the illuminated letters of Cumbrian artist, Percy Kelly.
You can find additional information about the exhibited works and narratives on the Bloomberg Connects App.
The collection galleries are situated in galleries 1-4, on the main floor of Abbot Hall. All our exhibitions and displays are included with gallery admission. Members go free. Other concessions available.
|Season (16 Feb 2024 - 28 Dec 2024)
|Monday - Sunday
From M6 jct 36 take A590 to Kendal. Come off dual-carriageway at Kendal south. Follow signs into town, Abbot Hall is well signed, next to Parish church.
Just a short walk from Kendal Train Station. Swap onto the Lakes Line from Oxenholme and alight at Kendal.
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