Coffee House Exhibitions
Exploring Images of Snow and Winters Past
17 January - 22 March 2014
The photographic prints on display of snow and winters past in Cumbria have been created using images from the Henry Herbert and Joseph Hardman archives at the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry. They form part of the Snow Scenes project which is based at the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham.
Snow Scenes is an Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project exploring the role of place in weather memories in the United Kingdom. The project aims to expand regional pictures of extreme winter weather in Cumbria, particularly snow, through archival research and the collection of weather memories.
The photographs were all created by historian Alexander Hall as a way to explore changes to the Cumbrian landscape, bring historical records to life, and to generate discussion amongst Cumbrians about their memories of snow and winters past in the region.
The project would like to hear your memories of snow and cold winters in Cumbria. From being snowed in, to snowfights at school, whether a story from last year, or one passed down through the generations, write your memory on one of the snow scenes postcards accompanying this text or visit the project website: blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/snowscenes
For more information about Alexander Hall’s research and photography please visit his personal website greengambit.blogspot.com or find him on Twitter @Green_Gambit.
Autochrome plates by Algernon Osbourne Paine
24 March - 14 May
Algernon Osbourne Paine was born in Preston and moved to Grange Over Sands in 1900 where he was manager of W.H. Smith's bookstall at the railway station. This exhibition of prints have been scanned from his fantastic collection of autochrome glass plates which were taken before the First World War and provide a glimpse of a world normally confined to black and white. The plates are as vivid now as the day they were taken and demonstrate his skill at capturing the colour of flowers, fruit and sunsets with this early photographic process.
The Autochrome Lumière is an early colour process which was patented in 1903 by the Lumière brothers in France. It uses a random mosaic of microscopic grains of potato starch dyed red-orange, green, and blue-violet which act as colour filters for the photographic emulsion. When viewed after processing, the light passing through the individual starch grains is interpreted by the eye, and the original colour of the subject photographed is reconstructed.
Open Up North
31 May - 27 July 2014
2014 see the return of Open Up North, a competition open to all artists from the north of England*, culminating in a multi-venue exhibition across Kendal. The exhibition will take place in all gallery spaces around the Brewery Arts Centre, Abbot Hall Coffee House and Kendal College’s Castle Dairy.
Over 200 professional and non-professional artists took part in Open Up North in 2011 with 150 pieces of work being selected for the final exhibition. Entry will be via an online portal which will open on Monday 3 March. More information can be found here.
* The north of England is defined as Cumbria, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Northumberland, Co. Durham, Tyne & Wear, Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.
- Image part of the Snow Scenes project which is based at the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham