Coffee House Exhibitions

Early Colour:
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 to Open Up North 2014 has now closed.  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.

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