What's on at Abbot Hall Art Gallery in 2018

2018 Programme Overview

This year we have an exciting programme of exhibitions including Grayson Perry, Claude Monet and Elisabeth Frink. Alongside these artists are a select group of contemporary artists including Katie Spragg, Alison Watt and Patricia MacKinnon-Day.

Here are the 2018 highlights:

Claude Monet, Haystacks: Snow Effect, 1891
Friday 12 January - Saturday 28 April

See a painting by one of the world's most famous artists.

Katie Spragg, In The Meadow
Friday 12 January - Saturday 28 April
Two digital animation works by contemporary ceramicist, Katie Spragg.

Patricia MacKinnon-Day, Tracing the Landscape: Cumbrian Farm Women
Friday 2 March - Saturday 9 June

The exhibition questions and seeks to understand why the farmer’s wife was, and remains one of the most elusive figures in agrarian history.

History of the Royal Academy RA250
Thursday 1 March - Saturday 9 June
This first display celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy traces the history of the Royal Academy through our collection.

Women of the Royal Academy RA250
Friday 11 May - Saturday 28 July
The second display celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy is dedicated to female Royal Academicians.

Rodin: rethinking the fragment
10 August - 27 October 2018

This exhibition explores how Rodin, the originator of modern sculpture, was inspired by art of ancient Greece and Rome.

Elisabeth Frink: Fragility and Power
Friday 22 June - Saturday 29 September

Our main summer show will explore and celebrate the work of one of the most exciting and individual British sculptors of the twentieth century.

John Harden
26 September - February 2019
A display of the work by watercolourist John Harden, capturing the cultural landscape of the early nineteenth century.

Alison Watt: A Shadow On The Blind
Friday 12 October - Saturday 2 February 2019

The exhibition will include new and existing work focusing upon her exquisitely painted canvases.

Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry
Friday 9 November - Saturday 16 February 2019

Julie Cope is a fictional character created by artist Grayson Perry – an Essex everywoman whose story he has told through the two tapestries and extended ballad presented in the exhibition.

What's On at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

Folk Art: Why We Make Things Beautiful
11 November 2017 - 14 April 2018
Explore why ordinary people are driven to create extraordinary things, and uncover the unique and fascinating stories of these objects.

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives
Friday 12 January - December 2018

Discover the history of the suffragists and suffragettes and how women fought for their rights.

From Wordsworth to the Web: 200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette
Saturday 28 April - 20 December 2018

Here is the news! The Museum celebrates 200 years of Kendal's Westmorland Gazette.

What's On at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Katie Spragg, Ceramics
Friday 26 January - Thursday 10 May

Spragg's works combine clay with a range of processes including animation, illustration and installation.

Form Over Function
Friday 17 May - Sunday 9 September 2018

Ceramic Art at Blackwell

Grayson Perry, Ceramics
Friday 21 September - Sunday 6 January 2019

A spotlight loan of Perry's ceramics on display in the house.

The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family
Friday 21 September - Sunday 6 January 2019
This exhibition places The Simpsons family in the context of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Lake District.

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