Abbot Halls' 2019 exhibtions and events

2019 Programme Overview

What's On at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

This year we have an exciting programme of exhibitions and events including our major summer show of Turner and Ruskin. Here are the 2019 highlights:

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

12 October - 2 February 2019

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

Julie Cope’s Grand Tour: The Story of a Life by Grayson Perry

9 November - 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.

Refuge: The Art of Belonging

15 February - 29 June 2019

Drawing on Abbot Hall’s own collection and supported by loans, this exhibition tells the story of artists who entered Britain as a result of Nazi occupation alongside a community project exploring the lives of refugees living in Cumbria.

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.

Colour and Light: The Art and Influence of the Scottish Colourists

18 October 2019 - January 2020

In partnership with the Fleming Collection this exhibition presents the work of and influences of Scottish Colourists.

What's On at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry


New Year, New Maker: Modern Basketry by Lorna Singleton 

12 January 2019 - 6 May 2019 

The Museum opens the new year with a spotlight on the traditional Cumbrian craft of swill basket making. Contemporary crafter Lorna Singleton uses long-established methods in her work to create beautiful hand-woven baskets for modern day. Singleton won the Cumbria Life award in 2016 for ‘best maker’. Her contemporary swill baskets will be shown alongside historic examples and tools from the collection.

Child Labour: Hidden Stories of Cumbria

18 May - 28 September 2019 

An exhibition that looks at the lives of children in the Victorian era and how they worked in the Lake District industries. The exhibition will challenge visitors through participation and exploration of child labour in the present day.

LGBT+ Project

12 October - January 2020

A project to re-examine our collections and engage with LGBT+ history and voices to help us better represent Cumbria’s communities.

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


Grayson Perry, Ceramics

21 September - 6 January 2019

Grayson Perry In-Focus Display features three spotlight loans which will be displayed in the unique Arts & Crafts setting. Included are Melanie (2014) on loan from York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery), Mad Kid’s Bedroom Wall Pot (1996) on loan from the Crafts Council, and Christening Pot, on loan from a private collection.

The Simpsons: An Arts & Crafts Family

21 September - February 2019

This exhibition places The Simpsons family in the context of the Arts and Crafts movement in the Lake District.

New Year New Maker: A Design Lineage: The Rusland Movement at Blackwell

18 January - 9 June 2019

The exhibition looks at the Rusland Movement’s beautiful furnishings inspired by nature. The Rusland Movement is a group of dedicated craftsmen and designers, all of whom are based in Cumbria. They invest their heart and soul in all that they create, designing and making beautifully elegant, commissioned pieces of furniture, destined to become heirlooms.

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