A Look Back at Lakes Ignite 2016

One of the Seven Nocturnal Rainbows for the English Lakes by Charles Monkhouse, on Coniston Water for Lakes Ignite (photo Carl Whitham) Nocturnal Rainbow on Coniston for Lakes Ignite 2016 (photo Carl Whitham) Charles Monkhouse's Nocturnal Rainbow on Grasmere for Lakes Ignite 2016 Nocturnal Rainbow on Grasmere for Lakes Ignite 2016 Amy Sharrocks and Museum of Water during Lakes Ignite at Wray Castle Boat House, May 2016 Museum of Water by artist Amy Sharrocks - an art experience for Lakes Ignite at Wray Castle Boat House, May 2016 Museum of Water at Wray Castle Boat House for Lakes Ignite 2016

This spring Lakes Culture sparked the imagination and celebrated the wealth of art and culture in the Lake District with an innovative programme of contemporary art experiences, exhibitions and performances hosted at key rural locations and cultural venues around the Lakes.

Here we take a look back at some of the Lakes Ignite highlights…

// CONTEMPORARY ART EXPERIENCES

Penultimate Nocturnal Rainbow on Grasmere for Lakes Ignite 2016
Penultimate Nocturnal Rainbow on Grasmere for Lakes Ignite 2016

The Lakes Ignite event, supported by United Utilities was launched by the spectacular Seven Nocturnal Rainbows for the English Lakes by Charles Monkhouse, a dramatic LED light installation that took place on three iconic lakes; Coniston, Ullswater and Grasmere illuminating the water in a series of colourful lights.

Amy Sharrocks’ thought-provoking Museum of Water captivated the imagination at Wray Castle’s Boat House, whilst digital artist Joseph Connor invited creative types to take part in his 21st Century Landscape Art Class at Brockhole Visitor Centre. You can see the digital artworks created during Joseph’s classes at Brockhole here

// REMBRANDT, SCULPTURE, JAZZ + COMEDY

Laura Ford cat sculptures at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, photo Lakeland Arts
Laura Ford cat sculptures at Blackwell, the Arts & Crafts House, photo Lakeland Arts

Abbot Hall Art Gallery was one of only three UK venues to host Rembrandt’s Self Portrait at the Age of 63, as part of the National Gallery’s Masterpiece Tour for 2016. Over the spring and summer months Abbot Hall has also welcomed sculptor Laura Ford to take over the gallery with her Seen and Unseen exhibition that is still on show until the 25 June and more pieces at Blackwell, the Arts & Craft House until the 4 September.

Theatre by the Lake celebrated their 25th anniversary of the acclaimed Keswick Jazz Festival – arguably Britain’s most illustrious celebration of authentic, New Orleans, Swing and mainstream jazz. This year the festival delivered 90 events across four packed days, from intimate concerts and show-stopping performances, to a Mardi-Gras-style procession through the town. For further fun-filled and laughter-fuelled festivities, an impressively talented line-up of comedians took to the stage at the Brewery Arts Centre in Kendal for this year’s Freerange Comedy Festival.

// CELEBRATING BEATRIX POTTER

Inside the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead
Inside the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead

As the county continues to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter there has been unique opportunities to view original watercolours and illustrations in exhibitions at both Wordsworth House in Cockermouth where you can still see Two Bad Mice: Mischief in Beatrix Potter’s Tales until the 30 June and Beatrix Potter: Realism and Romance, a life inspired by nature at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in Hawkshead that will run through to the 30 October 2016.

// ARTISTIC EXPLORATION

Last Supper by Stuart Walker at Brantwood
Last Supper by Stuart Walker at Brantwood

Stuart Walker’s Design for Life artworks at Brantwood are showcasing a ‘conversation’ with early conservation and environmentalist, John Ruskin. This exhibition exploring the concept of ‘Designing Sustainability’ continues until 6 June.

// Lakes Ignite 2016 Survey

If you enjoyed one or more of the Lakes Ignite events, we’d love to hear your thoughts – please take our 5 minute survey here and you can enter our prize draw competition.

. . . . . . . . . . .

Lakes Ignite 2016 may be over…
now it’s time to look forward to more top art and culture in the Lake District this summer!

. . . . . . . . . . .

Lakes Ignite 2016 – a celebration of art and culture in the Lake District, sparking your imagination from 30 April – 22 May, was supported by United Utilities.