Lakes Ignite: ARTS

The Lakes Ignite complementary programme contains a diverse selection of cultural exhibits and events that promises to excite, inform and entertain visitors. By exploring the beauty and emotional power of this work, we can truly appreciate the creative skill and imagination that has gone into producing it.

Face Value: Portraiture from the Arts Council Collection                

Abbot Hall Art Gallery: 27 March – 13 June

This fascinating exhibit shows work from over 30 artists who worked throughout the last century. Including Tracey Emin’s early autobiographical video work Why I Never Became a Dancer, as well as a series of both traditional and convention defying self-portraits by other artists including Sarah Lucas and David Bomberg. The exhibition also explores how portraiture can deceive and can be used both to assert and to deny identity in such works as Vanessa Bell’s The Cook and William Roberts’ A Gypsy Girl.

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Evelyn de Morgan                 

Blackwell, the Arts and Craft House: 24 April – 13 September

A celebration of artist Evelyn De Morgan’s unique work, with a focus on her pacifism and reaction towards both The Great War and the Boer War. Her distinguished paintings contain the influence of early Italian Renaissance art, as well as that of her Pre-Raphaelite peers. Prepare to be captivated!

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We Find the Body Difficult to Speak    

Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre: Performance on Friday 15 May – Installation continues until 26 May

This innovative body of work comprises a series of text scores that form the basis of a number of sound, video and performance works – all of which have been produced in and around Grizedale Forest. The text scores will be performed in the galleries at Grizedale Forest Visitor Centre on Friday 15 May and will be exhibited until 26 May. The work extends from the recently published book, Yew Grotesque by Patrick Farmer, a text-based engagement with listening, written in response to walking around Grizedale and staying in the wooden cabin on the edge of the forest.

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