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Summer fun at Lakeland Arts

[C]reate kaleidoscopes, interact with light and shadow to become a ‘living statue’ – just some of the free self-led activities at Lakeland Arts venues this summer.

Families can get crafty at Abbot Hall Art Gallery and the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in Kendal and at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House at Bowness-on-Windermere.

At Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, families can be inspired in two ways by the Elisabeth Frink exhibition Fragility and Power.

Children and adults can interact with light and shadow to become a living statue inspired by Frink’s sculptures. More details: https://www.abbothall.org.uk/strikeapose

Next door at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry take part in Summer Holiday Crafts inspired by our Votes for Women display. More details: https://www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk/holidaycrafts.

You can also become roving reporters as part of our exhibition From Wordsworth to the Web: 200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette. Take a picture in our selfie board and become the headline story, or get to work in our mini newsroom and write your own headlines. Separate real from fake news.

Go psychedelic at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House at Bowness-on-Windermere and experience the Time Mirror installation which is part of Lakes Ignite 2018. Visitors can experiment with this unique kaleidoscopic artwork on the lawn, shoot videos or take funky photos to share with friends. More details: https://www.blackwell.org.uk/event/psychedelic-summer

Young ultra-culture-vultures can join us for an entire week. Summer Art Camp is designed for 8 to 14-year-olds and runs from 9.30am to 4pm between 13-18 August. Booking is essential. More details: Art Camp

This summer, Abbot Hall Art Gallery has major exhibitions of work by Elisabeth Frink and Auguste Rodin. Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry also has several displays relating to Votes for Women and the exhibition From Wordsworth to the Web: 200 Years of the Westmorland Gazette.

Shannon Quigley, Lakeland Arts’ Learning and Engagement Officer, said: “There are fantastic exhibitions and displays across all our venues. Running alongside them are a host of self-led activities to get families having fun and being creative together.

“We also have children’s menus at Abbot Hall’s Bakestone Cafe and in the Tea Room at Blackwell meaning you can enjoy culture and culinary delights during your visit.”

There is an admission charge for adults at the venues. Under 5’s and full-time students get free entry and children aged 6-16 years by donation. National Art Pass holders get a 50% discount.

What’s On at Lakeland Arts this summer:

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal

Adult (£7.70 / £7.00 without gift aid). Joint Abbot Hall Gallery & Museum £9.90.

Until 31 August, all day
LEGO Sculptures
Pop into Abbot Hall Art Gallery and create LEGO sculptures inspired by works in our Elisabeth Frink exhibition. A free self-led activity, standard gallery admission applies. More information www.abbothall.org.uk

Until 31 August, all day
Strike a Pose
Interact with light and shadow to become a living statue inspired by Elisabeth Frink’s sculptures on display at Abbot Hall. A free self-led activity.

Monday 13 – Friday 17 August (9.30am – 4.00pm)
Art Camp
Back by popular demand, the award-winning Art Camp returns this summer. A week of hand-on exciting activities exploring art and history for 8 to14-year-olds. Make life-size sculptures inspired by our Elisabeth Frink exhibition and experiment with image and symmetry using Lakes Ignite’s Time Mirror at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House in Bowness. Pick up an drop off at Abbot Hall. £150 per child. A £30 discount for additional siblings and a Pupil Premium rate is available. More information www.abbothall.org.uk / 01539 722 464.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal 

Adult £5.50 (£5 without Gift Aid)

Joint Abbot Hall Gallery & Museum £9.90.

20 July – 13 August, all day
Summer Holiday Crafts
This summer Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry invites you to take part in free craft activities inspired by our Votes for Women display. A free self-led activity, standard gallery admission applies. More information at www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Adult £8.80 (£8 without Gift Aid)

Until 31 August, all day
Psychedelic Summer
Interact with Lakes Ignite’s Time Mirror art installation and play with the detailed design of Blackwell combined with the majesty of the landscape through kaleidoscopes, mirrors and projections. Visitors of all ages can also take part in a digital activity using an app. Walk around the Arts and Crafts house to capture and manipulate patterns using the KaleidaCam app. Free self-led activities. Standard house admission applies. More information at www.blackwell.org.uk.

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