Experience outstanding culture in the inspiring setting of the Lake District this autumn

This autumn Lakes Culture brings you a colourful and creative season of art about comics, colour and the environment, theatre about Cumbria, China and balls and festivals about artists and mountains; all guaranteed to inspire and satisfy art connoisseurs, families and those that just love the Lake District. Check out our Top 10 events coming soon…

C-Art 2016 ‘Art in Extraordinary Places’ Various locations across Cumbria – 10 –  25 September 2016

Castles, churches, lake shores and mountain huts are just some of the unusual settings which will play host to some exceptional works of art in the iconic Cumbrian landscape, as part of C-Art 2016.Co-ordinated by Eden Arts, the award-winning C-Art is the county’s biggest visual arts project including 110+ artists, designers and galleries spread across 80 venues across Cumbria. As well as ‘open studios’ in more traditional gallery settings, artists will also be taking up residence in 15 more unexpected locations. That ranges from Carlisle Cathedral to the shores of Ullswater and Windermere, and properties throughout the Lake District including Grasmere’s Allan Bank, Fell Foot Park and Bark House at Ashness Bridge.

Meeting Bea at The Old Laundry Theatre, Bowness-on- Windermere 16 September – 9 October 2016

You are invited to discover Beatrix Potter in her later life as the formidable Mrs Heelis – accomplished writer, award-winning Herdwick farmer and countrywoman.
This production by Eric Pringle will premiere at The Old Laundry Theatre, in the scenic Lake District town of Bowness-on-Windermere, on 16 September. The performance celebrates Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary in theatrical style and introduces this incredible Lake District icon during the years after her story writing heyday.

Roundabout Returns! Abbot Hall, Kendal 6 – 9 October 2016

Following on from last year’s success Paines Plough Theatre Company will be returning to Kendal with its Roundabout theatre dome this autumn! Roundabout, a unique pop-up 168 seat auditorium, will once again be pitched on the Abbot Hall lawn for a special series of performances from 6-9 October. Paines Plough is regarded as the “National Theatre” of new writing, renowned for their acclaimed, cutting-edge productions and they will be presenting three new shows:

Growth by Luke Norris

Tobes is young, free and having a ball. Off. It’s seriously cramping his style so there are pants to be dropped and decisions to be made. A comedy about growing up and manning up. 6 Oct: 7.30pm, 8 Oct 7.30pm & 9 Oct: 5pm. £10/£9 U16

Love, Lies and Taxidermy by Alan Harris

Son of a Polish taxidermist meets daughter of a failing ice cream salesman. In Tesco. An offbeat love story about trying to fit in. 7 Oct: 7.30pm, 8 Oct: 5pm & 9 Oct 7.30pm. £10/£9 U16

I Got Superpowers for My Birthday by Katie Douglas

Ethan, William and Fiona discover they have superpowers just in time to save the world. Join our heroes on a magical quest for ages 7-11. 7 Oct: 10.30am & 1.30pm (schools shows), 8 Oct: 2pm & 9 Oct: 2pm.

There will also be a variety of live music, spoken word, comedy shows and community events. To be confirmed. For details visit http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/or call box office on 01539 725133.

Spinning the Colours of Lakeland at Blackwell, The Arts & Craft House, Bowness on Windermere –  24 September – 29 January

Colour I revel in’ – the words of Annie Garnett, the creative Arts and Crafts designer and entrepreneur who became a key figure in the revival of hand spinning and weaving in the Lake District. The exhibition will include examples of Annie Garnett’s designs on paper and the resulting silks, embroideries and textiles. It will also explore the inspiration for the forms and colours of these in the landscape and skies of Lakeland and especially in the fascinating garden created by Annie close to the Spinnery and once described by an American journalist as ‘A colour laboratory in the English lake region’. On the 23 September join the curators of Spinning the Colours of Lakeland who will lead a tour highlighting the inspiration for Annie Garnett’s colours and designs in her garden. Book your ticket here.

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the year 2016 at Grizedale Forest & Visitor Centre – 3 September – 1 January 2017

The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 presents a shortlist of 60 exceptional environmental photographs, from a submission of ten thousand images by photographers and filmmakers internationally. The photographs and films reflect the urgent environmental and social concerns that surround us today. Topics include recent natural catastrophes induced by the changing climate, the effects of population growth on the urban environment, and the resourceful ways in which the human race is preserving the earth’s biodiversity.  Experience this powerful exhibition in the natural setting of Grizedale Forest.  Supported for the fourth year by Forestry Commission England.

The exhibition at Grizedale Forest will be accompanied by a portfolio showcase by photographer Pedram Yazdani, winner of the Forestry Commission England People Nature and Economy Award 2016.

The Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Kendal 14 – 16 October 2016

The much anticipated Lakes International Comic Art Festival now in its fourth year will put a spotlight for one fantastic weekend on the brilliance, diversity and quirkiness of comic art. Taking over the town of Kendal, on the edge of the Lake District, the Festival features international comic artists and creators, as well as live drawing, film, exhibitions, comic trails, workshops, performance, master classes and independent publishers.

The events programme is bursting with opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the leading comic artists and writers from across the world – see them draw, talk about their work and bring comics to life. Guests revealed so far are Joe Kelly, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Luke and Steve McGarry, Mick McMahon, Ken Niimura and Benoit Peeters, – with more announcements to come soon.

There is something for everyone to enjoy including a free Family Zone providing drop-in activities for all ages, alongside a series of fantastic workshops from toddlers to teenagers. Simply come together for a weekend to celebrate the amazing world of comic art.

Kendal Mountain Festival, Kendal 17 – 20 November 2016

Kendal Mountain Festival is the world’s biggest mountain festival. It’s a celebration of mountain film, literature, art, athletes and legends that aims to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness and their cultures. Thousands of outdoor enthusiasts plus media industry specialists, athletes, top brands & equipment manufacturers, artists, photographers, adventurers, explorers and inspirational speakers gather every year to share adventures and celebrate the very best in outdoor and adventure sports culture. At the heart of its rich programme is the International Film Competition, attracting premières from around the world – it has been called the ‘Oscars of outdoor filmmaking’. Over 70 films are screened (from 200+ entries) with eleven coveted awards up for grabs. However, Kendal Mountain Festival is not all extreme action – you can experience culture, drama, wildlife and environmental documentaries, plus the world’s largest lecture programme covering outdoor content.

The Emperor and the Nightingale and The Secret Life of Suitcases’ Theatre by the Lake, Keswick from 25 November 2016

This Winter treat the whole family to two outstanding family-friendly performances at Keswick’s Theatre by the Lake on the shores of Derwentwater. The Emperor and the Nightingale is set in ancient China.  The young emperor Wu is kept a virtual prisoner in his palace by his scheming guardian, Li Si. For Wu, the world outside the Forbidden City is a dangerous place. But when he hears Xiao, a young peasant girl, talk of the most beautiful sound on earth – the song of the nightingale – it’s too much to resist.

From the 13 -23 December enjoy ‘The Secret Life of Suitcases’. Larry works in an office and he likes it very much. He likes sorting and tidying and generally putting things in order. Everything in its place, a place for everything. But one day, a suitcase suddenly appears at his door. A suitcase with a tiny label. A tiny label with Larry’s name on it. And this suitcase has a mission. A funny and enchanting show with renowned Scottish puppeteer Ailie Cohen. (Suitable for ages 4+)

Remember to enjoy a pre-theatre meal at Theatre by the Lake’s new Café by the Lake – a lofty, light and airy place to dine with spectacular views across the lake to Cat Bells and beyond.

People on Paper at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, 29 October – 17 December 2016

Bringing together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Collection to Kendal including Frank Auerbach, Peter Blake, Lucian Freud, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, L S Lowry and Henry Moore to name a few. Artists have been drawing the figure for centuries, from carefully composed life drawings to people caught unawares at leisure or work. Though there are sometimes surprising similarities across the decades, there is also a great diversity of techniques and approaches. The majority are drawn from observation, though some are from memory or imagination; some are unfinished studies while others are finished works in their own right. On the 18 November join Arts Council Collection Curator, Ann Jones at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, as she leads a walking tour of this show, which draws together artwork by British artists of the last 100 years. Book your ticket here

Joseph Hardman: People on Film at Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Kendal 17 September – 17 December 2016

Joseph Hardman was a prolific photographer who captured an image of Lakeland life between the 1930s and the 1960s. The Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry now holds over 5000 of his original glass slides. This show will bring together some of these images to examine an aspect of Hardman’s work that is often overlooked, his use of people as subjects. Hardman is more famous for his stunning landscapes or the work of shepherds, but people from all walks of life play an important role in his photographs. This display will ask how the figures in Hardman’s pictures were used and how they help to create his signature Lake District images.

To find out more about art and culture in the Lake District, Cumbria please visit Lakes Culture.


Note to Editors:
For more information, contact Sarah Jones – sjones@cumbriatourism.org  / 01539 825052 or visit http://www.cumbriatourism.org/marketing/lakes-culture-intro-page.aspx
• Lakes Culture aims to bring together the area’s tourism and cultural sectors to better promote the wealth of cultural activities on offer reaffirming the area as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.
• The Lake District is one of only ten locations in the country to benefit from Cultural Destinations initiative a focused programme set up by Arts Council England and VisitEngland. The aim of Cultural destinations is to enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with destination organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector. Closer working between the two sectors will contribute to the economic growth of the cultural and tourism visitor economies.
• Organisations involved in the project include Kendal Brewery Arts Centre (Lead Organisation), Lakeland Arts, Wordsworth Trust, Theatre by the Lake, The Forestry Commission – Grizedale, Cumbria Tourism, The National Trust, Lake District National Park, South Lakeland District Council and Lake District Summer Music.
• The Lakes Culture project forms a supporting strand of the UNESCO World Heritage bid submitted by the Lake District National Park Partnership.  Decision announcement expected July 2017.

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