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Class, Covid & Cumbria

22 October – 27 February

This Autumn, visit Blackwell – the Arts & Crafts house for our brand-new community-inspired exhibition.

Creating a unique record of an extraordinary period, Class, Covid & Cumbria reflects on the past two years by exploring Cumbrian experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Revealing the impact of location, isolation, and class, this exhibition presents several thought-provoking displays, commissions and community work throughout the house.

The exhibition features an internationally significant tapestry by Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry.?The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal, 2012?is part of a series of tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences which explores the themes of class identity and social-mobility, and the idea that where people start in life can have a significant impact on where they end up.

On display alongside the tapestry will be images by award-winning photographer?Juliet Klottrup?as well as celebrated local photographer?Joseph Hardman (1893-1972) who’s vast portfolio of images document Cumbrian life in the mid-20th century. The exhibition will also feature artworks created through the?Lakeland Arts MEND project on public display for the first time.

From Thursday 18 November, Blackwell introduces the largest single artist commission in more than a decade. Cumbrian artist Rosie Galloway-Smith, launches a bespoke textile display inspired by stories shared by the community, using intricate patterns found throughout Blackwell and in the dramatic Cumbrian weather.

Class, Covid & Cumbria opens daily from 10am on Friday 22 October and entry includes a free visitor guide.
Friday 22 October 2021 - Sunday 27 February 2022
10am - 5pm
Standard admission to the house
Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3JT
Fri 22 Oct 2021
Contact telephone: 01539637940 Call to check latest times or cancellations.
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