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Abbot Hall Art Gallery

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
+44 1539 722464
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Interesting collection of art

Plenty of rooms full of interesting exhibits, some temporary. Also a small but well stocked shop... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
pangalactic_1
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Always punches well above it's weight

The current Land,Sea,Life exhibition of art from the Chris Ingram collection is a must for all 20th... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Vanessa E
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Winner of the Art Gallery of the Year Cumbria Life Culture Awards 2017, Abbot Hall Art Gallery is a Grade 1 listed building with a national reputation for showing contemporary and historical works. Conveniently located in the town centre, Abbot Hall enjoys a pretty riverside setting. Just a stone’s throw from leafy Abbot Hall Park and Kendal Parish Church, it makes for an inspiring day out for all. On permanent display in the period Georgian rooms is a selection of works by Cumbrian born artist George Romney (1734-1802), one of the greatest of all eighteenth-century portrait painters. The centre piece is what many perceive to be his masterpiece, the beautiful The Gower Family: The Children of Granville, 2nd Earl Gower (1776-7). Also on show is The Great Picture which is an impressive triptych commissioned by Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1678) in 1646. It depicts the story of her life-long struggle for, and ultimately succession to, the family inheritance.
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Abbot Hall Art Gallery Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Plenty of rooms full of interesting exhibits, some temporary. Also a small but well stocked shop and a TeaRoom at the entrance.

Thank pangalactic_1
Reviewed 5 days ago

The current Land,Sea,Life exhibition of art from the Chris Ingram collection is a must for all 20th century art lovers. As other reviewers have noted, it is full of the great and the good of 20th art and has a great mixture of well-known and...More

Thank Vanessa E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always a pleasure. We went to the Land/Sea/Life exhibition. A collection of 20th century modern art which included works from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth,Graham Sutherland, David Hockney, Hilde Goldsmidt and Kirt Schwitters. Beautify displayed with complementary lighting an unobtrusive supervision.

Thank cphillips835
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The permanent collection is interesting in its own right but the Gallery hosts special exhibitions and we were lucky enough to see the Hockney, 'Rakes Progress', and the utterly spendid 'Land | Sea | Life' of moden British works. This is a top class exhibition...More

Thank Wary1
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks so much for your review! I am pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit and enjoyed the exhibition! It really has something for everyone! We really hope to see you again soon and keep your eye on our website for future exhibitions

Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

This charismatic art gallery has one of the most comprehensive collections of his drawings and watercolours by Victorian art critic and social commentator, John Ruskin. The modern collection has some sculptures too.

Thank Ultron-8
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hi, Thanks for your review I am pleased you enjoyed your visit, we have just changed the Ruskin exhibition with one of Percy Kelly so next time you visit there will be more to see!

Reviewed 26 August 2017

Recommended by an art teacher friend and not disappointed. We spent a glorious 2 hours here before heading south on a long journey home. The permanent exhibition on the ground floor was very interesting, including the information about the furniture. Upstairs was a Pop Art...More

Thank gwaterton
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hi Thanks so much for your review! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forwards to seeing you again soon!

Reviewed 13 August 2017

The staff and volunteers were delightful. The permanent exhibitions fascinating. The 60's exhibition is a must see with work from Peter Blake and a room with artefacts from the era. The star for us was Rake's Progress by David Hockney. Don't miss the Cafe, signage...More

Thank Cooksy6
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2017

Hi, thanks so much for the review, I am delighted to see you enjoyed the visit. Our cafe is new so its great to see you enjoyed it and I take on board your signage comments! I really do hope that you visit us again...More

Reviewed 11 August 2017

This gallery has a deserved reputation. This was my first visit and I was impressed by the Romney permanent exhibition and the pop art temporary exhibition. There is plenty of exhibition space here, so it is possible to show a variety or works.More

Thank J_Jarndyce
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2017

Hi, thanks for the review, I am pleased you enjoyed your visit and recognised the quality of the exhibitions we put on. We try to put on exhibitions that are national and international quality within a local environment allowing people to see fantastic art without...More

Reviewed 31 May 2017

A fascinating display of art and local items. Ground floor has furniture and artefacts. Second floor has "guest" art exhibitions, which obviously change depending when you visit. Do not miss The Lakeland Museum of Life on the other side of the site, also the neighbouring...More

Thank pbramham
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2017

Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to review your visit! I am pleased to see you enjoyed it and thanks for recommending the museum and the gallery! I hope that you managed to see our new The Bakestone cafe which reopened after the...More

Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

A lovely collection of paintings by George Romney set in a well restored building. The guest exhibitor is Julian Cooper (who I'd not heard of before) but has created some truly magnificent paintings. Well worth the visit.More

Thank Kay W
James D, General Manager at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2017

Hi, Thanks so much for your review! I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the visit and found the exhibition so pleasing! I hope you managed to try a cake in the temporary cafe too! Our new facilities open in a few weeks so...More

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barry503
28 October 2017|
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Response from Lakeland-Arts | Property representative |
Hi, our current exhibitions and displays are: - LAND | SEA | LIFE: A British Art Collection Curated by Abbot Hall Art Gallery, LAND | SEA | LIFE is exhibition of works on loan from The Ingram Collection, which is... More
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