Galleries in South Lakeland offer an exciting programme of both temporary and permanent exhibitions, in venues ranging from the internationally-recognised and nationally-acclaimed, to the quirky and independent.
The area boasts galleries providing unique insights into art, literature, history, culture and geology and, for newcomers, the permanent collections are often undiscovered gems. Temporary exhibitions are just as enriching, typically offering an astonishingly fresh and vibrant approach, as well as being displayed in unique and glorious settings.
The unofficial ‘gallery trail’ can start in Kendal and encompass Romney, Ruskin and much more at Abbot Hall, continuing with exhibitions at Kendal Museum. Moving to Bowness, the breathtaking beauty of work produced by the Arts & Crafts movement awaits at Blackwell, The Arts and Crafts House, along with a programme of changing exhibitions, while major shows at the Wordsworth Museum in Grasmere connect visitors with the world of the Romantic poets.
The art at the Heaton Cooper Studio, Grasmere, brings landscape to life and over in Hawkshead, the Beatrix Potter Gallery evokes memories of childhood through Miss Potter’s stunning watercolours. Milnthorpe's Art Exhibition is held annually every July, boasting exhibits by many well known Lakeland artists which are for sale, with all profits going to local good works and charities.
Visit Coniston and enjoy contemporary art in the Severn Studio at Brantwood, former home of John Ruskin, or take a trip to Sedbergh to discover a fascinating programme of temporary exhibitions at Farfield Mill. Alternatively, try The Wolfhouse Gallery in Silverdale which attracts walkers, artists and shoppers from all over the world to take in the surrounding scenery, woodlands & coastal walks.
Finally, have you visit The Beach Hut Gallery yet in Grange? A hidden gem situated at the end of the Cross Bay Walk, its programme of exhibitions throughout the year means there is something for everyone!
With small galleries to explore in most towns and villages, there’s every opportunity to open the door on South Lakeland culture. To further explore the galleries in our area, visit Cumbria Tourism's website GoLakes or download their guide.