Saturday 2nd March 2019
Sarah Casey workshop in loft.
This workshop offers the opportunity to examine details of Ruskin’s clothing through drawing. It will introduce participants to methods of examining and interpreting garments through drawing using accessible exercises to train the eye, building on Ruskin’s ethos of drawing as a means to understand the world. The workshop is led by artist Sarah Casey whose exhibition Ruskin’s Good Looking! will be on display in Brantwood’s Blue Gallery. The workshop also includes a guided talk of the exhibition demonstrating how the work has been developed using the methods applied in this workshop. The final section of the workshop will involve an introduction to Casey’s technique of drawing in wax used for the works in the exhibition. £70 for the workshop. Runs 10-5pm.
For further information, please contact:
East of Lake
Cumbria LA21 8AD
Tel: 015394 41396
16 February – 24 March 2019
Exhibition: Through Floors, Within Rooms: Portraits by Stefan Orlowski Severn Studio, Brantwood
Stefan Orlowski is a dedicated oil painter. In conjunction with his ongoing investigation into figuration and portraiture, Stefan explores landscape with the aim of eliciting the same unsettling qualities and tensions that underlie his general practice. His first exhibition at Brantwood, this exhibition will be of Stefan’s incredibly sensitive, beautiful and sometimes disquieting portrait work.
The work on display focuses on a small handful of relationships, whose portraits recur in situations and common place realities that the artist manipulates to explore certain themes and concerns regarding the intimate scrutiny of the human figure; corporal honesty, anxiety, discomfort and a drive to explore physical and existential dichotomies. The works are predominantly executed in the traditional media of Oil or Egg Tempera, depending on the subject and intention of a given work. The differences in approach and execution are a simulacrum of divergent drives in the artist; precision and rigour versus the gestural and suggestive. At times the paintwork can feel agitated in its handling as though contorted by anxious tension. In other works the handling may feel more yielding and tempered by a certain quietude or sympathy of feeling.
The environments of each subject are at times scrutinised and constructed around the individual to enhance a certain state of mind or accentuate a mood, perhaps driven by the psychological states of both artist and subject. A slumbering figure lies linen cocooned in the early morning, glimpsed daily through a half open door. Another squirms under artificial light upon a cold studio work top. Others sit plaintively in dull, dim rooms. Heads and hands contort on the grounded surface of the canvas.
The attempt is not to make pleasant images but to reveal, sometimes uncomfortably, prosaic daily realities and the emotional charge that they carry.
‘Through Floors, Within Rooms’ will be on display in the Severn Studio at Brantwood, open every day Wed-Sun 10.30am – 4.00pm and from 18 March 2019 10.30am-5.00pm. Admission is included in the house or garden ticket. For further information please contact Brantwood, Coniston, LA21 8AD, Cumbria. T: 015394 41396. www.brantwood.org.uk
Thursday 7 February 2019
7pm – 9pm
Concert: Performance by Chetham’s School of Music Drawing Room, Brantwood
We are delighted to welcome some of Chetham’s accomplished pupils to perform in Brantwood’s drawing room. This fantastic opportunity for the students and visitors alike will make for a memorable evening. Tickets £19 p.p. (includes glass of wine in the interval). Booking essential. Pre-concert supper can be booked in advance by email: email@example.com.
For further information, please contact:
East of Lake
Cumbria LA21 8AD
Tel: 015394 41396
6 February 7 April 2019
Exhibition: Ruskin’s Good Looking! Absence and presence in John Ruskin’s clothing. Drawings by Sarah Casey Blue Gallery, Brantwood
Visiting artist, Sarah Casey applies Ruskin’s ideas about drawing, looking and appearance to explore the details of his own clothes, items of which survive at Brantwood and Keswick Museum. Ruskin thought of architectural and natural ornament as forms of dress which simultaneously cloak and reveal. References to textiles and clothing occur throughout his work and he famously inspired the local linen industry with the production of Ruskin Lace.
Ruskin thought of architectural and natural ornament as forms of dress which simultaneously cloak and reveal. References to textiles and clothing occur throughout his work and he famously inspired the local linen industry with the production of Ruskin Lace. Sarah Casey applies Ruskin’s ideas about drawing, looking and appearance to explore the details of his own clothes, many items of which survive at Brantwood. Sarah has been artist in residence at Brantwood throughout 2018 studying Ruskin’s garments. This exhibition, which includes Ruskin’s christening gown, will open in time to mark the 200th Anniversary of Ruskin’s birth on 8th February 1819, and his christening 13 days later.
Sarah Casey’s drawings test the limits of visibility and material existence, operating somewhere between image and object. She sees drawing as a form of touching and has worked with a number of historic dress collections to explore the uncanny sense of human presence in garments. At Brantwood, her large, ghostly drawings made of wax document Ruskin’s clothing and reflect on the intimacy of folding and touching clothing within the domestic environment of Brantwood. Sarah Casey is Senior Lecturer in Drawing and Installation at Lancaster University.
An illustrated catalogue with essays by international scholars of Ruskin and dress accompanies this exhibition.
‘Ruskin’s Good Looking!’ will be on display in the Blue Gallery at Brantwood, open every day Wed-Sun 10.30am – 4.00pm and daily from 18 March 2019 10.30am-5.00pm. Admission is included in the house ticket. For further information please contact Brantwood, Coniston, LA21 8AD, Cumbria. T: 015394 41396. www.brantwood.org.uk
22nd February The Dawn Wall Film at the Alhambra Cinema in Keswick. A George Fisher Ltd event.
For further information on this event visit:
Navigation & Mountain Safety – George Fisher Ltd, Keswick
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A star-like object moves in the dark space of the Blue Gallery whilst in the Garden Annexe, the sky has shattered into a cairn of shards. Patricia Townsend is an artist working with the moving image, photography and installation. Her work explores our relationship with landscape – the ways in which landscape can affect us emotionally and the stories we construct by projecting our own beliefs, expectations and desires onto our surroundings.
Townsend has shown her work regularly over the last 20 years in both solo and group exhibitions. In recent years she has moved from a predominantly photographic practice towards work with the moving image, including installations. ‘Black Sun’ is her first 4K (Ultra-High Definition) video.
‘Black Sun’ shows a planet-like object slowly moving towards and away from the viewer, subtly changing as it does so. It calls for particular viewing conditions to appreciate the very slow and strange changes in the image. ‘The Transience of Wonder’ is an installation of 50 ‘shards of sky’ created by mounting narrow sections of photographs of the sky under thick perspex. They will be suspended in a floating cairn in the Garden Annexe at Brantwood. A prototype was shown at the Slade in 2017.
Howard Hull, Director of Brantwood, sums up the aims of the exhibition: “I am delighted to welcome Patricia Townsend back to Brantwood. Although her two installations transcend literal interpretation, the timing of the exhibition is significant. They will focus our audiences on the power of light and dark at the time of the winter, and provide cogent symbolism to usher-in a year-long celebration of the birth of John Ruskin. Ruskin’s life was marked by an extraordinary clarity of vision and a deeply troubled soul, reflected in his ecstatic love of skies and his deep depression at signs of man-made climate change. Patricia’s work is powerful and invites contemplation. Being able to host contemporary work of the highest quality in a historic setting allows Brantwood to bridge the space between works which were contemporary when Ruskin hung them on the wall and the work of artists today. ‘To-Day’ was Ruskin’s motto.”
Patricia Townsend works with the moving image, photography and installation. She is interested in our relationship with landscape and the ways in which landscape can affect us emotionally. She has exhibited her artwork nationally and internationally in solo exhibitions, group shows and video screenings. Other recent work includes a series of moving image pieces related to Morecambe Bay. One of these, Under the Skin, was shown at Brantwood in 2013 with the support of an Arts Council award.
Patricia completed a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, in 2018. Her book ‘Creative States of Mind: Psychoanalysis and the Artist’s Process’ will be published by Routledge in 2019. For more information and to see more of Patricia’s work, please visit www.patriciatownsend.net
‘Black Sun, Blue Light’ is on display in the Blue Gallery & Annexe at Brantwood, open Wed-Sun 10.30am – 4.00pm. Admission is included in the house ticket. For further information please contact Brantwood, Coniston, LA21 8AD, Cumbria. T: 015394 41396. www.brantwood.org.uk
A2B Sports Therapy & Movement with Andrew Bryson in Store – 9th February-https://www.georgefisher.co.uk/events