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Ruskin’s home near Coniston to host 2015 events programme

Published on: Tuesday 24th March 2015
Categorised under: Play , Culture, Cumbria, Events

JOHN Ruskin’s former Lake District home, Brantwood, has a packed programme for 2015 in keeping with the great artist’s ideologies of nature and geology.

From March 11, the Coniston venue is hosting a selection of new works by prize-winning painter Martin Greenland entitled One to One. Cumbria. This is the second in an annual series focusing on a single new work by a living artist, as Greenland creates imagined landscapes inspired by his native Cumbria.

John Ford’s photography is showcased in Glen Fender Meadows, which opens on May 20. The biologist and photographer has spent more than 40 years creating a remarkable documentary celebration of the diversity of an unimproved northern hay meadow on the southern edges of the Cairngorms.

September 9 sees the arrival of A Lakeland Diary, another collection of photographs by Alexander Curtis. The Anglo-Austrian artist and film-maker uses prisms and filters to generate archetypal images. Distortions and blurring free his motifs from details that might otherwise encumber them, enabling the spatial and poetic qualities of objects and places to come to the fore.

Another Ruskin exhibition rounds out the schedule in the Blue Gallery, with Life Distilled opening on October 21. His detailed studies of nature were often made in a domestic setting looking at small objects picked up during travel. His analytical eye reveals universal qualities in the ephemera of everyday life, blending science, art and philosophical reflection in an approach that ran counter to the decorative tradition of still life painting.

The Severn Studio also holds exhibitions, with Tina Balmer’s still life and flower studies, Arriving Where We Started from March 14, followed by Sean McCann’s fine art landscapes on May 9, Dan Cooper’s Lakes-inspired paintings go on display on July 4, Sally Bamber’s exhibition of watercolours of flowers and plants grown on the Brantwood estate on September 5, and an exhibition by Harry Matthews is the last to arrive on November 7.

Entrance to all exhibitions is included in the admission price to the house, while access to the Severn Studio is also included in the garden entry price.

Once again, outdoor theatre returns to the lakeside meadow, as Illyria Theatre Company perform The Taming of the Shrew on July 21, and The Sorceror’s Apprentice on August 18.

There are also a number of talks, fairs, courses, walks and readings taking place throughout the year.

Places for all ticketed events can be booked via the venue now. For an extensive programme, visit

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