Collection Galleries

16 Feb 2024 – 28 Dec 2024

Regular hours

10:30 – 16:00
10:30 – 16:00
10:00 – 16:00
10:30 – 16:00

Cost of entry

Included with gallery admission

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Abbot Hall

Kendal, United Kingdom

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Stories from the Lakeland Arts collection


Lakeland Arts’ much-loved art collection includes paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture ranging from the 1700’s to the present. 

In our refreshed collection galleries discover the stories of our extraordinary collection pieces and the people connected to them. Historic artists and subjects will be shown alongside works from modern and contemporary eras, telling a diverse story of people; their lived experiences, conflicts and shared commonalities.  

Portrait Galleries

Contemporary artists, such as Kendal-based artist Lela Harris have been invited to exhibit alongside the Abbot Hall collection. Highlights from the collection include works by George Romney, Joan Eardley, Lucian Freud, Hilde Goldschmidt, Victor Pasmore, Celia Paul, Kurt Schwitters, Stanley Spencer and Charmaine Watkiss.  

You’ll be able to see The Great Picture which depicts the accomplishments and family history of Lady Anne Clifford (1590-1676). Painted during the English Civil War, it is a rare celebration of the life of a woman from that period. Through a combination of portraits, words and symbols it represents Anne’s fight for her rights, her intelligence and her talent as a writer. 

Art Herbarium

Within the collection galleries you will also find the Art Herbarium, a space to explore plant, mineral and animal forms. Drawings and paintings range from the immaculate ‘organic vision’ of John Ruskin, to the illuminated letters of Cumbrian artist, Percy Kelly. 

The collection galleries are situated on the main floor of Abbot Hall. Our collection displays are included with gallery admission. Members go free. Other concessions available.

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth

Helen Frankenthaler

Bridget Riley

Lucian Freud

Lucian Freud

Joan Eardley

LS Lowry

Kurt Schwitters


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