Grizedale Arts

The Nuisance Of Landscape

The Nuisance of Landscape is a major survey show of the work of Grizedale Arts over the last 15 years; from rotting sculpture in a forest to super social utility. The exhibition runs from October 10 to December 20 across four venues in South Lakeland: Abbot Hall Art Gallery, the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry, Blackwell the Arts and Crafts House and the Coniston Institute. More to follow soon

Maria Lind At The Coniston Institute

Maria Lind will be giving a talk at the Coniston Institute on Sunday 27 July at 7.00pm. As is the form, dinner will be included - all for only £5.00 per head. Please email info@grizedale.org to book a place.

Maria Lind is Director of the Tensta Konsthall and an independent curator and writer interested in the formats and methodologies of the contemporary art institution. Previously she has been the director of the graduate program at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College from 2008–10; lASPIS Stockholm, Munich Kunstverein and curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm and Manifesta 2. Lind was the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. A compendium of her essays to date, Selected Maria Lind Writing, was published by Sternberg Press in 2010.

The Office Of Useful Art

The Office of Useful Art is currently between venues and next to appear in Middlesbrough.
The Office is part classroom part propaganda machine for the idea of Useful Art, recruting for the Useful Art Association and working to showcase work from the Museum of Arte Util held at the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven.
The Office of Useful Art is an ACE funded strategic touring programme project and part of our 5 year Europan project The Uses of Art: The Legacy of 1848 and 1989 with the L'internationale group of European museums.

The Honesty Shop

The Honest Shop at Coniston Institute is now up and running and open every day. Selling only locally produced products made by the village. Fresh veg from the surrounding gardens and allotments, freezer meals made by the Youth Club, alpaca knitwear from a nearby farm, home baking from many of the local ladies and much more!

The Confessions Of The Imperfect

Confessions of the Imperfect: On Art, History and Use: 1848 - 1989 - today

A large scale historical survey show in Eindhoven co-curated by Grizedale Arts and the Van Abbe Museum opening November 22 to February 5. This exhibition presents a new history of art according to use value - from John Ruskin to Edward Snowden, with contributions from John Ruskin, Fernando Dory Garcia, Liam Gillick, Alexadra Pirici and Manuel Pelmus, Alan Turing, Beatrix Potter, Wendelien van Oldenburgh and many, many more.

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Anyang Public Art Programme

Grizedale Arts is taking part in the 4th Anyang Public Art Programme, South Korea

The project Commons Room opened on March 28 at the Kim Chung Up Museum (cool Korean architect from the modernist period)

The project creates a room that is social and aimed at making viable products with community groups and individuals, the idea being to create products that can be sold to support other interests. Everything in the Commons Room is considered to be outside of copyright.

A further Commons Room has been created as a craft park, dining room and playground - with a similar function and ambition. The project is a collaboration between Grizedale Arts, Sam Clarke (woodworker) Giles Round (artist/designer) John Atkinson (farmer) and Maria Benjamin (artist/food producer).

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Museum Of Arte Util

Earlier this year Grizedale Arts took part in the Museum of Arte Util at the Van Abbe Museum Eindhoven as part of our 5 year project The Uses of Art with the L'Internationale confederation of European Museums.

Featuring the Honest Shop as a case study in Useful Art, the exhibition, developed with artist Tania Bruguera, is now evolving as an online project and manifest in a number of different forms or through other forthcoming projects and exhibitions.

John Ruskin Memorial Lecture

The 2013 John Ruskin Memorial Lecture by philosopher Simon Critchley is now online on our Artplayer channel.


Grizedale Arts is made possible by the ongoing support of Arts Council England and South Lakeland District Council

Grizedale Arts is a partner of Tate, and exchanges programmes, ideas and skills with Tate and the Plus Tate family of visual arts organisations

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