Grizedale Arts

It's All About The Landscape

10/10/2014 until 01/12/2014

It’s All About the Landscape Coniston Mechanics Institute

It’s All About the Landscape presented a rebirthing of art, craft and design in the original home of the Lakes Artists and of Ruskin’s Home Craft Industries. Turning the Mechanics Institute’s main hall into a self-sustaining production, exhibition and retail unit, the show combined an exhibition of traditional and palatable landscape paintings from Cumbrian collections (the pre-industrial revolution working landscape with actual people in them actually working), with an antique shop specialising in the local Arts and Crafts movement, a functioning coffee and cake café, a massage bed, and a crafts workshop developing new home craft products. Alongside this the exhibition also offered visitors the opportunity to create their own souvenirs and nascent products. The self-contained unit was designed and built by artist D J Simpson, and incorporated the village indoor bowls club; visitors to the exhibition were welcome to attend during bowls times and to join in with sessions.

This project was conceived by Grizedale Arts as part of the five year ‘Uses of Art’ project with L’Internationale, a confederation of European museums and was made possible with the support of the Culture Fund of the European Union and Arts Council England.