[27 July-4 September]
The beautiful village of Grasmere, in the heart of the Lake District, is the setting for the Lake Artists Society Summer Exhibition, showing a wide variety of works, styles and media – traditional paintings in oil, watercolour, gouache, acrylic and mixed media, handmade limited edition prints and wood, stone, metal and ceramic sculpture. With many of its members internationally-recognised, and high standards maintained, this is one of the most prominent ‘society exhibitions’ in the country, with a rich 115-year history, conveyed in Jane Renouf’s book The Lake Artists Society – A Centenary Celebration.
Once dubbed the ‘Royal Academy of the North’, this history can be traced back to art critic John Ruskin’s secretary, who founded it. Membership is limited to 45, although non-members are encouraged to enter their work for selection. Prizes, sponsored by local businesses, also encourage non-members and young artists, and this year, Andrew Bolton PhD, the great grandson of the Lake Artists first President, Hubert Coutts (Tucker), will be giving an illustrated talk about the Tucker family – five prominent artist brothers and founder members. Also, a talk about Alfred Tucker, artist and ‘Bishop of Uganda’, will be given by Joan Plubell Mattia PhD. Tickets for this event on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd August can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open every day, 10.30am to 4.30pm
[Image: Kevin Chester, Igreja dos Pretos]