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The Nuisance of Landscape

Date uploaded: October 13, 2014

'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 the 10th of October to the 20th of December 2014 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.

The programme takes a journey through the twists and turns of Grizedale Arts’ last 15 years, taking in artists Andy Goldsworthy, Marcus Coates, Olaf Breuning, Turner Prize winners Jeremy Deller and Laure Prouvost, many more along the way.

This lively and stimulating show looks back at the recent history of this organisation and tells the story – sometimes serious, sometimes irreverent – of how an arts agency in a rural corner of England has expanded its reach from working with local Cumbrian communities to a global model for contemporary art practice. Central to its philosophy is an emphasis on the use value of art – from their HQ at Lawson Park, above Coniston Water, Grizedale Arts runs a programme of residencies and events that promote the creation of art as an instrument for social change and improvement both locally and within the wider community.

This expansive show - a retrospective of sorts – presents a challenging view of the rural landscape and the conventional ‘romantic’ perceptions of it, featuring reconstructions, artist films, complex installations, original artworks, performance and a wealth of other material that will provoke, confuse, enlighten and entertain.

In addition to the main exhibition at Abbot Hall, there are other shows at in Lakeland Arts for more information click here.

© Grizedale Arts

© Grizedale Arts