Exhibitions still to come in 2018 …..

(featured image by Sandra Orme)



(Entry is included in House admission)


12th April – 2nd September 2018


Marking the completion of Hunt Emerson & Kevin Jackson’s masterful Ruskin comic, How to Work Be Rich & See, we present Emerson’s tribute to Ford Maddox Brown’s pre-Raphaelite masterpiece Work, together with representations of the world of work by artists across three centuries.


6th September – 16th November 2018

Reading the Book of Nature: Studies from the natural world by John Ruskin

Ruskin saw nature as the great teacher, from which we could learn all the laws for life.  For him, science and art taught us equally to read the book of nature.  Ruskin’s studies are a unique blend of objective analysis and personal response.


21st November 2018 – 6th February 2019

The Transience of Wonder &  Dark Sun: sculpture and video installation

Video artist and sculptor Patricia Townsend returns to the Blue Gallery five years after her video installation Morecambe Bay.  In Dark Sun she presents a hypnotic vision which is powerfully moving.  A sculptural piece in the Annexe reflecting Ruskin’s love of the sky, ushers in the bicentenary of Ruskin’s birth.



(Entry is included in House or Garden admission)


17th March – 1st May 2018

Of Truth of Skies

Award winning pastel artist, Sandra Orme’s work explores both the ever changing landscape that surrounds her studio in the Peak District- the light, seasonal colours, atmosphere and weather- whilst capturing the relentlessly unchanging and seemingly timeless nature of stones and rock faces or high edges and outcrops.


5th May – 26th June 2018

Fur and Feather

Award-winning artist Emerson Mayes explores the birds and beasts that can be found in Brantwood’s Lakeland estate. Emerson’s paintings and drypoints walk that thin line between the representation of the subject and the physicality of the act of painting and drawing. He never tries to act as a human camera, but to capture those ever so fleeting moments, whilst always letting the paints themselves enough freedom so they can be enjoyed in their own right.


30th June – 28th August 2018

Eyes to the Hills Once More

Exhibition of recent oils and watercolours by Vivienne Pooley.

This exhibition of paintings is to celebrate Vivienne’s life-long passion and love of mountains and wild places, not just in her home environment here in the English Lake District, but also from the Alps, Scotland, Norway and Nepal.


1st September – 30th October 2018

Northern Light

Donald Wilkinson’s exhibition will consist of land and seascapes made in Scotland and work made in the fells of Cumbria and the Solway coast. The work is mainly about the light and the weather at different times of the year.


3rd November – 11th December – Jennifer Thorpe.

Sea’s The Moment

Exhibition of pastel paintings by Jennifer Thorpe.

Witnessing a beautiful sunset or crashing waves on the beach cleanses the soul, brings peace to our minds and leaves a memory etched into our being.  “Seize the moment” is exactly what Jennifer does in her work, she creates her vision of fleeting moments of beauty with soft pastels and her fingers.  Our island is spectacular and we can indulge in its wonders if our hearts and eyes are open.




24 February – 29 April 2018

Images from a Warming Planet by Ashley Cooper

An exhibition of stunning images from Ashley’s new book which captures one man’s mission to document climate change around the world.


19th May – 1 July 2018

The Ferns at Brantwood by Artist in Residence Kate Houghton

Kate originally trained in sculpture, her paintings focus on forms of growth making those found in plants central to her work. In her residency she has developed a series of drawings and paintings based on Brantwood’s fern collection.



Event Information

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