Artist Laura Carlin sits in front of her work

12/06/19 PRESS RELEASE: Laura Carlin Ceramics at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

12 June 2019


Award-winning illustrator at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House

Acclaimed illustrator Laura Carlin explores the power of ceramics and storytelling in a touring exhibition from House of Illustration.

Lakeland Arts is delighted to bring Laura’s work to Cumbria for the very first time. 

Laura Carlin: Ceramics takes place at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House from 21 June until 15 September. 

Using archetypal ceramic forms such as tile, plate and vessel, Carlin reveals that pottery, like paper, can be a powerful medium for storytelling.

This exhibition consists entirely of new work commissioned by House of Illustration.

Voted one of the 50 most influential creatives under 30 by the Art Director’s Club of America, Carlin is an internationally acclaimed illustrator who has won numerous awards.

Chelsea Eves, Curator of Blackwell, said: “We are delighted to display work by the award-winning Laura Carlin at Blackwell. Her pieces tell stories in a way that is playful, fun and whimsical. 

“This is a bright summer show for Blackwell. It follows on from last year’s ceramic exhibitions ‘Form Over Function’ and ‘Spotlight on Grayson Perry: Ceramics’, which demonstrated the endless possibilities of what can be achieved with clay.”

Laura Carlin said: “This exhibition will enable me to create something bold, ambitious and on a large scale, thereby demonstrating the huge versatility of contemporary illustration.” 
The exhibition at Blackwell features a series of objects portraying Carlin’s development from paper to pottery and five large-scale installations including:

*The History of London a large scale mural (2.5 x 2.4m) comprising 650 earthenware tiles with applied decals, showing the history of London from dinosaurs to the present day.  

*Forest ceramic figurines posing against a digitally printed forest scene

*Noah’s Ark created from 37 hand-built earthenware figurines

*A collection of illustrated earthenware plates

*A hand-built earthenware vessel
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Laura Carlin:

Laura Carlin has illustrated many children's books and a weekly column in the Financial Times as well as being a regular contributor to Condé Nast Traveller, The New York Times, the Guardian and The New Statesman.
In 2010 she won a V&A Award for her illustrations of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and was the overall winner of the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2015 awards (the first time a UK illustrator has won since 1995). In November 2014 ‘The Promise’, illustrated by Carlin, was selected by The New York Times as the best illustrated title of 2014. 

House of Illustration:

House of Illustration is the UK’s only public gallery dedicated solely to illustration and graphic art. Founded by Sir Quentin Blake it opened in July 2014 in King’s Cross, London. Its exhibition programme explores both historic and contemporary illustration and the work of defining and emerging illustrators, amplified by a vibrant programme of talks and events. A registered charity, House of Illustration supports and promotes new talent, commissions new work and has a pioneering learning programme delivered by professional illustrators. / @IllustrationHQ 

Lakeland Arts:

Lakeland Arts has a portfolio of galleries and museums in the Lake District. It’s venues are Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House. A new museum: Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened in March 2019.

Abbot Hall Art Gallery: 

Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal opened in 1962. It has built up an outstanding collection and a strong reputation for showing exhibitions of national and international artists of the highest quality. In 2018 it showed work ranging from Claude Monet and Auguste Rodin to contemporary artists Elisabeth Frink and Alison Watt. The gallery and surrounding estate will undergo a major redevelopment planned to start in 2020.

Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry:

Abbot Hall also houses the Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry in the former coach house and stables. The Museum opened in 1971. Immerse yourself in Lake District history, discover the region’s past in farming, mining and tanning. Find out about Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome and stroll down a Victorian Street. The Museum also has a regular programme of exhibitions.

Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House:

Blackwell is situated in Bowness-on-Windermere and is architect MH Baillie Scott's greatest house. Built as a Lake District rural holiday retreat for the Manchester brewery owner, Sir Edward Holt, today it is an outstanding example of an Arts & Crafts House. Retaining most of its original decorative features. It is a perfect setting for exhibitions of historical and contemporary craft. 

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories:

Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories opened on 23 March 2019. Designed by Carmody Groarke architects, this is a new world-class museum in a stunning setting on Windermere displaying an internationally important collection of boats which are all associated with Windermere. The National Lottery Heritage Fund is the major funder for the Museum. Grants are made possible by National Lottery players. The project is also supported by Regional Growth Fund and Northern Cultural Regeneration Fund.

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  • Laura Carlin at House of Illustration © Paul Grover
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