PRESS RELEASE: February 2017 The Light Within
LEADING ARTS AND CRAFT’S HOUSE WELCOMES 21st CENTURY EXHIBITION CELEBRATING LIGHT AND FORM
From Friday 10 February until Sunday 18 June 2017, Blackwell, Britain’s leading Arts and Crafts House, welcomes a new exhibition by up and coming artists Griet Beyaert and Paul Miller. Collaboratively known as The Glass Cyphers, Beyaert and Miller’s exhibition at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, consists of a site-responsive glass, sound and video installation.
The Light Within is a fusion of glass-making and digital technology, using video and sound recordings made in and around Blackwell. The installation, inspired by the use of light in Baillie Scott’s architecture, brings together the architectural features of Blackwell with its unique setting overlooking Windermere.
Presented in the Oliver Thompson Gallery, this immersive response to Blackwell is made of a multi-layered video projection-mapped onto sculpted glass works and accompanied by a soundscape. Around the historic interior are freeform sculptural glass works by Beyaert, placed by the artist to draw further attention to the beautifully carved wooden interior and stained glass windows that root Blackwell in its Lakeland location.
The artists commented:
“We were inspired by the way the spectacular landscape and light from outside weaves its way through the building, magically illuminating the interior and leading us along its fascinating pathways.”
This movement of light is echoed by the way that the projected video washes over and through the diaphanous, crystalline forms of Beyart’s glass sculptures.
Curator, Kerri Offord commented:
“Griet and Paul’s work echoes the Arts & Crafts ethos that we treasure at Blackwell, using traditional techniques and new technology to create beautiful works inspired by nature. Their response to the intricacy of Baillie Scott’s design and the beautiful surroundings of Windermere presents a new interpretation of the House for 2017.”
Designed by architect Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott as a holiday home for his clients, today Blackwell is one of the finest examples of Arts and Crafts houses in the country. With beautiful interiors, regular temporary exhibits, a welcoming tea room and wonderful views across Windermere, Blackwell is open daily from 10.30am – 4pm. For more information, visit blackwell.org.uk.
For further information or images, please contact Sam Bunting on 07866 492 891 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO THE EDITOR
- PRESS INVITE: Join us for the preview of ‘The Light Within’ by Griet Beyaert and Paul Miller at Blackwell on Thursday 9 February at 6pm at Blackwell. Both artists will be available for interview in person. Please RSVP by Wed 8 February to email@example.com
Images to accompany this story are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/wbl8dx06bokhtb5/AAB1_KfzPYmYbcdBrjPDtMXOa?dl=0
Captions: Griet 1: Sculptural glass by Griet Beyeart, photo © and courtesy the artist Griet 2: Griet Beyeart and Paul Miler the glass cyphers, 2015. Installation view (detail) Left Bank, Leeds. Image courtesy the artists, photo: Adam Glatherine
- Griet Beyaert and Paul Miller are available for telephone interview. To arrange a suitable time please contact Sam Bunting on 07866 492 891
- The carpentry at Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House was made by Arthur Simpson of Kendal, a master of Arts & Crafts carpentry.
- Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House is one of Mackay Hugh Baillie Scott’s finest houses It was built 1898–1900, as a holiday home for Sir Edward Holt, a wealthy Manchester brewer. Blackwell has survived with almost all its original decorative features intact, and is listed Grade I as an outstanding example of British domestic architecture.
- The original gardens were laid out by Arts & Crafts garden designer, Thomas Mawson, in a series of terraces to achieve the very best views from the house over the lake towards the Coniston fells.
- The house has been open to visitors since 2001 and hosts regular exhibitions and tours.
- Blackwell retains many of its original decorative features, including a rare hessian wall-hanging in the Dining Room, leaf-shaped door handles, curious window catches, spectacular plasterwork, stained glass and carved wooden panelling.
- The rooms contain furniture and objects by many of the leading Arts & Crafts designers and studios - metalwork by WAS Benson, ceramics by Pilkingtons and Ruskin Pottery and furniture by Morris & Co., Stanley Webb Davies, Ernest Gimson and Baillie Scott himself.
- The Main Hall at Blackwell was used as a space for gym class when Blackwell was a school. They also ice skated in front of the building and had a school donkey.
- The inviting window and garden seats offer stunning views of the surrounding Lakeland
- Sculptural glass by Griet Beyeart, photo © and courtesy the artist