Date(s) - 30/11/2022
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
A Letter to the Earth from Beatrix
This year Allan Bank hosts A Letter to the Earth from Beatrix, an art installation which explores Beatrix Potter’s relationship with the Lakes and environmentalism today. Created by Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue, the exhibition comprises of two murals painted on the formerly fire damaged walls of the entrance hall, as well as a series of animal paintings.
Hideyuki Sobue is an artist who has recently focused his wider interest in the natural environment to explore the growth of the conservation movement in the Lake District. His mural, part giant portrait and part nature painting in the Japanese Edo tradition, looks back at the era when the Rawnsleys worked with Potter to conserve the Lake District and build up the National Trust from small beginnings.
The project began with the two-storey staircase mural which features a giant ash tree, painted on a bright yellow background, ascending the central staircase and onto the first-floor landing. Sobue visited the ancient ash that sits just beyond the churchyard of Cartmel Priory for inspiration, creating a design for the larger work.
At ground floor level, is a new portrait of Beatrix Potter, developed by the artist especially for this space. Sobue’s murals show us a young Beatrix Potter on the brink of fame and success, still unable to imagine how her work would change the face of the Lake District.
The final part of Sobue’s commission, funded by the Arts Council UK, is an exhibition of an extraordinary series of animal paintings that tread the fine line between Beatrix Potter’s characters, popular 19th century culture and modern kitsch.
Venue: Allan Bank, Grasmere LA22 9QB
Website link: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/allan-bank-and-grasmere
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