Our first retrospective show covered a wide range of activity since the start of Adam Sutherland's directorship of Grizedale Arts (1999) up to 2014. Seminal works from residencies and international projects were exhibited in several sites in Cumbria - Abbot Hall (Kendal), The Museum of Lakeland Life (Kendal).
Charting 15 years of the organisation’s history, the exhibition presented a challenging view of the rural landscape and the conventional ‘romantic’ perceptions of it, seen through the eyes of our artists. It featured lavish reconstructions, artists' films, original artworks, performance and a wealth of other material from our archive and from the Lawson Park Collection.
In addition to the main exhibition at Abbot Hall, the Museum of Lakeland Life hosted Laure Prouvost’s recent Turner Prize winning film installation, Wantee, which celebrates her fictional grandfather’s association with artist Kurt Schwitters.