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This community-inspired exhibition explores the stories of Cumbrian residents during the coronavirus pandemic.

Creating a unique record of an extraordinary period, Class, Covid & Cumbria reflects on the past two years by exploring Cumbrian experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

The exhibition features tapestry by Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry, The Annunciation of the Virgin Deal (2012). This work is part of a series of tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences, which explore themes of class, identity and social-mobility, and the idea that where people start in life can have a significant impact on where they end up.

On display alongside the tapestry will be images by award-winning photographer Juliet Klottrup as well as celebrated local photographer Joseph Hardman (1893-1972) who’s vast portfolio of images document Cumbrian life in the mid-20th century. The exhibition will also feature artworks created through the Lakeland Arts MEND project, on public display for the first time.

From Thursday 18 November, Blackwell introduces the largest single artist commission in more than a decade. Cumbrian artist Rosie Galloway-Smith, launches a bespoke textile display inspired by the intricate arts and crafts patterns found within Blackwell, which highlights personal stories of the pandemic shared by the community.

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Blackwell: The Arts and Crafts House

Blackwell - The Arts & Crafts house, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT

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