James Fox: Something in Common

17 June – 9 October 2022

Featuring new work by Lancaster based textile artist, James Fox, Something in Common tells the story of England’s countryside and the peoples’ fight for Common Land. Displayed in conversation with major landscape paintings from the Lakeland Arts Collection, Fox’s stitched banners and embroideries highlight the importance of access to nature – a principal championed by the Arts & Crafts Movement’s founder, John Ruskin (1819-1900). 

There exists a deep and sacred relationship between people and the land. For thousands of years, the English countryside has been a vital source of life, shelter and inspiration for those who have lived and worked within it. Access to the landscape and protection of the land has been heavily fought for throughout the nation’s history, from the establishment of medieval ‘Common Lands’ in the Magna Carta, through to the mass trespasses of the 19th century that would become catalysts for National Parks. 

James Fox is a textile artist from Glasgow, now living in Lancaster. He is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Lancaster exploring craft as a form of protest.

His recent work delves into the history of land rights and land ownership, posing the question – Who Owns England?

His work has featured in solo and group exhibitions internationally including the British Textile Biennial, Knitting & Stitch Show, Contextile Portugal, Storey Institute, Buck County Museum and Riga International. 

Year of Protest: The commission forms part of Blackwell’s 2022 ‘Year of Protest’, featuring exhibitions by three artists who use their craft to create positive social change. The year features a series of three commissions, including Maddy Humberstone’s Lost in Cumbria, James Fox’s Something in Common and a display of work by internationally renowned Cumbria ceramicist, Paul Scott. 


Further information
  • Opening times: April – October 10.00 am – 5.00 pm daily; November – March 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
  • Adults: £9.00 / £9.90 (with Gift Aid); Friends, Patrons & Benefactors FREE; Family (one adult & up to three children): £15.50 / £17.05 (with Gift Aid); Family (two adults & up to three children): £24.00 / £26.95 (with Gift Aid); Students: 7.00 / £7.70 (with Gift Aid); Children <15 £4.50 / £4.95 (with Gift Aid); Children < 4 Free; National Art Pass 50% discount
  • Location Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria LA23 3J
  • Getting there by car From the south: Exit the M6 at junction 36 and follow signs for the South Lakes and Windermere. At the roundabout take the first left following signs for Crook and Bowness-on-Windermere on the B5284. After 6 miles arrive at a T-junction, turn left on to the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road). Turn right where the road forks onto the B5360.  Follow the drive to Blackwell’s car park. From the north: Exit the M6 at junction 40 and follow signs for Keswick (A66) and Windermere (A591) via Grasmere and Ambleside. Once in Windermere follow signs for Bowness-on-Windermere. Once in Bowness-on-Windermere follow the road to Blackwell which is situated just off the A5074 (Lyth Valley Road) and turn right where the road forks onto the B5360. Follow the drive to Blackwell’s car park. By train: Oxenholme is the nearest main-line railway station, a connecting train will bring you into Windermere (three miles from Blackwell). Buses run to Bowness-on-Windermere, 1½ miles north of Blackwell. Alternatively taxis are available from Windermere Station to Blackwell
  • For more information please call 015394 46139