Gilbert Spencer

23 March – 29 June 2024

Uncovering the story of a British artist and his influence on 20th century art during the inter-war period.  

For the first time in over 50 years, a selection of Gilbert Spencer’s major paintings will be exhibited alongside examples of preparatory studies and illustrative art. Painter, muralist, illustrator, teacher and writer, Spencer’s career spanned more than six decades. During his lifetime he was recognised as one of the leading artists of his generation and one of the most successful art professors; teaching at the Royal College of Art, Camberwell College and Glasgow School of Art. Today, you may know him through his brother and fellow painter Stanley Spencer.

The exhibition will tell the stories of Spencer and his multi-faceted career. These narratives include recalling the time the artist and several of his students were evacuated from London to Ambleside, as well as Spencer’s fascination with landscapes, people and everyday life in rural England.  

Find this exhibition in Galleries 7 and 8. This exhibition is included with gallery admission.

In association with

Liss Llewellyn Gallery.

Supported by

James and Annabel Salter.


Further information
  • Opening times:  10am-4pm, Wednesday – Saturday. Annual closure dates: 25 – 26 December 2024. The gallery also closes for two weeks collection care and maintenance at the start of January every year
  • Admission: You can book your gallery tickets online or buy on the day: £12 Adult; £9 Student; £6 Child (5-15yrs); £0 Child (0-4yrs); Family tickets are available; Free for Lakeland Arts Members; With a National Art Pass you get 50% off day admission
  • Location: Abbot Hall, Kirkland, Kendal LA9 5AL. Parking: Pay and display parking in the Abbot Hall car park – there are parking spaces for Blue Badge holders
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