In Cumbria, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House is getting into the spirit of Halloween and encouraging visitors to get creative too, with a Big Draw event entitled Spooky Shadows.
With its dark oak panelling and mediaeval-style antique chests, Blackwell Arts and Crafts House looks just the kind of place to have a ghost, so it isn’t surprising that the Minstrels Gallery is rumoured to be haunted. From 29th October to 2nd November, the house will be visited by numerous shadowy apparitions, which families will be able to sketch as part of The Big Draw event.
The world’s largest drawing celebration, The Big Draw, takes place at selected venues throughout October. In Cumbria, it is supported by the Lakeland Arts Trust, which lists Blackwell and Abbot Hall among its venues. With 2012 marking the 50th anniversary of the Abbot Hall Gallery, several of Blackwell’s bedrooms are currently being used to showcase Victorian and Edwardian artworks from the Abbot Hall collection, the Arts & Crafts interiors being the perfect setting for artists like John Ruskin and A.H Cooper. Spooky Shadows, however, places the spotlight firmly on the amateurs – with no special skills required apart from a steady hand.
Yet more Arts & Crafts Furniture can be found at Cumbria’s Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry, which is hosting a Big Draw event with would-be artists invited to imagine zombies and monsters among the Victorian dining chairs and open bookcases. In Lancashire, Arts & Crafts Furniture can also be found by visiting an antique dealer.
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