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Arts Events

12/01/2005 16:18:02


Until 22nd December, Galleries open daily, Mon - Sat 11 - 4, Sunday 1 - 4, admission free.

The first exhibition for 2005-6 is 'Ruskin's organic vision - nature, life and art' (until 22 December), curated by Alan Davis, Visiting Fellow in the Ruskin Programme at Lancaster University. Following a previous exhibition on Ruskin and Printmaking (2003), to which Tate Britain made the major loan of William Blake's colour print 'Newton', Alan will develop the idea of Ruskin having formed what we might now call an holistic view of nature, life and art. This 'organic vision' may be seen to embrace such concepts as 'savageness,' 'changefulness' and 'naturalism' (as discussed by Ruskin in 'The Nature of Gothic'). The exhibition will show how Ruskin arrived at these basic principles, using drawings and watercolours from the permanent collection, but it also aims to demonstrate that his 'organic vision' can still enrich our understanding and enjoyment of art today. The exhibition draws on a substantial number of loans representing a range of fine and decorative art, from ancient oriental ceramics to contemporary art and studio pottery.

Picture caption: Ruskin 'Tree Study'

Please see the following link for further information:


© Chris Matthiessen
© Chris Matthiessen

A collection of Paintings and Textiles by Chris Matthiessen. October 31st 2005 to January 31st 2006. The artist will be visiting LEC on Wednesday 2nd November 10am – 12noon to meet people for coffee and discuss her work.

Visitors are welcome.

To view the artists website:



Main Gallery

An exhibition of landscape works from Lancaster University’s Art Collection, including oil paintings, watercolours and prints. The exhibition features works by Alfred Cohen, Henri Hayden, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Winifred Nicholson, and two cityscapes by L.S. Lowry.

The exhibition will also show a wide range of watercolour paintings by Norman Adams (1927-2005), focusing on the different landscapes which influenced his work, including the Yorkshire Dales, the rugged coast of the Scottish island of Scarp and the olive groves of Provence.

The exhibition will also be a unique opportunity to purchase work by Norman Adams.

5 – 17 December 2005 & 9 – 28 January 2006
Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW Tel: 01524 593057

Opening during exhibitions: Now open on Saturdays during exhibitions

Monday - Saturday 11am – 4pm
Late Thursday 11am – 9pm
Admission free

Photo Opportunity: Private View, 2-4pm, Saturday 10 December 2005


Manton Room

An exhibition exploring Professor Irène Manton’s interest in the history of writing, and how this interest is reflected in her art collection. Professor Manton FRS (1904-1988) was an eminent scientist and Honorary Research Fellow at Lancaster University. This exhibition includes antiquities, paintings and prints from the Manton Collection.