Long-standing supporter of Lakeland Arts, Richard Dawson from Rathbones Kendal, talks about Abbot Hall Art Gallery’s new exhibition, its redevelopment and the importance of ‘giving back’ to the community.
Richard writes: “It’s fantastic to see the Fleming Collection’s masterworks by SJ Peploe, JD Fergusson, George Leslie Hunter and FCB Cadel displayed alongside Lakeland Arts’ own Colourist works for the first time.
“It’s wonderful to see the complementary pieces chosen by the curatorial team, showing how the Scottish Colourists’ innovations spread to influence other artists including Joan Eardley.
“We’d like to congratulate Abbot Hall for curating another remarkable exhibition in Kendal and we look forward to seeing the renovated Abbot Hall in two years’ time.”
Colour and Light presents works by the Scottish Colourists in Abbot Hall’s last major exhibition before it closes for redevelopment. The Scottish Colourists were a group of four painters whose post-Impressionist work had far-reaching influence on contemporary British art and culture.
The exhibition explores not only the ground-breaking artistic achievements of the Scottish Colourists, but for the first time addresses their influence on subsequent generations of Scottish artists and lasting impact on modern British art.
It is a fantastic collection of paintings to go on show before Abbot Hall closes for redevelopment in 2020.
Richard adds: “Rathbones’ Kendal office has continued its support for Lakeland Arts during its new Scottish Colourists exhibition.
“Lakeland Arts has been working on several exciting projects this year including Windermere Jetty Museum of Boats, Steam and Stories which opened in Spring. It’s also really exciting to hear plans for the upcoming £9.6m redevelopment of Abbot Hall which gets underway in 2020.
“These are all great examples of a forward-thinking organisation with long-term plans to benefit the local community, which has strong parallels with the way Rathbones looks to invest for its clients.
“We look for companies with sustainable investment practices that support and interact with the communities and societies they depend on to ensure their ongoing growth and prosperity.
“What strikes me about something like the Abbot Hall redevelopment, is that while some of the benefits will be immediately obvious—improved accessibility and exhibition spaces for example—the full benefits will manifest over decades.
“By enhancing this already well-respected art gallery we can expect to see even more fantastic exhibitions being brought to the region for future generations to enjoy.
“This investment helps to make Kendal a great place to live and work, which is vital for businesses to thrive. This means more students, talented professionals and entrepreneurs choosing to remain in our local area.
“At Rathbones, all of our clients are long-term investors, endowments and charitable trusts, and families looking to create wealth over many generations. We have long recognised that our investments must factor in the wider, long-term impact on society and the economy. Companies exist in a sustainable social contract with the community: it is the continued flourishing of society that provides the conditions in which wealth can consistently grow over generations.
“For Rathbones, this philosophy manifests on many levels. As a national company, Rathbone Investment Management has engaged for over ten years with the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), which is an international agreement on responsible and sustainable investment practices that contribute to the social good. We hold an A+ PRI rating for Strategy and Governance and have done now for three years. We believe in investing in firms that deliver benefits to the community in their pursuit of returns for their investors.
“Locally at Rathbones Kendal, we also aim to give back to our community where we can. We support local initiatives like Brathay Trust’s Aspiring Leaders Programme, Institute of Directors’ educational and networking events, and Lancashire’s Haffner Orchestra as well as these vibrant exhibitions at Abbot Hall.”
Colour and Light is open now and runs until 1 February 2020.