Griet Beyaert at Blackwell

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On Monday we checked out of our B and B in Keswick, and after picking up supplies for our stay in Kentmere, we drove to Blackwell. We couldn’t get access to the cottage we’d booked until late afternoon and a visit to the Arts and crafts house near Bowness is always enjoyable.

The current exhibition features works by a young artist who works in glass – Griet Beyaert. The main exhibit was The Light Within – a “site-responsive glass, sound and video installation” created in conjunction with Paul Miller – working  collaboratively as The Glass Cyphers.

In addition there were a number of works by Griet strategically positioned around the house – suspended from the ceiling, standing on furniture and window sills

placed by the artist to draw further attention to the beautifully carved wooden interior and stained glass windows that root Blackwell in its Lakeland location.

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The works were abstract sculptural forms made from glass, a medium I’m interested in given that my first job was working for a major glass manufacturer.

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I thought that they were very attractive. They rather reminded me of delicate sheets of ice and snow.

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The Light Within was located in the Oliver Thompson Gallery on the first floor, it’s

a multi-layered video projection-mapped onto sculpted glass works and accompanied by a soundscape.

A photograph can’t do justice to the installation – we thought it was very imaginative and effective

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