A Letter to the Earth from Beatrix

A close up of the Beatrix Potter mural at Allan Bank

This year Allan Bank hosts a new mural commission by Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue. Painted on the formerly fire damaged walls of the entrance hall, the murals will celebrate Beatrix Potter’s complex relationship with the Lake District, and her legacy in the wider conservation movement.

Allan Bank hosts A Letter to the Earth from Beatrix, a new large scale mural commission by Japanese artist Hideyuki Sobue. Painted on the fire damaged walls of the entrance hall, the murals  celebrate Beatrix Potter’s relationship with the Lake District, and her legacy in the wider conservation movement, and will remain at Allan Bank for between two and three years.

The project began with the staircase mural which features a giant ash tree, painted on a bright yellow background on a giant scale, ascending up the central staircase and onto the first-floor landing.

Hidiyuki then moved onto the second mural. Painted at ground floor level is a new portrait of Beatrix Potter developed by the artist especially for this space.

 In September an additional series of framed works will complete the year-long installation which has been funded by Arts Council England.

Coinciding with a major exhibition of Beatrix Potter’s work at the V&A, Allan Bank is one of three Lake District properties hosting exhibitions dedicated to the author, illustrator and conservationist.  

The Potter family standing outside Wray Castle

Brought to Light: the photographs of Rupert Potter

Step into the Dining Room and discover our new display Brought to Light: the photographs of Rupert Potter.

A Beatrix Potter illustration of Jemima Puddle Duck

The Language of Flowers at the Beatrix Potter Gallery in 2022

This new exhibition explores the importance of flowers in Beatrix Potter’s art and life. Bringing together her books, sketches, watercolours and decorative items, the exhibition looks at flowers as both medicine and food, and the importance of Beatrix’s flower-filled Hill Top garden in her world famous books.  Opening March 27 2022.