Unearthed, and installation by Amy Williams

Unearthed is a vibrant installation of oversized paper wildflowers representing ten extraordinary women by Kendal-based visual artist Amy Williams.

Produced with local community groups over a six-month period, the installation unearths hidden or lesser-known stories of women from Cumbrian history, who through their skill, dedication and compassion brought about positive social change.

Bold and theatrical, the installation takes visual inspiration from the flora and fauna found in Blackwell’s historic Arts & Crafts interiors, creating a larger than life indoor botanic garden.

The intricate wildflower sculptures pay homage to each of the women chosen by Williams. From activist Winifred Langton (1909-2003) who tirelessly campaigned for social justice, to Arts & Crafts designer Annie Garnett (1864-1942), whose Windermere-based weaving workshop, The Spinnery, sought to create well paid jobs for the region’s working class. The women remembered in this space lived very different lives, in different eras, but are united by the common thread of wanting to make a difference to their world.

The installation explores the symbolism of flowers as an act of remembrance and as representations of femininity, resilience and resistance.

Location: Blackwell – the Arts and Crafts house, Bowness-on-Windermere LA23 3JT