One of the great modern artists of the 20th century, Kurt Schwitters, died almost penniless and largely forgotten on the 8th January 1948 in what was then the Kendal Workhouse infirmary after spending his final years in Ambleside.
Sunday 7th January – 70th anniversary memorial programme:
2 pm: Kurt Schwitters Dada poetry and Ursonate recital – Queens Hotel, Ambleside
It is said that Schwitters would from time to time perform his poems and recitations in some of the Ambleside pubs. In honour of this, and also the award of his British citizenship papers on 7th January 1948*, we have invited Florian Kaplick and Ian Hinde to perform the Ursonate and other poems by or about Kurt Schwitters at the Queens Hotel in Ambleside. Lunch 1 – 2 pm, and performances 2 – 3 pm.
4 pm: 70th anniversary memorial event – Caroline Street, (off Windermere Rd.) Kendal
Artists, poets, musicians and writers in Cumbria will gather at Caroline Street Kendal at the site of the former Workhouse Infirmary, at 4 pm on Sunday 7th January 2018 to lay a wreath in Schwitters’ honour and read poems in memory of the artist, on what is the eve of the 70th anniversary of his death in Kendal (8th January 1948). All welcome.
6 pm onwards: BBQ at the Merz Barn, Elterwater, LA 22 9JB.
All are invited to a BBQ event (BYO) at the Merz Barn in Elterwater, with music and song provided by the ever-talented and joyous Merzmusos Carolyn Francis and Steve Grundy.
The Merz Barn – Cylinders Estate, Elterwater, Cumbria LA 22 9JB
T. 015394 37309
*Kurt Schwitters was awarded his British citizenship papers just the day before he died; 7th January 1948. Unfortunately he was by them too ill to sign them.