William Morris Gallery

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The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-5pm
Pre-booked groups and school visits also welcome on Tuesdays, 10am-5pm

Admission charges

Free of charge

Collection details

Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Design, Social History, Literature

Key artists and exhibits

  • john henry dearle
  • charles voysey
  • william de morgan
  • arts and crafts
  • william morris
  • frank brangwyn
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Maids of Honour embroidery

May Morris: Art & Life

  • 7 October 2017 — 28 January 2018 *on now

May Morris: Art & Life is the most comprehensive survey of May Morris’s work to date, bringing together over 80 works from collections around the UK, many of which have never been on public display.

The exhibition reveals the breadth of May's creative pursuits, featuring wallpaper and embroidery alongside jewellery, dresses and book designs, as well as sketches and watercolours. It focuses on May’s development of art embroidery – elevating needlework from a domestic craft to a serious art form – and highlights the extent of her influence in the UK and abroad, particularly the US.

A number of rarely seen works from public and private collections are featured in the exhibition, including a pair of expansive silk hangings, which May designed and embroidered in 1895 under the auspices of Morris & Co. The Spring and Summer, and Autumn and Winter panels are thought to have been commissioned for £150 making them most expensive entry in the Morris & Co. order book for that period, and a highlight of the exhibition.

Also on display for the first time is a hand painted Valentine card made by May for George Bernard Shaw in 1886, which was recently discovered among an uncatalogued album of cards sent to Shaw in the British Library's collection. May and Shaw were in love though he maintained he was too poor to marry her. He would later insist that a "Mystic Betrothal" had existed between them, yet this did not prevent him from establishing close relationships with other women at the same time. Despite being emotionally rebuffed, May recovered and the pair remained good friends.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://maymorrisartandlife.co.uk/the-exhibition/

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Family

Family Day: Arts & Crafts Studio

  • 25 November 2017 1-4pm

In November, explore Arts and Crafts techniques using clay, aluminum and copper foils to create beautiful hand-made gifts. Free, drop-in event for families with children of all ages.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/family-day-arts-and-crafts-studio

Mr X Stitch

WMG Late: Stitch like May Morris

  • 30 November 2017 6:30-10pm

This is a unique opportunity to explore the exhibition of May Morris's intricate designs alongside the permanent William Morris pieces in a sociable environment.

The evening will include:

- Drop in cross - stitch workshop led by contemporary textile artist Mr X Stitch
- A talk by Mr X Stitch “The View from the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge” A tour of the
world of contemporary embroidery and needlecraft. (8pm)
- Performance by Flock Theatre Ensemble called ‘That’s Mine’(7pm repeated at 7.30pm)
- DJ all evening
- Refreshments on sale

This event is aimed at 16-25s (but open to all) with an interest in arts and crafts. Anyone interested in becoming a young curator will also have the opportunity to meet the group.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wmg-late-stitch-like-may-morris-tickets-39088883904

Craft activities

Family Day: Significant Seams

  • 27 January 2018 1-4pm

In January, Significant Seams bring their love of sewing to Family Day to celebrate May Morris's talent for embroidery.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/family-day-significant-seams/calendar/11-2017/start-date/01-11-2017/end-date/01-11-2022

Children

Family Day: Printing from Nature

  • 24 February 2018 1-4pm

In February, celebrate Morris’s love of nature by creating gelatin (vegetarian) prints, working directly with plants and leaves.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/family-day-printing-from-nature/calendar/11-2017/start-date/01-11-2017/end-date/01-11-2022

Family

Family Day: Forest Cyanotypes

  • 31 March 2018 1-4pm

In March, taking Gayle Chong Kwan's work as inspiration, use paper collage and light sensitive paper to explore your experiences of Epping Forest.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/events-calendar/family-day-forest-cyanotypes/calendar/11-2017/start-date/01-11-2017/end-date/01-11-2022

William Morris Gallery
Lloyd Park
Forest Road
London
Greater London
E17 4PP
England

Website

www.wmgallery.org.uk

E-mail

wmg.enquiries@walthamforest.gov.uk

Telephone

020 8496 4390

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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