William Morris Gallery
The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.
Museum, Gallery, Historic house or home
Pre-booked groups and school visits also welcome on Tuesdays, 10am-5pm
Free of charge
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
Yinka Shonibare MBE: The William Morris Family Album
- 7 February — 7 June 2015 *on now
The Victorian age, the legacy of Empire and the global textile trade are central themes in the work of Yinka Shonibare. In this new exhibition the internationally acclaimed British Nigerian artist turns his attention to William Morris. By inviting Waltham Forest residents to help recreate photographs of Morris’s family, he encourages viewers to reflect on the realities of equality in both Morris's time and our own.
The free exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive education and events programme.
- Any age
Lucille Junkere: All Blues
- 6 May — 14 June 2015 *on now
The result of textile artist Lucille Junkere’s residency at the Gallery, All Blues examines the complex, often painful, history of indigo dye. On display is a sample book documenting Junkere's artistic journey into this complex and culturally significant colour.
Language Cannot Be Dead
- 24 June — 30 August 2015
With words like ‘Twerk’ and ‘Selfie’ making entries for the Oxford English Dictionary it is clear that textspeak has moved beyond the confinement of a computer screen. In a series of etchings and floral tributes, Adam Hogarth considers the impact on the English language.
- 27 June — 27 September 2015
William Morris and Russian artist El Lissitzy both wanted to change people's lives through their art. Whilst Morris saw beauty in the past, Lissitzky sought a new visual language for the future.
In his latest work, British artist David Mabb celebrates the utopian ideas of these two men through their seminal book designs: Morris’s Kelmscott Chaucer and Lissitsky’s For the Voice, a revolutionary book of poems by Vladimir Mayakovsky considered one of the finest achievements in Russian avant-garde bookmaking.
Comprising 30 canvasses, Announcer takes over the gallery space, interweaving and contrasting the two designs so that Morris and Lissitzky’s graphics are never able to fully merge or separate.
The Brangwyn Gallery: First World War Posters
- 14 September 2015 — 10 January 2016
This display shows focus on Brangwyn's concern for Belgium, and the powerful propgaganda posters he created to support the war effort. In particular look out for the Belgian & Allies Aid League poster, and the Rebuilding of Belgium poster which highlight the little known story of Belgian refugees in Britain.
William Morris Gallery
020 8496 4390