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.
Celebrating the Establishment of the People's Republic of China

A World to Win: Posters of Protest and Revolution

  • 8 October 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

From the Suffragette campaigns of the early twentieth century, to the Arab Spring, political activists around the world have used posters to mobilise, educate and organise.

The exhibition will present around seventy posters drawn from the national poster collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Showcasing the work of diverse artists, graphic designers and print collectives it will include new acquisitions gathered from recent outbursts of protest in the UK, Russia and the Middle East.

Making or displaying a poster is in itself a means of taking political action, while for many social and political movements posters have represented an important form of cultural output. The show will feature posters made by the Atelier Populaire during the student protests in Paris in 1968, as well as examples from the Russian, Chinese and Cuban Revolutions.

The exhibition will also host artist Ruth Ewan’s ‘A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World’, an on-going collection of over 2000 idealistic or political songs collated by Ewan and disseminated via a CD jukebox.

Exhibition organised by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

The Fox and the Star

Coralie Bickford-Smith: The Fox and the Star

  • 9 November 2016 — 29 January 2017 *on now

The Fox and the Star is a beautifully crafted tale of loss, friendship and discovery from award-winning illustrator and author Coralie Bickford-Smith. This exhibition will tell the fascinating story of how the book was conceived and produced, with original illustrations and rarely seen proofs. Taking inspiration from William Morris’s Kelmscott Press, every physical detail of this modern classic, from the cloth binding to the carefully chosen paper has a ‘definite claim to beauty’.

This exhibition will appeal to all ages, from serious book lovers to families who will be able take part in hands-on activities. William Morris’s Kelmscott Press edition of Reynard the Fox, one of Coralie’s key inspirations, will also be on display.

Coralie Bickford-Smith graduated from Reading University where she studied Typography and Graphic Communication and currently works in-house at Penguin Books. Her designs for the covers of the Penguin Classics clothbound series have attracted international acclaim and refer back to the world of Victorian book bindings. In 2015 Coralie wrote and illustrated her own book, The Fox and the Star, which was published by Penguin and won Waterstone’s Book of the Year.

Hear Coralie in conversation at a special event on Thursday 26 January.

Kindly supported by Fullers Builders, Walthamstow

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

John Ball and the Hedgerow Priest

Red Saunders: Hidden

  • 11 January — 5 March 2017

Red Saunders’ epic photographs reimagine decisive but overlooked events in Britain’s struggle for democracy and equality.

John Ball the Hedgerow Priest, Peasants Revolt 1380 and William Cuffay and the London Chartists 1842 are displayed in front of the William Morris Gallery and light up the entrance. Rediscover their extraordinary stories, and the contribution they made to bring about change.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Japanese cut out

Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan

  • 4 February — 14 May 2017

Marking the 150th anniversary of Brangwyn's birth, Sheer Pleasure examines the influence of Japanese art on his work, his relationship with Japanese artists and his ill-fated plans for an art gallery in Tokyo.

A rare chance to view Frank Brangwyn's collection of Japanese art, including prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.williammorrisgallery.org.uk

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.
Children playing

Creative Kids: The Fox and The Star

  • 8 December 2016 10-11:30am, 1pm-2:30am *on now

Play, make and get hands on with Creative Kids, a regular session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. In partnership with Lloyd Park Children's Centre.

At this session, enjoy some messy printmaking activities inspired by Coralie Bickford-Smith's beautiful book.

Free. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Singers

Winter Warmer at The William Morris Gallery

  • 18 December 2016 1-4pm

An afternoon of magical entertainment in the William Morris Gallery and Lloyd Park.

Craft activities inspired by Coralie Bickford-Smith’s beautiful book The Fox and The Star, vocal stylings from jazz to pop to gospel from Walthamstow-based JGL Singers and festive food and drink.

In partnership with the Friends of Lloyd Park. Drop in any time (1.30pm - 3.30pm outside entertainment). Entertainment will continue inside in bad weather.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Children playing

Creative Kids: Peacock and Dragon

  • 12 January 2017 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm

Play, make and get hands on with Creative Kids, a regular session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. In partnership with Lloyd Park Children's Centre.

At this session, have a go at weaving and explore William Morris's iconic woven textile, Peacock and Dragon.

Free, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Printing workshop

Letterpress Printing Workshop for Young People

  • 21 January 2017 2-5pm

Inspired by the political posters in the exhibition A World To Win at the William Morris Gallery, this very special workshop offers the chance to create your own protest print.

With the help of local letterpress workshop Paekakariki Press, you’ll explore William Morris’s interest in the art of traditional printing, learn the process of setting the type, inking up and using the press then print your design to take home.

Participants must be aged 16 -25.

Free event. Booking is essential.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/letterpress-printing-workshop-for-young-people-tickets-27814698512

Indian dancer

WMG Late: India curated with Beatroots

  • 2 February 2017 6:30-10:30pm

WMG Lates, our bimonthly after-hours events, are a chance to experience the Gallery in a relaxed adult atmosphere. Visit the special exhibitions and sample some of the best art, music, poetry and performance in London. Curated in partnership with Beatroots, the masterminds behind the incredible Stow Festival.

In February discover the intense glow of Indian culture as we explore William Morris's fascination with Indian textiles. An evening celebrating colour, design and craftsmanship with a live kathak dance performance from Akademi.

Free entry, bar open all evening.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Children playing

Creative Kids: Brangwyn and Japan

  • 9 February 2017 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm

Play, make and get hands on with Creative Kids, a regular session for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. In partnership with Lloyd Park Children's Centre.

At this session, discover Japanese art and ceramics at this special exhibition.

Free, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Printmaking

The Art of Printmaking

  • 18 February 2017 10:30am-12pm, 2:30-4pm

Discover the William Morris Gallery’s surprising collection of prints by British, European, Indian and Japanese artists and learn about the techniques used to create them.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£5. Booking is essential.

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-art-of-printmaking-tickets-27522239760

Children drawing

Family Day: Japanese Art

  • 25 February 2017 1-4pm

Family Days take place at the William Morris Gallery on the last Saturday of the month. On 25th February, learn traditional Japanese crafts including Shodo (Japanese calligraphy) and origami.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Children playing

Creative Kids: Celebration of Colour

  • 9 March 2017 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm

Play, make and get hands on with Creative Kids, a regular session at the William Morris Gallery for under 5s to enjoy with their parents and carers. In partnership with Lloyd Park Children's Centre.

At this session, enjoy abstract painting activities looking at colour, marking the Hindu festival of Holi.

Free, booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

Children drawing

Family Day: William Morris's Birthday

  • 25 March 2017 1-4pm

Family Days take place on the last Saturday of the month at the William Morris Gallery.

On 25th March, help us to celebrate William Morris's birthday by making craft gifts inspired by contemporary British folk art.

For families with children of all ages. Free, drop-in event.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk

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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