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.
Hands with pantone card

Exhibition: Beauty and Incident

  • 22 February — 9 June 2019 *on now

An exhibition by three artists based at Walthamstow makerspace Blackhorse Workshop. Lola Lely (designer and textile artist), Laura Anderson (sculptor and woodcarver) and Harriet Warden (illustrator and printmaker) have come together to seek ways in which the designs and traditional processes synonymous with William Morris can find artistic form and relevance in the contemporary and culturally diverse setting of Walthamstow in 2019.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age





Tablet and woodblock

Haiku Adventure - The Craft of Games

  • 23 February — 26 May 2019 *on now

Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games explores the intersection between traditional Japanese woodblock prints and videogames - two different mediums separated by centuries and yet linked by a common sensibility.

Small Island Games present the development of their 'indie' title Haiku Adventure, juxtaposing its creative process with its artistic influence: the ukiyo-e prints of Edo-era Japan. The display follows on from the William Morris Gallery's 2017 exhibition, Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan, which was formative to the game's conception.

This exhibition showcases original Japanese prints alongside interactive game displays and an overview of the development process, allowing visitors to experience a modern adaptation of an ancient craft.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Black ink on card

Exhibition: Madge Gill

  • 22 June — 22 September 2019

Madge Gill was born in Walthamstow and spent most of her years living in East London. A self-taught, visionary artist, she created meticulous artworks, many of which were created while “possessed” by Myrninerest, her spirit-guide. This landmark exhibition at the William Morris Gallery is the most comprehensive survey of Gill’s work to date, bringing together drawings, large-scale embroideries, textiles and archival objects, many of which have never been exhibited before.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.
Cultural Revolution poster

Cultural Revolution - State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s

  • 23 February — 26 May 2019 *on now

In 1942 Chairman Mao Zedong declared that all art should serve the worker, peasant and soldier. During the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76) this policy was vigorously implemented.

Images of the leader appeared everywhere: bold, colourful posters combined text and image to promote political messages. The predominant colour was red – colour of the revolution – and when Mao was shown it was always amid a glowing light.

Traditional landscape styles were reimagined and now incorporated symbols of modern and industrial achievement. Even the traditional folk art of the delicate papercut, used to decorate windows at home, promoted ‘Mao Zedong Thought’.

This exhibition at the William Morris Gallery displays a selection of Cultural Revolution propaganda posters, revolutionary landscapes, images of the leader and intricate papercuts all of which were collected in China during the 1970s.

This is a touring exhibition organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Suggested donation of £5



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

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020 8496 4390

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