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.
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Rob Ryan Exhibition

  • 20 October 2018 — 27 January 2019 *on now

A solo exhibition of work by renowned fine artist Rob Ryan, featuring highly patterned original papercuts and limited edition silkscreen prints created in response to the William Morris Gallery’s collection. To accompany the exhibition, Rob has designed and produced a range of exclusive merchandise for the Gallery shop. The range includes ceramics, glassware and a limited edition lasercut.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/rob-ryan

Trellis and bird

The Enchanted Garden

  • 20 October 2018 — 27 January 2019 *on now

William Morris was a key figure in the development of domestic garden design, helping to popularise the Arts and Crafts garden among the artistic middle class in England and the US. His gardens at Red House and then Kelmscott Manor supplied endless inspiration to Morris, his family and friends.

The Enchanted Garden explores how Morris's contemporaries and subsequent generations of artists - from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Bloomsbury Group - have responded to the allure of garden spaces, using them as stages for the magical, menacing and romantic.

Featured artists include Claude Monet, Lucian Pissarro, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Beatrix Potter, Cicely Mary Barker, Roger Fry and Vanessa Bell. Highlights from the William Morris Gallery’s own collection will be shown alongside loans from across the UK, including the National Gallery, Ashmolean Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cartwright Hall, Arts Council Collection, Leeds Museum & Art Galleries and the Laing Art Gallery.

The exhibition is organised by the Laing Art Gallery in association with the William Morris Gallery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/the-enchanted-garden

Tablet and woodblock

Haiku Adventure - The Craft of Games

  • 23 February — 26 May 2019

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

Website

https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/haiku-adventure

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

  • 23 February — 26 May 2019

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

Admission

Suggested donation of £5

Website

https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/cultural-revolution

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

Website

http://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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