William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist.
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The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in the grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home, the Gallery displays the world's most comprehensive collection of his work.

**Last chance to see**Our special exhibition Cultural Revolution closes on Sunday 27 May. Discover how Chinese artists r...
12/05/2019

**Last chance to see**

Our special exhibition Cultural Revolution closes on Sunday 27 May. Discover how Chinese artists responded to Chairman Mao Zedong's demand that all art should serve the worker, peasant and soldier - and see how this violent period changed Chinese visual culture forever. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Admission free (suggested donation £5).

📸 Jiasheng Ding; Shanghai Theatre Academy (est.1945), Characters from the revolutionary operas, 1974 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

From our collection: Apple block-printed wallpaper, designed by William Morris in 1877.
29/04/2019

From our collection: Apple block-printed wallpaper, designed by William Morris in 1877.

Don't forget we're open all weekend, including bank holiday Monday. The long weekend is a great opportunity to (re)disco...
20/04/2019

Don't forget we're open all weekend, including bank holiday Monday. The long weekend is a great opportunity to (re)discover Britain's most influential designer - and there's plenty to keep the whole family amused.

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We're open throughout the Easter weekend, including bank holiday Monday. So you can explore our permanent displays, chec...
18/04/2019

We're open throughout the Easter weekend, including bank holiday Monday. So you can explore our permanent displays, check out three special exhibitions, relax in the Tea Room and then take a stroll around Lloyd Park in the spring sunshine - perfect!

A message from our new artists-in-residence Priya Sundram and Nia Thandapani:"As part of our work as artists in residenc...
04/04/2019

A message from our new artists-in-residence Priya Sundram and Nia Thandapani:

"As part of our work as artists in residence at the William Morris gallery we have been exploring the ways in which Morris was inspired by South Asian art and design.

We see this as an opportunity to bring in narratives that have been left out of the larger story of Morris and bring fresh new voices and stories into the gallery.

"As part of our residency we are creating an alternative guide to the gallery and we’d love to hear from anyone who has visited the gallery and found connections between William Morris' work and South Asia. Or perhaps you have noticed a larger connection between the arts and crafts movement and South Asian visual or material culture.

You can send your idea to us via email: [email protected] or via social media - Facebook: @studiocarrom Twitter: StudioCarrom Instagram: studio_carrom"

📷 Snakeshead printed cotton, design by William Morris, 1876

Thanks Time Out London for picking Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games as one of its top new exhibitions. See it in our ...
29/03/2019
New exhibitions in London

Thanks Time Out London for picking Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games as one of its top new exhibitions. See it in our Discovery Lounge now.

Find new exhibitions and new museum shows in London with our bumper guide to recently opened and upcoming displays in the capital. Get out there and have yourself some culture

We're hiring! We're looking for an archivist to catalogue, number, digitise and rehouse the archive of Morris scholar Li...
27/03/2019

We're hiring! We're looking for an archivist to catalogue, number, digitise and rehouse the archive of Morris scholar Linda Parry. This is an amazing opportunity to work with one of the most important Morris archives in the world. For full info and to apply go to https://ats-walthamforest.jobsgopublic.com/vacancies/view/92263

Beauty and Incident (in the Story Lounge until 9 June) is an exhibition by three artists based at local makerspace Black...
21/03/2019

Beauty and Incident (in the Story Lounge until 9 June) is an exhibition by three artists based at local makerspace Blackhorse Workshop.

Lola Lely, Laura Anderson and Harriet Warden have come together to seek ways in which the designs and traditional processes synonymous with William Morris can find artistic form and relevance in Walthamstow in 2019.

**Exhibition news**We're thrilled to announce that we'll be hosting a landmark exhibition of the work of Madge Gill this...
05/03/2019
Artist who hid works under the bed posthumously lands exhibition

**Exhibition news**

We're thrilled to announce that we'll be hosting a landmark exhibition of the work of Madge Gill this summer.

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. The exhibition will be 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.

A self-taught artist who hoarded her works under the bed in her east London home is the subject of a new exhibition only a few streets from where she was born. Madge Gill, who worked as a nurse at Whipps Cross Hospital, made thousands of drawings and created huge textiles but rarely showed them in h...

**Now open! Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games**See how Small Island Games were inspired by traditional Japanese art to...
28/02/2019

**Now open! Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games**

See how Small Island Games were inspired by traditional Japanese art to create their new point and click puzzler #HaikuAdventure. See original woodblock prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige and try out some of the games that influenced the Small Island team. Now on in the Discovery Lounge.

Discover how Chinese artists responded to Chairman Mao Zedong's demand that all art should serve the worker, peasant and...
27/02/2019

Discover how Chinese artists responded to Chairman Mao Zedong's demand that all art should serve the worker, peasant and soldier - and see how this violent and period changed Chinese visual culture forever - in our special exhibition Cultural Revolution. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Admission free (suggested donation £5).

📷 Nicola Tree

Our sister museum Vestry House Museum is supporting this crowdfunding campaign to acquire a rare Joy Division poster fro...
25/02/2019
Vestry House Museum

Our sister museum Vestry House Museum is supporting this crowdfunding campaign to acquire a rare Joy Division poster from when the band played Walthamstow Youth Club in 1979. Can you help?

Just a couple of days left to support Walthamstow Rock 'n' Roll Book Club's crowdfunder to bring a piece of Walthamstow musical history back to E17: an ultra rare original Joy Division poster from when the band played Walthamstow Youth Centre 40 years ago. If successful, the poster will go into our collection for future generations to discover.

Now open -- Cultural Revolution: State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970sOur new exhibition explores visual c...
23/02/2019

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

Our new exhibition explores visual culture in one of the most turbulent and violent periods of modern Chinese history. Open Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Admission free (suggested donation £5).

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

We're hugely excited to be hosting our first exhibition on a videogame.In Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games - opening ...
20/02/2019

We're hugely excited to be hosting our first exhibition on a videogame.

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

Find out more: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/haiku-adventure

19/02/2019

We're back! Thanks for your patience while we closed for essential maintenance work. We're delighted to be open again as usual from 10am today. Our next major exhibition - Cultural Revolution: State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s - opens to the public on Saturday.

**Important update**Unfortunately the maintenance work at the Gallery is taking longer than expected. We will now remain...
07/02/2019

**Important update**

Unfortunately the maintenance work at the Gallery is taking longer than expected. We will now remain closed for an extra week, reopening on Tuesday 19 February. We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes.

We're still closed for essential maintenance work but will be open as usual from Tuesday 19 February (note new reopening...
06/02/2019
William Morris Gallery

We're still closed for essential maintenance work but will be open as usual from Tuesday 19 February (note new reopening date). Then later this month we'll be launching three new exhibitions:

*Cultural Revolution: State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s (special exhibition space)

*Haiku Adventure: The Craft of Games (Discovery Lounge)

*Beauty and Incident (Story Lounge)

Find out more: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on

Tomorrow (Friday 1 February) is your last chance to visit the Gallery before we close for essential maintenance work. Bu...
31/01/2019

Tomorrow (Friday 1 February) is your last chance to visit the Gallery before we close for essential maintenance work. But don't panic - we'll be back open as usual on Tuesday 12 February for your Morris fix.

📷 William Morris, Willow Bough wallpaper, designed 1887, printed c.1950

**Important reminder**We're closed to the public from Saturday 2 February for essential maintenance work, reopening as u...
28/01/2019

**Important reminder**

We're closed to the public from Saturday 2 February for essential maintenance work, reopening as usual on Tuesday 12 February. During that time the Tea Room will run a reduced service and will only be accessible via the rear stairs.

Our new exhibition, Cultural Revolution, opens Saturday 23 February at 10am.

William Morris Gallery Courses for Teachers  (Special offer for the Spring Term - book one place and bring a colleague f...
28/01/2019
Teachers' Course: Developing Sketchbooks at Key Stage 1&2, 4th & 11th February

William Morris Gallery Courses for Teachers

(Special offer for the Spring Term - book one place and bring a colleague free)

Developing Sketchbooks at Key Stage 1 & 2;
Mondays 4 & 11 of February 4.00-6.30pm (£65) Two-part course
Buildi confidence in a range of drawing skills inspired by nature.
“This was a fantastic course. I’ve taken so many great ideas which I can’t wait to do with the children”. Teacher, Henry Maynard School
Book by Eventbrite bit.ly/2CRc5AW

Safe & Simple Printmaking for Key Stages 1 &2 Wednesdays, 6 &13 March 2019 (£65)
How to integrate a range of print-making techniques into cross-year curriculum planning to enrich the artistic output of the whole school.
Book by Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2B5V7Pt Or email [email protected] with any enquiries

A course over 2 twilight sessions: 12th &19th November, 4.00pm-6.30pm as part of the Big Draw. Learn to kick start a sketch book habit and build confidence in drawing skills using a wide range of materials. For Art co-ordinators, teachers and support staff – no art experience needed! Understanding...

25/01/2019

**FINAL WEEKEND**

The Enchanted Garden closes this Sunday. Don't miss out! Open 10am - 5pm all weekend. Admission free.

📷 Claude Monet, 'Water-Lilies, Setting Sun' (detail), c.1907 © National Gallery, London

William Morris Gallery's cover photo
24/01/2019

William Morris Gallery's cover photo

**Final week** The Enchanted Garden, our critically acclaimed exhibition exploring gardens in 19th and 20th century Euro...
21/01/2019

**Final week** The Enchanted Garden, our critically acclaimed exhibition exploring gardens in 19th and 20th century European art, ends this Sunday. Don't miss the chance to see work by Claude Monet, Lucian Pissarro, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Beatrix Potter, Cicely Mary Barker, Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and more.

Find out more and plan your visit: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/the-enchanted-garden

📸 Claude Monet, Water-Lilies, Setting Sun, c.1907 © National Gallery, London

The Enchanted Garden, our critically acclaimed exhibition exploring gardens in art, ends in less than two weeks. You've ...
16/01/2019

The Enchanted Garden, our critically acclaimed exhibition exploring gardens in art, ends in less than two weeks. You've got until Sunday 27 January to see work by Claude Monet, Lucian Pissarro, Edward Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Beatrix Potter, Cicely Mary Barker, Roger Fry, Vanessa Bell and more - don't miss out!

Storytelling for families this Sunday! Tom’s Midnight Garden, 2.30pm-3pm  Hear this classic children’s novel dramati...
15/01/2019

Storytelling for families this Sunday!

Tom’s Midnight Garden, 2.30pm-3pm

Hear this classic children’s novel dramatically read aloud by local actors in short instalments with a recap of the story so far each time. Tom’s Midnight Garden (1958) by Philippa Pearce delightfully captures the magic and mysterious qualities of the English garden.

Free, drop in. Suitable for adults and families with children aged 7 and above but younger siblings welcome too: colouring activities available to do alongside; an Enchanted Garden Family Trail worksheet available to fill in after, while viewing the Exhibition The Enchanted Garden.

**Changes to our opening hours** Planning a visit? Please read!The Gallery will close at 2pm tomorrow (Friday 11 January...
10/01/2019

**Changes to our opening hours** Planning a visit? Please read!

The Gallery will close at 2pm tomorrow (Friday 11 January) and at 4pm on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 January to prepare for the London Borough of Culture launch event. The Tea Room will close half an hour earlier than the Gallery on all those days.

We'll also be closed for essential maintenance work from Saturday 2 February to Sunday 10 February inclusive.

**Exhibition news**⠀⠀Cultural Revolution: State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s⠀Opens 23 February 20...
07/01/2019

**Exhibition news**⠀

Cultural Revolution: State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s⠀
Opens 23 February 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 - and brutally - implemented.

This exhibition 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.

Happy Christmas from everyone at the William Morris Gallery!📷 Edward Burne-Jones, Adoration of the Shepherds design f...
25/12/2018

Happy Christmas from everyone at the William Morris Gallery!

📷 Edward Burne-Jones, Adoration of the Shepherds design for stained glass, 1872

**Christmas opening hours**We'll be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. ...
23/12/2018

**Christmas opening hours**

We'll be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Other than that we're open as usual, 10am - 5pm.

Why not bring the family over the Christmas break? See our critically-acclaimed exhibition, The Enchanted Garden, explore our permanent collection and enjoy festive coffee and cake in the Tea Room.

📷 Lucien Pissarro, The Fairy, 1894 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

It's the season for sloe (also known as blackthorn) gin - so what a great opportunity to share one of Morris's best love...
20/12/2018

It's the season for sloe (also known as blackthorn) gin - so what a great opportunity to share one of Morris's best loved patterns.

📷 William Morris, Blackthorn block printed wallper, 1892

A lovely review of our special exhibition The Enchanted Garden in this week's Times Literary Supplement.
19/12/2018
Wander if I might

A lovely review of our special exhibition The Enchanted Garden in this week's Times Literary Supplement.

I know a little garden-close Set thick with lily and red rose. Where I would wander if I might From dewy morn to dewy night And have one with me wandering. William Morris wrote these lines in 1872, echoing a design that he had made ten years earlier for wallpaper, his first such project. “Trellis....

Are you feeling Christmassy yet? We've been rummaging through our collection to find some festive scenes to share. Here'...
17/12/2018

Are you feeling Christmassy yet? We've been rummaging through our collection to find some festive scenes to share. Here's the first: Frank Brangwyn's 'Ride to Bethlehem' design for a Christmas card.

Another festive find from our collection store: Veronica Whall's design for a five panelled alterpiece showing scenes fr...
13/12/2018

Another festive find from our collection store: Veronica Whall's design for a five panelled alterpiece showing scenes from the Christmas story, from 1950. Veronica Whall was an important figure in the Arts and Crafts movement. Like her father, Christopher Whall, she is best known for her stained glass work.

Kelmscott Manor, the Morris family's countryside retreat, was a subject May Morris (Jane and William's daughter) returne...
03/12/2018

Kelmscott Manor, the Morris family's countryside retreat, was a subject May Morris (Jane and William's daughter) returned to throughout her life.

This watercolour - from our special exhibition The Enchanted Garden - was painted when May was in her twenties, after undergoing formal art training at the National Art Training School in South Kensington, London.
The view shows the beautiful sixteenth century Manor through the doorway of an old barn on the property.

The Enchanted Garden, until 27 January 2019, Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm. Suggested donation £5. Find out more: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/the-enchanted-garden

📷 May Morris, View of Kelmscott Manor from the Old Barn, 1880s (c) William Morris Gallery

Congratulations to pupils from Walthamstow’s Our Lady and St George Primary School, who gave guided tours of the Galle...
29/11/2018

Congratulations to pupils from Walthamstow’s Our Lady and St George Primary School, who gave guided tours of the Gallery as part of Takeover Day. The tours were the culmination of a two month literacy project exploring storytelling in the work of William Morris and his circle. Well done all!

From our current special exhibition, The Enchanted Garden: Lucien Pissarro's My Studio Garden, painted in June 1938. It ...
27/11/2018

From our current special exhibition, The Enchanted Garden: Lucien Pissarro's My Studio Garden, painted in June 1938. It shows the garden of The Brook, Pissarro's house and studio on Stamford Brook Road in Chiswick.

📷 Lucien Pissarro, My Studio Garden, 1938 © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

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Lloyd Park, Forest Road
London
E17 4PP

The Gallery is only a 15-minute walk from Walthamstow Central (rail/tube/bus) or a 10-minute bus journey from Blackhorse Road Station (rail/tube). Both tube stations are on the Victoria Line.

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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