William Morris Gallery

William Morris Gallery 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.
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**Free online crafting sessions for under-5s**Join us live online on 20 May for Creative Kids, our regular arts and craf...
14/05/2021

**Free online crafting sessions for under-5s**

Join us live online on 20 May for Creative Kids, our regular arts and crafts sessions for under-5s, with expert personal artistic guidance from Lesley of Scribble and Smudge. This online craft workshop will celebrate spring flowers — have fun creating a floral display of your own inspired by William Morris’s floral designs like this one (Larkspur, from 1872).

Place are free but strictly limited - to find out more and book visit http://bit.ly/FreeFamilyLearningCourses

**Free online crafting sessions for under-5s**

Join us live online on 20 May for Creative Kids, our regular arts and crafts sessions for under-5s, with expert personal artistic guidance from Lesley of Scribble and Smudge. This online craft workshop will celebrate spring flowers — have fun creating a floral display of your own inspired by William Morris’s floral designs like this one (Larkspur, from 1872).

Place are free but strictly limited - to find out more and book visit http://bit.ly/FreeFamilyLearningCourses

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild of Artists is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aest...
13/05/2021

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild of Artists is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Century Guild was established by the architect and designer Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo (1851 – 1942), who later helped found the William Morris Gallery, and his assistant, Herbert Percy Horne (1864 – 1916), in close collaboration with designer Selwyn Image (1849 – 1930). They aspired to elevate crafts to the status of art, integrate both art and crafts in domestic interiors, and democratise good design. .

This photograph from 1882 shows Mackmurdo and Horne with Mackmurdo's mother (and dog!). It was taken outside Halcyon House, Enfield, the first residence that Mackmurdo is known to have designed, in the mid-1870s. Mackmurdo's mother, Anne, was a member of the Carte family and a cousin of Richard D'Oyly Carte, founder of the D'Oyly Carte opera company and the Savoy hotel.

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild opens Tuesday 18 May, along with our permanent displays. Find out more and book your ticket: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/within-the-reach-of-all-the-century-guild/

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild of Artists is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Century Guild was established by the architect and designer Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo (1851 – 1942), who later helped found the William Morris Gallery, and his assistant, Herbert Percy Horne (1864 – 1916), in close collaboration with designer Selwyn Image (1849 – 1930). They aspired to elevate crafts to the status of art, integrate both art and crafts in domestic interiors, and democratise good design. .

This photograph from 1882 shows Mackmurdo and Horne with Mackmurdo's mother (and dog!). It was taken outside Halcyon House, Enfield, the first residence that Mackmurdo is known to have designed, in the mid-1870s. Mackmurdo's mother, Anne, was a member of the Carte family and a cousin of Richard D'Oyly Carte, founder of the D'Oyly Carte opera company and the Savoy hotel.

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild opens Tuesday 18 May, along with our permanent displays. Find out more and book your ticket: www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/within-the-reach-of-all-the-century-guild/

We're so excited to confirm that the Gallery will fully reopen next Tuesday 18 May from 10am. This will be your first ch...
11/05/2021

We're so excited to confirm that the Gallery will fully reopen next Tuesday 18 May from 10am. This will be your first chance to see our special exhibition Within the Reach of All: The Century Guild of Artists - and of course you'll once again be able to explore our permanent displays. In line with government guidelines, capacity will be reduced so we recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

To plan your visit and book your place visit https://www.wmgallery.org.uk

We're so excited to confirm that the Gallery will fully reopen next Tuesday 18 May from 10am. This will be your first chance to see our special exhibition Within the Reach of All: The Century Guild of Artists - and of course you'll once again be able to explore our permanent displays. In line with government guidelines, capacity will be reduced so we recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment.

To plan your visit and book your place visit https://www.wmgallery.org.uk

**Free online crafting sessions for under-5s**Join us live online on 20 May for Creative Kids, our regular arts and craf...
07/05/2021

**Free online crafting sessions for under-5s**

Join us live online on 20 May for Creative Kids, our regular arts and crafts sessions for under-5s, with expert personal artistic guidance from Lesley of Scribble and Smudge. This online craft workshop will celebrate spring flowers — have fun creating a floral display of your own inspired by William Morris’s floral designs.

Place are free but strictly limited - to find out more and book visit http://bit.ly/FreeFamilyLearningCourses.

**Free online crafting sessions for under-5s**

Join us live online on 20 May for Creative Kids, our regular arts and crafts sessions for under-5s, with expert personal artistic guidance from Lesley of Scribble and Smudge. This online craft workshop will celebrate spring flowers — have fun creating a floral display of your own inspired by William Morris’s floral designs.

Place are free but strictly limited - to find out more and book visit http://bit.ly/FreeFamilyLearningCourses.

📸 Embroidered screen, Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, 1884-85Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild is the first exhibitio...
06/05/2021

📸 Embroidered screen, Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, 1884-85

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

This two-leaf embroidered firescreen is an excellent example of Century Guild furniture. It combines the aesthetics of traditional European furniture with swirling, undulating patterns that were very new in the late nineteenth century. The pattern featured sinuous plant-forms inspired by marine biology, a motif Mackmurdo often employed in the 1880s. The satinwood frame of the screen is also adorned with ornate finials that resemble buds or shoots.

The screen’s blue silk panels depict twisting shapes of lilies embroidered in cream and yellow, with gold thread. The lilies also incorporate the initials ‘CG’ signifying the Century Guild. The screen was exhibited on the Century Guild's stand at the Inventions Exhibition held in London in 1885.

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild opens Tuesday 18 May, along with our permanent displays (covid restrictions permitting). To find out more and book your ticket visit www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/within-the-reach-of-all-the-century-guild

📸 The Century Guild Hobby Horse, No I, April 1884Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild is the first exhibition in 2...
01/05/2021

📸 The Century Guild Hobby Horse, No I, April 1884

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Hobby Horse was founded chiefly to publish the aims and ideas of the Century Guild. With the exception of an article by Florence Marshall on a cantata by Henry Holmes, all the articles and poems in the first number were contributed by the Guild's founders Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Herbert Horne and Selwyn Image; the latter was also responsible for the textual illustrations and front cover.

The magazine received some hostile reviews on its publication most notably in The Academy on 1 June 1884: "There may reasonably be some difference of opinion as to Mr. Ruskin's recent utterances. But it has always been possible to gather an idea of that he would be about. There is no imaginable method, however, in the madness of some of his later followers. The affectation of these persons seems to be only commensurate with their ignorance and their conceit with their incapacity." Having criticised both the content and the appearance of the magazine, the reviewer concluded that "a long-suffering public could hardly tolerate another instalment of such nonsense." It was probably largely as a result of such opinions that no further issues appeared until 1886.

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild opens Tuesday 18 May (covid restrictions permitting). Book your ticket at https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/within-the-reach-of-all-the-century-guild

Beautifully packaged in Morris design paper, our rich shea butter soaps are inspired by Morris's love of the English cou...
28/04/2021

Beautifully packaged in Morris design paper, our rich shea butter soaps are inspired by Morris's love of the English countryside. To get yours head to our online shop - https://wmgallery.shop - where you'll find a huge range of products featuring Morris & Co's best loved patterns.

Every purchase supports the work of the Gallery, including our education, conservation and exhibitions programmes. These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more important than ever. Thank you!

#museums #williammorris #ukmuseums #ukgalleries #artsandcraftsmovement #artsandcrafts #museumgiftshop #museumgifts

Beautifully packaged in Morris design paper, our rich shea butter soaps are inspired by Morris's love of the English countryside. To get yours head to our online shop - https://wmgallery.shop - where you'll find a huge range of products featuring Morris & Co's best loved patterns.

Every purchase supports the work of the Gallery, including our education, conservation and exhibitions programmes. These are uncertain times for museums so your support is more important than ever. Thank you!

#museums #williammorris #ukmuseums #ukgalleries #artsandcraftsmovement #artsandcrafts #museumgiftshop #museumgifts

27/04/2021
Arts & Crafts Explained | Woodblock Printing | Curator's Corner

Discover the origins and aims of the Arts and Crafts movement through objects from the William Morris Gallery's collection.

Why did William Morris dye his hands blue? William Morris Gallery senior curator Roisin Inglesby explains why Morris preferred the traditional method of block printing to create his famous patterns. Discover why Morris hated the separation between design and manufacture - and see one of the 400 original woodblocks in our collection.

We're thrilled to be part of a new project celebrating the work of Finnish artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001). Known to man...
27/04/2021

We're thrilled to be part of a new project celebrating the work of Finnish artist Tove Jansson (1914-2001). Known to many as the creator of the much-loved Moomins, Jansson was a painter, cartoonist, satirist and writer.

The celebrations start this June with The Woman Who Fell In Love With An Island, an enchanting indoor exhibition at Walthamstow Wetlands about Jansson's island home of Klovharun and the inspiration she took from nature. There will also be a Moomin-themed family trail with an interactive map and a unique downloadable audio piece from composer Erland Cooper, featuring field recordings from Klovharun and a new reading of Jansson’s essay ‘The Island’ by her niece Sophia Jansson.

Next year the William Morris Gallery will host a landmark exhibition telling the story of Jansson’s life and development as an artist through the lens of her deep affinity with nature, something she shared with William Morris.

To find out more and book tickets to the Wetlands please visit http://www.thewomanwhofellinlovewithanisland.co.uk/

**Please note the exhibition and trail take place at the Walthamstow Wetlands, not the William Morris Gallery**

📸 William Morris, 'Snakeshead' printed cotton, designed 1876This pattern was designed by Morris at the height of his col...
22/04/2021

📸 William Morris, 'Snakeshead' printed cotton, designed 1876

This pattern was designed by Morris at the height of his collaboration with the Staffordshire silk-dyer Thomas Wardle. The design is named after the snake's head fritillaries it features, a flower commonly found in English meadows and mentioned in John Gerard’s ‘Herball', or ‘Generall Historie of Plants’, which also included a lot of useful details about the dye properties of different plants. The rich colours of this design demonstrate the wide array of bright tones that could be achieved with natural dyes. As well as indigo for the deep purple and blue shades, Morris used a plant called wild mignonette to create a yellow dye called ‘weld’ that had been in use since classical times. Red dyes could be produced from the roots of madder plants, another ancient dyestuff that has been used in India for over 4,000 years. With the addition of a brown dye produced from the walnut husks, Morris was able to create all the colours he needed for his printed textiles.

📸 William Morris, 'Snakeshead' printed cotton, designed 1876

This pattern was designed by Morris at the height of his collaboration with the Staffordshire silk-dyer Thomas Wardle. The design is named after the snake's head fritillaries it features, a flower commonly found in English meadows and mentioned in John Gerard’s ‘Herball', or ‘Generall Historie of Plants’, which also included a lot of useful details about the dye properties of different plants. The rich colours of this design demonstrate the wide array of bright tones that could be achieved with natural dyes. As well as indigo for the deep purple and blue shades, Morris used a plant called wild mignonette to create a yellow dye called ‘weld’ that had been in use since classical times. Red dyes could be produced from the roots of madder plants, another ancient dyestuff that has been used in India for over 4,000 years. With the addition of a brown dye produced from the walnut husks, Morris was able to create all the colours he needed for his printed textiles.

📸 Shell, dolphin and seaweed design, Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Bodycolour on paper, late 1880sWithin The Reach of All: T...
17/04/2021

📸 Shell, dolphin and seaweed design, Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Bodycolour on paper, late 1880s

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Century Guild was established by the architect and designer Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, who later helped found the William Morris Gallery, and his assistant, Herbert Percy Horne, in close collaboration with designer Selwyn Image. They aspired to elevate crafts to the status of art, integrate both art and crafts in domestic interiors, and democratise good design.

The classical and Rennaisance influences in this design are in contrast to the 'organic' intricacies of Mackmurdo's earlier designs for the Century Guild. In the 1890s both Mackmurdo and Horne evolved towards classically-inspired formalism.

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild opens Tuesday 18 May (covid restrictions permitting). Book your ticket at https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/within-the-reach-of-all-the-century-guild/

📸 Shell, dolphin and seaweed design, Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Bodycolour on paper, late 1880s

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Century Guild was established by the architect and designer Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, who later helped found the William Morris Gallery, and his assistant, Herbert Percy Horne, in close collaboration with designer Selwyn Image. They aspired to elevate crafts to the status of art, integrate both art and crafts in domestic interiors, and democratise good design.

The classical and Rennaisance influences in this design are in contrast to the 'organic' intricacies of Mackmurdo's earlier designs for the Century Guild. In the 1890s both Mackmurdo and Horne evolved towards classically-inspired formalism.

Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild opens Tuesday 18 May (covid restrictions permitting). Book your ticket at https://www.wmgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions-43/within-the-reach-of-all-the-century-guild/

📸 ‘Birds and Acanthus’ design for a St Mary’s Basilica, wall painting by Jan Matejko (1889), National Museum in KrakówWe...
16/04/2021

📸 ‘Birds and Acanthus’ design for a St Mary’s Basilica, wall painting by Jan Matejko (1889), National Museum in Kraków

We're thrilled to see that Jan Matejko's epic painting ‘Astronomer Copernicus’ is coming to the @nationalgallery. Best known as a painter of scenes from Polish military history and national mythology, Matejko (1838–1893) also directed the decoration of St Mary's Basilica in Kraków — arguably the first project in the spirit of the Arts and Crafts Movement in Poland. The similarities with Morris's designs are striking.

Find out more in Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890 – 1918. To get your copy go to https://wmgallery.shop/products/young-poland-the-polish-arts-crafts-movement-1890-1918?variant=32202203332702

14/04/2021
Arts & Crafts Explained | William Morris's Sword, Chainmail And Helmet | Curator's Corner

William Morris was a committed pacifist - so why did he own a sword?

William Morris Gallery senior curator Roisin Inglesby introduces the sword and armour designed by William Morris as a model for the Oxford Union mural paintings in 1857. Learn how medieval chivalric romance influenced the Pre-Raphaelites and find out if Morris really considered himself a knight in shining armour.

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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.

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We visited yesterday for my mama b.day we had afternoon tea ☕🍰in the cafe Harrison was excellent he provided a great service ros in the gallery shop was so helpful and kind and we purchased some lovely things and the gallery is so interesting really worth a visit it was a shame that it rained 🌦 so we couldn't sit in the garden but we will be going again thks Karen 💙
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Wondering...what is the lunchtime talk this Wednesday?
KELMSCOTT MANOR: A William Morris home. Short film narrated by ex screen actor Scott Antony.
Hello, are you open tomorrow, please?
The wall this mural is painted on was once inside my great grandparents house (5 Bedford Road, Walthamstow). The house was bombed during a WWII air raid (luckily they were out at the time). 🤔
Great day w/Chris and Michael in old 'hood N17/E17
KELMSCOTT HOUSE: Short film narrated by ex screen actor Scott Antony
My visit to The Red House!
The Madge Gill Exhibition is extraordinary! Loved it. Thank you 😊