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2013 programme announced by William Morris Gallery

Iconic British photographer David Bailey presents his perspective on 1960s East End London in new exhibition, East End Faces. Bailey Will also discuss his illustrious career in conversation with Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery

Renowned author and historian Diane Atkinson talks about the suffragette campaign for the vote

Visitors seeking an alternative setting for Valentines Day can treat their loved ones to a sumptuous dinner in the historic surroundings of the William Morris Gallery

Prepare for a late night evening of Vintage Bop and Beats – high octane entertainment with music, dance art and fashion from the Swinging Sixties

The William Morris Gallery, located in Walthamstow was reopened to visitors on August 2012, promising an incredible program of events for the 2013 season.

The beautifully renovated gallery is going to offer a tight schedule of events and various activities in 2013 including programs like major exhibitions, workshops, talks, late night openings, family nights and the unique opportunity of getting carried away by the life and contributions of a renowned artist and well-recognized thinker of the 19th century.

William Morris lived in the family building from 1848 to 1856, which now hosts the gallery. The eighteenth century building was recently renovated, exposing plenty of Georgian structures and providing the visitors a wonderful chance of experiencing the Morris house. The enclosed garden is also remodeled according to the planting and designs favored by Morris.

The transformation also includes a fully-refurbished exhibition space with three new galleries and the chance for previously unseen works to be displayed, a library, research and education centre and a new Georgian orangery-inspired extension housing a new tearoom and balcony overlooking the gardens.

Entry to the museum and gardens is free. Highlights for January to September 2013 include:

David Bailey’s East End Faces

Exhibiton: Saturday 23 February – Sunday 26 May

David Bailey’s iconic photographs immortalised 1960s London.  He turned his camera East, to the part of London where he grew up. Born in Leytonstone and raised in East Ham, Bailey photographed the ever changing face of London’s East End and the people who live there.  Visitors will also have a rare opportunity to hear David Bailey in conversation with Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery on Wednesday 13 March. Please see listings information document for further details on this and other related events.

Celebrate William Morris’s Birthday

Sunday 24 March, from 4pm

This year’s annual celebrations include a birthday toast with traditional music from Walthamstow Folk followed by a talk on the Gallery’s internationally recognised collection by the William Morris Gallery’s curators.

Regime Change Begins at Home: David Mabb

Exhibition: Wednesday 1 May – Sunday 30 June

In this series of paintings by David Mabb, the artist champions the history of political protest by bringing together slogans from recent and historical demonstrations. Removed from their context and framed in Morris & Co fabrics, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to read them afresh. In turn the slogans draw our attention to the political content of Morris’s familiar designs.

Rise Up Women! The suffragette campaign for the vote

Talk by renowned author and historian Diane Atkinson

Thursday 18 July, 7.30pm

It is a hundred years since Emily Wilding Davison tried to grab the reins of the King’s horse in protest at the government’s refusal to give women the vote. She paid with her life and went down in history as the first suffragette martyr. Diane Atkinson considers Emily Wilding Davison’s protest in the wider context of the WSPU’s militant campaign for women’s suffrage in the years leading up to the outbreak of the First World War.

The Art of Embroidery: Nicola Jarvis and May Morris

Saturday 6 July – Sunday 22 September

Winner of the 2010 Inspired by Morris group show, Nicola Jarvis returns to the William Morris Gallery with a solo exhibition. A hand-embroidery specialist, Jarvis’s new work includes works on paper and textiles created in dialogue with the techniques and ideas championed by William Morris’s daughter May Morris. Jarvis’s work will be exhibited alongside rarely seen archive materials offering refreshing new perspectives on May’s career.

Family Friendly Events

The William Morris Gallery offers families and children a fun-packed programme of events and workshops including: puppetry and drawing workshops during the Easter holidays; Creative Kids – a regular session for under fives to enjoy with their parents and on the last Saturday of every month the gallery offers hands-on activities for families to take part in. Please see listings below for further details.

Please visit www.wmgallery.org.uk for further information on the William Morris Gallery.

FULL LISTINGS BY GENRE

Exhibitions

David Bailey’s East End Faces: Saturday 23 February – Sunday 26 May

David Bailey’s iconic photographs immortalised 1960s London.  He turned his camera East, to the part of London where he grew up. Born in Leytonstone and raised in East Ham, Bailey photographed the ever changing face of London’s East End and the people who live there.

Related events:

David Bailey In conversation: Wednesday 13 March

Family Day: Photo Fun: Saturday 30 March

Curator’s tour: Friday 19 April

Creative Kids: Every Kind of People: Thursday 9 May

Regime Change Begins at Home – David Mabb: Wednesday 1 May – Sunday 30 June

In this series of paintings by David Mabb, the artist champions the history of political protest by bringing together slogans from recent and historical demonstrations. Removed from their context and framed in Morris & Co fabrics, this exhibition presents a unique opportunity to read them afresh. In turn the slogans draw our attention to the political content of Morris’s familiar designs.

Related events:

Meet the Artist – Wednesday 1 May

Family Day: Revolting Craft – Saturday 25 May

The Art of Embroidery: Nicola Jarvis and May Morris

Saturday 6 July – Sunday 22 September

Winner of the 2010 Inspired by Morris group show, Nicola Jarvis returns to the William Morris Gallery with a solo exhibition. A hand-embroidery specialist, Jarvis’s new work includes works on paper and textiles created in dialogue with the techniques and ideas championed by William Morris’s daughter May Morris. Jarvis’s work will be exhibited alongside rarely seen archive materials offering refreshing new perspectives on May’s career.

Related events:

Explore the exhibition at one these related events:

Curator’s tour: Friday 12 July

Ornamental Embroidery workshop: Wednesday 24 July

Family Day: My Secret Garden: Saturday 27 July

Special Events

E17 Designers Market: Saturday 9 February, 10am – 5pm

E17 Designers Market comes to the William Morris Gallery, showcasing the best in local handmade crafts with Valentines’ gifts for sale and performances by the Forest Poets and wandering minstrels. Adults £2 (including entertainment and entry to the fund raising prize draw), children under 16 free, no booking necessary.

Valentines Dinner: Thursday 14 February, from 6.30pm

Treat your partner to a romantic meal in the historic surroundings of the William Morris Gallery. Start the evening with a glass of Prosecco and listen to duets from Forest Philharmonic musicians before a three course meal overlooking Lloyd Park.

£35 per person including three-course dinner and glass of fizz, booking essential.

For more details and to book contact the William Morris Gallery Tea Room at alisonlloyd@justhospitality.co.uk or call 0795 255 8322.

William Morris’s Birthday Event: Sunday 24 March, from 4pm

This year’s annual celebrations include a birthday toast with traditional music from Walthamstow Folk followed by a talk on the Gallery’s internationally recognised collection by curators Anna Mason and Carien Kremer. Organised by the Friends of the William Morris Gallery.

£6.50/£5 (Friends). Tickets for the talk are limited, booking essential. To book contact the Friends of the William Morris Gallery, call Roger Huddle on 07973 443 030 or email roger.huddle@ntlworld.com

Meet the Artist – David Mabb 1 May, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Join us on May Day to celebrate the opening of David Mabb’s new installation; Regime Change Begins at Home. A chance to meet the artist, discuss his work and enjoy a glass of wine in the Tea Room. Free, no booking necessary.

WMG Late: Vintage Bop and Beats Thursday 16 May, 6.30pm – 10.30pm

We prepare for an evening of high octane entertainment with music, dance, art and fashion from the Swinging Sixties. Featuring dance troupe The Actionettes, as seen in the recent hit film Made in Dagenham, and music to get you moving to the sixties beat as well as a chance to visit David Bailey’s East End Faces in a special evening atmosphere. Vintage and sixties inspired outfits are welcome. Free, no booking necessary.

Adult Talks

David Bailey in Conversation: Wednesday 13 March, 7.30pm

Photographer David Bailey talks about his illustrious career and his portraits of London’s East End with Sandy Nairne, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. £12, booking essential as places are limited.

Imagined Futures: Wednesday 22 May, 7.30pm

In the classic novel News From Nowhere William Morris weaves ideas about social transformation, justice and fellowship into a utopian vision of the future. Ruth Kinna discusses the book’s place in Morris’s politics, his socialism and contemporary radical ideology. Ruth Kinna is Professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University and author of William Morris: The Art of Socialism.

Organised by the Friends of the William Morris Gallery. £6.50/£5 (Friends), booking essential as places are limited. To book contact the Friends of the William Morris Gallery by calling Roger Huddle on 07973 443 030, or email roger.huddle@ntlworld.com

Rise Up Women! The suffragette campaign for the vote: Thursday 18 July, 7.30pm

It is a hundred years since Emily Wilding Davison tried to grab the reins of the King’s horse in protest at the government’s refusal to give women the vote. She paid with her life and went down in history as the first suffragette martyr. Diane Atkinson considers Emily Wilding Davison’s protest in the wider context of the WSPU’s militant campaign for women’s suffrage in the years leading up to the outbreak of the First World War.  £7, booking essential as places are limited. Doors open at 7pm for adult talks for a chance to see the exhibitions and displays and to get a beverage from the William Morris Gallery tearoom.

Adult Workshops

Ornamental Embroidery: Wednesday 24 July, 10.30am – 5pm

Stitch a botanical sampler in the style of May Morris with Ornamental Embroidery teachers Lynn Hulse and Nicola Jarvis. This course will include a visit to the exhibition My Secret Garden where examples of embroidery by Nicola Jarvis and May Morris (William Morris’s daughter) are on display. Beginner’s welcome. £57.50 including materials, booking essential as places are limited.

Tours

David Bailey East End Faces: Friday 19 April, 3pm

Join one of the Gallery’s curators for a tour of David Bailey’s photography exhibition. Tours last for 30 minutes and take place in the exhibition room. Free, no booking necessary.

The Art of Embroidery: Nicola Jarvis and May Morris: Friday 12 July, 3pm

Discover the delicate art of embroidery in My Secret Garden on a special tour with William Morris Gallery curator Anna Mason. The exhibition features work by William and May Morris and contemporary embroiderer Nicola Jarvis. Tours last for 30 minutes and take place in the exhibition room. Free, no booking necessary.

For Families

Creative Kids

10am – 11.30am, repeated at 1pm – 2.30pm

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

Free, booking essential

Thursday 7 February

Creative Kids: Chinese Dragons

Make a dragon mask to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Thursday 14 March

Creative Kids: Mrs Morris’s tea party

Get moulding with clay to make your own drinking cups and bowls.

Thursday 11 April

Creative Kids: Spring wishes

Help us create a tree of life to mark the start of spring.

Thursday 9 May

Creative Kids: Every kind of people

Explore David Bailey’s photography exhibition about people from London’s East End.

Thursday 13 June

Creative Kids: Brer Rabbit

Make your own puppet inspired by the stories of Brer Rabbit and Morris’s much loved design.

Thursday 11 July

Creative Kids: Islamic art in the garden

Join us for a walk and activities in the William Morris garden.

Family Days

1pm – 4pm

On the last Saturday of every month we pack the gallery full of fun activities for families to make and do together.

Free, drop-in event for families of all ages

Saturday 23 February

Brilliant Buildings

Discover Morris’s fantastical home The Red House and build your own grand design.

Saturday 30 March

Photo Fun

Take pictures, make pictures, cut and paste pictures inspired by David Bailey’s photographs of London’s East End.

Saturday 27 April

World of Books

Celebrate CityReads festival and make hand-made books for all your favourite stories.

Saturday 25 May

Revolting Crafts

Get silly with stitching and crazy with craft as we start a family revolution.

Saturday 29 June

Comics and comedy

Get your pencils ready for funny drawings, comedy characters and comic books.

Saturday 27 July

My Secret Garden

Be inspired by nature in the new William Morris Garden and The Art of Embroidery exhibition.

Easter Holiday Workshops

Drawing

Thursday 4 April

Thursday 11 April

11am (repeated at 1.30pm and 2.30pm)

Sessions last 40 minutes

Artist-led drawing workshops for children aged five and over. Experiment with techniques and materials and try observational drawing in the William Morris Garden (weather permitting).

Free, places are allocated at the gallery from 10am on the day. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Puppetry making and performance

Friday 5 April – Sigurd the Volsung

Friday 12 April – King Arthur

11am (repeated at 1.30pm and 2.30pm)

Sessions last 40 minutes

Make your own puppet and help us to perform stories about heroes, dragons, knights and wizards at our very own children’s puppet theatre. For children aged five and over.

Free, places are allocated at the gallery from 10am on the day. Arrive early to avoid disappointment. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

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