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Annual General Meeting, 2 July 2013

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Friends will take place on Tuesday 2 July at 7.pm for 7.30pm in the Acanthus Room at the William Morris Gallery. In addition to the formal proceedings, David Mabb, Reader in Art and Course Leader in Postgraduate Studies in Art Practice at Goldsmith College, London, who has mounted the current exhibition […]

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Join the Friends at beautiful Standen

Tickets are still available for the Friends’ 25th anniversary picnic on Saturday, June 22, at Standen in Sussex. Book soon to ensure a place on the coach! Standen, a late Victorian family house, is a gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement, hidden at the end of a quiet lane with breathtaking views over the […]

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BREAKING NEWS: Gallery named Museum of the Year

The William Morris Gallery has this evening been named Museum of the Year 2013 in the annual Art Fund awards. The honour comes with a prize of £100,000. At the awards ceremony in the V&A, the judges said that the Gallery “set the highest standards of curatorship, and reaches out impressively to its local community, […]

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Gallery wins national award

The extended and refurbished William Morris Gallery has won its first major national accolade. It was named as Best Permanent Exhibition in the 2013 Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence at a ceremony in Central London last night. Tribute was paid to Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects and GUM Design. Lorna Lee, who managed the project […]

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E-petition launched

An e-petition has been launched after news in the last few days that crafts will no longer be considered part of the creative industries under proposals published by the UK government. The proposed change is part of a review of the UK’s creative industries set out in Classifying and Measuring the Creative Industries, a consultation paper released […]

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Useful and beautiful

At Home with Morris is a new photographic exhibition by Katherine Green, a member of the Friends. A celebrated social documentary photographer, Katherine has taken her camera to the homes of William Morris admirers who have chosen to decorate their environments with his designs, and for whom his beliefs are often an extension of their […]

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A birthday gift for Topsy

  Just before the Friends of the William Morris Gallery celebrated the great man’s birthday on Sunday, news arrived that delighted us all. The extended and refurbished William Morris Gallery has been shortlisted for the Museum and Heritage Awards 2013, featuring in the Permanent Exhibition category with other national treasures including the Cutty Sark and […]

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Gallery founder’s work on display

Designs by Sir Frank Brangwyn, whose gift of Arts and Crafts works forms the core of the William Morris Gallery collection, are currently on show at the Fine Art Society at 148 New Bond Street, London. His studies for the Rockefeller Centre murals in New York and a set of designs for the interior of […]

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David Bailey exhibition at Gallery

Photographer David Bailey is famed for capturing the mood and iconic faces of The Swinging Sixties, including characters as diverse as the Kray twins and his favourite model Jean Shrimpton. At the same time, he was taking a series of photographs of East London characters and scenes, and it is some of those – many […]

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Follow William Morris to Iceland

It is well known that Iceland exercised a great fascination for William Morris and led him to write his four-part epic Sigurd the Volsung and the Fall of the Niblungs as well as to publish several of the sagas. Such was his interest that he visited the country twice – something of an epic journey […]

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