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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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Show your support for the gallery – twice!

Now that the William Morris Gallery is on the shortlist of ten for the Art Fund’s prestigious Museum of the Year Awards 2013 (see report below), the staff are inviting the public to help boost the gallery’s profile on two fronts. Firstly, in conjunction with the awards, The Art Fund has launched a photography competition. […]

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Breaking news: Gallery shortlisted for major award

    The William Morris Gallery is one of ten finalists in the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2013 awards, it was announced on tonight’s Front Row programme on Radio 4. The Art Fund Prize is the UK’s largest arts prize, celebrating the very best museums and galleries, highlighting innovative and creative ways of […]

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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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