Friday 23 and 3o June 2017
Explore the work of the artist, designer, conservationist, and socialist William Morris, whose ideas laid the foundations for the Arts & Crafts Movement and revolutionised the appearance of Victorian crafts and the home.
A man of prodigious talents and energy, Morris urged his contemporaries to “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. His insistence on artistry, craftsmanship and quality helped revolutionise the late-Victorian interior and left a legacy that is still significant today. This course explores his art and ideas. It includes a discussion of Morris’s genius as a designer of flat pattern in textiles and wallpapers, and his collaboration with Philip Webb, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones and other artists associated with Morris & Co. It also reviews the development of Morris’s ideas about craft and society and the evolution of his political beliefs. And the course describes his role in the creation of the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts phenomenon.
Lecturer: Jo Banham, curator of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, Juan March Fundacion, Madrid, 2017
Coffee & Pastries included
£30 for the two lectures
To book: call 01787 372958
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