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Paul Mellon Centre for British Art, Conneticut  
Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement
13 February 2020 – 10 May 2020

Victorian Radicals will bring together approximately 145 paintings, works on paper, and works of decorative art—many never shown outside the UK—to illuminate this most dynamic period of British art in an exhibition of unparalleled historical and visual richness.

Kelmscott House
In Search of Emery Walker
4 April 2020

Author and graphic designer Simon Loxley discusses his latest book Emery Walker: Arts, Crafts and a World in Motion, two days after what would have been Walker’s 169th birthday in Kelmscott House, the former home of his best friend William Morris.

Simon will paint a picture of Walker, his work and his world, a man who professionally and socially seemed to ‘know everyone’. He will re-examine what has been written about him, and include his research of archive material, much of which came from Walker’s home at 7 Hammersmith Terrace, where he lived from 1903 to 1933. Emery Walker’s house, and its authentic Arts & Crafts interiors, is open to the public for guided tours on Thursdays and Saturdays. The talk begins at 6.30pm on April 4th at The William Morris Society, Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, London, W6 9TA with an optional tour of Emery Walker’s house which is a ten minute walk away at 5pm. Proceeds will go to both house museums.

Dovecot Studio
May Morris : Art and Life
28 November 2019 – 14 March 2020

Dovecot presents a landmark exhibition exploring the life and work of May Morris, the youngest daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement.
The exhibition tells the story of May, who at age 23, took charge of the Morris & Co. embroidery department and was responsible for creating some of the company’s most iconic textiles and wallpaper designs.
Exhibition Organised by the William Morris Gallery, London in association with Dovecot Studios

William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow, London
Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus
31 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

The exhibition uses Morris’s key principles of Unity, Craft, Simplicity and Community as a lens to explore the early years of the Bauhaus, from its establishment as a radical new school in the conservative city of Weimar, to its move to a purpose-built campus in Dessau. Along the way, the Bauhauslers embraced a diverse range of ideas and aesthetics as they adopted and adapted the messages of the Arts and Crafts movement in their quest to design a better world. In showing objects made at the Bauhaus alongside Morris’s own pioneering designs, the exhibition invites visitors to explore alternative perspectives on the Bauhaus, as well as see Morris’s legacy in a new light.

Alongside the exhibition is a display of three pieces by acclaimed London-based fashion designer Mary Katrantzou, who is lending garments from her Autumn/Winter 2018 collection, which combines Bauhaus prints with patterns inspired by William Morris. There is also an installation by Bauhaus Artist in Residence, Nicholas Pankhurst.

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