EXHIBITIONS

Here you'll find current and future events of interest to fans of Morris and his circle of influence.

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UK
National Portrait Gallery, London  
Pre-Raphaelite Sisters
17 October 2019 – 26 January 2020



The likes of Effie Gray and Elizabeth Siddal may be instantly recognisable from the paintings of Millais or Rossetti, but their creative contributions – and those of other women in the orbit of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, such as Joanne Wells and Marie Spartali Stillman – have rarely been considered. With paintings, sculptures and decorative objects, many of which are on show for the first time, this exhibition hopes to redress the balance, and to reassess the influence of its subjects upon the wider Pre-Raphaelite movement. Find out more from the NPG’s website.


UK
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



UK
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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