PAST EVENTS

The WMSC has been very busy since its inception in 1981. Domestic and international travel have taken us to Iceland, the U.S., France and - repeatedly - Britain. Numerous lectures and walks, hands-on activities and other great social events have been offered on an almost monthly basis.

Here's the list of events since 2002.


2017

January: "Sheila Hicks: Material Voices" tour at the Textile Museum of Canada

February: Stained Glass Windows and Casavant Frères Organ: Visit to Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, led by Corey Keeble

March: Birthday Celebration in honour of William Morris's 183rd birthday, featuring lecture, "Morris in Oxford" by Dr. Sheila Latham, followed by toast and cake.

April: Lecture by Andrew Pruss, "Eden Smith and Three Carnegie Libraries".
This illustrated talk by architect Andrew Pruss presents the circumstances surrounding the construction of these libraries and Eden Smith’s background, career and work on the projects. It also examined the fabric of these buildings and their evolution since construction. 

June: Symposium: "The hand, the head, and the heart": Ruskin, Morris, and Craftsmanship Today
This one-day event was jointly hosted by The Guild of St. George and the William Morris Society of Canada. The symposium focused on the influence of John Ruskin and William Morris on craftsmanship, both in their own time and on those who continue to honour that legacy in their work today. 



2016

January: Tour of the Textile Museum of Canada and the exhibition, "Home Economics: 150 Years of Canadian Hooked Rugs"

February: "A Typeface for Canada" - the Work of Carl Dair, Design Pioneer, presentation by Rod McDonald and Stan Bevington and tour to exhibit at Massey College

March: Birthday Celebration in honour of William Morris's 182nd birthday, featuring lecture by potter Joseph Panacci and toast with cake.

April: Lecture by Dr. Ann Gagné: "Ruskin’s Guild: Craft, Nature, and the Influence on Morris"

May: St. James Cemetery Walk, led by John Wichelow

June: WMSC Symposium: William Morris and the Natural World

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture: 1881: A Year in the Life of William Morris

October: Collingwood Heritage Tour

November: Lecture: The Life and Work of William Morris, presented by Professor William Whitla at the Toronto Reference Library

December: Holiday dinner for members at Le Papillon restaurant



2015

January: From One End of the Earth to the Other: William Morris in Iceland and Australia
Presentations by special guests Martin Stott (William Morris Society UK) and Robert Reason (Art Gallery of South Australia)

February: Women, Art & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise at the Gardiner Museum

March: Morris’s 181st Birthday Lecture, Architectural Preservation in Upper Canada: a case study with Brian Blackstock and Don McLean, followed by celebration with cake

April: Craft Ontario / Craft in Ontario: A talk presented by Janna Hiemstra, curator of the Craft Ontario Gallery, with Leopold Kowolik, Editor in Chief of Studio magazine

June: William Morris's Radicalism: A talk presented by Michelle Weinroth

August: News From Nowhere Book Discussion and Picnic on Hanlan's Point, led by Professor William Whitla

September: AGM and 1876: A Year in Morris, presented by John Wichelow

October: Elgin and Norfolk Craft and Heritage Weekend Tour

November: Celebrating 125 Years of William Morris's News From Nowhere. A lecture by William Whitla presented with the Toronto Reference Library

December: Holiday Dinner at The Hot House



2014

January: The Clay Room, a hands-on event

February: Photography and Pre-Raphaelitism. Illustrated lecture by Diane Waggoner from the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

March: Symposium and Birthday Celebration: Morris and History: historical transformations in William Morris's poetry, prose and design.

May: 1. Elaine Waisglass photography exhibit "The Beauty of Life" and garden party
2. Architectural Tour of University College, led by Sharon Vattay

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture: The Art of the Book by Reg Beatty

October: Fall Excursion to Prince Edward County

November: Arts and Letters Club Reception and Lecture by Glass Artist Stuart Reid

December: Yuletide Dinner


2013

January: Lecture: In the Wake of John Ruskin, from William Morris to Northrop Frye

February: Private Viewing of Illustrations and Letters by Beatrix Potter, and Tea

March 2013: William Morris Birthday Presentation and Party

April 2013: Utopian and Dystopian Literature

May/June: Arts and Crafts Tour to Southern England

September: Annual General Meeting, Board Election, WMSC British Tour Revisited

October: WMSC/Toronto Public Library Joint Lecture: The Yellow Book, 1890s Print Culture and the Digital Vision

November: Excursion to Ottawa

December: Yuletide Dinner


2012

January 2012: Tapestries, Persian Ornament and William Morris

February: William de Morgan: Modern or Anti-Modern?

March: Building with Nature: Inspiration for the Arts and Crafts Home, A New Chronology

April: Through Mind and Hand to Health

May: Celestial Radiance: Stained Glass in the Church of the Transfiguration

June: A Year in My Arts and Crafts Garden

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture

October: Excursion to Hamilton: Royal Botanical Gardens and Arts & Crafts Architecture

November: Crisis at Christmas: Morris, Dickens and the Victorian Hero

December: Yuletide Dinner


2011

February: Lecture: Upper Canada's First Parliament Buildings

March: Symposium: Beautiful and  Sustainable: 19th to 21st Century Visions of a Garden City

April: Lecture: Otto Wagner: Leading Light of the Vienna Secession

May: Lecture: Artists, Architects, Artisans: Canadian Art 1890 to 1918

June: Day Trip to Durham

September: Annual General Meeting and Lecture

October: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

November: Trip to Buffalo and Roycroft, East Aurora, NY

December: Yuletide Dinner



2010

January: Architecture Lecture and Tour of Massey College, University of Toronto

February: Pub Night!

March: Morris Boston and Birthday Fete

April: Reading the Real Pre-Raphaelites

May: William Morris's Plant Imagery

June: Tour of the Craft Studio at Harbourfront Centre

October: U.S. Tour and International William Morris Conference


2009

January: Stickley Road Show Lecture

February: Midwest Architecture Revisited

March: The WMSC Symposium: The Art of the Book

April: Holman Hunt: "Branding" a Vision

May: Arts and Crafts Walking Tour of Indian Road and Environs

June: Craft Studio Bus Tour

October: Dundas and Hamilton Arts and Crafts Excursion

November: William Morris and Richard Wagner: Master Craftsmen at Cross Purposes

December: Yuletide Celebration


2008

January: Playing with Fire

February: 2007 Morris Tour Revisited

March: In Honour of Morris's Birthday

April: Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors, 1880s-1920s

May: A Visit to Wychwood Park

September: Annual General Meeting and Great Gardens and Homes in Wales

November: From Red House to Wychwood Park: Arts and Crafts Architecture in Britain and Canada

December: Yule Celebration


2007

January: Welcome to New Members: An Introduction to the Life and Work of William Morris

February: Sweetness and Light: How Aesthetic Architecture Came to Ontario

March: The WMSC Symposium: "In the Footsteps of William Morris"

April: "Voyages to 'Nowhere': the Politics of Pastoral and the Perils of the Utopian Form"

May: Arts and Crafts Gardens of California

June: Arts and Crafts Tour: Northern England and Scotland

July: Tour of Historic 1840 Tollkeeper's Cottage

September: Annual General Meeting

October: Exploring Historic Cemeteries

November: Ceramics Today

December: Yuletide Dinner


2006

January: Pub Night

February: WMSC Symposium on Historical Preservation

March: A party to celebrate Morris's 172nd birthday and the WMSC's 25th anniversary.

May: Morris and Medieval Material Culture

August: Shaw's Debt to Morris

November: Between Hell and England: Finding Ourselves in the Present Text

December: Yuletide Dinner


2005

January: A Tour of Carlhu Hall

February: Carpet Design

March: Arts and Crafts Gardens: True Inspiration

May: A Trip to Cranbrook and Kalamazoo

September: Annual General Meeting and Cranbrook / Kalamazoo Reunion

October: WMSC Trip to Major Arts and Crafts Exhibitions

November: Collecting Arts and Crafts Furniture and Preview of WMSC Trip to England

December: Yuletide Party


2004

February: Christina Rossetti's Notes on Genesis and Exodus

March: The Grange Spring Lecture: "The Greatest Pleasure I Have Ever Had"

May: Eden Smith in High Park and Beyond

June: 12-Day Trip to Normandy and Brittany

July: A Visit to the Toronto Islands

September: AGM and Trip to France Reunion. Also, WMSC at Word on the Street

October: Morris Panel at NAVSA Conference

November: Useful Work Versus Useless Toil

December: Yuletide Party


2003

February: Talk: William Morris's Revision of the Picturesque

March: The Grange Spring Lecture

April: Heritage Preservation in Toronto

May: WMSC Trip To New England and Upstate New York

September: Annual General Meeting and Textile Dyeing in Toronto. Also, WMSC at Word on the Street

October: Trip to Ottawa

November: Departures, Dying and Death in Pre-Raphaelite Paintings

December: Yuletide Party


2002

September: AGM & Arts and Crafts Houses in Toronto

October: Bus Trip to St. Catharines

November: A New Members' Evening: An Introduction to William Morris.