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Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL South Kensington
Join us on a two-day weekend course this spring and explore the work of the artist, designer, conservationist, and socialist, William Morris whose ideas laid the foundations for the Arts & Crafts Movement and changed the appearance of objects and decorations within the home.
A man of prodigious talents and energy, Morris urged his contemporaries to “have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful and 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.
The course 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., and describes his role in the creation of the Aesthetic and Arts and Crafts phenomenon, The Home Beautiful. The course will also examine the development of Morris’s ideas about craft and society and the evolution of his political beliefs.
Course Tutor: Jo Banham, curator of William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement, Juan March Fondacion, Madrid