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The Many Faces of William Morris
The Many Faces of William Morris

Wed, 16 Feb


East Horsley Village Hall

The Many Faces of William Morris

A review of William Morris and his achievements, explaining why he is so important today. With Joanna Banham.

Time & location

16 Feb 2022, 10:30

East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Ave, East Horsley, Leatherhead KT24 6QT

About the event

William Morris was a man of prodigious energy, talent, and versatility. He was a designer, a craftsman, a writer, a lecturer, a conservationist and a revolutionary socialist. He is best-known today for his wallpapers and textiles but he also designed embroideries, stained glass, mural decoration, books and tapestries. And his firm, Morris & Co., was the foremost decorating company of his day. His over-arching passions were a love of art and making, and a hatred for what he perceived as the greed and inequality that characterised contemporary society. 

This lecture reviews Morris’s life, ideas and achievements, exploring not only the highlights of his career but also his relationships with his wife Jane, and other artists and designers with whom he worked, and the reasons why he is still so important and influential today.

About the speaker

Jo Banham is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer. From 2006-2016 she was Head of Adult Learning at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and before that Head of Learning and Access at the National Portrait Gallery, and Head of Public Programmes at Tate Britain. She has also been Curator of Leighton House and Assistant Keeper at the Whitworth Art Gallery. She has published on many aspects of Victorian and early 20th century decoration and interiors. She is currently curating an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement for the Juan March Fundacion in Madrid and the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya in Barcelona. She is also Director of the Victorian Society Summer School

This lecture is paired with a future outing to the Red House and Hall Place Historic Garden (date and details to be announced).

This event is free to members.

Visitors are welcome to join us - £5 on the door.

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