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Vote for The William Morris Gallery - your local gallery!

Vote for The William Morris Gallery - your local gallery!

Art lovers and local residents have just two weeks to support the William Morris Gallery in Connect10, a national competition that could see it host a spectacular evening event this May, during the annual Museums at Night festival.

By voting online or in person at the Gallery, you could help secure £2,000 to run a free event for local residents with Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop – a workshop set up by contemporary artist Kelvyn Laurence Smith.

Using traditional materials like wood and metal, the workshop creates beautifully-crafted printed matter ranging from limited edition artworks to commercial displays for companies including British Airways and Marks & Spencer.

If the Gallery beats the other three venues vying to work with Mr Smith, the money will be used towards an event that combines Mr Smith’s skills with William Morris’ passion for typography and using the written word to popularise his political vision. Slogans, socialist chants, Victorian edible treats and music would all feature as part of the event.

Cllr Ahsan Khan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: “Connect10 was open to over 5,000 arts and heritage venues across the UK so the fact that our Gallery is one of just 40 shortlisted venues is fantastic.

“The William Morris Gallery is there for local residents to enjoy so I hope everyone will take a moment to cast their vote, especially as Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop sits so well with the work of Morris, whom the Gallery celebrates.”

Voting opens today (14 January) and closes at 5pm on 28 January 2014. To vote, visit http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/get_involved/connect10-public-vote or pop into the Gallery (Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4PP) to fill in a paper vote.

To keep up-to-date with the Gallery’s progress follow us on Twitter (@WMGallery) or Facebook (facebook.com/WMGallery).

Residents can also support the Gallery by purchasing a limited edition print, entitled ‘Art for All’, produced by Walthamstow-based artist Stephen Kenny, better known as A Two Pipe Problem.

Proceeds from the sale of the prints, which cost £60 each, will go towards supporting the Gallery’s exhibitions, events and education programmes. The Morris inspired artwork is available in two colours, each strictly limited to an edition of 100.

For more information please contact the Gallery's business development officer, Mhairi Muncaster, on 020 8496 1485 or visit the Gallery’s shop.

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