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William Morris Gallery gets £180,000 funding boost

The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow is set to receive a cash injection of £180,000 from Arts Council England over the next three years, it was announced this morning.

The funding, which will support contemporary art programmes and activities at the Gallery, is part of Arts Council England’s investment plans for the next three years.

The William Morris Gallery is one of a new national portfolio of 670 arts organisations (NPOs) and 21 Major partner museums (MPMs) to be supported. Starting in April 2015, the Gallery will receive £60,000 a year, for the next three years.

Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said:

“This is great news and we’re delighted that the William Morris Gallery will receive yet more support from such a high profile organisation as Arts Council England.

“Recently, the Gallery has worked with top names such as Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller, and this extra funding means we will now be able to offer more contemporary art programmes to our residents and visitors from further afield.”

Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said:

“We are pleased to be able to support William Morris Gallery as part of the National portfolio. It is remarkable for the quality of its work across heritage and contemporary art practise, has a strong record of artistic excellence and audience engagement and gives the National portfolio new reach in outer London. Its work with contemporary artists, combined with a strong outreach programme, has seen audiences for its contemporary art programme quadruple over the last three years.

“As part of the National portfolio, William Morris Gallery also has ambitious plans to continue the success of its contemporary arts programme, increase visitor numbers, build on the achievements of its schools outreach work and develop audiences, especially focusing on a diverse audience and different age groups. Its application also demonstrated a new ambition to support the work of practising artists who work in and around Walthamstow.”


Notes to editors

The William Morris Gallery (WMG) is run by Waltham Forest Council and following a major refurbishment, has attracted thousands of visitors and a loyal fan base. Set in William Morris’ family home in Walthamstow, the Gallery celebrates the life and works of Morris himself, through a permanent collection of his works and artefacts, as well as supporting contemporary and up and coming artists. In 2013, it was Art Fund’s Museum of the Year and in 2014, was one of just 36 galleries and cultural venues to be shortlisted for European Museum of the Year.

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