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First World War Belgian exhibition comes to East London

A little bit of Belgium will come to Walthamstow next month
when the William Morris Gallery hosts an after-hours celebration of the
country’s art, culture, food and drink.

WMG Late: Belgium, on Thursday July 3 from 6.30pm, is
inspired by Help is better than sympathy,
the Gallery’s current exhibition of First World War posters by Belgium-born
artist Frank Brangwyn. The show, which was formally opened by the Belgian
ambassador, explores the impact of the war on the people of Belgium, including
250,000 refugees who fled to England.

The free event will feature classic and contemporary Belgian
music, a hands-on lacemaking demonstration and traditional Belgian food and
drink including waffles and Trappist-style beers. The Gallery bar will be open
all evening, as will Help is better than
and the permanent displays.

Cllr Chris Robbins, Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Leisure, Arts and Culture at Waltham Forest council said:

"This is a great exhibition that highlights the beginning of the First World War and how almost 250,000 Belgian refugees escaped the oncoming armies to seek help in Britain. I’m sure it will appeal to history and cultural enthusiasts alike.

“People can experience the cultural
highlights of Belgium and see the Gallery from a whole new perspective. Belgium
has a great reputation in terms of art, entertainment, food and
drink – we think that’s worth celebrating."


WMG Late: Belgium

3 July 2014

18:30 - 22:30

Free, no booking necessary

William Morris Gallery

Forest Road, London E17 4PP

For further information please contact Emily Blackshaw:

020 8496 4445

About the William
Morris Gallery

The William Morris Gallery is the only public Gallery
devoted to William Morris: designer, craftsman and radical socialist. Housed in
the grade II* listed building that was Morris's family home from 1848 to 1856,
the Gallery reopened in August 2012 following a major redevelopment that
attracted widespread public and press acclaim.

The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest
Council, is the Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2013 and has been nominated for
the European Museum of the Year Award 2014.

The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm;
admission is free.

About WMG Lates

WMG Lates, our popular after hours events, are a chance to
experience the Gallery from a whole new perspective. Each WMG Late features
music, art, food and drink inspired by our permanent collection and temporary
exhibitions. WMG Lates are free and run from 6.30pm - 10.30pm, with the gallery
displays, temporary exhibition space and bar open all evening.

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