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William Morris Gallery to host night of traditional printing

Visitors to Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery can try their hand at traditional printing techniques this month when it hosts a free event as part of the Museums at Night festival.

Typographic artist Kelvyn Smith, aka Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop, will be appearing at the Gallery on Thursday 15 May from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Under Mr Smith’s expert guidance Gallery visitors will use traditional type to create beautiful prints of extracts from Morris’s essay ‘Art and Socialism’. They will be encouraged to display the resulting prints where they live, at work or out in the community.

To set the mood, the evening will include performances from ‘Art and Socialism’ by the Forest Poets, insights into the Gallery’s special collection and mathematical games. Treats will be served in the Gallery’s Tea Room throughout the evening.

The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, got the chance to host Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop after winning the public voting stage of Connect10, a competition that teams up museums with contemporary artists to run an event during Museums at Night.

Mr Smith commented:

“Look closely. The beautiful may be small.”

The event is free and there’s no need to pre-book, people can just drop in.

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