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Gallery to celebrate artistic obsession with late night event

What links laudanum-laced Victorian artists with crate-digging DJs? According to Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery, it’s a tendency to develop all-consuming obsessions with the focus of their work – and this passionate relationship is the theme of the Gallery’s next late night event, WMG Late: Obsession.

Inspired by the Gallery’s current special exhibition, Rossetti’s Obsession - which explores Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s infatuation with model Jane Morris – the free event will celebrate the intense relationship between artists and their muses with specially selected art, music, poetry, food and drink. It takes place on Thursday 6 November from 6.30pm to 10.30pm.

Visitors will get the chance to capture the beauty of the human form – perhaps the most enduring artistic obsession - with figure drawing classes hosted by London Drawing, collaboration between professional artists, tutors and performers.

DJ La Chica Yeye will play a selection of prog and psych rarities as well as curating Bring Your Own Vinyl sessions throughout the night, where visitors can share their own rare or unusual records.

Meanwhile Walthamstow-based Forest Poets and Sarah Doyle, the Pre-Raphaelite Society’s poet-in-residence, will explore the poet’s preoccupation with metre, rhyme and metaphor with readings in the Gallery’s Acanthus Room (the former servants’ quarters).

Throughout the evening the William Morris Gallery Tea Room will serve five specially created dishes, each corresponding with one of the five senses. Visitors will also have the chance to see Rossetti’s Obsession and explore the Gallery’s permanent collection.

Cllr Chris Robbins, leader of Waltham Forest Council, which owns and runs the Gallery, said: “Late events like this provide a wonderful opportunity for people to see the award-winning Gallery in a whole new light – and they are especially convenient for residents whose daily routine makes it difficult to visit during normal opening hours.

“Organisers have packed as much into the evening as possible so I would encourage anyone interested in exploring their creative side to go along and find out for themselves what it has to offer.”

Notes to editors

WMG Late: Obsession

Thursday 6 November

6.30pm – 10.30pm

Free entry

William Morris Gallery

Forest Road, London E17 4PP

For further information or to request high-resolution images please contact Ian Mason:

020 8496 4726

The evening is part of the Gallery’s regular WMG Late series of events. Full more information see

Figure drawing classes

Visitors can sign up for figure drawing classes when they arrive at the Gallery. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Bring Your Own Vinyl

Each person can bring up to two tracks (vinyl only) and La Chica Yeye will help them use the equipment if they haven't DJed before. Bring Your Own Vinyl session will run three times during the event at 7.30-7.45pm, 8.30-8.45pm and 9.30-9.45pm.

Poetry readings

There will be poetry readings in the Acanthus Room at 7.30pm and 9pm.

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.

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