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William Morris Gallery searches for new resident artist

Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery is searching for a new artist in residence who can offer a fresh perspective on Morris’s life and work.



The three month residency, which takes place this autumn, gives mid-career artists the time, space and support to develop new work in response to the Gallery’s world class collection.



Now in its third year, the residency has been extended thanks to funding from Arts Council England.



As well as the opportunity to explore the Gallery’s archives and collection, the successful artist will receive a fee of £3,000 plus a budget for events and materials. They will also receive expert advice to explore new ideas, develop their marketing skills and engage with the public.



Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council, commented: “The team at the Gallery are looking for proposals that approach Morris and his legacy in new ways. The successful artist could take inspiration from any aspect of Morris’s life and work, from his approach to craft and design to his ideas about the environment and social equality. Resident artists are always encouraged to experiment and take risks – the bolder the better!”




Notes to editors




Applicants must live, work or have a strong connection to Waltham Forest. Guidance notes and application form can be downloaded from
http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/get_involved/artist-in-residence.




The deadline for applications is 5pm on Tuesday 30 June.





For more information please contact Rebecca Jacobs, Cultural Programme Officer at Rebecca.Jacobs@walthamforest.gov.uk or 020 8496 1465.




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.





Since its relaunch the Gallery has developed an ambitious contemporary programme, hosting Morris-inspired exhibitions by artists including Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller and Yinka Shonibare.





The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, was awarded the Art Fund prize for Museum of the Year in 2013 and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.

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