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William Morris Gallery: young people’s motivational art goes on show

Young people inspired by acclaimed artist Bob and Roberta Smith are to have their artwork exhibited alongside his own display in the William Morris Gallery.

Letters for Everyday is a motivational exhibition developed and curated by young people. Created by nine young artists aged 16-22, the paintings and sculptures were inspired by Smith and William Morris himself, who used the power of art to communicate radical political ideas.

The young artists visited Smith in his Ramsgate studio to find out more about his creative process and the way art can be used to send a message. 

Letters for Everyday has been designed and curated by the William Morris Gallery Young Curators Group, which delivers exhibitions and events for young people and advises Gallery staff on attracting younger audiences.

The exhibition will run alongside Smith’s critically acclaimed show, Art Is Your Human Right, which is on display until 31 January at the Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council. As part of his show, Smith is presenting a new work, Dear Mayoral Candidate, asking London’s prospective mayoral candidates to sign up to an arts education pledge.

Laura, one of the young curators, said: “The artworks in Letters for Everyday revolve around personal and positive messages to live by. I hope this exhibition will engage youth and encourage others to reflect on their daily lives and the interconnectedness of different communities.”

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “This exhibition really showcases the passion, energy and talent of young people in and around Waltham Forest. The quality of the artwork and curating is extremely high, and it complements Bob and Roberta Smith’s show perfectly.

“We’re incredibly grateful to Bob and Roberta for taking the time to engage with these gifted young artists, helping inspire them to communicate their own messages through art.”

Notes to editors

Letters for Everyday

18 November 2015 to 31 January 2016

William Morris Gallery

Exhibition in the Discovery Lounge. Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; free.

For further information and images please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


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, Yinka Shonibare and Bob and Roberta Smith.

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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