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William Morris Gallery: late event explores protest, punk and poetry

The political campaigning of artist Bob and Roberta Smith is the inspiration for the William Morris Gallery’s next after-hours event on Thursday 3 December.

WMG Late: Agitate - which coincides with Smith’s new show at the Gallery, Art Is Your Human Right, will celebrate agitprop and artist activism with a subversive mix of performance, poetry, music, film and craft, co-curated with Vine Collective. 

The line-up:

  • Walthamstow based electronic duo PoP Campaign - known for their fight against the “pretentious self-importance” of the music industry - will play a politically charged DJ set covering punk, acid house and other transgressive musical movements.

  • Bill Drummond’s Sixty Second Clips, which explore the artist, writer and KLF founder’s views on punk, will be played throughout the evening.

  • Sarah Corbett, founder of the Craftivist Collective, will be running hands-on craft activities.

  • Author, folklorist and landscape punk David Southwell will tell stories of how Epping Forest – London’s wild shadow – has always been a place of rebellion and revolutionary imagination.

  • Performance poet Luke Wright responds to the evening’s theme with his mix of bawdy ballads and rabble-rousing verse.

  • A range of natural wines will available by the glass with expert advice from Vine Collective. Beer and soft drinks also available from the Gallery bar.

Click here for full details of the line-up, including artist biographies. The bar and exhibition galleries will be open all evening. 

Notes to editors

WMG Late: Agitate

Thursday 3 December

18:30 - 22:30

Free entry. No need to book.

William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road

Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

For further information please contact Ian Mason:

020 8496 4726

07740 046143

About WMG Lates

The William Morris Gallery’s bimonthly Lates are a chance to experience the award-winning museum from a whole new perspective. Each WMG Late features music, art, food and drink inspired by the Gallery’s permanent collection and its temporary exhibitions.

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 currently 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.

About Vine Collective

Vine Collective create eclectic nights hosting writers, live music, film makers, DJs and poets. Co-curating the WMG Lates, Vine Collective invite artists to respond to the in house collections and special exhibitions with new or existing work.

Vine Collective also carefully selects a range of great wines for their nights from small-scale producers farming organically or biodynamically. The wines they select are as natural as possible and full of life.

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