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Gallery offers “antidote to Black Friday” with late night shopping event

A variety of exclusive Christmas gifts will be available when the William Morris Gallery hosts its annual late night shopping event on Black Friday, 27 November from 6.30pm to 10pm.

The Gallery promises an antidote to the usual Black Friday chaos, when shoppers rush to buy mass produced merchandise. Instead, customers can relax with a glass of mulled wine while browsing the E17 Designers Market, with local craftspeople and designers selling unique handcrafted Christmas gifts.

Also on offer will be a range of exclusive products inspired by the Gallery’s outstanding collection of arts and crafts designs, including scarves, jewellery, sketchbooks, cards and bookmarks.

The Gallery’s shop, whose sales support a free exhibitions and events programme, will be specially decorated for the occasion and filled with seasonal gifts. In addition to festive food on offer, children will be able to enjoy a free trail at the Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “As well as being able to buy Christmas presents at this event that aren't on sale anywhere else, shoppers will also be able to discover some of the fantastic local designers that call Waltham Forest home.

“And if that wasn’t enough, sales will support a wide variety of exciting exhibitions and events at the award-winning Gallery.”

Notes to editors

William Morris Gallery Christmas shopping night

Friday 27 November

6.30pm – 10pm

£2 donation, which will go towards the Gallery’s free family programming.

William Morris Gallery

Forest Road, London E17 4PP

Supported by the Waltham Forest Business Network

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

020 8496 4726

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.

The Gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; admission is free.

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