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Kids take over William Morris Gallery

Walthamstow’s William Morris Gallery will be taken over by children and young people to mark national Kids in Museums Takeover Day next month.

The Council-run museum has put together a programme of special activities and events aimed at putting children and young people at the heart of its work. Local school and college students will work closely with staff and volunteers, making an important contribution to the life of the award-winning museum.

Takeover Day this year is well-timed as it coincides with Art Is Your Human Right – the Gallery’s major new exhibition by contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith - which makes the case for children to participate fully in the arts.

The programme:

  • On Thursday 19 November, pupils from Walthamstow’s Thomas Gamuel Primary School will give guided tours of the Gallery. The pupils have been studying six key works in the Gallery’s collection and will share their knowledge with friends, family and visitors before receiving certificates of achievement.

  • On Takeover Day itself, Friday 20 November, the Gallery’s Young Curators Group will host a private view of Letters for Everyday, an exhibition of new work created and curated by young people. The evening will include a debate on the future of art education, with an expert panel featuring Bob and Roberta Smith and education leaders from the borough.

Leader of the Council Chris Robbins said:

“The William Morris Gallery has a fantastic track record of putting on exciting and engaging exhibitions, events and activities, and the team is certainly pulling out all the stops for Takeover Day. The Gallery is committed to making Morris’s life and work relevant to children and young people, and this is an excellent way of doing just that.”

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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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