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William Morris Gallery: late event brightens up winter darkness

The William Morris Gallery’s next after hours event will celebrate the creative possibilities of light with a magical evening of immersive illumination on Thursday 4 February.

WMG Late: Illuminate, co-curated with Vine Collective, will shine new light on William Morris and those that have been inspired by him.

For one night only the Gallery’s temporary exhibition spaces will be given over to legendary Walthamstow institution Gods Own Junkyard.

The night will also feature award-winning poets, music and hands-on craft activities, plus the chance to experience the Gallery’s permanent collection from a whole new perspective.

The line-up:

  • God’s Own Junk Yard will fill the Gallery with their dazzling neon pieces, specially chosen to reflect the poetry and designs of William Morris.

  • There will be poetry from Faber New Poets Martha Sprackland and Will Burns, reading new work and as well as their favourite poems by William Morris.

  • DJ Music Takes Me Up will wish farewell to the winter blues with uplifting funk, soul, hip hop, jazz, r&b, house and electronic music of all persuasions.

  • Get creative and make a beautiful light box inspired by the stained glass designs of William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones.

For full details of the line-up see

The bar and permanent displays will be open all evening. 

Notes to editors

WMG Late: Illuminate

Thursday 4 February. 18:30 - 22:30

Free entry. No need to book.

William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road

Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

For further information, including images, please contact Ian Mason:

Ian Mason

Media Communications Officer

Waltham Forest Council

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 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 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.

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