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William Morris Gallery searches for new resident artist

Waltham Forest’s William Morris Gallery is searching for a new artist in residence who can offer a fresh perspective on Morris’s life and work.

The three month residency, which takes place this autumn, gives mid-career artists the time, space and support to develop new work in response to the Gallery’s world class collection.

Now in its fourth year, the residency has been extended thanks to funding from Arts Council England.

As well as the opportunity to create new work in response to the Gallery’s collection, the successful artist will receive a fee of £3,000 plus a budget for events and materials. They will also receive expert advice to explore new ideas, develop their marketing skills and engage with the public.

The team at the Gallery wants artists to come forward with proposals that approach Morris and his legacy in new ways – experimenting and taking risks with the subject matter. Inspiration can be taken from any aspect of Morris’s life and work, from his approach to craft and design to his ideas about the environment and social equality.

Last year’s resident artist, filmmaker Rosalind Fowler, chose to explore Morris’s environmentalism through new work focusing on OrganicLea, a community gardening project near Epping Forest. As part of her residency, Fowler created an organic film lab inside a temporary yurt.

The Gallery’s previous artists in residence are Lizzie Hughes and Lucille Junkere.

Notes to editors

For further information and images please contact Ian Mason:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


Applicants must live in Waltham Forest or neighbouring east London boroughs (Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Haringey, Redbridge, Enfield). Guidance notes and application form can be downloaded online.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 30 June.

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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