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A night of new possibilities at Gallery’s Utopia-themed late

William Morris’s utopian romance News from Nowhere is the inspiration for the William Morris Gallery’s next late event on Thursday 9 June.

WMG Late: Utopia, co-curated with Vine Collective, will explore how artists, writers and musicians have imagined new ways of living, making, working and playing.

The night - part of the year-long Utopia 2016 festival marking the 500th anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia - will feature award-winning writers, music and hands-on craft activities. Visitors will also have the chance to experience the Gallery’s permanent collection after hours.

The line-up:

  • Luke Turner, writer and editor of The Quietus, explores Epping Forest and delusions of Utopia

  • Submarine¬-author Joe Dunthorne discusses his latest novel  Wild Abandon, set on a rural commune in South Wales

  • Mark Pilkington of Strange Attractor Press plays a DJ set of utopian and dystopian music

  • Henningham Family Press, whose work is in the collections of the V&A and Tate, work with artist Eddie Farrell to create Gainful Unemployment, an intuitive improvised art composition of “collaborative selfies”.

See full details of the line-up.

The bar and permanent displays will be open all evening. 

Notes to editors

WMG Late: Utopia

William Morris Gallery

Thursday 9 June. 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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