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William Morris Gallery: grime-themed 'late' event explores power of protest

The east London grime scene and its links with contemporary protest movements will be the subject of the William Morris Gallery’s next late event on Thursday 1 December.

Inspired by A World To Win, the council-owned Gallery's exhibition of political poster art, WMG Late: Rise Up will explore how grime music – and political art more generally – has turned rebellion and resentment into a powerful creative force.

The line-up at the free event includes:

  • writer Hattie Collins and photographer Olivia Rose talking about their new book This Is Grime

  • the Gallery’s artist in residence Daniel Baker interviewing grime academic Monique Charles and playing some of their favorite tracks on his own pop-up radio show

  • Leytonstone-based hip-hop/grime artist Lemzi performing live with MCs from Waltham Forest

  • DJ collective General Echo Sound System playing militant dub and roots protest music

  • students from Waltham Forest College exhibiting their own punk-inspired creations

  • student activists from the University of the Arts London leading a hands-on workshop of political crafting.

WMG Late: Rise Up is curated in partnership with local arts organisation Beatroots, a social enterprise that works with communities to deliver high quality music programmes - providing a platform for local artists, bringing communities together and enhancing individual well-being.

Its projects include The Stow Festival, curation of the News from Nowhere stage at Walthamstow Garden Party and Punk Waltham Forest.

Notes to editors

WMG Late: Rise Up

1 December 2016, from 6.30pm - 10.30pm

William Morris Gallery -

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 4PP

Free event. No need to book. Galleries and bar open all evening.

For further information about the exhibition please contact Ian Mason, Press Officer, Waltham Forest Council:

Tel: 020 8496 4726

Mob: 07740 046143


High resolution images are available upon request.

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, Bob and Roberta Smith and Clare Twomey.

The Gallery, which is owned and run by Waltham Forest Council, was awarded The Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2013 and was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award in 2014.

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