“William Morris today and tomorrow”, Ian McQueen. Thursday 24th March, William Morris Birthday Lecture.
Ian McQueen is one of the UK’s leading theatre composers and a community artist, a lifelong fan of Morris. His latest work is a choral symphony: “Earthly Paradise – Sayings, Songs and Poems of William Morris”. Scored for a large orchestra and choir, it was commissioned by BBC R3, the four movements refer to the life of the great Victorian poet, designer and political activist, it was broadcast from the Barbican Hall earlier in the year.
His talk will show how Morris can be a source, especially for artists, for thought and action in today’s world, an influence that has inspired him throughout his life and a timely reminder of Morris work in a period of massive economic austerity. 7pm for a 7.30 talk, £5.00 / £6.50
“Friends Open House at the WMG”, Saturday 2nd April.
Take this opportunity to see the Gallery in its entirety, a last look at the old building and it facilities before it closes for redevelopment. We will be showing small groups of 6-8 around the entire Gallery from basement to attic, a chance to look into the nooks and crannies. You will be able to see the need for, and the potential of the building for the redevelopment plan. Please note we will not be looking at the objects in store just the building.
Book for either a morning or afternoon session, starting from 10.30, 11.30, 12.30, 2.30 or 3.30. £3.00 / 4.50
“Little Coppice Nursery” Saturday 7th May.
Something different for spring, Little Coppice is an Arts and Crafts nursery a family-run smallholding, propagating plants according to environmentally-friendly methods. Come with us to see the house and grounds, enjoy afternoon tea and cake, included in the price, you may even want to pick up something special for your garden. to quote the owners “The garden can become a place of beauty, a piece of art, and be a labour of love for yourself and others.”
Built in 1902 by the celebrated Arts & Crafts designer C. R. Ashbee, Little Coppice is an attractive grade II listed building decorated and furnished in keeping with the Arts & Crafts style. Outside of the house, the seven-acre site encompasses an English cottage garden, woodland, heathland, wilderness area, pergolas, ponds, stable block, and a working plant nursery.
The mini-bus will leave the Gallery at 11.00 am. Bring a packed lunch. £18 / £20.50