Call for artists: ‘Love Is Enough?’ An open exhibition inspired by Morris’s poem

The Friends of the William Morris Gallery together with The Mill, the new community centre at 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA ( the old James Street library) present: Love Is Enough? An exhibition inspired by Morris’s poem of the same name, and open to artists to submit work.
Morris wrote Love is Enough in 1872, a play that draws inspiration from an ancient Welsh saga, The Mabinogion. It tells of a king who gives up his kingdom for the love of a commoner and was described at the time as a “fantastic little book, chiefly lyrical”. Love is enough is better known as a poem from the book:

LOVE is enough: though the World be a-waning,

And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining,

Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover

The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder,

Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder,

And this day draw a veil over all deeds pass’d over,

Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter;

The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter

These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.

Without wishing you read the whole book, but bearing its theme in mind, we are using the poem Love is enough to base an exhibition around. The book and poem should give sufficient scope to anyone concerned about love, society and the environment to submit an entry, so it does not have to be all hearts and flowers, please note the question mark in the exhibition title.

Events during the exhibition

There will be a grand meet the artists night on 14 February, 6-9pm, a printmaking workshop on Saturday 18 February, 12-4.30pm, and a discussion with speakers Wednesday 23 February, “Is Love Enough?” William Morris and the struggle for a better world”, 6.30-8pm. All are free to attend.

How to enter

Entries will be accepted for members of The Friends of the William Morris Gallery and people living in the area around The Mill. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 7 February to Saturday 3 March. The Mill is open 10am-8pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday and Saturday, and 11am-2pm Sunday.

Any media is acceptable, a painting a print a sculpture or a poem, but there is a size limit of 1m in any dimension and a submission fee of £2.50 per entry. Any work sold during the exhibition will attract a 20% commission in favour of The Mill. We will attempt to exhibit all the entries, space permitting, but some selection may take place.

All work must be delivered to The Mill, 7-11 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow, E17 7HA. Thursday 2 February, 10am-7pm, Friday 3 and Saturday 4 February, 10am-6pm. And picked up from The Mill after the exhibition on Sunday 4 March 11am-2pm.

Please contact Martin Adams for an entry form.


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