Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Morris events, but no dancing

Morris events, but no dancing

A SERIES of one-off events in support of the William Morris exhibition at the River & Rowing Museum are taking place over the coming weeks and months, writes Matthew Wilson.

“An Earthly Paradise: William Morris and the Thames” opened at the start of February and is running until July 14.

On Tuesday (February 26) at 11am, the museum in Mill Meadows is hosting a special curator’s tour of the exhibition.

A spokesman said: “This is an exciting opportunity to have an expert tour of the William Morris exhibition, with our exhibition curator guiding you around the works on display and exploring Morris’s deep and varied connection with the Thames.”

Tickets for Tuesday’s tour are £6. A second curator’s tour takes place at 11am on Thursday, June 20.

On Saturday, March 16, from 2pm to 4pm, the museum will host a creative writing workshop themed around the exhibition.

The spokesman said: “This is an opportunity to try your hand and explore ideas in fiction, memoir, narrative non-fiction or poetry, drawing on William Morris’s alternative vision so inspired by the river and the English landscape. This informal writing workshop of supportive exercises and discovery will be led by award-winning writer Jane Draycott — just bring your pen and your love of words!”

Tickets for the two-hour workshop are £21. It will be followed four days later by a lecture entitled “William Morris: A Life in 10 Objects” delivered by Roisin Inglesby, the curator at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow.

Tickets for the one-hour talk, which starts at 11.30am on Wednesday, March 20, are priced £6.

Then on Friday, April 12, an adult art workshop will take place at the museum from 10.30am to 3.30pm.

The spokesman said: “Create a design and block print on to fabric in the style of William Morris. Turn this into a quilted panel using hand-stitching or a sewing machine and learn a simple ‘boutis’ technique to embellish your design. All materials will be provided.”

Tickets for the five-hour-long workshop are £45.

For more information and to book tickets for any of the events, call (01491) 415600 or visit the museum online at www.rrm.co.uk

Museum director, Dr Sarah Posey, said: “The River & Rowing Museum bring the River Thames to life — a window on its cultural, social and natural history. As one of our most celebrated designers, it’s fascinating to understand how the river flowed through William Morris’s work, inspiring his creative practice and core beliefs, based on his life-long love of angling. Morris’s designs are instantly recognised around the world as quintessentially British. This one-of-a-kind exhibition explores what shaped his vision.”

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