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Upcoming Events in the UK


The wonderful and very complete Mark Golding recently forwarded us issue #43 of the Arts and Crafts Home newsletter, and due to the increase in readers from the UK, I thought I should summarize some of the upcoming events in that part of the world.

  • The Embroidery of William Morris & His Circle: July 2 – November 6 at the William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, in London's George Park. Featuring work by May Morris, Edward Burne-Jones, Lucy Faulkner Orrinsmith, Philip Webb, George Jack and John Henry Dearle. directions
  • Morris in the 21st Century is the 50th anniversary conference of the William Morris Society. Held on July 7 - 10 at Royal Holloway, University of London Egham, Surrey. Keynote speakers include Regenia Gagnier, David Mabb, and Jan Marsh. A wide variety of presentations will be given.
  • A talk by David Stark, managing director  Keppie Design, on Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his time with Honeyman & Keppie: November 8 at 7:30 pm at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Instition, 16-18 Queen Square, Bath. The same location will also host another lecture, this one on Mackintosh's four years in the south of France (1923-27), by Pamela Robertson, Senior Curator and Professor of Mackintosh Studies at Glasgow's Hunterian Art Gallery. That event will be held on February 7, 2006.
  • The Decorative Arts Society notes a special visit to / tour of Hammersmith Terrance on June 18.
  • The Decorative Arts Society will also sponsor a trip to Letchworth Garden City on September 3, and a tour of selected Essex churches (and Waltham Abbey) on September 10. Contact the fine folks at The Arts & Crafts Home for more info on these and other events.
  • The Useful & Beautiful exhibition at Standen, June 29, a William de Morgan study day there on July 12, and an Arts & Crafts study day on October 12. For more information, email David Moore at the National Trust.
  • Barley Roscoe's lecture entitled Arts & Crafts and After on September 13th at Sworder's.
  • The Antique Trader at the Millinery Works Gallery will hold a special exhibition and sale from June 7 to 26. For details, email the fine folks at the Millinery Works.
  • A fine companion to Ms. Robertson's lecture, noted above, would be the forthcoming exhibition Mackintosh in France: Watercolours 1923 - 27, to be held at the Dean Gallery in Edinburgh from November 26 2005 to February 5 2006.
  • The Mackintosh House Gallery are holding a number of interesting events, including a show on Mackintosh graphics from April 1 to July 30, another on Jessie King from August 5 to October 29, and finally an exhibition on Mackintosh's architectural projects, from November 4 to January 28 2006.
  • The V&A will hold a study day on International Arts & Crafts: Textiles and Fashion on July 16 from 10:30 am to 4 pm. Lou Taylor of the University of Brighton and the V&A's own Linda Parry will chair the event. Sessions will include a number of lectures and workshops on a variety of topics. Contact the V&A bookings office to attend.
  • The V&A will also hold a number of special shorter lectures to coincide with the International exhibition, such as:
    • June 7: Arts & Crafts metalwork
    • June 8: Mackintosh furniture
    • June 22: Arts & Crafts cabinetry, and also Russian Arts & Crafts
    • June 25: Scottish Arts & Crafts
  • The Pugin Society will be holding a number of events, including lectures on the Romantic Architecture of the Lakes region (July 7 - 10), Tyntesfield and Bristol (July 12), a visit to the Art Workers Guild in London (October 29) and visits to Farnham, Norfolk and more. For further inquiries, please ring 01227 766879, or email the Pugin Society.
  • From April 26 to July 11, Blackwell Arts & Crafts House will host an exhibition of Talwin Morris and the Glasgow School.
  • The Geffrye Museum holds an exhibition of regional chairs through this coming June 12.
  • Waking Dreams: The Art of the Pre-Raphaelites runs from June 25 through September 4 at the Nottingham Castle Museum.
  • Cheltenham Art Gallery Museum has added a stunning piece by M. H. Baillie Scott to its Arts and Crafts Movement gallery. It is a set of light fittings for a billiard table in the form of a walled Eastern city with six turrets surmounted by gilded domes. It was made to Baillie Scott's design by a fellow architect, J. C. Pocock, for the Gate House, Limpsfield, Surrey by Baillie Scott and Beresford in about 1920.
  • The Tiles & Architectural Ceramics Society will hold a number of events including a field-trip to Bristol (June 10/11) and an antique tile fair in Nottinghamd. Contact Carolyn Wraight at TACS for more information.
  • Christies London have a lecture on Arts & Crafts scheduled for this upcoming June 28 at their classroom facility at 85 Old Brompton Road, London. This "evening with the experts" course will be offered from 6:30 to 8 pm that day only. Arrangements to attend can be made via Judith Pitcher.
  • Following the Christies course on June 28, above, will be an auction of "Affordable Arts & Crafts for the Home" at their South Kensington location on June 30 at 10:30 am. 250 lots of ceramics, textiles, glass, furniture, sculpture, lighting, metalwork and works on paper will be auctioned off with prices beginning at £300. For more information, contact Zoë Schoon.
  • Wessex Fine Art Courses are offering a study week this coming June 19 - 25 entitled Palaces & Pinnacles: The Art & Architecture of Norfolk, which will include visits to two Lutyens houses (Overstrand Hall and The Pleasaunce) as well as E. S. Prior's Voewood. For details, contact WFAC via email.
  • The Museum of Barnstaple & North Devon invites you to attend their Art of Furniture exhibit, which runs through this coming June 25. The exhibition includes a number of unique pieces of furniture built in Barnstaple by Shapland & Petter. For more information, contact the museum at 01271 346747. Admission is free.