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The Arts and Crafts ethos was one of Britain’s greatest ‘exports’. This course hopes to challenge the misconception that the Arts and Crafts was backward looking, or that its desire to revive lost crafts in an industrial age was well meaning but misguided; by allying good design with high quality this protest movement is still shaping contemporary taste.Read more
Dr Anne Anderson, FSA, Hon. Associate Professor Exeter University is a writer and broadcaster currently engaged in curating an exhibition for Southampton City Art Gallery and Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth. She has held several prestigious fellowships and lectures widely.
The consistent high quality of the speakers and the variety of topics makes these outstanding short courses. 2016/17 Short Course Student
The writings of John Ruskin and William Morris found an eager audience from Scandinavia to California. Both struck a chord with readers; one that still resonates today, as too many of us appear to ‘live to work’ rather than ‘work to live’. In their search for the Good Life, craft workers founded close-knit rural communities, such as the Roycroft Campus of East Aurora, NY, and Arden, Delaware. Although craftwork drew on traditional forms and techniques, the outlook was ‘progressive’ as this counter-culture envisaged a better quality of life for both makers and consumers. The simple and refined aesthetics of the Arts and Crafts ethos would create rational and beautiful homes leading to a harmonious society. In America, the watch words were simplicity, restraint and order. Can the minimalism of today, the desire for ‘fewer better things’, be traced to the Arts and Crafts movement?
This 8 week course has a half term on the 31 May.
£399 full price, £359 over 60s, £325 concessions
(concessions are available for ES40 holders and registered disabled people)
Delve deeper into the subjects you love and enjoy thought-provoking lectures in a group who share your passion. Refreshments served on arrival each day.
3 May 2018 - 28 June 2018
£325.00 - £399.00
+44 (0)20 7942 2000
Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)