William Morris: 'The Beauty of Life'

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Artist, poet, designer, conservationist and socialist, William Morris was the most innovative designer of his day. His over-arching passions were a love of art and making and a hatred of the inequalities of Victorian society. This course explores Morris’s career and ideas about sustainable production, work-life balance and the environment that still resonate today.

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Course Leader
Jo Banham

Jo Banham is a freelance writer, curator and lecturer. Previously Head of Adult Learning at the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, and Tate Britain, she was also Head of Wallpapers at the Whitworth Gallery, Curator of Leighton House, and Archivist at Arthur Sanderson & Sons.

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Artist, poet, designer, conservationist and socialist, William Morris was a man of prodigious talents and enormous energy. Best known now for his wallpapers and textiles, he also designed embroideries, stained glass, tiles, books and tapestries and his firm, Morris & Co., was the foremost decorating company of its day. His over-arching passions were a love of art and making and a hatred of the inequalities and inhumanity of Victorian society. This course examines Morris’s career as both an innovative designer and a radical thinker and explores how many of his ideas about the importance of meaningful work, sustainable production and protecting the environment continue to resonate today.

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Online course: William Morris: 'The Beauty of Life'

20 September 2022 - 25 October 2022

£120.00

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