Artist opportunities

Artist opportunities

We support artists and designer-makers by offering an artist-in-residence programme, by selling handmade goods in our shop and by offering exhibition opportunities.

Artist in Residence

The Gallery invites applications for an artist residency from local artists on an annual basis. The programme is designed to give artists the opportunity to develop their interest in William Morris, using the Gallery's collection to inform their practice over an intensive period of research and development. The opportunity is open to artists working in the fields of visual arts, craft, design, literature and performing arts.

In 2013 Lizzie Hughes was the first Artist in Residence. She examined the relationship between professional and amateur craftspeople, and Morris' experience of this. In 2014 Lucille Junkere brought her interest in indigo to the residency, researching and experimenting with natural dyes. Artist and experimental filmmaker Rosalind Fowler was selected as the Gallery's 2016 Artist in Residence. For more information about her work please click here. Details on how to apply for the 2017 residency will be available on the website from Spring/Summer 2017.   

Shop opportunities

In the shop we showcase some of the best locally made art, craft and design, which we sell on a commission basis. Please contact us if you would like to find out more:

Exhibition opportunities

Our exhibition programme is planned well in advance, but we occassionally have space available in the Tea Room and the Discovery Lounge for art or craft exhibitions. To show your work in one of those two spaces, please email us a proposal (max 500 words) and some images of your work. We will only consider proposals that relate to the Gallery’s collection, offer fresh perspectives on the themes on display and will surprise and challenge our visitors. There is no deadline for applications, just send an email to  Due to the high volume of applications we receive, it is not always possible to reply to everyone.