Young People in galleries

Young people

The William Morris Gallery runs a programme of exhibitions, events, practical projects and volunteering for young people between the ages of 16 - 22. Our opportunities are open to everyone, whether you are currently working, studying, experimenting or looking. You can get creative with one of our special projects, meet new friends and enjoy the entertainment at an event, explore the collection and exhibitions, get involved behind the scenes or learn new skills with the help of some amazing artists. We work with groups and individuals.

To book a tour, register your interest in any of these opportunities or for more information please contact Rebecca Jacobs, Activities and Events Officer 0208 496 1465

Summer project 2014 - booking now!

The Gallery's next practical art project will take place Tuesday 5 August 2014 - Friday 8 August 2014, 10am - 4pm. 

Young people aged 16 - 22 are offered the chance to make their own artwork for exhibition at the William Morris Gallery. This four day project will explore working conditions in the textile industry, focusing particularly on India and Bangladesh and looking at the work of local artist Alke Schmidt. With the support and guidance of artist Della Rees you will experiment with new techniques, visit an artist's studio and make a creative response to this issue.

Practical sessions:

  • Transfer printing and mixed media artwork
  • Developing your ideas in a sketchbook
  • Composition and pattern with acrylics
  • Surface treatment e.g. ripping, embroidery

Places are limited, please contact us at to book your place or to ask us a question.

This project is free to anyone aged 16 - 22 years old but you need to be available for all four days to participate. It is suitable for a range of different abilities, you do not need to be an art student or professional artist to get involved, but an interest in making art is essential.

The project will take place at the William Morris Gallery and on location in central Walthamstow for the artist's studio visit.

All materials are included and each participant is given their own sketchbook. Lunch is not provided.

Group tours

Youth and community groups from Waltham Forest can book a free Waltham Forest Welcome when they visit as a group. The Waltham Forest Welcome is available by appointment subject to staff availability, please contact us at least two weeks in advance. The tour lasts for 30 minutes and includes a personal welcome from the Activities and Events Officer, a brief introduction to the Gallery and facilities as well as information about the Young People’s Programme. Together we look at and discuss an object from the collection to practice our critical thinking skills after which the group is ready to explore the Gallery by themselves. Tours can be tailored to the needs of individual groups.

New volunteering roles for people 16 -22. Register your interest now

In Summer 2014 we will be introducing a brand new volunteer role exclusively for young people between the ages of 16 - 22. This group will be responsible for curating exhibitions and events for their peers and advising the Gallery on its programming for young people. More details coming soon. If you would like to register your interest in this volunteering opportunity please contact Rebecca Jacobs for details and how to apply