Rosalind Fowler

Artist in Residence

Rosalind Fowler: Making Nowhere Somewhere
October 2015 - February 2016

Artist and filmmaker Rosalind Fowler has been selected as the Gallery’s next artist in residence from a record 150 applications.

Through the residency, Fowler has chosen to explore the connections between William Morris’s “ecotopian” ideals and Waltham Forest’s expanding network of urban food-growing sites. She will immerse herself in the world-class collection at the William Morris Gallery to develop and inspire these ideas. A series of public events and activities will give an insight into Fowler's creative process and provide opportunities to engage with some of the themes and techniques she develops.

I’m struck by similarities between Morris’s dreams for the future in which people work collectively in harmony with nature, and the network of urban growing sites that has sprung up over Waltham Forest in recent years.
Rosalind Fowler, William Morris Gallery artist in residence 2015

Inspired by News from Nowhere, Morris’s utopian romance, the residency will focus on OrganicLea, a community gardening project near Epping Forest where Fowler volunteers. With a workers’ cooperative at its core, OrganicLea embodies the principles of community, equality and sustainability that underpinned Morris’s socialist vision.

Using a wind-up 16mm camera and eco-friendly hand-processing film techniques, Fowler will create new work in response to the place, people and politics that form OrganicLea. The film will be processed on the OrganicLea site in a specially created organic film lab which has been built inside a temporary yurt.

The residency, which is funded by Arts Council England, is open to practising artists who live, work or have a strong connection to Waltham Forest and whose work gives a new perspective on Morris’s legacy.

About the artist

Rosalind Fowler is an artist and filmmaker with a background in visual art and anthropology. Her work explores the politics and poetics of place and belonging in the contemporary English landscape through the prisms of folk culture, alternative communities, science fiction, pre-history and dreams.

Fowler has screened and exhibited widely, including at the ICA, BFI, Plymouth Arts Centre, Milton Keynes Gallery, Pumphouse Gallery, BBC Birmingham, and Fundação Manuel António da Mota in Porto.

For more information please visit Rosalind Fowler's website.

About our residency partner, OrganicLea

The William Morris Gallery and OrganicLea are working in partnership to realise the residency. OrganicLea is a community food project based in the Lea Valley in north-east London. It produces and distributes food and plants locally, inspiring others to do the same. With a workers’ cooperative at its core, OrganicLea brings people together to take action towards a more just and sustainable society.

For more information about OrganicLea or to find out about volunteering with them, please visit their website.

About our residency supporter, is an artist run organisation based in East London that combines film production alongside critical dialogue about contemporary image making. are supporting the residency and residency events with skills and specialist equipment.

Public events and activities

Events at the William Morris Gallery:

Talk and film screening
Saturday 14 November
2pm – 4pm
Rosalind Fowler will be talking about the ideas and concepts behind her residency and showing some of her previous work.
Free, for adults, booking essential. To book email or telephone 020 8496 4390.

Tinting film using plant dyes
Saturday 9 January 2016
11am – 4pm
Drop-in activity with Rosalind Fowler and James Holcombe of using natural dyes to add colour to film.
Free, for everyone, no need to book.

Family Day: Artist in Residence
Saturday 30 January
1pm – 4pm
Our regular family day artist Phoebe Swan will be leading drop-in art and craft activities themed around film and the ideas and techniques in Fowler’s residency.
Free, for families of all ages.
No need to book.

Ecological 16mm filmmaking workshop
Saturday 6 February
10am – 4.30pm
One-day workshop with Rosalind Fowler and James Holcombe from based around the themes of the residency.
Free, for ages 16 and over, no previous experience necessary, booking essential. To book email or telephone 020 8496 4390.

Events at OrganicLea:

Moving Plant Collages
Wednesday 11 November
11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm
A drop-in activity with Rosalind Fowler and James Holcombe from exploring cameraless film techniques.
Free, for everyone, no need to book.

Forage, dig and experiment with film
Saturday 23 January
11am – 4pm
Drop-in activity with Rosalind Fowler and James Holcombe of
Free, for everyone, no need to book.

OrganicLea Open Day
Sunday 28 February
12.30pm - 5pm
A celebration of the residency including film screening of Fowler’s new work in progress.
Free, for everyone, drop-in, no need to book.

OrganicLea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, London E4 7UH. See for detailed information on getting to OrganicLea.


Deadline extended to Thursday 30 June 2016

Rosalind would like to invite gardeners from across Waltham Forest to participate in a seed packet project. All you need is a used seed packet, open the packet out flat and then write or draw your response on the front or back.

You fall asleep one day and wake up in an imaginary London of the future – write or draw on an empty seed packet your ideas for how you would like the city of the future to appear.  You could wake up in the distant future or closer to the present day, and the place you describe or draw could be as realistic or fantastical as you wish. Now write or draw your ideas on your seed packet and send it to Rosalind to become part of her next art installation.   

Please post your seed packets by Thursday 30 June 2016 to:

Rosalind Fowler, Organiclea, 115 Hawkwood Crescent, London, E47UH

OR you can put your seed packet in an envelope addressed to Rosalind Fowler and drop it into the William Morris Gallery, Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 5pm.

Your packets will be shown alongside Rosalind's new film work resulting from her residency in 2016.

If you wish to receive updates about the project, please write your name and e-mail address on a separate piece of paper and send it in with your seed packet. If you have an enquiry about the project please contact Rosalind at