detail of embroidered roses

May Morris

Art and Life

Coming soon

7 October 2017 to 28 January 2018

  • Open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am - 5pm; free

This landmark exhibition explores the life and work of May Morris, the younger daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement. May Morris: Art & Life is the most comprehensive survey of May’s work to date, bringing together over 80 works from collections around the UK, many of which have never been on public display.

The exhibition will reveal the breadth of May's creative pursuits, featuring wallpaper and embroidery alongside jewellery, dresses and book designs, as well as sketches and watercolours. It will focus on May’s development of art embroidery – elevating needlework from a domestic craft to a serious art form – and highlight the extent of her influence in the UK and abroad, particularly the US.

May's founding role in the Women's Guild of Arts will be explored in depth, while journal entries and letters will offer unprecedented insight into May’s personal life, including her relationship with George Bernard Shaw.

May Morris: Art & Life has been funded through Art Happens, the Art Fund's crowdfunding platform.

The exhibition will coincide with the publication by Thames & Hudson of May Morris: Arts & Crafts Designer, which is co-authored by curators at the William Morris Gallery and the V&A.