English Magic is a politically-charged exhibition reflecting the roots of much of Deller’s work focusing on British society. It includes people, icons, myths, folklore and cultural and political history; addressing events from the past, present and an imagined future. The exhibition will be of interest to English and Citizenship teachers as well to Art & Design teachers for the way it promotes debate about identity and democratic values.
The evening will include guided tours of the exhibition and the Morris displays plus a taster session of the “Makes you think!” workshops for schools. There will also be artists’ demonstrations linking to the regular schools workshop programme in the upstairs studio featuring relief printing, patternmaking and weaving. Free resources will be available to take home and an English Magic online resource for teachers and group leaders will be available to download from 23 January.
5.30pm -7.45pm Artists' demonstrations in the Learning Studio; Information about the William Morris Gallery's regular workshop programme for primary and secondary schools
6.00pm Welcome: Sharon Trotter, Learning Officer, William Morris Gallery
6.10pm Guided tour of the exhibition by Liz Ellis, artist and author of the English Magic Learning Resource
6.45pm Taster session of Makes you think! workshop for schools with artist Hugh Hamshaw Thomas
7.15pm Second Exhibition Guided Tour with Liz Ellis
7.15 pm Guided tour of William Morris collection with Sharon Trotter