This exhibition explores the life and work of May Morris (1862-1938), the younger daughter of William Morris and one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement. A successful designer of wallpaper, jewellery and woven textiles, May was most influential as a pioneer of embroidery as an art form. She was a committed socialist and campaigner for the rights of women artists, yet her achievements have often been overshadowed by her more famous father.
View the exhibition over a free glass of wine and find out about taster workshops for schools in weaving and embroidery and see craft demonstrations. Older students will explore how contemporary artists have adopted these traditional crafts into Fine Art practice, for example Craftivism. There will be a new 'Women in Art' Talk & Draw session free for secondary schools. This 90-minute workshop looks at the role of women in art from the Renaissance to the present day using May’s career as a case study with discussion of issues. Stay on for the main private view from 7pm if you wish.