27 June 2015 to 13 September
'The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now' looks into the legacy of the Arts & Crafts movement as a whole and its significance both on the interior and exterior of our homes and lifestyles today. 'Devised as a series of encounters between historic and contemporary works' the show includes commissioned work by the garden designer Dan Pearson, ceramicist Rosa Nquyan and home wear brand Objects of Use. These, alongside other contemporary commissions, will sit in conversation with a variety of prominent figures from the Arts & Crafts movement, such as C.R. Ashbee, M.H. Baillie Scott, Sidney and Ernest Barnsley, Sebastian Cox, Michael Eden, Ernest Gimson, Gertrude Jekyll, Edwin Lutyens, May Morris.
In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Morris & Co, there have been a number of collaborative exhibitions and events exploring the relevance of William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement to contemporary art, design and lifestyle. 'Love is Enough' curated by the artist Jeremy Deller, twinned the unlikely couple of Morris with Andy Warhol at Modern Art Oxford. Yinka Shonibare MBE looked at how communities had evolved in the 'William Morris Family Album' show at the William Morris Gallery and 'Anarchy and Beauty' at the National Portrait gallery looked into his aesthetic and politics. As fascinating as William Morris is as an individual, it will be refreshing to see a show that sees the Arts & Crafts movement more broadly and may in fact be more enlightening as to how and why we feel so much of a connection with the movement today.