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William Morris Gallery is Morris's former family home, the 18th-century Water House. The artist, socialist and source of all that flowery wallpaper lived here between 1848 and 1856. The house is set in its own extensive grounds and features permanent displays of printed and woven fabrics, rugs and painted tiles by Morris and other members of the Arts and Crafts movement, as well as humble domestic objects including Morris's coffee cup and the satchel he used to distribute his radical pamphlets. It underwent a £5m refurbishment in 2012. 


William Morris Gallery
Forest Rd
E17 4PP
Tube: Walthamstow Central
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Wed-Sun 10am-5pm
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Radical Landscapes: Art Inspired By The Land

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Lie back and think of the English countryside: do you picture rolling hills, bales of hay, endless green, quaint villages, rural idylls, bucolic perfection, Gainsborough, Constable, Turner? Of course you do, it’s in our national psyche, so ingrained in our public consciousness that it has its own visual vocabulary. But this little exhibition at the William Morris Gallery proves English landscape art is about much more than undulating hills and gambolling lambs.  But it does start with a sombre-ly hyperbolic, ultra-dramatic Gainsborough of a farmer crossing a bridge in a deep, dark valley, an explosive Turner vision of a misty sunset and neat little Constable prints of the four seasons. This is the English landscape. It’s quiet, calm, verdant. Almost utopian.  But we all know that’s only part of the picture. Stunning photos of the industrial north west by Chris Killip show a miserable nation torn apart by poverty and terrible weather. Staged images by Jo Spence find her face down and naked in a field as a murdered trespasser or a rebellious land rights protester. The English landscape is a fractured, contested place.  It’s quiet, calm, verdant. Almost utopian.  It’s also not just English. British artist Hurvin Anderson paints patterns from the ironwork gates around homes in his parents’ Jamaica, Anthea Hamilton makes a kimono patterned with British grasses, Jeremy Deller creates a motorway sign for the A303 headed to ‘Built By Immigrants’. The English landscape is a construct

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