The Arts and Crafts House: Then and Now

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An exhibition tracing the origins and legacy of the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Wallpaper print by William Morris


Until 31 January 2016 (historic exhibition)


Devised as a series of encounters between historic and contemporary works, this exhibition traces the origins and legacy of the Arts and Crafts Movement and its fascination with the creation of the home.

Through the work and ideas of John Ruskin and William Morris, the exhibition will explore how subsequent generations of designers created new ways of living and working in an era of collaborative design and experimentation. The exhibition will also look at the link between house and garden and how nature became a primary source of inspiration for designers. Presenting richly diverse media including furniture, textiles, paintings, ceramics, wallpaper, books and photography, the show will bring together objects from important Arts and Crafts collections and houses.

Celebrated designers and collaborators such as Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, Alfred and Louise Powell, the Barnsley Brothers and Ernest Gimson will be explored alongside today’s leading designers including: Sebastian Cox, Rosa Nguyen, Andrew Wicks, Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley. A number of key Arts & Crafts houses will also be featured including Cragside, Morris’ homes at Kelmscott Manor and Red House, Lutyens and Jekyll’s Munstead Wood and Rodmarton Manor.

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Exhibition organised by Compton Verney.

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