May Morris: Art & Life

Carien Kremer by William Morris Gallery, Greater London

May Morris, Honeysuckle wallpaper, 1883


© William Morris Gallery, London Borough of Waltham Forest


£16,024 raised
228 funders

Funded 13 July 2017

0% funded

106% funded

May Morris was one of the most important figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. A successful designer of wallpaper, jewellery and woven textiles, she was most influential as a pioneer of art embroidery – her work and expertise were in demand across the world. But her achievements have for too long been overshadowed by her more famous father, William Morris.

We think it’s time May was recognised for her own talents. That’s why we’re asking for your help in raising £15,000 to create May Morris: Art & Life, a major new exhibition of May’s work. If our campaign is successful we can bring together rarely seen embroideries, costumes, jewellery, works on paper and personal items from collections across the country – and display them side by side for the first time.

And the great news is that we only need to raise two-thirds of our total. If we successfully raise £10,000 we will unlock a further £5,000 pledged by a private donor through Art Fund, enabling us to carry out vital conservation work on fragile objects included in the exhibition.

If you have any questions or need help donating, contact

May Morris: Art & Life - the exhibition

Our plans for a major new exhibition on May Morris's life and work... Read more

May Morris and the Women's Guild of Arts

In a direct response to the continued exclusion of women artists, May Morris founded the Women's Guild of Arts... Read more

Thank you for helping us reach 67%

We've reached 67%, which means that we've unlocked the last £5,000 of match funding we needed to get us to our target!... Read more

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Thank you!

Thanks to your generous support, we have exceeded our target... Read more

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May Morris: Art & Life - update

A quick update on our plans for May Morris: Art & Life... Read more

May Morris: Art & Life is now open!

Thanks to your generous support, we've given May Morris the recognition she deserves... Read more

May Morris: Art & Life - an update

May Morris: Art & Life looks like it will be one of our most successful exhibitions... Read more

A final thank you

As we enter the last few weeks of May Morris: Art & Life, we wanted to say a final thank you for making it possible... Read more

Kate, London

30 October 2017 - 11:42

Hi Karen and John, the totes were dispatched last Friday so should start arriving today and tomorrow. Thanks for your patience. Kate @ArtFund


29 October 2017 - 11:36

Yes, can we have an update on whether rewards have now been dispatched? I have not yet received anything and I would like to plan a date to visit the exhibition and to have afternoon tea. Thank you.


27 October 2017 - 21:05

No sign of my Tote bag either. I had hoped it would be here for my wife's birthday but that was last week. Can I at least give her an idea when she might receive it?

Kate, London

20 October 2017 - 10:36

Hi Beth,

Thanks for getting in touch. The tote bag and afternoon tea vouchers should arrive next week. Kate @ArtFund


18 October 2017 - 10:29


When can I expect tp receive my gift? I contributed to this - tote bag and afternoon tea for myself and my daughter. I have heard nothing.

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