On behalf of everyone here at the William Morris Gallery, I’d like to say a huge thank you for supporting May Morris: Art & Life. It’s wonderful to see so much interest in May and to hit the 20% mark in our first week!
If we’re successful in raising our total, May Morris: Art & Life will encompass over 80 works by May, including original artwork, designs, embroidery, jewellery and fashion. It will focus on May’s contribution to the development of art embroidery - elevating needlework from a domestic craft to a serious art form - and highlight the extent of her influence in the UK and abroad, particularly the United States.
The William Morris Gallery owns a number of key works by May, such as the beautiful Maids of Honour fire screen, Flowerpot embroidered panel and embroidered cloak you can see on our Art Happens page. But important examples are held elsewhere, including the National Museums of Scotland and Wales, regional museums and galleries, National Trust properties and university collections.
The funding will allow us to bring these works together for the first time, giving an unprecedented insight into May’s extraordinary life and career. It will also allow conservation and reframing of important embroideries and watercolours by May, to ensure they can be included in the display and to improve their long-term care and condition.
There’s clearly a huge demand to see May’s work and discover more about her fascinating life. Thank you for helping us give her the recognition she deserves.