Time Present and Time Past

Carien Kremer at William Morris Gallery, London


£11,017 raised
143 funders

Funded 20 April 2016

0% funded

110% funded

With your support, artist Clare Twomey is planning to create a vast tile panel embellished with Chrysanthemum, one of William Morris’s most compelling and intricate designs. Over 67 days, 67 volunteer apprentices will work on the piece. Every day, a new apprentice will work alongside a skilled painter, slowly transforming the tiles from one state of beauty to another. Visitors will be able to watch this process slowly unfold; the work will also be captured with time-lapse photography.

Enlisting as an apprentice will be a democratic process – open to everyone, regardless of previous experience. The only criteria will be a willingness to immerse yourself totally in the task for a full day. (More information to come in May, if the gallery is able to reach its crowdfunding target.)

Clare has developed the idea for this work in response to William Morris’s approach to making. Like the would-be apprentices, Morris learned his skills through practice and concentration. Skills need to be constantly passed on and shared, from one person to another, to retain their vitality. Clare’s installation will explore how practising a skill can connect us through time and space to other people. As Morris observed, ‘The past is not dead, but living in us.’

Help us to make this exciting installation happen at our gallery, which is housed in William Morris’s beautiful childhood home in Walthamstow, east London, and won Museum of the Year in 2013. In return for your donation, you can receive a range of exciting rewards, exclusively designed for the project.

About the artist

Clare Twomey (b.1968) is a British artist and a research fellow at the University of Westminster who works with clay in large-scale installations, sculptural and site-specific work. Over the past 10 years she has exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Crafts Council, Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, Japan, Eden Project, Royal Academy of Arts and Gardiner Museum, Toronto. Her work often involves elements of performance or participation, inviting the audience to play an active role and exploring the relationship between people and materials.

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With thanks to...

Isolde Nicolaysen

Andy Mcglynn

Louisa Potter

John Bain

Catherine Ince

Penny Morris

Andy Agnew

Karim Khan

Damien Weighill

Ruth Carter

Pippa Davismoon

Angela Chalmers

Tim Langton

Tatiana Rosoga

Rose Mason

Mary Greensted

Roger Huddle

Amanda O'Neill

Lorna Lee

Jinny Ngui

Janet Young

Andrea Hall

Jennifer Haynes

Megan Capildeo

Karen Esson

Katie Mason

Carole Sired

Ramzi Suleiman

Natalie Semar

Claire Hughes

Kathleen Crook

Laura Kemp

Glinys Weller

Evelyn Malagodi

Clodagh Mccallig

Margaret Harvey

Vanya Dickens

John Drain

Maja Maricevic

Jan Marsh

Katie Faulkner

Linda Brooks

J Morton

Elisabeth England

Ada Mau

Laura Waters

Penny Jones

Liberte Reilly

Janet England

Maureen Gallaccio

Caroline Bray

Mark Harris

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Mhairi Leaver

Lawrence Sawyer

Lucille Junkere

J Barlow

Lesley Wood

Denise Fulgoni

Erik Schilp

Elaine Michel

Carolyn Seymour

Chris Smith

Grace Pepper

Helena Kernan

Vanessa Deges

Vandana Patel

Stephen White

Matthew Friday

Michelle Yeadon

Ruth Colton

Barbara Knight

Emily Kozien-Colyer

Clare Stainthorp

Ruth Fairhead

Kazuko Howlin

Lorelei Hunt

Diane Skidmore

Frances Dickens

Geraldine O'Shea

Samantha Grayson

Anne Siddell

Laura Breen

Cynthia Daly

Christie Brown

Fiona Hine

Erika Gloyn

Louise Mitchell

Maria Vazquez

Linda Parry

Andrew Goad

Brenda Downie

Sophie Potter

Theodora Bowman

Julie Granger

Vivienne Russell

Tessa Feaster

Julie Cobbin

Jasmine Nunn

Anne Amison

Rebecca Holman

Florence Andrews

Penny Wiles

Veronique Jochum

Matthew Humpage

David Mateer

Eileen Hagger Street

Kiera Blakey

Kim Panter

Jan Marsh

Rosie Deegan

Aurelia Gorman

Paul Charlton

Brendan Bullen

Stephanie Pamment

Johanna Kieniewicz

Rosanna Chianta

Yuki Ono

Anne O'Neill

Ann Norton

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Elaine, London

20 April 2016 - 19:42

Great news, congratulations =)

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