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A weekend celebrating the Arts & Crafts Movement in the Haslemere area
Friday 7th to Sunday 9th July 2017
The time is fast approaching when Haslemere will be playing host to an Arts and Crafts Weekend to celebrate the town’s rich Arts and Crafts heritage.
The weekend of special events, organised by Haslemere Museum and supported by Haslemere Events and the Visitor Information Centre, promises a fascinating insight into the Arts and Crafts Movement and the influence Haslemere had to become a thriving centre for a community of artists determined to revive lost country crafts in England.
The craft workshops and weaving houses have long since disappeared from Haslemere but the history of this inspiring movement is still visible today in the road names and buildings, together with a lasting legacy in the collection of European folk art that remains in Haslemere Museum today.
Highlights of the weekend include an evening talk with Eric Knowles, antiques expert who has graced the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme for over 20 years, a trail around the Arts and Crafts industry buildings and houses of Haslemere, an exclusive garden tour of Gertrude Jekyll’s iconic woodland garden at Munstead Wood, dinner by candlelight at St Christopher Church, a stunning example of an Arts & Crafts building designed by Charles Spooner and much more.
There will also be an exhibition at Haslemere Museum entitled ‘The Rustic Renaissance’ which runs throughout July and August, telling the intriguing story of how this remarkable group of craftspeople thrived in Haslemere in the early 1900s, illustrated by original artwork and artefacts from the European Peasant Arts Collection.The leaflet for the weekend, including a booking form, can be downloaded here.
A network and website to showcase European museums based in artists’ former homes and studios now features over 100 museums.
Initiated by Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village and funded by the Tavalozza Foundation and the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Artist’s Studio Museum Network aims to raise the profile of artist’s studio museums and their collections. There are currently over 100 museums included, representing 20 European countries.
There is a particularly strong representation from Arts and Crafts interiors, with participating museums including: Leighton House, London, home of the great Victorian academic painter Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896) and site of the famous ‘Arab Hall’. Limnerslease, at Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village, where Leighton’s friend GF Watts worked during the winter months; three sites associated with writer and designer William Morris (1834-1896) and the Victorian family home that became a studio for Morris’s friend Emery Walker (1851-1933).
More unusual is David Parr House, Cambridge, an unassuming terrace where Parr – an ‘artist painter’ employed by day at the decorative firm F R Leach - created his own luxury arts and crafts interiors, including hand-painted wall decorations, Gothic carvings and stained glass.
These UK arts and crafts house-museums now join an international network of artists’ studios, many with similarly spectacular interiors, as at Millesgården, Lidingö - where the Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955) established a studio and sculpture garden - and the Rembrandt House, Amsterdam, whose purchase in 1639 would eventually drive Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669) into debt.
All are ready for exploration at www.artiststudiomuseum.org
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