The Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey. A cottage by Sir Edwin Lutyens at Munstead.

William De Morgan tile

The Society for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey exists to celebrate and foster interest in all forms of art, architecture and design of ‘the Arts and Crafts Era’ - the period from 1860 to 1930. The Society is concerned with the conservation and awareness of works associated with the period and is gathering together information such as publications, photographs and drawings relating to this extraordinary period of creativity in Surrey.

The Society was formed in 1996 to act as a forum for those who share this interest and enthusiasm. Members enjoy a programme of lectures usually held at the Watts Gallery, where we have met since the Society's founding, study days and visits to places of Arts and Crafts interest and receive the Society's newsletters, issued twice a year. New members are always welcome and there are plenty of opportunities to assist with the Society's projects for those who wish to.



22 February

Details of the 2015 events are now available on the Diary page.

9 December

Full details of the 2015 spring lectures are now available on the Diary page.

15 September

Glsgow School of ArtAlmost a quarter of books on the priority replacement list after the fire have been donated to The Glasgow School of Art.
Details on progress, how to help and a list of books still wanted can be found on the GSA library page.

18 June

Portrait of William De Morgan holding lustre vaseThe De Morgan Centre
The De Morgan Centre in Wandsworth is closing due to the termination of its tenancy agreement and is now looking for a new home to house its unique collection of Arts and Crafts paintings and ceramics. The final opportunity for the public to view the gallery in Wandsworth, London will be Saturday 28th June.
The De Morgans and the Sea, a loan exhibition exploring influences of the sea in the works of William and Evelyn De Morgan, will be on display at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth until 28th September 2014.

12 June

Watts GalleryHistory of Art Short Course: Victorian Garden Design
The Watts Gallery are presenting a History of Art short course Victorian Garden Design at the Gallery this summer  which starts on Monday 16 June and runs for five consecutive weeks from 10:30 – 1pm. The course will be led by Caroline Ikin, a Victorian Garden specialist, and each week will consist of a themed lecture followed by a site visit see the flyer for more information.

10 June

Watts GalleryEllen Terry: The Painter’s Actress
Ellen Terry: The Painter’s Actress will be the first exhibition at The Watts Gallery (10 June - 9 November) to explore how the influence of Britain’s most famous Victorian actress reached beyond the stage to inspire generations of artists.

29 May

Hill House Antiques exhibitionArts & Crafts Selling Exhibition
Hill House Antiques will be holding their 7th Annual Arts & Crafts Selling Exhibition from Saturday June 7th to Friday June 13th 2014 at their new showroom at The Electric Cinema, Brentford (West London) TW8 8EG.

27 May

Glsgow School of ArtFollowing the fire at the Glasgow School of Art, First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond has announced today that funds raised to restore the Glasgow School of Art's fire-damaged Mackintosh building to its former glory will be matched by the Scottish Government.
Details of the fire fund can be found on the Big Give website.

1 May

AGMThe Annual General Meeting for the Arts and Crafts Movement in Surrey will be held on Wednesday 4 June 2014 (please note this revised date) at the Watts Gallery.
Following the meeting, Gallery Curator Nicholas Tromans will give a talk Watts Gallery and Polenovo : An Anglo-Russian Arts & Crafts Partnership

11 February

John Ruskin watercolourNew exhibition: John Ruskin - Photographer and Draughtsman at the Watts Gallery is the first exhibition to explore how the new medium of photography played a pivotal role in the evolution of this leading Victorian’s influential thinking.

7 February

Plans to save Limnerslease – the studio and house of the Victorian artist GF Watts in Compton, Surrey - received a boost, thanks to a 2.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support Saving the Watts Studios, the first phase of the Limnerslease Project.
See the Watts Gallery for more details.

19 January

Blackheath Village Archives Group have set up a new website which contains a selection of photos from their collection and also provides more information about their research and preservation of the history of the village.

9 January 2014

Jane Morris portraitA rarely-exhibited striking pastel portrait of Pre-Raphaelite artists’ model Jane Morris, drawn by Evelyn De Morgan, is now on display alongside Evelyn’s oil paintings at the De Morgan Centre.

4 January 2014

Drawing by George Hart for a cup made for the Derby Rowing ClubCourt Barn Museum are currently holding an exhibition A century of fine silver in Campden, a celebration of the ongoing craft traditions of the Guild of Handicraft.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to see drawings created by George Henry Hart (1882-1973), an Arts & Crafts silversmith who came to Chipping Campden in 1902, alongside the actual pieces created.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 2 March 2014.


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