William De Morgan Arts and Craft Tiles in Bedford Park

An online talk hosted by the Bedford Park Society

Portrait of William De Morgan by Evelyn De Morgan and the Bedford Park Daisy tile
Portrait of William De Morgan by Evelyn De Morgan and the Bedford Park Daisy tile. Picture: The De Morgan Foundation

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The Bedford Park Society is to host an online talk exploring William De Morgan's life, career and the Arts and Crafts tiles he designed for Bedford Park.

The speaker will be Sarah Hardy, De Morgan Foundation Curator-Manager and the talk will take place on Tuesday, 13 April at 7.30pm.

William De Morgan was the premier ceramic designer of the Arts and Crafts movement.

He began his artistic career at the Royal Academy, before meeting William Morris and embarking on design, first with stained glass and then ceramics. One of his earliest commissions was from architect Richard Norman Shaw for Bedford Park, and his tiles can still be found in houses and the Tabard pub today.

Sarah Hardy will discuss his life and his links to Bedford Park, and is happy to take any questions on the night. The talk including questions will last an hour.

Sarah studied Art History at Durham University before obtaining her masters degree in the subject at the University of Manchester. She is a Victorian Arts & Crafts specialist, having researched and written widely on the subject, including William Morris’s revival of embroidery, William Blake’s influence on the Pre-Raphaelites, Bookbinding and the Kelmscott Press and, most recently, William De Morgan’s use of mathematics in his ceramic designs for the De Morgan Foundation’s successful touring exhibition, Sublime Symmetry.

Sarah began her museum career in the education department at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, before working on interpretation at Helmshore Mills Textile Museum, Lady Lever Art Gallery, and Two Temple Place. She then worked extensively on loans and exhibitions at the National Gallery and the British Library, where she completed the Institute of Art and Law Diploma on Law and Collections Management, before joining the De Morgan Foundation in 2018. Sarah is Curator-Manager of the De Morgan Foundation

Tickets cost £5 (plus booking fee) and are available online from TicketSource.

Details of the arrangements for watching the talk (via Zoom) will be sent with confirmation of ticket purchase.

This is an open event, and all are welcome.

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March 21, 2021

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