The mesmerising detail and craftsmanship in a William Morris print is undeniable and his work, which remains in production to this day, carries on the legacy of this monumental artist. But beyond his indelible creativity, Morris’ iconoclast spirit also extended towards poetry, politics, and the publishing industry. It’s telling that a biographer once noted that Morris transformed into “something quite individual” simply through the “force of his genius”.

Learn the full scope of Morris’ cultural and artistic significance in this talk led by expert Helen Elletson, curator of the William Morris Society & Museum, as she sheds light on his influence beyond Victorian Britain. Like his intricate, hypnotic illustrations, Morris’ own life story is one that will take hold on your memory and stay.

About The Host

Hassan Mahamdallie

Hassan Mahamdallie is a specialist in diversity and equality in the arts. An internationally known senior policy maker, he is the author of Arts Council England’s unique approach: The Creative Case for Diversity. With a background in theatre, Hassan is also a published writer, playwright, a campaigner for race equality and writer on Muslim culture and thought.

About The Speaker

Helen Elletson

Helen Elletson has been Curator of the William Morris Society’s collection since 2000. She is also the Senior Curator of Emery Walker’s House, a historic house with one of the best-preserved Arts and Crafts interiors in Britain.