5 weeks from Thursday October 26th 2017 William Morris and the Arts & Crafts movement in & around Hampshire: Anne Anderson 10.30 am until 12.30 pm Cost £50.00 Writer, painter, designer and political activist, William Morris instigated a revolt against mass-produced, poorly designed, and badly made objects. By the 1880s the Arts and Crafts was seen to offer an alternative life-style, one based on quality rather than simply ‘money making’. Moreover many endeavors were philanthropic as both artists and intellectuals pursed their dream of ‘Art for the People’. This new vision led to the founding of Bedales School, Petersfield, where Ruskin’s ‘nobility of labour’ provided the basis for an enlightened education. The buildings were completed by Ernest and Sydney Barnsley; Sydney’s son Edward established a furniture workshop at Froxfield that still operates. At Compton, Surrey, Mrs Mary Watts, wife of the famous painter G.F. Watts, established a village industry initiated by the building of the mortuary chapel. This was truly Art for the People: even the Vicar made a terracotta tile. At Haslemere, on the county border, the Peasants Industries evoked a romanticised peasantry; the folk songs and dances collected by Cecil Sharp and the ancient instruments revived by Arnold Dolmetch augmented this peasant culture. While Mrs Watts and the Haslemere Peasants could be dismissed as ‘cranks’, their pursuit of the Good Life and commitment to ‘Green issues’ now seems rather modern.
Dr Anne Anderson FSA, Hon. Associate Professor Exeter University With a first degree in archaeology and a PhD in English, Anne was a senior lecturer in Art and Design History at Southampton Solent University for 14 years. She is currently a course director in the Learning Academy at the V&A. Her career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world from Sydney to Boston; she lectured for many institutions including the National Trust, the Art Fund and the Art Society (NADFAS).
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