William Morris Gallery launches crowdfunding campaign to showcase work of "overshadowed" daughter

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The William Morris Gallery hopes the new exhibition will “bring May Morris out of her father’s shadow”

The William Morris Gallery today launched a crowdfunding campaign to finance a landmark exhibition on the life and work of May Morris.

The younger daughter of William, May Morris was one of the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement.

The Walthamstow gallery hopes to raise £15,000 in 30 days to fund “May Morris: Art & Life” via Art Fund’s Art Happens site, the UK’s only crowdfunding platform for the museum sector. And if the campaign hits the £10,000 mark, the final £5,000 will be unlocked from a private donation through the Art Fund.

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Gallery curator Rowan Bain said:

For too long May’s unique contribution to design has been overshadowed by the legacy of her father, William. If we’re successful in meeting the target we can finally give her the recognition she deserves.

It is the second time the William Morris Gallery has used a crowdfunding campaign. In 2016 it raised £10,000 to fund an installation by ceramicist Clare Twomey.

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