Events

The De Morgan Foundation has a series of events, talks and lectures around the collection. Email info@demorgan.org.uk if you would like more information on any of these events.

June

27th June at 12.30, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Curator Tour of Sublime Symmetry at Guildhall Art Gallery

Join exhibition curator Sarah Hardy (De Morgan Foundation) for a tour of the sublime ceramics. Learn more about De Morgan’s life and work, and how mathematics influences his creative designs.

Talks are FREE, just turn up.

 

28th June at 14.00, Curator talk in the Malthouse Gallery at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton

A Better, More Beautiful World

Ceramic designer, William De Morgan and artist Evelyn De Morgan, were one of the most innovative and exciting artistic couples of the late-Victorian period. In this talk, Sarah Hardy, De Morgan Foundation Curator, introduces the work of the De Morgans on display in the exhibition at Wightwick Manor. She will discuss the lives and work of both artists and ask the question of whether their artwork contributed to their utopian dream of creating a better and more beautiful world.

This is the first talk in a series that Sarah Hardy, De Morgan Foundation Curator, will be giving around the De Morgan collection display at Wightwick Manor. Look out for details of future talks which will usually be on the last Thursday of every month at 2pm.

Free with entry, free entry to De Morgan Friends

 

July - De Morgans in the sun!

8th July at 11.00, Curator talk at Cannon Hall in the Ballroom and 1.30 pm tour of A Family of Artists Exhibition

Inventor and Innovator: How William De Morgan made the most beautiful ceramics of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Join De Morgan Foundation curator Sarah Hardy for an in-depth look at William De Morgan’s ceramics. Find out how he perfected his glazes, reinvented lustreware and designed his own kilns to create cracking ceramics. 

Free, donations to the De Morgan Foundation encouraged.

 

20th July at 12.00, Curator ten minute talk at the Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Evelyn De Morgan's The Gilded Cage

De Morgan Foundation Curator Sarah Hardy discusses the themes of sufferage which Evelyn De Morgan depicts in many of her artworks by taking a closer look at her masterpiece The Gilded Cage

Free with entry, free entry to De Morgan Friends

 

21st July at 11.00 for families and 14.00 for adults, meet at Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Tour of Postman's Park with De Morgan and Watts Gallery Curators

In 1900 the great Victorian Artist G. F. Watts collaborated with William De Morgan to create a moving and beautiful Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice at Postman's Park in central London. The memorial commemorates those who lost their lives saving others, and can be viewed just a few minutes away from Guildhall Art Gallery. Discover more about this fascinating and emotional tribute to ordinary people and extraordinary acts of heroism and the exciting artistic collaboration between two of Victorian Britain's greatest artists.

Join Sarah Hardy (De Morgan Foundation Curator), Cicely Robinson (Brice Curator, Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village) and Tessa Kilgarriff, (Curatorial Fellow, Watts Gallery), on free tours starting from Guildhall Art Gallery, for family and adults audiences.

FREE, just turn up.

 

24th July at 14.00, the Queen's House, Greenwich

Exclusive tour of the Queen's House in Greenwich with assistant curator, Zoe Mercer-Golden

William and Evelyn De Morgan were intrigued and inspired by the mystery and moods of the sea. Evelyn returns to rolling waves in her paintings throughout her career to represent her Spiritual beliefs, whilst William uses the motifs of fish, ships and mythological figures to adorn his stunning ceramics.

Where better, then, for the De Morgan Foundation to display its finest pieces relating to the sea, than in the heart of Maritime London, at the Queen's House in Greenwich?

Join us to view the collection display with a private tour of Queen's House, Greenwich, with Royal Museums Greenwich Assistant Curator Zoe Mercer-Golden. This stunning building was designed by Inigo Jones for Anne of Denmark, the wife of James I/VI and completed in the 1630s for Henrietta Maria, the wife of Charles I. It is a tribute to the Stuart dynasty’s eye for fine art, decked in marble, gold and dripping with an exquisite art collection. Sarah Hardy, De Morgan Foundation curator will complete the tour with an introduction to the De Morgans and the sea as a source of inspiration.

Friends of the Foundation only. Join our Friends scheme.

 

25th July at 12.30, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Curator Tour of Sublime Symmetry at Guildhall Art Gallery

Join exhibition curator Sarah Hardy (De Morgan Foundation) for a tour of the sublime ceramics. Learn more about De Morgan’s life and work, and how mathematics influences his creative designs.

Talks are FREE, just turn up.

 

August - we're celebrating the De Morgan's and nature

7th August at 11.00 and 13.00, at Cannon Hall, Barnsley

Curator-led tour of the De Morgan Exhibition A Family of Artists Exhibition

 

Sarah Hardy, curator of the De Morgan collection will give half-hour tours of the Family of Artists Exhibition, introducing you to the work of ceramicist William De Morgan and painter Evelyn De Morgan and explaining their familial links to Cannon Hall. Sarah will discuss the flora and fauna that inspired the De Morgan's in their art work.

Free, donations to the De Morgan Foundation are encouraged 

 

10th August at 12.00, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village

Ten Minute Talk: The Botanical World of William De Morgan

De Morgan Foundation Curator, Sarah Hardy, will take a closer look at the plants and flowers that William De Morgan uses in his beautiful ceramic designs.

Free with entry, free entry to De Morgan Friends

 

15th August at 12.30, Guildhall Art Gallery, London

The natural mathematics of Sublime Symmetry at Guildhall Art Gallery

Sublime Symmetry is found naturally in plants and flowers and De Morgan used this to advantage in his botanical tile designs. Find out more about the mathematics in nature that inspired De Morgan's symmetrical designs.

Talks are FREE, just turn up.

 

30th - 31st August at Wightwick Manor, Wolverhampton

What a Beastly Summer!

Join us at Wightwick Manor to look at the animals in William and Evelyn De Morgan's designs. Some of the birds and fish you'll recognise from nature, but most of the dragons and demons you won't!

Included in price of visit. For kids and big kids alike!