'The Beautifullest Place On Earth' - Red House

External Room (1), by Kieren Reed © Kieren Reed / The Beautifullest Place on Earth

External Room (1), by Kieren Reed

‘The Beautifullest Place On Earth’ is a sensational new collaboration between Red House, National Trust and The Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. 

Red House is the iconic home of William Morris - writer, artist, craftsman, and founder of the Arts & Crafts movement. On its completion in 1860, Edward Burne-Jones described the house as 'the beautifullest place on earth'. William Morris and his collaborators built Red House as a ‘new way to live’, aiming to establish exciting new ways to work and live collaboratively, experimenting with craft, developing an awareness of the politics of aesthetics and a burgeoning utopian vision.

‘The Beautifullest Place On Earth’ will draw upon the importance of Red House to artists and scholars in the present day. Through a number of conversations and residencies, Red House will act as a catalyst for artists to generate new work and for visitors to take part in discussions and workshops.

Artists' Residencies

Artists Kieren Reed, Benedict Drew and Melanie Jackson have made new works for the house and garden, in a combination of sculpture, moving image and sound. Reed has constructed an ethereal wooden sculpture in the extensive garden. It will host work and activities throughout the project, acting as a studio and hub for exchange. Melanie Jackson is creating a ceramic work and a video work, and artist Benedict Drew will be making a radio and web broadcast from Red House.

Writers and scholars Esther Leslie, Mathew Beaumont and Petra Lange Berndt have worked together to create a series of pamphlets, a form much loved and used by Morris to spread his ideas. 

Get involved

  • Transform yourself into Chaucer’s pilgrims for the day and create your very own pilgrim badges in our temporary pewter forge. 
  • Exciting activity guides for young visitors have been created by artist Abigail Hunt, inviting younger audiences to participate in the exhibition.
  • There'll be numerous talks and a comedy night, with David Bramwell reading from his new book ‘The No9 Bus to Utopia’.

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