Symposium on Morris & Co. interiors

Drawing room at Standen

The Morris & Co. interior is an instantly recognisable aesthetic, devised to bring art into the everyday, and give joy to both maker and user.
This symposium on Wednesday 6 November 2019 at the Art Workers' Guild in London will explore the different types of Morris & Co. interiors; private and public commissions, ranging from decorative schemes designed by the Firm to interiors created by customers, and the artist homes of William Morris and his close associates.

Domestic interiors are designed to be lived in and changes are inevitable. Tracing their development, especially when transition from private use to a publicly accessible space takes place, raises the question of authenticity. What then defines a Morris & Co. interior and what relevance do they hold in the 21st century?

This symposium is organised by the National Trust in partnership with the William Morris Society. We are grateful to our sponsor, the Decorative Arts Society, Art and Design 1850 to the Present. 

Useful information

Date: Wednesday 6 November 2019
Time: 9.30am – 5pm
Location: Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, Holborn, London WC1N 3AT. This venue is wheelchair accessible. View on Google Maps.

Tickets:  £25 (tea and coffee provided, but please bring your own lunch). Tickets are available from the William Morris Society online or tickets can be purchased by cheque made payable to the William Morris Society, send to 26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, London W6 9TA.

Programme: Please download the programme here

Contact: Dr Alice Strickland and Carien Kremer 

This symposium is organised to coincide with the exhibition Morris & Co: Inspired by Nature at Standen House and Garden, June-November 2019.

We hope to publish a selection of conference papers in a peer-reviewed journal or as an edited collection after the conference.