Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus is the first exhibition in the UK to fully explore the relationship between the English Arts and Crafts movement and the Bauhaus, the ground-breaking German art school established by Walter Gropius.
This full study day, introduced by the exhibition’s lead curator Roisin Inglesby, provides an in-depth examination of the Bauhaus movement, focusing on its postwar legacy in the UK and North Africa.
Other speakers include:
- Olivia Aherne, research curator of Bauhaus Imaginista exhibition and conference at Nottingham Contemporary
- Magnus England, co-author of Isokon and the Bauhaus in Britain, the extraordinary story of the pioneering modern apartment block and how its residents helped shape Modern Britain
- Morad Montazami, director of Zamân Books and curator of the touring exhibition New Waves: Melehi and Casablanca Art School (2019-20), the first dedicated to the Moroccan artist Mohamed Melehi (b. 1936)
- Nicholas Pankhurst, Bauhaus Artist in Residence at the William Morris Gallery and Walthamstow Wetlands
- Ilaria Puri Purini, co-curator of Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus and programmes manager at the Contemporary Art Society in London
The study day will also feature a talk on the 1960s design collective DANAD, the subject of an exhibition at One Hoe Street, and the inspiration it took from the Bauhaus. DANAD’s newly-rediscovered archive contains work by artist and designers including Peter Blake, Barry Daniels, Tom Adams, Robyn Deny, Bernard Cohen and Edward Wright.
Morning session: 11am – 12.25pm
Bauhaus and its Arts & Crafts roots
Roisin Inglesby explores the context of early Bauhaus artists and their links to European Arts & Craft movements such as the Glasgow School and the Deutscher Werkbund.
Bauhaus: shaping a modernist world
Ilaria Puri Purini examines founder Walther Gropius’s international vision for the Bauhaus school, through its various stages of development and its break-up.
Afternoon session: 1.15pm – 5pm
Bauhaus and architecture in Britain
Magnus England tells the extraordinary story of Isokon, a ground-breaking Modernist building in London, and how its network of residents helped shape Modern Britain.
Bauhaus and North Africa
Morad Montazami discusses the Moroccan artist Mohamed Melehi, member of the Casablanca School, whose work fused a Bauhaus aesthetic with traditional Islamic art
Bauhaus and popular culture in 1960s Britain
Olivia Aherne describes how a younger generation of 1960s designers such as Mary Quant, Vidal Sassoon and Terence Conran reimagined the aims of the Bauhaus for a new consumer era
Introduction to DANAD Design 1958-1962 exhibition
Laura Elliott, creative producer for London Borough of Culture, introduces the work of the influential design collective.
Nicholas Pankhurst on the Bauhaus
The artist in residence talks about the influence of Bauhaus ideas on his creative practice today.
Private view of Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus: 5pm – 6.30pm
With speakers, a personal exhibition selection by Nicolas Pankhurst and book signing by Magnus England. Includes complimentary glass of wine or soft drink.