William Morris Award for Contemporary Arts & Crafts

The Management Committee of William Morris House is sponsoring this annual award to recognise the highest quality of artistic endeavour within the local community and to reflect the wide range of disciplines under the Arts and Crafts banner.

William Morris was the moving spirit of the Arts and Crafts Movement at the end of the 19th century. His beliefs, both artistic and altruistic found their highpoint at Merton Abbey Mills in Wimbledon where he produced his world famous designs for fabrics, ceramics and stained glass.

Anyone living, working or studying in the London Borough of Merton can enter for this award. The categories for entry are:

  • Painting
  • Surface Design
  • Stained Glass
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration

Applicants should email wma@vistaevents.co.uk to request an entry form, or download one from the website.

Entry forms must be submitted via email to the William Morris Awards Committee by Friday 9 December

The closing date for entries is 5pm on Friday 10 February 2017.

The judging panel is made up of local artists and people connected with the arts and comprises Simon Betts, Dean of College, Wimbledon College of Arts, Felicity Gill, award winning artist, Tony Kane, Founder, Time and Leisure, Lorraine McGinnis, Former 6th Form College Head of Art, and Steve Spence, Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts London. Awards are:

  • 1st Prize – Adults: £500, U18: £250
  • 2nd Prize – Adults: £350, U18: £150
  • 3rd Prize – Adults: £150, U18: £100

A number of Distinction Awards will also be given to schools and colleges whose work achieves a high order of merit.

The William Morris Award for Contemporary Arts & Crafts is sponsored by Wimbledon Labour Halls Co-Operative Society Ltd and by William Morris House, a community meeting room located at 267 the Broadway in the heart of Merton. Although Morris died in 1896, many of his staff were encouraged by him and his ideas to become involved in community activity.  Workers from the William Morris Works were instrumental in helping to purchase William Morris House. The building was opened on 30 September 1922 by Rt Hon Arthur Henderson MP as meeting rooms for local people and their organisations.

The Award Ceremony will take place in the Burne Jones room of William Morris House, 267 the Broadway, Wimbledon.