Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild – An Exhibition

The William Morris (Aa 1848-51) Gallery is hosting an exhibition, Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild.The exhibition will explore the Century Guild’s key figures, who include OM designer, Selwyn Image (C1 1864-68).”It is the first exhibition in 20 years to explore the pioneering aesthetics and lasting legacy of this influential association of artists, designers and craftspeople.

The Century Guild was established by the architect and designer Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo (1851–1942), who later helped found the William Morris Gallery, and his assistant, Herbert Percy Horne (1864–1916), in close collaboration with designer Selwyn Image (1849–1930). They aspired to elevate crafts to the status of art, integrate both art and crafts in domestic interiors, and democratise good design.”

It will look at the Guild’s influence on Art Nouveau, 20th-century design and modern publishing, through works from the William Morris Gallery, which holds the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Century Guild works.

The exhibition runs from 18 May to 31 August 2021. Further details can be found on their website.