Kelmscott Manor

William Morris and Me

A talk with Turner Prize-winning artist and curator, Jeremy Deller

Saturday 20 September 2014

Kelmscott Village Memorial Hall, 6-8pm

Join Kelmscott Manor, the former Cotswold summer retreat of William Morris on the Gloucestershire/Oxfordshire borders, for a rare opportunity to hear Turner Prize-winning artist and curator, Jeremy Deller.

Deller has incorporated William Morris into several of his artistic projects over recent years. In 2013 his installation, 'English Magic', was commissioned by the British Council for the British Pavilion at the Biennale di Venezia, the 55th International Art Exhibition in Venice. In his installation, Jeremy imagines that William Morris has come back from the dead to offer a critique of modern British society.

Kelmscott Manor, 2014 © Kelmscott Manor/SAL The exhibition is currently touring galleries in England and can be seen at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery until 21 September and at Turner Contemporary, Margate, from 11 October 2014 until 11 January 2015.

William Morris, as imagined in ‘We Sit Starving Amidst our Gold’ (2013) by Jeremy Deller, inspired by the Biennale

Jeremy will also be curating Modern Art Oxford’s forthcoming exhibition, Love is Enough, which sees the work of William Morris and Andy Warhol collide in an engaging and hugely dynamic form. Jeremy has been working closely with Kelmscott Manor over the last few months and has carefully selected key works from our collection to feature in Love is Enough.

It is therefore with great pleasure that we are able to invite you to Jeremy’s talk, William Morris and Me on Saturday 20th September, from 6pm to 8pm at Kelmscott Village Memorial Hall.

‘William Morris and Me will be a fantastic opportunity for people to enjoy an intimate evening with a celebrated contemporary artist and curator as well shedding new light on the work of William Morris’, says Kelmscott Manor’s Property Manager, Sarah Parker, ‘we are delighted that Jeremy is giving us this exclusive insight’.

Jeremy Deller at Kelmscott Manor, 2014 © Kelmscott Manor/SAL

The event is £8 for non-Friends of the Manor and £5 for Friends. Seats must be reserved in advance to avoid disappointment. To do so, please email

For further information, see the Kelmscott Manor website:

Notes for Editors:

The Manor:

Kelmscott Manor was the former summer home of William Morris, his family and his friends. It is owned by the Society of Antiquaries of London with its headquarters in Burlington House, Piccadilly (registered charity no. 207237), of which William Morris was a Fellow. Kelmscott Manor is open to visitors Wednesdays and Saturdays (11.00am to 5.00pm) from April to October. For more information, please visit

For further information about this or forthcoming events, photographs or queries relating to this press release, please contact

Sarah Parker, Property Manager at Kelmscott Manor on 01367 253348 or