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Arts and Crafts Movement and it’s Influence on Design, Making and Preservation

  • Course Dates: Fri 18 October, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

A day for exploring the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement.

The Arts & Crafts Movement is arguably Britain’s greatest contribution to the international art movements of the late 19th century and onwards with a high point of around 1880–1919. Some Arts & Crafts architects and craftspeople were still alive and working in the 1950s. One such was my current research subject, the architect Reginald Fairlie (1883–1952), a brilliant designer of decorative metalwork and eager collaborator with artist-craftsmen who at the time of his death was supervising the completion of the National Library of Scotland with its rich furnishings and its decorative sculpture on the main façade by Hew Lorimer and other outstanding sculptors of that time.
The influence of such organisations as Ruskin’s Guild of St George (founded 1871), the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (founded by William Morris and Philip Webb in 1877), the Art Workers’ Guild (founded by a group of young architects in 1883), the Arts & Crafts Exhibition Society (founded 1887) and the International Society of Sculptors, Painters & Gravers (1898-1925) continues to be profound today. The artistic movements were paralleled by significant changes in attitudes to dress, health and food. The Peasant Arts movement based on Haslemere, Surrey, around 1900 was an important manifestation of such interests in south-east England. The Healthy and Artistic Dress Union produced a journal, Aglaia, from 1894 onwards. A growing number of craftspeople or ‘makers’ acknowledge the influence of the Arts & Crafts Movement on their work today.
The Weald and Downland Museum with its emphasis on traditional materials, traditional techniques and traditional tools is a perfect place to study and reflect on these issues.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

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Fri 18 October
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Peter Burman is an arts and heritage consultant specialising in the Arts and Crafts Movement, especially the architects Phillip Webb and George Jack
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