Next June, the William Morris Gallery will present a new exhibition that highlights the importance of the Walthamstow School of Art, which cultivated some of the most influential creative artists of the 1950s and 60s. Leading names in art, fashion, music and film who studied at the School including including Pop Artists Sir Peter Blake (b.1952), Derek Boshier (b.1937), musician Ian Dury (1942–2000), filmmakers Ken Russell (1927–2011), fashion designer Celia Birtwell CBE (b. 1941) among many other luminaries will be featured in the show. Bringing together their early work for the first time, the exhibition will capture the dynamism and talent of the young artists, teachers and designers taught at Walthamstow School of Art.
‘Be Magnificent Walthamstow School of Art 1957–1967’ will present personal testimony and original work created by the pupils and teachers during their time at the School, as well as personal photographs and archival material, film, music and ephemera from the period. The exhibition has been organised in partnership with Create who will administer a two-week experimental art school on the site of the former School as part of the exhibition’s public programme. Former alumni will return to teach classes alongside contemporary artists including Jeremy Deller (b.1966) and Marvin Gaye Chetwynd (b.1973).