The William Morris Gallery will receive £180,000 as of next year to boost the number of visitors and programmes for the community

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: The William Morris Gallery in Lloyd Park Walthamstow The William Morris Gallery in Lloyd Park Walthamstow

The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow has been awarded a £180,000 cash injection to fund extra programmes and activities for its visitors.

As of next year the gallery will receive £60,000 per year for three years from the Arts Council England.

Contemporary art is to be the main focus of the cash given to the Forest Road.

Chris Robbins, Leader of Waltham Forest Council said that it is ‘great news’.

He said: “Recently, the Gallery has worked with top names such as Grayson Perry and Jeremy Deller, and this extra funding means we will now be able to offer more contemporary art programmes to our residents and visitors from further afield.”

Co-ordinators at the gallery William hope to continue the success of its contemporary arts programme, increase visitor numbers and build on the achievements of its schools outreach work.

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12:10pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mdj says...

The Gallery is continuing to fulfil the dreams of those who campaigned to save it from the council's attacks of a few years ago, of putting this borough on the map of the world, as well as promoting the life and works of Morris.

As we know, all the world likes a winner: Mr Robbins' name is on the foundation stone of the new extension.

But when the council voted in 2007 to slash the staff and budget, threatening the Gallery's very existence, can anyone recall how he voted? We know that his predecessor was adamant in the face of campaigners' protests that the cuts would not be reversed, saying that William Morris was 'not for the likes of us' - then was first in the queue to cut the pink ribbon the day it reopened!
The Gallery is continuing to fulfil the dreams of those who campaigned to save it from the council's attacks of a few years ago, of putting this borough on the map of the world, as well as promoting the life and works of Morris. As we know, all the world likes a winner: Mr Robbins' name is on the foundation stone of the new extension. But when the council voted in 2007 to slash the staff and budget, threatening the Gallery's very existence, can anyone recall how he voted? We know that his predecessor was adamant in the face of campaigners' protests that the cuts would not be reversed, saying that William Morris was 'not for the likes of us' - then was first in the queue to cut the pink ribbon the day it reopened! mdj
  • Score: 3

12:35pm Wed 2 Jul 14

RichieA70 says...

mdj wrote:
The Gallery is continuing to fulfil the dreams of those who campaigned to save it from the council's attacks of a few years ago, of putting this borough on the map of the world, as well as promoting the life and works of Morris.

As we know, all the world likes a winner: Mr Robbins' name is on the foundation stone of the new extension.

But when the council voted in 2007 to slash the staff and budget, threatening the Gallery's very existence, can anyone recall how he voted? We know that his predecessor was adamant in the face of campaigners' protests that the cuts would not be reversed, saying that William Morris was 'not for the likes of us' - then was first in the queue to cut the pink ribbon the day it reopened!
Isn't it time to move on now though mdj or are you determined to remind everyone of the hypocrisy and u-turning that exist in this and probably every other council?
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: The Gallery is continuing to fulfil the dreams of those who campaigned to save it from the council's attacks of a few years ago, of putting this borough on the map of the world, as well as promoting the life and works of Morris. As we know, all the world likes a winner: Mr Robbins' name is on the foundation stone of the new extension. But when the council voted in 2007 to slash the staff and budget, threatening the Gallery's very existence, can anyone recall how he voted? We know that his predecessor was adamant in the face of campaigners' protests that the cuts would not be reversed, saying that William Morris was 'not for the likes of us' - then was first in the queue to cut the pink ribbon the day it reopened![/p][/quote]Isn't it time to move on now though mdj or are you determined to remind everyone of the hypocrisy and u-turning that exist in this and probably every other council? RichieA70
  • Score: -1

1:19pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mdj says...

'..are you determined to remind everyone ..?'
Well, Richie, we can only predict peoples' future conduct on the basis of what has happened in the past. Occasional reminders are part of building an informed view.
Would you prefer people NOT to be aware of the record of their public servants?
'..are you determined to remind everyone ..?' Well, Richie, we can only predict peoples' future conduct on the basis of what has happened in the past. Occasional reminders are part of building an informed view. Would you prefer people NOT to be aware of the record of their public servants? mdj
  • Score: 2

2:29pm Wed 2 Jul 14

RichieA70 says...

mdj wrote:
'..are you determined to remind everyone ..?'
Well, Richie, we can only predict peoples' future conduct on the basis of what has happened in the past. Occasional reminders are part of building an informed view.
Would you prefer people NOT to be aware of the record of their public servants?
Occasional reminders are fine, but you're referring to things that happened 7 years ago, in which time a lot has changed. I hope you're still talking about the same thing in another 7 years.
[quote][p][bold]mdj[/bold] wrote: '..are you determined to remind everyone ..?' Well, Richie, we can only predict peoples' future conduct on the basis of what has happened in the past. Occasional reminders are part of building an informed view. Would you prefer people NOT to be aware of the record of their public servants?[/p][/quote]Occasional reminders are fine, but you're referring to things that happened 7 years ago, in which time a lot has changed. I hope you're still talking about the same thing in another 7 years. RichieA70
  • Score: 2

3:02pm Wed 2 Jul 14

NTiratsoo says...

Have things changed? Really?
Worknet?
The E11 BID Co. etc.?
The sorry story of asbestos in the Town Hall?
Etc.
It seems to me that the Council still has exactly the same blinkered and self-serving attitude that it did in 2007. The priority, as always, is to jump on any passing bandwagon if it promises advantage; and bury bad news as fast as possible, never worrying about learning the lessons.
Have things changed? Really? Worknet? The E11 BID Co. etc.? The sorry story of asbestos in the Town Hall? Etc. It seems to me that the Council still has exactly the same blinkered and self-serving attitude that it did in 2007. The priority, as always, is to jump on any passing bandwagon if it promises advantage; and bury bad news as fast as possible, never worrying about learning the lessons. NTiratsoo
  • Score: 1

3:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Villagecranberry says...

NTiratsoo wrote:
Have things changed? Really?
Worknet?
The E11 BID Co. etc.?
The sorry story of asbestos in the Town Hall?
Etc.
It seems to me that the Council still has exactly the same blinkered and self-serving attitude that it did in 2007. The priority, as always, is to jump on any passing bandwagon if it promises advantage; and bury bad news as fast as possible, never worrying about learning the lessons.
No they have not, incompetent as ever, typical wasteful Labour.
[quote][p][bold]NTiratsoo[/bold] wrote: Have things changed? Really? Worknet? The E11 BID Co. etc.? The sorry story of asbestos in the Town Hall? Etc. It seems to me that the Council still has exactly the same blinkered and self-serving attitude that it did in 2007. The priority, as always, is to jump on any passing bandwagon if it promises advantage; and bury bad news as fast as possible, never worrying about learning the lessons.[/p][/quote]No they have not, incompetent as ever, typical wasteful Labour. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -6

11:57pm Wed 2 Jul 14

Robert19 says...

It is important to remind people when things go wrong of previous poor governance. However this is not an item of news about going wrong - more a good news story. Therefore I would like to congratulate all those involved in getting this funding.
It is important to remind people when things go wrong of previous poor governance. However this is not an item of news about going wrong - more a good news story. Therefore I would like to congratulate all those involved in getting this funding. Robert19
  • Score: 8

4:29pm Tue 8 Jul 14

jonny mash says...

This money should have been paid directly to the McMuffin film society to help them purchase the old cinema next to the brand new cinema which is being built at the arcade site. Having attended the E17 and E11 art trails I believe that art in the borough is in rude health and needs no extra funding and the money definitely needs to be paid directly to the McMuffins of Walthamstow Village (William Morris was from South Woodford anyway)
This money should have been paid directly to the McMuffin film society to help them purchase the old cinema next to the brand new cinema which is being built at the arcade site. Having attended the E17 and E11 art trails I believe that art in the borough is in rude health and needs no extra funding and the money definitely needs to be paid directly to the McMuffins of Walthamstow Village (William Morris was from South Woodford anyway) jonny mash
  • Score: -9
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