Art & Design

Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan – A private tour of the exhibition, permanent collection and gallery

25 April 2017, London

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Anglo-Welsh artist Frank Brangwyn RA (1867-1956), William Morris Gallery is staging a special exhibition showing the rarely displayed Brangwyn collection of Japanese prints and paintings. On show are not only works of art including ukiyo-e prints by Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, but also works, sketches, and key block prints made by Brangwyn in collaboration with London based Japanese artist, Urushibara Yoshijiro. Work by Rebecca Salter RA, who studied printmaking in Kyoto, complements the display with a contemporary perspective on the Anglo-Japanese connections through the art of Japanese woodblock printing.


Brangwyn’s love of Japanese art and his own practice influenced by Japan artistic traditions will be at the centre of the private tour that the Japan Society is pleased to present to its members and their guests. This special visit to Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan will be guided by the curator of the exhibition Carien Kremer.


Participants will also have the opportunity to visit the splendid permanent collection and the house which was William Morris’ home from the age of 14 – 22 and which contains a tea room and charming garden. The William Morris Gallery won the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the year in 2013, so this private tour is also a great opportunity to discover a hidden gem in north-east London.


Carien Kremer is senior curator at the William Morris Gallery and curator of Sheer Pleasure: Frank Brangwyn and the Art of Japan. Carien worked on the award-winning 2012 redisplay of the collections and many of the Gallery’s high profile exhibitions since, including those by David Bailey, Yinka Shonibare, Bob and Roberta Smith and Clare Twomey. Carien studied at Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


To reserve your place, please call the Japan Society office on 020 3075 1996 or email or submit the online booking form.


Admission : £12 per person
Members of the Japan Society and their guests only


25 April 2017, 2.00pm to 3.30pm

William Morris Gallery, Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London E17 4PP

Tel: 020 3075 1996


The Japan Society