September 18 – September 26, 2021
While it may be true that it is seemingly only recently that there has been a demand to legislate equality for women within the arts, it is also true that women in every culture and in every age have wanted to be educated – to read and write, and to learn to create new things. This was certainly true in the Victorian period of England when the Arts and Crafts Movement began. As is usually the case, some women have found ways to make these dreams come true and they achieved some very beautiful things. In the Arts & Crafts period, women learned how to paint, design embroidery, throw and decorate pottery, design buildings, work with stained glass, sometimes with their fathers, brothers and husbands and sometimes by themselves. We could go on. But their work was not always recognized and rarely celebrated or appreciated.
In September 2021, Arts & Crafts Tours will offer a tour that will examine the work of women who designed and created beautiful buildings and objects. The tour will be based on the series of articles we are now writing and collecting and which can be seen on our website.
On this tour, we will be looking at work in museums and in private collections. As always you will meet and talk with scholars, authors, collectors and current craftworkers and artists – people who have studied this for a long time who will be our guides and hosts. And in some special circumstances you will meet the grandchildren or other descendants of those women who will share with you their memories.
As you read the materials we are assembling on our website from scholars, authors, collectors, museum directors and curators, the work these women created will come to life. You will understand more about why the women were drawn to create the things they made and why the things they worked on were especially meaningful to them.. And if you travel with us on the tour, you will experience them first hand yourself.
There will undoubtedly be more women’s work than we will be able to comfortably fit into a week-long tour, but we will do our best and perhaps offer a second tour later. We plan to begin this tour in Scotland where we will see work by Phoebe Anna Traquair and Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh among others, before heading south to see work by Sarah Losh. Along the way are glorious interiors, paintings, tapestries as we move to London and from there to Mary Watts’ glorious Chapel.. We hope that you will want to join the tour in September of 2021 and we will be excited about sharing beautiful places and objects and wonderful people with you!