Stoneywell - Useful & Beautiful

e x h i b i t i o n
Peter Clayton | Michelle Holmes | Sarah Kirby
14 March - 30 April
Three artists - three unique yet converging perspectives


“Have nothing in your houses
that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris


The influence of the Arts and Crafts movement continues among artists, craft makers and designers today.  Leicester-born architect and designer Ernest Gimson was one of the most inspiring and influential figures of The British Arts and Crafts movement, a movement aimed at restoring simplicity and honesty to how buildings and furnishings were made.  

In 1898, Gimson built Stoneywell as a summer house for his brother.  Creating a rural escape, a bolthole away from the industrialism and mass production of Victorian Leicester.  Built using local materials, and furniture mostly made by himself, Stoneywell appears to organically emerge from the rocky outcrops of Swithland Woods.  It became a a family home in the 1950s and remained in the Gimson family until it was acquired by the National Trust in 2012.
Stoneywell today retains much of its original charm.  The exhibition will include original paintings, textiles and handmade prints by three established contemporary Leicestershire artists inspired by the ideas and ideals of the Movement and enchanted by the cottage and its magical gardens. 

What better place than this.