April 2019

A Decorative Art: The History of Wallpapers

Welcome to The Arts Society Woburn Area
Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 19:30
Aspley Guise Village Hall
9 Woburn Lane Aspley Guise MK17 8JH

Wallpaper from the 16th century to Modernist & ​Contemporary designs used in both grand and more modest ​homes.

Jo Banham is Director of the Victorian Society Summer School and an independent curator and writer who specialises in the history of Wallpapers, William Morris, and 19th and 20th century interior design.  She has extensive experience of lecturing to adult groups and was formerly Head of Adult Programmes at the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain and the Royal Academy of Arts.  She recently curated an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts for Museums in Barcelona and Madrid, and is currently organising an exhibition on the Roaring twenties to open in 2020.


Ms Joanna Banham

Jo Banham is a freelance curator, lecturer and writer. From 2006-2016 she was Head of Adult Learning at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and before that Head of Learning and Access at the National Portrait Gallery, and Head of Public Programmes at Tate Britain. She has also been Curator of Leighton House and Assistant Keeper at the Whitworth Art Gallery. She has published on many aspects of Victorian and early 20th century decoration and interiors. She is currently curating an exhibition on William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement for the Juan March Fundacion in Madrid and the Museu Nacional d’Art Catalunya in Barcelona. She is also Director of the Victorian Society Summer School.