Hope for Beauty: Designs and Ceramics by Denise Wren
15 December to 7 April 2018
This exhibition focuses on Kingston Museum's visually stunning archive of works on paper by Wren. It includes designs for textiles and wallpaper, as well as ceramics, and shows the wide range of styles she encompassed during her artistic career. Wren studied at Kingston School of Art under Arts and Crafts designer Archibald Knox. When Knox was dismissed for his contentious teaching methods, Wren and her fellow students formed the Knox Guild of Design and Craft, following Knox's mantra 'Aim for order, hope for beauty'. The Guild was based at 24 Market Place, Kingston, displaying their work locally and at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London. Wren went on to establish the Oxshott Pottery in Surrey.