'Hope for Beauty': Kingston Museum launches new exhibition on famous Kingston artist

Wren holds a pottery demonstration

Kingston Museum is set to launch an exhibition on the designs and ceramics of Denise Wren, titled ‘Hope for Beauty’, on Friday 15 December.

The exhibition, which runs until 7 April, explores the artist’s textile and wallpaper designs as well as showcasing some newly-acquired ceramics which have been generously donated by Wren’s family.

The Kingston School of Art graduate studied under famous art nouveau designer, Archibald Knox, from 1907 to 1912. When Knox left the School, Wren and her fellow students formed the Knox Guild of Design and Craft, following his mantra ‘aim at order, hope for beauty’. The guild was based at 24 Market Place in Kingston town centre.

Cllr Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Heritage at Kingston Council, said: 

“Denise Wren has made a huge contribution to the world of design and I can think of no better place to celebrate and exhibit her works than the Museum. Make sure you come along and explore our fantastic new exhibition!”

Wren went on to establish the Oxshott Pottery in Surrey, designed prints for West End department store Liberty of London, and, with her husband Henry, published extensively on their technical knowledge.

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