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4 December 2014 – 1 March 2015

Exhibitions Events

Introductory Tours

Introductory Exhibition talks: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.30–4.15pm

Tours are free with price of admission and no booking is necessary.

Please meet in the Exhibition Shop on the Third Floor.

Family Fun

All family events are free, with a suggested donation of £1 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult to all events

Starry Starry Night
Saturday 13 December, 1–4pm, Education Centre

Make a star spangled Christmas card inspired by William Blake's magical pictures and poems.

Entry to the exhibition is free for under-12s. Follow this link to find out more about a family visit to the museum, and see all of our family events.

Special Printing Demonstrations

On a 19th century printing press
With Professor Michael Phillips, exhibition curator
Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 December, 11am–12pm & 2–4pm

Join Professor Michael Phillips, guest curator of the exhibition, as he prints on a 19th-century printing press, demonstrating the different stages of the print process. Originally trained as a printmaker, Professor Phillips has a unique insight into William Blake’s printing techniques and has been researching and recreating Blake’s method of relief etched copper plates. Free with the price of exhibition admission and no additional booking is necessary.


Illustrated Carols
With Kerry Lemon, artist and illustrator
Sunday 7 December, 10.30am-4pm

Influenced by William Blake's illustrated verses, participants will create lino stamps to make Christmas cards and banners. This workshop teaches lino cutting, artistic composition, typography and how to combine text and images. The workshop includes a visit to the exhibition 'William Blake: Apprentice & Master'. Tickets £60/£55 concessions. Booking is essential as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.


William Blake: Apprentice & Master
With Professor Michael Phillips, exhibition curator
Saturday 6 December, 11am–12pm, Lecture Theatre

Exhibition curator Professor Michael Phillips explains how some of Blake's best-known works were created and individually produced. This lecture also looks at how Blake developed personally and artistically from an apprentice engraver to a master printmaker. Tickets £5/£4 concessions. Booking is recommended as places are limited. To book please telephone the Box Office on 01865 305 305, or follow this link to book online.

Inspired By Blake

The William Blake Festival, Oxford
16-31 January 2015

In January 2015, to coincide with the major exhibition, 'William Blake: Apprentice & Master', Blackwell's Bookshop and the Ashmolean present 'Inspired by Blake', a two-week William Blake Festival. The programme will include talks, panel discussions, musical and theatrical events, workshops, and community events, encompassing the art, poetry, philosophy and spirit of William Blake.

A full programme will be confirmed here in December 2014.