Makers of Morley 2024

Makers of Morley is a showcase of the fabulous array of creations by hands-on artists here at Morley College London.

Throughout May, you’ll discover a wide range of high-quality student artwork across a broad range of disciplines from textiles to glass-making, ceramics to jewellery.

This includes our flagship MADE exhibitions – taking place at Morley Gallery – but you’re also invited to explore exhibitions happening across the college, including in the Waterloo Centre’s Barry Till, Cardew and Foyer galleries, and at our North Kensington and Chelsea Centres too.

Throughout the month we’ll be introducing you to new and innovative artists coming through the Morley arts programmes or working in partnership with us. (We’re particularly excited by a new collaboration with local art collective Brown Baby, taking place in the North Kensington Centre for Skills later in May.)

You can find a handy Makers of Morley brochure here:

What’s on?

MADE @ MORLEY 1 (Textiles & Jewellery)

  • Morley Gallery
  • 10th April – 9th May

MADE at Morley is a biennial exhibition of Jewellery and Textile student work made at Morley. Textile students have taken inspiration from motifs and words used to signal ideas and reflect cultural Zeitgeist. Jewellery have worked to the theme of re-purposing materials alongside traditional jewellery making skills. While our stained glass students have developed designs to introduce colour and light to a given space.


  • Cardew Space, Waterloo Centre
  • 9th April – 27th April

Work in progress featuring a range of 2D design developments by first year HND Ceramics students.

The starting point for their surface designs was researching inspirational artists. Students then produced a range of surface designs for ceramics for specific retail design contexts. Students have investigated surface designs using digital and 2D surface disciplines, exploring layering, pattern and motif.


  • North Kensington Centre for Skills
  • 17th May – 1st June (Open Fridays and Saturdays only, 11am – 6pm)

A new permanent arts space is arriving in North Kensington in 2024, as Morley College London

dedicates significant space to the local arts scene at its North Kensington Centre for Skills on Wornington Road. ‘OPEN – An Open Exhibition’ will be curated by Toby Laurent Belson, and Ron

Best, two local artists with decades of experience between them of exhibitions and teaching in the local area.

MADE @ MORLEY 2 (Painting, Drawing & Ceramics)

  • Morley Gallery
  • 21st May – 7th June

MADE at Morley 2 showcases the outstanding work by Drawing, Painting & Ceramics Students attending a wide range of courses here at Morley College London.


  • 11th April – 27th April
  • Barry Till Gallery, Waterloo Centre

This exhibition is the Interim show of our current Zsuzsi Roboz Scholars. Both are painters with an interest in figuration depicting the human form within particular domestic and urban environments that also consider the politics of representation. Alice Mendelowitz is interested in mixing up the intimate, the crass, the banal and the decorative. While, Marco Piccari’s practice revolves around the struggle to find a safe place for one’s identity – and the inevitable escapism, through places of virtual and physical refuge.


  • 30th April – 19th May
  • Foyer, Waterloo Centre

This show is made up of the work of students from the Introduction to Stained Glass; the Intermediate Stained Glass; and the Evening Stained Glass workshop. The beginners have completed simple panels, which have taught them the techniques necessary to produce any stained glass panel. Students have either worked from cartoons or made panels to their own designs. Most of the pieces are made using lead and coloured glass, although some pieces are made using a technique called copper-foiling.


Since its foundation in 1889 by Emma Cons, Morley College has always had at the heart of its mission to make education accessible to all. The ‘Penny Lectures’ at The Old Vic, the first nucleus from which the college originated, covered a range of interests and topics in the scientific, historical, literary, and social fields, alternating with games and various forms of entertainment. The Permanent Collection originates from this long history, gathering the works of students and teachers who have been and still are part of the college’s life, telling a visual story of all those people who have lived in the classrooms and walked the corridors of the college.


Creating Textiles is a podcast that explores our collective passion for textiles materials, techniques

and processes. We will dive into our personal experiences and how learning though textiles enriches our lives. We will be chatting to tutors, student (past and present) alongside special guests.

Waterloo’s Fifth Plinth

Morley College Waterloo is delighted to announce the installation of our new “Fifth Plinth” sculpture by long-standing Morley artist Patsy Hickman.

Selected by an expert panel and developed over the last year, the sculpture is entitled “Renewal”, and is a joyous celebration of the Morley community coming together to celebrate friendship and learning.

Visit any time, just outside the entrance to the Waterloo Centre for Adult Education.

Makers of Morley is part of the X of Morley

What are the “X factors” that define life at Morley College London? The X of Morley is a campaign that’s on a mission to find out…it’ll shine a light on the uniqueness that is Morley College London.

From “Artists” to “Performers” and now “Makers” too, keep an eye out over the coming months as we shine the spotlight on all that’s great about Morley.

The Makers of Morley runs until the end of May 2024.