Morley College & Gallery
Morley College is one of London’s largest and most successful centres for adult learning. It has been providing high-quality education for over 120 years and has a rich history dating back to the 1880s when visionary Emma Cons decided to lift the moral standards around Waterloo through the provision of ‘penny lectures’. As their popularity increased so did demand for more concentrated learning opportunities, and from this the College evolved. During its lifetime the College has been associated with some of the foremost figures of the creative and artistic world, including Gustav Holst, Sir Michael Tippett, Virginia Woolf and David Hockney.
Today, Morley offers over 2,500 courses covering a broad range of interests, from art & design, fashion, dance, drama, music and humanities to languages, health, English & maths and access to higher education.
Morley is committed to celebrating the achievements of its adult learners through a lively programme of concerts, lectures, performances and exhibitions, and has several spaces dedicated to this purpose, including Morley Gallery.
Morley Gallery was established in 1968 and is a professional exhibition space open to the public. It runs a busy programme of exhibitions throughout the year showcasing a range of art forms, and is also home to the national Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Exhibition.