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Talk | In the Footsteps of Spry

We're pleased to offer this event as part of our Constance Spry Public Programme

Constance Spry’s influence went far beyond flowers. She wrote about food, interiors, gardening and the use of colour as well.

She befriended and collaborated with some of the most important young designers of her day; Cecil Beaton, Syrie Maugham, Victor Stiebel, Rex Whistler and Oliver Messel, to name but a few.

As part of our summer programme of Spry-inspired talks and workshops, join curator of our Constance Spry exhibition Shane Connolly as he talks to five of the UK’s most influential young designers: Duncan Campbell, Willow Crossley, Luke Edward Hall, Robin Lucas and Arthur Parkinson, to discover the influence Constance Spry’s style, flowers and feel for colour still has over their work today.

The event will look at the similarities between the social media culture of today and Spry as the influential designer of her time.

For more events exploring Constance Spry’s far-reaching influence in floristry and beyond, see the programme here.


  • Duncan Campbell

    Duncan Campbell

    Duncan Campbell is the co-founder with Charlotte Rey of award-winning design studio Campbell-Rey. Working fluently between residential and commercial interior design, creative direction, furniture and product design, their work is a celebration of craftsmanship, colour and conviviality, combined with a spirit of irreverence and a love of unexpected materials.

  • Willow Crossley

    Willow Crossley

    Willow Crossley is an English nature writer and a high-profile floral stylist.
    Willow is interested in the profound impact nature has on our emotional and mental well being, and has gained a substantial following for her down-to-earth and inclusive approach to floristry and gardening. Willow firmly advocates for a sustainable approach to floristry, working with the seasons and sourcing locally grown stems. Concurrent to her work in floristry, Willow authored four lifestyle books; The Art of Handmade Living was published in 2012, followed by Inspire, The Art of Living with Nature (2014), Flourish (2016), and her latest book, The Wild Journal (2020).
    With a background in Design and having previously trained at the Covent Garden Academy of Flower, Willow specialises in creating floral arrangements, installations and exhibitions for events and weddings. Having worked alongside high-profile names and world-renowned brands such as Chanel, Jo Malone, Liz Earle, OKA, Daylesford, Anthropologie, Boden and The Duchess of Sussex, Willow provides flowers for their events as well as teaches their VIPs and clients floristry.
    With her passion in interior design, Willow designed two Cotswold hotels and pubs, The Bull Inn and The Swan, both being featured heavily on Country Life, Tatler and House & Garden.
    Recently, Willow has launched an online floristry course with Create Academy that has been critically acclaimed by House & Garden and The Daily Telegraph.

  • Luke Edward Hall

    Luke Edward Hall

    Luke Edward Hall is a London-based artist and designer. His romantic aesthetic is informed by a love of history, an appreciation of beauty and a sense of playfulness.

    Luke established his studio in the autumn of 2015 and since then has worked on a broad range of commissions, from interior design and fashion projects to murals and illustration work for books, restaurants and hotels. He has collaborated with a variety of companies and institutions including Burberry, Lanvin, Christie’s, Royal Academy of Arts, Richard Ginori, Svenskt Tenn and Habitat.

    Luke has exhibited his drawings, paintings and ceramics in London, Stockholm and the United States. His third solo exhibition opened in Athens in January 2021.

    In March 2019 he joined the Financial Times as a weekly columnist in FT Weekend, answering readers’ questions on aesthetics, interior design and stylish living. September 2019 saw the release of Luke’s first book, Greco Disco: The Art & Design of Luke Edward Hall, published by teNeues.

    In the autumn of 2020 Luke’s first large interior design and art direction project opened in Paris: a thirty-three-bedroom hotel and bistro in the city’s 10th arrondissement.

    Luke is currently working on his second book, new exhibitions and various interior design projects.

  • Robin Lucas

    Robin Lucas

    Robin is an artist and designer, he has a strong love of nature, which influences much of his work. He lives in rural north Lancashire, and is developing a garden surrounding an 18th century mill house. Most recently he has worked with Shane Connolly on the design of the Constance Spry exhibition.

  • Arthur Parkinson

    Arthur Parkinson

    Arthur Parkinson is a writer and gardener, known for growing flowers exuberantly in pots, championing flowers that are especially good for bees and those which are of his favoured Venetian complexion. Accompanied by his cherished hens that are admittedly his first love in life along with farmyards, he gardens most notably at his childhood home in urban Nottinghamshire that was the focus of his latest book ‘The Flower Yard’ He also grew an acclaimed cut flower garden at Emma Bridgewater’s pottery on public view for several seasons. As a florist, he works with Sarah Raven, creating new collections of dahlias, annuals and bulbs to grow for both the garden and the vase alike, they also teach and arrange together and most recently record a weekly podcast called Grow, Cook, Eat, Arrange.

  • Shane Connolly - Chair

    Shane Connolly - Chair