About us

The Art Workers’ Guild was founded in 1884 by young architects and designers who wanted to create a meeting place for the fine arts and the applied arts on an equal footing. Many of the prominent figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement were active in the first fifty years. Based in Bloomsbury, in the heart of London, the Guild operates like a club whose members are referred to as Brothers. Its principle of ‘learning by doing’ has spread through art education and had a worldwide influence. A respect for quality, for craftsmanship, for the work of the hand, and a recognition of the healing, humane value of craftsmanship still characterises the Guild.