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PM Prue Cooper at Inspiring Landmarks

PM Prue Cooper is taking part in the upcoming Landmark Trust exhibition, Inspiring Landmarks, celebrating the Trust’s 50 years of rescuing buildings. She has made twenty five dishes, featuring images of Landmark Trust buildings. There will also be a programme of talks. The exhibition runs Thursday 29 June to Tuesday 4 July at the Old Truman Brewery.

Bro. Bobbie Kociejowski Open Studios

Bro. Bobbie Kociejowski is holding an open studio this weekend, 16 - 18  June. 

Bro. Penny Price at the Tradescant’s Orchard exhibition

Bro. Penny Price currently has a piece of work, ’Shropshire Prune Damson’, exhibited at the Tradescant’s Orchard exhibition at the Garden Museum, running until September 2017.

Leonard Rosoman book by Tanya Harrod

Bro. Tanya Harrod has just published a book with Royal Academy Publications on the painter Leonard Rosoman (1913-2012).  The book was designed by Bro. Brian Webb with a preface by PM Peyton Skipwith. 

FÊTES GALANTES - Exhibition by PM Ian Archie Beck

An exhibition of new watercolours and drawings

Monday 19 June - Saturday 24 June 2017
Bro. Neil Jennings will be holding an exhibition of PM Ian Archie Beck’s work at the Guild from Monday 19 June - Saturday 24 June.  

This exhibition is PM Beck’s first one man show to feature all new and original work. With these new watercolours and drawings, he has returned to the roots of his inspiration.  These include the music of Debussy and in particular his settings of Verlaine’s poetry which was in turn influenced by the paintings of Watteau.

For more information please the attached invitation.

The exhibition will be open from 10.30am - 4.30pm each day, except Saturday when it will be open 10.30am - 1.30pm. There will be a private view on Tuesday 20 June, 6-9pm in the Master’s room.

We hope to see you there!

Woman’s Hour Craft Prize

Bro. Romilly Saumarez Smith has been shortlisted as one of 12 finalists in the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize and her work will be shown at the V&A from 7 September 2017 – 5 February 2018, before touring to venues around the UK.

The Dreaming House

PM Ian Archie Beck has made his short film about Lutyens’ Le Bois des Moutiers available on Youtube.  ’An evocation of the house and garden at Le Bois Des Moutiers in Varengeville, Normandy. Made in conjunction with The Artworkers’ Guild. The house was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1898. The gardens were laid out by Gertrude Jerkyll. It is the only house by Lutyens, still owned by the family that commissioned it in France’

Bro. Roger Kneebone in conversation with Bro. Fleur Oakes & vascular surgeon Colin Bicknell

Bro. Roger Kneebone will be curating a discussion between Bro. Fleur Oakes and vascular surgeon Colin Bicknell about their collaboration tomorrow, Thursday 1 June, 7pm, at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. Fleur is the Lacemaker in Residence at the Vascular Surgery unit at St Mary’s Hospital.  She is exploring how lacemaking techniques can help surgeons improve their skills and how observing surgery can enrich her own practice. The event is free, no need to book, just turn up. 

Bro. Shawn Williamson - Windermere Sculpture Trail

Bro Shawn Williamson has created a sculpture trail on the shore of Windermere, carved from huge boulders which were unearthed as the nearby Low Wood Hotel was being extended.  He appeared on BBC Cumbria this week talking about his practice and the project.

Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown - three day portraits course

Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown is running a three day course making portraits in clay at the late Bro. John Skelton’s studio near Ditchling. The course runs Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May.

Bro. Aaron Kasmin - Up in Smoke Exhibition

Bro. Aaron Kasmin currently has an exhibition entitled Up in Smoke at Sims Reed Gallery running until Friday 9 June. 

Bro. Susan Aldworth - The Dark Self

Bro. Susan Aldworth has an exhibition entitled The Dark Self - exploring the experience of sleep - at York St Mary’s from Tuesday 6 June to Sunday 3 September.

PM Sally Pollitzer Open Studios 27 - 29 May 2017

PM Sally Pollitzer, will be showing her work and demonstrating glass painting and printing this weekend, Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 May, at 31 Bloomfield Road, Bath, BA2 2AD as part of the annual Bear Flat Artists Open Studios.


Chris Brown Exhibition

ARCHIVE 1980 - 2000
An exhibition of linocuts and others works by Chris Brown
Friday 19 May - Friday 26 May 2017

’My work is often far from serious but I am very serious about my work’

Bro. Chris Brown will be holding an exhibition of his work at the Guild from Friday 19 to Friday 26 May.  The exhibition will detail linocuts made during the period when Christopher left the Royal College of Art in 1980 until 2000. Many have been reprinted and editioned for this selling exhibition. During the early years he used a paper suggested by Bawden, which is no longer available, therefore the new editions will be printed on Zerkell. For more information please the Press Release.

The exhibition will be open from 11am - 6pm each day and there will be private views on both Thursday 18 May and Monday 22 May, both running from 6pm to 8.30pm in the Master’s room. 

Designs & Buildings 2001-2016 - PM Julian Bicknell

PM Julian Bicknell is pleased to announce the publication of Designs & Buildings 2001-2016.  This second volume of the work of his practice presents thirty projects, built and unbuilt, selected from the past fifteen years. Copies of the book are printed to order and further information can be found at his website.


Richard Sorrell Exhibition

Bro Richard Sorrell has an exhibition at Wolfson College in Cambridge from 27 May to 24 September 2017, Saturdays and Sundays 3-5pm.  He will be exhibiting large pictures and small paintings and watercolours.  Richard will be giving a talk about his work on 26 May at 7pm at the College.

London Craft Week

Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 May

The Guild is involved in two events during London Craft Week:

The Royal Gardens Commission by the Art Workers’ Guild at Fortnum & Mason

3 - 7 May, 10am - 8pm, at Fortnum & Mason
4 May, Meet the Makers, 12 - 5pm, 1st Floor at Fortnum & Mason
5 May, Milliners Tea, 3pm, at Fortnum & Mason

A new selection of work inspired by the Royal Gardens at Highgrove made by members of Guild, including PMs Marthe Armitage and Sophie MacCarthy and Brothers Vicki Ambery-Smith, Daniel Heath, Rebecca Jewell, Peter Layton, Georgy Metichian, Noel Stewart and Mark Winstanley.

There will be a ’Meet the Makers’ event on Thursday 4 May from 12-5pm at Fortnum & Mason. 

There is also a special tea at Fortnum & Mason hosted by milliners Noel Stewart, Edwina Ibbotson and Rachel Trevor-Morgan on Friday 5 May at 3pm. Booking is necessary as places are limited to 20. If you would like to book a place please email


Selvedge - Craft Spa

Friday 5 May, 10am - 5pm at The Art Workers’ Guild

Textiles to sooth the mind and soul... The ties between craft and therapy have long been in conversation, but how does craft actually contribute to your wellbeing?

The day will start with 3 speakers - Betsan Corkhill, Ruth Battersby Tooke and Marie O’Mahony. After a delicious lunch you are invited to attend a workshop. Choose from:
Basketry with Hilary Burns
Spinning with the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
Tapestry Weaving with Sue Lawty
Quilt Making with Abigail Booth of Forest + Found

For more information and details of booking please see the Selvedge website.