Special Events



Exhibition - The Workshop of Past Master Stephen Gottlieb 
Monday 9 April to Saturday 2 June 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

Brother Jane Dorner is holding an exhibition of work inspired by Past Master Stephen Gottlieb’s workshop. Several Brothers have contributed pieces illustrating the diversity of a craftsman’s practice. There will be a private view on Saturday 14 April, 6 – 9 pm.

Opening hours are as follows:
9 April 4.30 pm - 7 pm
12 April 4 pm - 7 pm (sketchbook evening)
3 April 6 pm - 8 pm 
14 April 6 pm - 9 pm (drinks party)
15 April 10 am - 12.30 pm


Exhibition - Salon Des Refusés - Traditional Architecture Group
Monday 4 June to Thursday 14 June 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

An exhibition of works refused entry into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition by members of the Traditional Architecture Group.  Private view Thursday 14 June, 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm.


Exhibition - Rob Ryan
Monday 18 June to Saturday 23 June 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

Brother Rob Ryan will be holding an exhibition of new work.


Open House London and Table Top Museum
Saturday 22 - Sunday 23 September 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild


Exhibition - Harold Jones
Monday 1 October to Saturday 13 October 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

Brother Neil Jennings of Jennings Fine Art will be holding an exhibition of Harold Jones’ work.


AWG and Fortnums - a celebration of HRH 70th birthday
November 2018


Past Events


Edgar Wood - a Painted Veil film screening
Thursday 1 March 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

The Guild will be holding a film screening of Anthony Dolan’s new documentary film ’Edgar Wood - a Painted Veil’, featuring Brother Gareth Mason as Edgar Wood.  Doors open at 6.30 pm for a 7 pm start.


HRH Prince of Wales visits New Courtyard
Wednesday 7 March 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

The Guild had the honour of hosting Hon. Brother HRH The Prince of Wales.  His visit marked the official opening of the new Courtyard.  As well as unveiling a plaque in honour of his visit, he took the opportunity to meet and view the work of Brothers. More photos can be found on the Guild’s Instagram feed.

Darning and Patching Workshop
Saturday 21 April 2018, 1 - 5 pm at the Art Workers’ Guild 

The AWG Outreach committee invites Brothers and their friends to a day of decorative darning and mending on Saturday 21 April in the Hall. Please bring your holes or somebody else’s. If you are one of those extraordinary people who has no holes, please come along anyway. Yarns and woven fabrics of many colours are waiting to darn knitwear and patch holes. There will be tuition in the use of darning mushrooms, and examples of how decorative darning can bring new life to old favourites.  Sewing machines, irons, needles and scissors will all be provided along with refreshments. It’s possible that standard buttons can be matched but we are unable to mend broken zips. Please RSVP to Leigh on or call on 020 7713 0966.


Magic Carpet Event 
Tuesday 24 April 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild

Magic Carpets and the possibilities and limitations of ’Neurodiverse Art’: An exploration of the Creative process and its relation to how our our brains work through the launch of #MagicCarpet tapestry art. 

On the occasion of the launch of a new tapestry artwork, join artist Dr Kai Syng Tan and mentor Professor of Psychiatry Philip Asherson (Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King’s College London) and distinguished members of the Art Workers’ Guild for drinks and discussion of the exploration of the creative process and its relation to how our brains work. Guests speakers are Professor Andrew Stahl (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), Jo Verrent (Unlimited) and Ben Graham (Headway East London). There will be live demonstrations by members of AWG. The intention of the evening is to open up a space for creative collisions and productive antagonisms about the complex dynamics of arts-health-society and body-brain-mind-world. 


Unveiled - The Craft of Millinery
London Craft Week and the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers
Wednesday 9 - Sunday 13 May 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

An exhibition bringing together the best of British millinery, showcasing the diverse styles and skills of makers and giving an insight into their design processes. In conjunction with London Craft Week, supported by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers and hosted by the Art Workers Guild.

Curated by leading milliners Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart, this unique exhibition draws on their experience and knowledge to highlight the very special craft of millinery and its varied techniques, both modern and traditional. It includes hats from Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy as well as millinery costumier, Jane Smith. There is also be a display of winning hats from the annual Feltmakers’ Design Competition. Throughout the week there is a variety of other ticketed talks, demonstrations and a documentary. Please visit for more details.



Guild Auction
Thursday 23 November 2017 at the Art Workers’ Guild

Our annual auction of Brothers’ work featuring paintings, prints, furniture, ceramics, glass pieces and more…all broadly on the theme of Thanksgiving, to mark the American holiday.


Making and the Creative Economy: The MERL Annual Lecture
Monday 6 November 2017, 7.15 - 9.15 pm

The Great Hall, University of Reading

Convened in partnership with the Art Workers’ Guild, the Heritage Crafts Association and the Crafts Council, this panel debate at the Museum of English Rural Life brought together influential thinkers connected to craft and making to explore pressing issues facing the creative economy.


How to be a Craftivist
Saturday 21 October 2017 at the Art Workers’ Guild

As part of the Bloomsbury Festival, the Guild hosted the award-winning campaigner and founder of the global Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett.


Table Top Museum
Sunday 24 September 2017 at the Art Workers’ Guild

An exhilarating, exciting and inventive celebration of the madness and the extraordinary rules of those who collect. Featuring museums of groovy flutes, coastal curiosities, shopping lists, gay dolls, the Chinchilla’s Museum of Crypto-Zoology, and many more...


Lunch-time conversations with East London Textile Arts
Wednesday 19 April 2017 at the Art Workers’ Guild

A dialogue between local community groups and professional craftspeople.


Thinking with Your Hands
Saturday 18 March 2017 at the Art Workers’ Guild

Members of the Guild (jeweller, stonecarver, decorative plasterer, potter, product designer, embroiderer, etc) paired up with surgeons, engineers, bioscientists, people working with computers, etc, to demonstrate the critical importance of craftsmanship across disciplines, and the transferability of the understanding of skills.