An exhibition of glass work by Brothers in the Yellow Gallery and Courtyard. The exhibition shows finished pieces and the processes and tools behind them and features work by Katharine Coleman, Ged Palmer, Sally Pollitzer, Tracey Sheppard, Caroline Swash and Helen Whittaker.
Curated by Bro. Monica Grose-Hodge.
The AWG Outreach committee invites Brothers and their friends to a day of decorative darning and mending. Yarns and woven fabrics of many colours will be provided 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 be provided along with refreshments.
London Craft Week
The Guild is holding two events over London Craft Week, between 8 - 12 May 2019.
This exhibition brings together British milliners, chosen for their diverse designs and skills, to give an insight into the particular workings and craftsmanship of each. Curated by leading milliners and Brothers of the Guild, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart, the exhibition draws on their experience and knowledge to bring together the best of British millinery, including hats from Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Bro. Bridget Bailey. Their aim is to highlight the very special craft of millinery and its varied techniques, both modern and traditional. A working gallery forms part of the exhibition, where you can see hats being made over the three days. There is also a display of winning hats from the annual Feltmakers’ Design Competition.
Included in the week are ticketed talks and demonstrations. For more details, please see the website.
The Guild is holding a special one-day event to showcase the enormous variety of our members’ craft disciplines. Brothers will be demonstrating the specialist skills involved in the making process of each, featuring stone carving, textile design and calligraphy, to name but a few.
Entry is free and refreshments will be available.
Those taking part include:
Jane Cox - Potter
Wally Gilbert - Sculptor
Edwina Ibbotson - Milliner
Paul Jakeman - Stonecarver
Mark L’Argent - Calligrapher
Sue Lowday - Leather work
Georgy Metichian - Woodcarving
Jeremy Nichols - Potter
Tom Samuel - Woodcarving
Annie Sherburne - Textiles
Jane Smith - Milliner
An exhibition exploring the work of the Victorian Orientalist painter, John Frederick Lewis, and offering contemporary interpretations of ’the Oriental’ today. The project is in partnership with East London Textile Arts and The Watts Gallery and will run in parallel to the Watts Gallery exhibition of portraits by John Frederick Lewis to be held from summer 2019.
East London Textile Arts will lead an embroidery workshop inspired by the current Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis - Interpretations in craft and architecture exhibition.
The Power of Wealth/This Yellow Slave
This is the first UK solo show for Swiss born sculptor Isabella Kocum. Using a number of techniques including printmaking, gilding, sculpture and ceramics, her work explores contemporary issues rooted in the traditions of European art. In this exhibition she will be showing polychrome wood reliefs alongside lustre glazed ceramic figures and lino prints.
There will be a private view on Monday 8 April, 6pm – 9pm
Still I Rise is a timely exhibition exploring the history of resistance and alternative forms of living from the perspective of gender. This major group exhibition looks at the many forms resistance can take: from intimate acts to large-scale uprisings, from the late 19th century to the present and beyond.
Still I Rise presents the way in which resistance has been approached by visual artists, writers, architects, designers, activists, working as individuals or in groups. It takes place within a global context, referring to recent women-led uprisings and demonstrations, as well as historic moments including the Civil Rights Movement, independence movements against colonial rule in Africa, the Women’s Liberation Movement, the AIDS crisis and the Stonewall Rebellion.
At the core of Still I Rise is the idea of collaboration, community building and egalitarianism.
The Master, Anne Thorne, has some of her work as part of the Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative on show, plus the Head of Exhibitions at the De La Warr, Rosie Cooper (also Prue and Nicholas Coopers daughter), will be giving us a guided tour of the exhibition. We have organised for lunch afterwards in the Cafe.
For more information and to book your place please contact the Guild Administrator, Leigh Milsom Fowler, by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 020 7713 0966.
De La Warr Pavilion
Come and discuss and view works in progress for the Guild Outreach exhibition about the English 19th century painter John Frederick Lewis taking place at the Guild in the Autumn.
All welcome and drinks will be provided. An AWG Outreach project in partnership with The Watts Gallery and East London Textile Arts.
Useful Parallels: Exploring ways in which other disciplines approach comparable problems.
The AWG Outreach committee invites Brothers and their friends to an afternoon of collage on Saturday 2nd February, 2-5 pm. Play a giant game of collage-consequences, make a cheerful valentine card for your sweetheart, create a cut-and-paste poem, or simply experiment with paper, scissors and glue.
Collage materials, tools and refreshments will be provided.
If you’ve got any visually interesting magazines, books or scraps of paper you’d be happy to cut up and turn into something new, bring them along. And if you’d like to make a valentine, remember to print out a picture of your loved one(s) and bring it with you.
Please RSVP to Leigh on email@example.com or call on 020 7713 0966. Entry is free.
Talk - ELTA Lunchtime Conversation
Wednesday 30 January 2019
at the Art Workers’ Guild
Exhibition - The Art Workers’ Guild Christmas Card Sale
Monday 19 November 2018 to Friday 4 January 2019
at the Art Workers’ Guild
A selection of festive cards created by Brothers of the Guild on sale in the Gallery. Featuring work by Phil Abel, Brian Webb, Christopher Brown, Vicki Ambery-Smith, Angela Barrett, Rosalind Bliss, Jane Dorner, Matthew Eve, Marie-Helene Jeeves, Peter Malone, Anthony Paine, Jeremy Sancha, Jacqueline Taber and Russell Taylor.
Individual cards: £3
Pack of 5 cards: £12
An exhibition exploring a collaboration between painting, gilding and computer graphics by Brother Elizabeth Ball, Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek and Marek Letkiewicz PhD. Exploring the concept that museums are not a storage of paintings and sculptures but repositories of timeless human imagination. Images reach us from the past, they are projections of the visual mind in which we intuitively sense the vibration, strength of life and energy.
Better known for his books on mid twentieth century British artists, architects and designers, Alan Powers also produced a considerable body of paintings and graphics, mostly in the 1980s. These are the subject of a forthcoming book from Inky Parrot Press, with text by the artist and introductory essays by Peter Davidson and Michael Hall. In anticipation of this, he staged a small retrospective exhibition at the Art Workers Guild, of which he has been a member since 1982.
The exhibition included a number of watercolour paintings for sale, and others borrowed from their owners, showing buildings, landscapes and interiors. There were sample of etchings, lithographs, magazine illustration, painted furniture and a couple of peep shows.
Details about the book can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org
An exhibition of sculptural work by Brothers in the Yellow Gallery and Courtyard. The exhibition showed finished pieces and the processes and tools behind them and featured work by James Butler, Charlotte Hubbard, Wally Gilbert, Guy Reid and Simon Smith.
Curated by Bro. Monica Grose-Hodge.
A talk by Jessica Douglas-Home on the sculpture and puppets of past Brother William Simmonds, to coincide with the publication of her new book and an exhibition of Simmond’s work.
A film screening of The Chair Maker by Falcon Productions. Master craftsman Lawrence Neal has been handcrafting exquisite ladderback chairs for over half a century. The Chair Maker explores his making process, the historic lineage of ladderback chairs, and the existential threat facing modern craftspeople. For more information please see the website.
Exhibition - Harold Jones
Monday 1 October to Saturday 13 October 2018
at the Art Workers’ Guild
Brother Neil Jennings of Jennings Fine Art held an exhibition of Harold Jones’ work, featuring paintings, watercolours, prints and original artwork.
The Art Workers’ Guild Table Top Museum is back for its third year, in conjunction with Open House weekend. An inventive celebration of the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect, organised by Bro. Stephen Fowler and PM George Hardie.
We delighted in an exhibition of 24 installations, curated by Guild Brothers and others selected by invitation, featuring mincers, alphabets, antique breadboards, rough seas, objects of desire and the architectural garden of Eden, to name but a few. This year we also dedicated a table to matchbox museums - special collections in micro.
The Museum forms part of Open House weekend, and features on their website and catalogue.
PPIG (Psychology of Programming Interest Group), a niche think tank of academics, held their annual conference at the Guild this year, with the aim of questioning whether arts and crafts sensibilities could be introduced to computer programming at a deep philosophical level.
An exhibition of work by new Brothers in the Yellow Gallery. The exhibition showed finished pieces and the processes and tools behind them and features work by Hannah Coulson, Zebedee Helm and Jeff Soan.
Curated by Bro. Monica Grose-Hodge.
Bro. Rob Ryan and TAG Fine Arts held an exhibition of new work, But If I Tell You It Won’t Come True at the Guild. Rob made a departure from his previous monochromatic paper cuts, showing new pieces using multi-layered collaged paper cuts and highly coloured limited silkscreen prints. There was a book signing with Rob on Saturday 23 June 1 pm - 3 pm
An exhibition of works refused entry into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition by members of the Traditional Architecture Group, organised by Bro. Simon Hurst.
This year, many TAG members submitted entries for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. All but one were refused and all these entries, which included many fine architectural models, exquisite drawings, stone carvings and plasterwork went into TAG’s own exhibition.
An exhibition which brought 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 drew 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 was also be a display of winning hats from the annual Feltmakers’ Design Competition. Throughout the week there were variety of other ticketed talks, demonstrations and a documentary.
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, 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 held a discussion exploring the creative process and its relation to how our brains work. Guests speakers were Professor Andrew Stahl (UCL Slade School of Fine Art), Jo Verrent (Unlimited) and Ben Graham (Headway East London). Brothers Rachael Matthews, Fleur Oakes and Paul Jakeman demonstrated their work alongside the discussion.
The AWG Outreach committee invited Brothers and their friends to a day of decorative darning and mending. Yarns and woven fabrics of many colours were provided to darn knitwear and patch holes. There was 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 were provided along with refreshments.
Brother Jane Dorner held an exhibition of work inspired by Past Master Stephen Gottlieb’s workshop. Several Brothers contributed pieces illustrating the diversity of a craftsman’s practice.
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.
The Guild held 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.
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.
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.
As part of the Bloomsbury Festival, the Guild hosted the award-winning campaigner and founder of the global Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett.
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...
A dialogue between local community groups and professional craftspeople.
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.