The Worshipful Company of Turners

Supporting the Craft, City and Charity for over four hundred years

News

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Turning Competitions 2016

The rules have been announced for the Company's 2016 competitions to be held on 11th October at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London. Also supporting junior turners in schools and colleges, it is the largest of its kind in Europe with entries from the UK and abroad.

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City of London Corporation Livery Briefing

From the Chairman of the Livery Committee, herewith the February 2016 edition of the Livery Briefing, where you can find details and links to a host of livery related information.

1st Place winner Andrew Neill, Renter Warden The Worshipful Company of Turners, receiving the winner’s salver from Anthony Komedera, Junior Warden The Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards, and Ailsa Bosworth MBE, Chief Executive the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society.

Junior and Renter Wardens’ Evening of Cards

Held at Vintner’s Hall, in partnership between the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards and the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS), this was a night of 'Swedish Pursuit'. Playing two rounds of six hands with a hotly contested final, saw our Renter Warden, Andrew Neill, triumph as the overall winner.

Events

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Cockpit Arts Summer Open Studios

Join Cockpit Arts in their 30th Anniversary celebrations and meet 170 makers at their two centres in central and south London. During Summer Open Studios, visitors can see behind the scenes and buy work direct from Cockpit Arts’ master craftspeople and artist-makers, past and present.

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Party at House Mill

Join The Sheriffs' & Recorder's Fund for a tour of the Grade 1 listed 18th century House Mill, understood to be the largest surviving tidal mill in the world, and at the same time help celebrate of the launch of 'Marriages are Made in Bond Street' by Past Master Penrose Halson.

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Wizardry in Wood 2016

Showcasing the best contemporary and traditional turning, the first Wizardry in Wood exhibition was held by the Company in 2004 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its Royal Charter.

About the Company

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One of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, the Turners’ Company was already a guild in the 12th Century. To this day the Company continues to celebrate and support the ‘art or mysterie’ of turning.

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The Master’s Letter

It is with a sense of awe that I took on the Mastership of our illustrious Company on 14th May 2015. Awe not just for the honour but also at the historical context of the Turners’ Company. It is over 400 years since we had a royal charter conferred on us but the record shows we had been in existence for at least the same period prior to 1604.

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Bursary Awards

The Turners Company is pleased to offer one or more Bursaries worth up to a combined value of £10,000 to assist talented turners to achieve or develop their professional aspirations and to enhance their future career opportunities.

Features

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Liveryman Dame Fiona Woolf – my year as Lord Mayor

To be made an Honorary Liveryman of the Turners’ Company, after the excitement of opening Wizardry in Wood in 2012 and presenting awards, could not have flattered and touched me more! Even with a passion for turned wood I was overwhelmed by the incredible standards of creativity and craftsmanship that the Company was promoting. A […]

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Marriages are made in Bond Street, by Penrose Halson

In April 1939 Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, aged 24, opened the first ever Marriage Bureau in Bond Street. Past Master Penrose Halson uncovers the fascinating true stories from the Bureau in her book, 'Marriages are made in Bond Street, published by Macmillan, and available to buy in shops and online.

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A fisherman’s tale

Turners with even a passing interest in fly fishing can take great pride in the Company’s association with the Ustonson Dynasty: Royal Warrant Holders and suppliers of fishing tackle to three British monarchs, George IV, William IV and Queen Victoria.

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    June 10, 2016 to June 12, 2016


    12:00 am - 11:59 pm

    at Cockpit Arts, Deptford, 18-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ, United Kingdom

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