The Worshipful Company of Turners

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Competitions 2016

The Turners’ Company 2016 Competitions will be held in conjunction with the Wizardry in Wood 2016 at Carpenters’ Hall, 12 – 15 October 2016.

All Competition entrants will also receive two complementary tickets to Wizardry in Wood for Saturday 15 October.

How to enter the Competitions

Planned entries to the Competitions should be registered with the Clerk of the Turners’ Company at the latest on Monday 12 September. Register using one of the two Entry Forms below:


Bert Marsh 2016 ENTRY FORM

Entries can be delivered or posted to the Clerk to arrive no later than Tuesday 4 October.

Entries can also be delivered directly to Carpenters’ Hall between 9.30am and 11.30am on Tuesday 11 October.

Competition Packing and Shipping Instructions

A number of collection points will be set up around the country for those unable to deliver the entry themselves, or who are unwilling to despatch it by other means.  For those entrants intending to use the collection points, the items must be at the collection point by close of play on Wednesday 5th October. This list is being added to frequently, so please contact the office if you need a collection point and there isn’t one currently listed near you:

Collection Points

If you would like to spread the word about our competitions, please download our competitions leaflet:

Competitions Leaflet (pdf)

Open Competition Classes

Four competition classes are open to all woodturners from the UK.

(1)        Great Fire of London (350th Anniversary) – Rules 2016

Commemorating the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London, the Company’s Open Competition will focus on the City’s rejuvenation and transformation that followed up to the present day.

Woodturners of all skills and experience are encouraged to be creative with their entries to the ‘Great Fire’ and other competitions – and their interpretation of the Art, Beauty, Skill and Mystery themes of the 2016 Wizardry in Wood exhibition. For the ‘Great Fire’ competition there will also be a special award for junior turners.

(2)        Master’s Competition for Plain Turning – Rules 2016

(3)        Master’s Competition for Ornamental Turning – Rules 2016

Both Master’s Competition classes are for a Pair of (non-pedestal) Lidded Bowls.

(4)        Felix Levy Open Competition – Rules 2016

A contemporary work of the entrant’s choice.

The Top Prize in each of the four competition classes will be £1,250.

Other turning competitions

In addition to the four public competitions there are a total of nine other competitions  open to members of the:

Association of Woodturners of Great Britain (AWGB):  Three (3) competitions- Rules 2016

Society of Ornamental Turners: Three (3) competitions – Rules 2016

Association of Polelathe Turners & Greenwood Workers:  One (1) competition – Rules 2016

Worshipful Company of Turners: Two (2) competitions – Rules 2016

Judging and display of entries

Judging will take place on Tuesday 11 October 2016.

Entries meeting the registration and entry date requirements are guaranteed to be  exhibited as part of Wizardry in Wood, which expects to attract several thousand visitors between 12th and 15th October.

All entries on display will be shown throughout the exhibition, which ends at 4pm on Saturday 15 October 2016.

Sale of displayed competition entries

Competition entries can be sold at the exhibition.

The price required must be notified to the Turners’ Company no later than 11.30am on Tuesday 11 October. Competition items sold while on display will attract an inclusive commission fee of 15%.

2014 Competitions

The 2014 Competitions were held in Apothecaries’ Hall, one of the oldest and most impressive Livery Halls in the City of London, dating back to 1672.

See the news section for a report on the event.

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