The Worshipful Company of Turners

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


Cockpit Arts welcomes Turners’ Award winner, Rafael Santoliquido

This summer, Cockpit welcomes new makers to their creative business incubator studios. Access to their unique package of support comes via many routes and often, with the funding from Awards sponsors. The Turners' award winner for 2018 is Brazilian-born turner Rafael Santoliquido. Read more »

Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot

The annual Inter Livery Charity Clay Shoot is an event where Livery Companies of the City go head to head, fielding their best guns in an enjoyable days shooting. The event has been running for over 20 years and has now become an important item in Livery calendars generating friendly rivalry. Read more »

Congratulations to Vanessa Swann MBE

Freeman Vanessa Swann, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to British Craft in London. Rightly recognised for her 15 years leading the team at Cockpit, this award has been made as acknowledgement of her outstanding service to this creative community. Read more »

2018 Competitions — View, Love, Buy

View, Love, Buy 2018

An outstanding show of art and craftsmanship for one day only on Tuesday 27 November; at Carpenters Hall, City of London. Many works will be for sale - to collect, display and give as presents. Tickets are free and can be ordered in advance. Read more »

Turning Competitions 2018

The Worshipful Company of Turners has announced its 2018 Competitions. Judging takes place on Monday 26 November. All entries and winners will be displayed - and many will be for sale - at the free 'View Love, Buy' show at Carpenters’ Hall in the City of London the next day (Tuesday 27 November). Read more »

Wizardry in Wood 2016

Held every 4 years, showcasing beautiful original works by over 70 of the world’s greatest contemporary craftsmen, Wizardry in Wood 2016 also featured the world-class Daniel Collection, the winners and entries to the Turners' Company's 2016 Competitions and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew collection. Read more »

Public events

Joey Richardson exhibits at Society of Designer Craftsmen

The Society of Designer Craftsmen are celebrating 130 years with their Summer Exhibition, Hand of the Maker, to be held at Chelsea College of Art and Design, from 12th to 21st July 2018. Liveryman and QEST Scholar Joey Richardson, renowned for her delicate and richly hued wood forms, is exhibiting. Read more »

New Mills for Turnabout

This is the latest salt and pepper mill designed by Louise Hibbert, Wizardry In Wood 2016 exhibitor and competition winner. If you are travelling to the States between January and March next year, you will be able to see her work on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Smithville, Tennessee. Read more »

Eleanor Lakelin selected for Homo Faber, Venice

Turners' Cockpit Arts Award winner, Eleanor Lakelin has been selected by The Michelangelo Foundation for Homo Faber in Venice. This is an inspiring exhibition of rare craftsmanship, encounter master artisans and discover their multifaceted know-how through live demonstrations and virtual technology. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Loughborough Bell Foundry visit

After significant planning, the 12 St Paul's Cathedral bells were removed from the tower and transported to the John Taylor Bell Foundry in Loughborough for overhauling. The Events Committee have secured an opportunity for members of the Company to see the work in progress on Thursday 19th July. Read more »

Members only event

Summer Reception

As you know the sun always shines brightly and warmly on our Summer Reception so we will again enjoy wine and canapés in the special atmosphere of the Apothecaries’ Hall courtyard on Tuesday 17th July, at 6.30 pm. Carlyn Lindsay will be demonstrating the techniques and skills involved in her work. Read more »

Members only event

St Paul’s Bells Recital

Mezzo-soprano Karen Logan with accompanist Alex Aitken, will perform a programme of songs entitled ‘England through the Seasons’, on Thursday September 6th at 7.30 pm in Apothecaries' Hall, in aid of the Turners' Company St Paul's Bells Appeal, followed by a drinks reception. Read more »


History of church bells

Bells are amongst the smallest, largest and loudest of musical instruments. First cast over 5,000 years ago, bells become common in the medieval monasteries of Europe. In the City of London, the Turners’ Company is closely linked to the bells of St Paul’s Cathedral, Bow Church and St Lawrence Jewry. Read more »

Ghenadi Vasiliev – 2017 Bursary Winner

Ghenadi Vasiliev was awarded a Turners' Company Bursary in 2017. This enabled him to study with four of the world's leading woodturners: Rod Page and Mark Sanger in the UK; and Steve Sinner and Joe Meirhaeghe in the USA. Ghenadi describes his experience in this report. Read more »

Richard Gardner Williams Sentiment 2018

The 71st Richard Gardner Williams Commemoration Banquet was held on 28th February 2018 in Apothecaries' Hall. Past Master John Bridgeman gave the Sentiment to celebrate the life and generosity of the principal benefactor of the Turners' Company. Read more »

About the Company


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. Read more »

The Master’s Letter

David Batchelor was elected Master Turner on Ascension day, May 10th 2018. He is the 349th person to be Master and possibly the first Man of Kent under our Charter of 1604. "I think shock and awe are the best ways to express my feelings". Read his letter here. Read more »

The Turner Magazine

The Turner is the annual magazine of the Turners' Company. Articles cover a wide range of subjects including the Company, its members, and its educational and charitable activities; the City of London; and the craft of turning. The June 2017 and earlier editions are hosted on Issuu. Read more »


July 19, 2018
July 24, 2018
July 26, 2018
August 10, 2018
September 6, 2018
  • St Pauls Bells Recital
    September 6, 2018
    7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EJ, UK

September 14, 2018
  • Eleanor Lakelin exhibits in Venice
    September 14, 2018 to September 30, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at San Giorgio Maggiore, 30100 Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy

September 18, 2018
September 25, 2018
  • Not Burns Night
    September 25, 2018
    6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    at Boisdale of Belgravia, 15 Eccleston St, Belgravia, London SW1W 9LX, UK

October 1, 2018
October 2, 2018
  • Livery Luncheon
    October 2, 2018
    12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
    at The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, Black Friars Ln, London EC4V 6EJ, UK

October 4, 2018
  • Handmade at Kew
    October 4, 2018 to October 7, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Kew, Richmond TW9, UK

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