The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

News

2018 Cockpit Arts Award launched

The Cockpit Arts & Turners' Company Award 2018 has just been launched. It provides a comprehensive package of workshop space and support by Cockpit Arts and the Turners’ Company. Targeted at both aspiring and established turners, applications must be submitted by Monday 26 March. Read more »

St Paul’s Bells Appeal

The Turners’ Company and its members are contributing £30,000 to the refurbishment of the twelve principal bells of St Paul's Cathedral. This support continues our long association with the bells of St Paul’s and will help preserve this iconic symbol of the City of London for future generations Read more »

Congratulations to Paul Ferguson MBE

Liveryman Paul Ferguson has been honoured with an MBE in the New Year's Honour list for services to carving, gilding and conservation. One of the most challenging projects Paul has undertaken was the carving and gilding of one of the Carlton House Trophies for the Windsor Castle fire restoration. 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 »

Lunchtime recitals at St Bride’s

St Bride's has held a lunchtime recital series for over 25 years. It's a wonderfully relaxing way to take a break and change your focus. Recitals are held on Tuesdays and Fridays at 1.15 pm, admission is free and the recitals last for up to 45 minutes. Read more »

Members' events

Members only event

Guided Evening Stroll around Bloomsbury

From the Pre-Raphaelites to Virginia Woolf and beyond, Bloomsbury has been associated with artists, writers and louche behaviour. The Events Committee have arranged a relaxing, diverting, informative mid-summer stroll around this most interesting part of London. Read more »

Members only event

Election of Sheriffs of the City of London

Liverymen of at least one year’s standing are invited to attend the election of the Sheriffs on Monday 25th June.  The election will commence at Guildhall when the Lord Mayor takes the chair at 12 noon precisely and Turners are invited for lunch after the election. Read more »

Members only event

Ypres and Battlefield Tour

To recognise the centenary of the cessation of hostilities in the First World war there will be a Company visit to Ypres and the surrounding battlefields on17th to 19th June 2018. The visit will include the Last Post at Menin Gate with a wreath laying party supplied by the Turners. Read more »

Features

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

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

Andrew Neill was elected Master Turner on Ascension Day, 25th May 2017, following in the footsteps of his grandfather Sir Thomas Neill (Master 1931), and his late father Sir Brian Neill (Master 1980) who was also Father of the Company (2015-2017). Read his Masters' Letter ... 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 »

Diary

May 29, 2018
June 2, 2018
June 3, 2018
June 8, 2018
  • Cock Pit Arts Open Studios
    June 8, 2018 to June 10, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London WC1N 2NP, UK

June 15, 2018
  • Cock Pit Arts Open Studios
    June 15, 2018 to June 17, 2018
    12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    at Cockpit Arts, Deptford, 18-22 Creekside, London SE8 3DZ, UK

June 17, 2018
June 25, 2018
June 28, 2018
July 12, 2018
August 10, 2018
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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