The Worshipful Company of Turners

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

Art & Ornament – Exhibition

When: 2 August to 5 September 2021

Time: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm, Monday to Friday and weekends by appointment (opening times for the Dutch church tbc)

Where: St Mary Abchurch, Abchurch Yard, London EC4N 7BA (map), until 22 August, The Dutch Church, 7 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2HA (map), from 23 August

Price: Free admission. Donations to the Friends of City Churches are welcomed at St Mary Abchurch


Exhibition Information

The Master Carvers’ Association, initiators and founder members of The Grinling Gibbons Society and Tercentenary National Festival, present Art & Ornament, a multidiscipline exhibition of current practice by members and friends, showing works that transcend the spurious divide which Gibbons’ legacy continues to effortlessly rebuff.

An exhibition of recent work in wood and stone with painting, poetry and music displayed in St Mary Abchurch. The church, rebuilt after the 1666 Great Fire of London by Sir Christopher Wren, retains a period interior with carved reredos by Grinling Gibbons: the pulpit, font cover, pews, panelling and painted dome are all features by his contemporaries.

Jonathan Louth, Advisor to The Grinling Gibbons Society Modern Legacy Project, will introduce a programme of ideas for a collaboration between the maker guilds and the construction professions who comprise over half of the modern City Livery Companies; the programme will extend Grinling Gibbons Society’s national tercentenary festival into a future multidisciplinary urban project, honouring the legacy that Gibbons imparted to the nation.


We are not anticipating Covid restrictions remaining in place.
Attendees will be asked to sign a visitors book should there be a need to inform them of an outbreak associated with the exhibition venues.
Hosts and invigilators will respect visitors concerns and ask for this to be reciprocated.


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