The Worshipful Company of Turners

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Woodturning Connect 2023

Biennial Exhibition & Competitions

Pewterers’ Hall, Oak Lane, LONDON, EC2V 7DE
Judging on Wednesday 18 October. Public viewing on Thursday 19 October

General Conditions of Entry 2023

Every two years The Worshipful Company of Turners organises a turning exhibition and a set of turning competitions which attract entries from turners of all ages and skill. There should be a competition for you, whatever your interest or proficiency.

Here are the categories:

A. The Worshipful Company of Turners’ Biennial Exhibition
• The Master’s Exhibition – a piece depicting the Coronation. Entry by invitation only

B. The Worshipful Company of Turners’ competitions
• The Master’s mixed media competition – any turned item in wood and incorporating at least some leather or pewter, or both.
• The Felix Levy category – any piece of turning with no restriction as to subject, size or style.
• The Bert Marsh – two categories, one for members of the Worshipful Company of Turners and one for holders of the Company’s Certificate in Turning

C. Competitions organised in conjunction with the Association of Woodturners of Great Britain. Open to members of the AWGB.
• The Senior
• The Ray Key competition for those under 21

D. Competitions organised in conjunction with the Society of Ornamental Turners. Open to members of the SOT.
• The Lady Gertrude Crawford – for conventional ornamental turning.
• The Fred Howe – for rose turning or a combination of ornamental and rose turning
• The H.E.Twentyman – predominantly plain turning, but with a discrete element of ornamental turning.

E. Competition organised in conjunction with Association of Pole Lathe Turners and Greenwood Workers. Open to members of the APTGW.
• One competition, to produce a piece on a pole lathe



Choose the competition you want to enter, read through the detailed page on the website relevant to that competition, and complete the online entry form attached to that page.

Please do this as early as you can as it helps with the administration – don’t wait till you deliver the piece. Entry forms received after Monday 18th September will not be accepted into the Competitions.


• Deliver by mail, courier or in person to the Turners’ Company office at Saddlers’ House, 44 Gutter Lane, London EC2V 6BR, before 17.00 on Monday 2 October 2023
• Deliver in person to Pewterers’ Hall, Oak Lane, London EC2V 7DE between 9.00 and 12 noon on Wednesday 18 October 2023

Entries should be in a robust box addressed to the Company (address above), with your name and address and the word “EXHIBITION” or “COMPETITION” on the outside. Each piece to be accompanied by note saying which category it’s entered for, the wood and finish, and if you think you need to, what the piece depicts. We’ll match the pieces with your earlier entry form and put all this information on a card by your piece after the competitions have been judged. Sign and date each entry on the base. We’ll put a sticky label on top of it so the judges can’t see your name. Any questions, please contact Becca Baker in the Turners’ Company office 020 7236 3605

The above information does not apply to the Pole lathe competition which is held at the Bodgers Ball in May 2023, though entries will be displayed at Pewterers’ Hall on 19 October 2023. See the sheet for the Pole Lathe competition.


The Judges’ decision shall be final and binding on all competitors. No prizes will be awarded if the best entries are considered by the judges to be of insufficiently high standard.


Prize giving will be at Pewterers’ Hall at 4.30pm on Thursday 19 October.


If you want to offer your piece(s) for sale, state the price on the entry form and/or add it to the information when you submit the piece. The Company will manage a sales point in the competition area and will remit the proceeds to you, less 25% commission which includes any credit card fee. As a general rule, all items should remain on the competition tables until 4.30pm on Thursday 19 October. If there are costs for the Company in delivering the piece to the purchaser they will normally be met by the exhibitor / competitor as a further deduction from the sale price.


By entering this competition, you agree to the Company retaining your details for the purpose contacting you with regards to related events and activities. We will not share your data with any third party for their marketing or fundraising purposes. We will keep your data safe and secure. You can request that we remove your details from our database at any time.


A condition of entry is that you grant the Company or its agents the right to photograph the entry/entries, the copyright of which shall belong to the Company, and to use the images to promote the craft of turning.


Pieces can be collected from Pewterers’ Hall after 4.30pm on Thursday 19 October. If they’re still there by 6pm they will be taken to the Company office and we’ll contact you to arrange the return of your item(s). This doesn’t of course apply to pieces that have been sold.


The Pewterers’ Company is responsible for the overall security of the Hall. The Turners’ Company will arrange for additional security around the competition tables. But competitors should be aware that the exhibition is open to any member of the public and neither the Turners’ Company nor Pewterers’ Company can be held responsible in the unlikely event of a theft taking place.


The Hall will be open to the public on Thursday 19 October from 1000 to 1600. Entry is free. It’s not essential to book, but it would be really helpful if visitors could register through  Eventbrite. This will allow us to anticipate the flow of people.


There is no catering provision within Pewterers’ Hall but there are numerous food outlets nearby.


The Turners’ Company will be marketing the event, but please help us by broadcasting it as widely as possible so that we have lots of entries and lots of visitors.


Please refer any query in the first instance to Becca Baker in the Turners’ Company office 020 7236 3605


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