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A range of items of interest to the Membership

The Caged Bird's Song

Our Tapestry Returns to Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh for a Summer Exhibition

Approximately a decade ago, The Clothworkers' Company commissioned 'The Caged Bird's Song' – a collaboration between Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili and the Master Weavers at Dovecot Studios that transformed a watercolour into a tapestry triptych. The completed masterpiece was unveiled as part of a major public exhibition at the National Gallery in 2017, and was later installed at the sixth Clothworkers' Hall.

This summer, the tapestry is returning to its birthplace in Edinburgh for another public exhibition (28 June to 5 October).

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Learn more about our tapestries and other collections here.

Dovecot Tapestry Exhbition (Summer 2024)

April 2024

Our tapestry, 'The Caged Bird's Song', will be exhibited in Edinburgh this year: June to October 2024.

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Interior Designer Appointed

Carter Owers Appointed for Seventh Clothworkers' Hall

Acting on a momentous decision by the Court, and following a consultation with Members, the Hall Design Working Group (HWG) has appointed Carter Owers as the interior design company responsible for working alongside Eric Parry Architects on the seventh Clothworkers’ Hall.

With more than 20 years of experience designing award-winning spaces, Carter Owers was founded by interior designer Hannah Carter Owers in 2019. Prior to launching her own interior design studio, Hannah spent 11 years as co-director of Universal Design Studio (the architecture and interiors arm of Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby’s acclaimed design practice).

The company works with clients ‘to create immersive spaces that look distinct and feel profoundly human’. Hannah has developed creative and commercially successful concepts for world-famous institutions and iconic brands including The Skinners’ Company, British Airways, Fortnum & Mason, Selfridges, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. She is a sought-after speaker at design conferences and trade shows, recently presenting at Monocle’s Quality of Life Conference, Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, London Design Festival and Maison & Objet.

Read more on Carter Owers here.

Keep up-to-date on 50 Fenchurch Street progress here.

Interior Designer Appointed for Clothworkers' Hall

February 2024

Read about Carter Owers, the interior designer appointed for the next Clothworkers' Hall.

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Spotlight on Grant Making: Common Rooms

The Clothworkers' Foundation Grant Recipient

Clapton Commons was set up in 2013 by a small group of neighbours with the shared aim of improving their local neighbourhood for the common good of all residents.

The small, local charity commissioned Artefact to transform the undercroft of St Thomas’ Church in Stamford Hill, London, into a suite of flexible community spaces. The architect explained that the principal design challenge for the Common Rooms was to create an uplifting place meeting the needs of its diverse users, with a quality that would transcend the constraints of its budget. 'Our main aim was to encourage unexpected encounters through the spatial planning, and to forge a new identity for Clapton Commons through the character of the architecture,' said Artefact Director Daniel Marmot.

Through a side entrance, visitors are drawn from the street into a mature urban garden. Continuing into a warm and welcoming interior that includes a central canteen surrounded by small rooms and multi-functional spaces, visitors are able to cook together, hold meetings, exercise or learn new skills. 'We located the dining room at the heart of the scheme, where the community comes together to cook and eat. It is the nucleus around which the other spaces revolve, ensuring different users rub shoulders and make connections when circulating through the building,' said Marmot.

The innovative project transformed an underused local space into a vibrant and flexible community hub. The Clothworkers' Foundation awarded £45,000 to the project, co-funding it alongside the Greater London Authority (GLA) and the Hackney Community Fund. However, Clapton Commons also raised an impressive £55,000 through crowd funding – demonstrating a real investment from the community and indicating the excitement the charity had generated among local residents.

Read more about the project from Architecture Today.

Spotlight on Grant Making: Common Rooms

February 2024

Learn more about the impact of The Clothworkers' Foundation Open Grants Programme

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50 Fenchurch Street

Virtual Panel Discussion (January 2024)

The Clothworkers’ Company has been on its existing site since its founding in 1528, when The Fullers’ and The Shearmen united and decided to remain at Shearmen’s Hall on Mincing Lane.

Over the centuries, Clothworkers’ Hall has changed out of opportunity or necessity – such as the destruction of the third hall by The Great Fire of London (1666) and that of the fifth hall by The Blitz (1941). The hall we are all familiar with today is the sixth on this historic site, opened in 1958. It is our home and the scene of fellowship among members. But it is also our place of work, where we fulfil our civic duties to the City of London, manage our extensive assets and strive to meet our commitments to our textiles partners, our military affiliates, our partners in championing good charity governance, and – in particular – to The Clothworkers’ Foundation. For nearly 500 years, generous bequests from Clothworkers and other benefactors, coupled with wise investments by the Court, have enabled The Company to thrive and grow not only its assets, but also its impact through grant-making.

In 2020, The Company received planning permission to move ahead with a transformational scheme to redevelop its hall island site, and various properties including Clothworkers' Hall. The 50 Fenchurch Street project and new livery Hall is now starting to take shape as The Company has vacated the livery hall and turned the site over to our development partners. You can read more and keep up to date here:

To engage members with the process and remind them of the aims and planned-for outcomes, the Master hosted a panel discussion with the project architect Eric Parry and Court members Alastair Mathewson, Mary Ann Slim, and Rob West. Catch up on the event by watching a recording through the link below:

50 Fenchurch Street Virtual Panel Discussion (Jan 2024)

January 2024

Catch up on our recent Virtual Panel Discussion focused on the 50 Fenchurch Street scheme.

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Own a Piece of the Sixth Clothworkers' Hall

Commemorative Livery Table Offcuts for Sale

About the commemorative offcuts

This mahogany offcut, created by Schryver Limited Furniture Restorations, has been taken from our livery tables at the sixth Clothworkers' Hall. The tables, originally purchased for the hall from Russell Furnishings Ltd in 1958, have been slightly reduced in width, repolished, and carefully stored for re-use in the next Clothworkers' Hall, following the completion of 50 Fenchurch Street, designed by architect Eric Parry.

The property will be transformed to include a commercial tower, public square and a new livery hall on the site occupied by The Clothworkers' Company since 1528. The first Clothworkers' Hall was originally built for The Shearmen's Company, on Mincing Lane, in 1472.

About your purchase (£20.00 + VAT)

Your purchase includes the mahogany offcut and a certificate of authenticity (sent with a protective certificate sleeve). When purchasing, you may choose to pay for shipping (+ £3.99) or to collect at the next Clothworkers' event that you attend (please contact the Events Team directly to make arrangements).

Please note: Your purchase does not include a frame, although we have depicted one on the right to show you what it could look like.

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Own a Piece of the Sixth Clothworkers' Hall

January 2024

Own a piece of history: Commemorative Livery Table Offcuts from the 6th Hall.

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