News & Events

Here you will find details of Guild events (What's on) whether organised centrally or by a region or branch and events, workshops, seminars, exhibitions sent to us by other organisations.

The Beautiful StitchIn addition, this section also includes news items from the Guild, its regions and branches. The international stitch community are welcome to send us information that they believe will be of interest to Guild members in the UK.

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Processions - 100 years of women suffrage moving artwork

ProcessionsProcessions is a mass participatory living portrait of women in the 21st century. On Sunday 10th June, women and girls in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London will walk together as part of this celebratory mass participation artwork. Wearing either green, white or violet, the colours of the suffrage movement, the Processions will appear as a flowing river of colour through the city streets.

ProcessionsTo sign up for the Procession kindly register on In addition to turning up on the day of the event we would also like you to conduct workshops to make banners, flags or pennants using our banner making toolkits: There is also a film on You Tube which will give a good perspective of the community engagement aspect of the project.

This is a unique opportunity to contribute to one of the most largely organised artworks in the form of a procession and express what it means to be a woman in the 21st century and what are still the challenges for the future.

Cockpit Arts Awards & Bursaries

We have been invited by Cockpit Arts to share details of their four Awards, comprising subsidised studio space and business support for one year. Applications are open for members of the Embroiderers' Guild.

  • The Cockpit Arts / Clear Insurance Award - This Award which specifically aims to support professional makers who have been in business for less than three years and have aspirations to develop their craft business.
  • The Cockpit Arts / The Clothworkers’ Foundation Awards - Open to graduates within the last five years, these awards aim to assist weavers to set up in business.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award - These prestigious Awards are intended for talented makers who are seeking business development support to take their creative business to the next level.
  • The Cockpit Arts / Worshipful Company of Turners Award - This Award aims to help an aspiring or established turner i.e. someone who practices the art and craft of turning on a lathe in wood or other materials. Award open all year round, applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Please see their website - - for the Calls for Entries which give more detail including the relevant closing dates. Contact for further information and application forms.

Elisabeth Frink: sculpture, drawings, prints - a new exhibition at Bucks County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP

10th February - 21st April 2018

Ingram Collection of Modern British Art (c) The Frink Estate

Goggle Head by Elisabeth FrinkA fabulous opportunity to see work by the famous 20th century artist, Elisabeth Frink in this exhibition of sculpture, drawings and prints. The idea for t he exhibition came from the iconic and well-known bronze life-sized sculpture of a black horse outside Lloyds Bank in Milton Keynes, commissioned in 1978 as part of a major public art scheme. The exhibition commemorates the 25rh anniversary of Frink's death in 1993 and the 40th anniversary of the Lloyds' commission.

Ingram Collection of Modern British Art (c) The Frink Estate

The Cormorant by Elisabeth FrinkElizabeth Frink's early influences growing up in Suffolk near a military airfield during the Second World War, her strong belief in human rights and her devotion to themes associated with nature all helped to shape her work which often explored masculine strength and agreession and t he innate characters of animals and birds.

Themes of horses, heads, human figures, animals and birds will be explored through magnificent bronze sculpture, print and drawings. Pieces are being loaned from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, the Lightbox in Woking, the Sladmore Gallery in London and private collections. Highlights include a Riace III figure, a 2 metre tall bronze warrior which will dominate the gallery, a Goggle Head, an Easter Head, and Eagle Lectern and many original drawings including Warrior Birds and Horse and Rider.

Entry to the exhibition - by donation

A talk on Elisabeth Frink by Jo Baring, Curator of the Ingram Collection, will be held on Wednesday 21st March at 2pm. Please see the events page for further information and booking details.

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