Art & Ornament

The Master Carvers’ Association presents  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.


This exhibition of recent work in wood and stone with painting, poetry and music will be 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. On 23rd August the exhibition will move to the Dutch Church.


Heritage inspiring living legacy
Jonathan Louth, Advisor to The Grinling Gibbons Society Modern Legacy Project, will also 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. extending the national tercentenary festival into a future multidisciplinary urban project, and honouring the legacy that Gibbons imparted to the nation.


No pre-registration is required for this event.
Venues are spacious and accommodate distancing. Attendees will be asked to sign a visitors book should there be a need to inform them of a Covid outbreak associated with the exhibition venues.