The Master, Mr Nicholas Somers, assisted by the Clerk, signs the register as the first Freeman to be sworn in as a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars is a Livery Company in the City of London.
Membership is open to those engaged in the study, curation, collection and trade in antiques, antiquities and objects of decorative and applied art. It also welcomes those engaged in the many associated support businesses such as restoration and conservation, insurance, event organisation, tax and legal advice, packing and shipping.
The Company is unique in bringing together such a range and depth of knowledge and expertise. The membership is united in a shared enjoyment of the past and a desire to encourage appreciation and knowledge of the decorative arts, now and in the future. As a result, meetings are not only convivial but always provoke a lively and productive exchange of views.
It is the Company’s aim to sustain and enhance the standing of those employed in this sector by recognising past achievements and by fostering future excellence through scholarship.
These ends are furthered by the Company’s charitable funds which provide a number of educational awards as well as supporting publications, exhibitions and other projects.
The Company takes a wide view of the role of the decorative arts in the community, encouraging diversity and good citizenship.
The Company was recognised as a Company without Livery in 2010.
The Company attained Livery status on the 11th February 2014 and became the 110th Livery Company in The City of London