The Events Committee arranges the majority of the Company’s social events and is always keen to receive suggestions from Liverymen and Freemen. Events the Arts Scholars have run in the past are listed below, with the most recent event shown first.
Fish & Chips Lunch
16 Feb 2024
City University Club, 42 Crutched Friars, EC3N 2AP
The latest edition of an Arts Scholars tradition: the Friday Fish and Chips lunch at the City University Club. Please note a slightly changed format: the lunch will include Fish and chips, a glass of wine, dessert of the day, coffee and chocolates and a staff gratuity.
Private visit to the British Museum's ARC
8 Feb 2024
BM ARC, Cutbush Lane E, Shinfield, RG2 9AA
Arts Scholars will be given an exclusive and private curator-led tour round the British Museum's new Archaeological Research Collection (BM ARC) located in a newly-opened purpose-built complex in Shinfield, outside Reading. Our guides will be the two members of staff with principal responsibilities for the success of the project.
This is a wonderful opportunity to view rarely seen artefacts previously housed in the BM's two Central London storage locations. An optional lunch (self-paid) at a local pub will follow the visit.
2024 Annual Banquet
29 Jan 2024
Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN
The Master Arts Scholar, Graham Barker, invites you to join him at the Company’s Annual Banquet, which will be held at Goldsmiths' Hall, in the presence of The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor and the Lady Mayoress.
You will dine in the magnificently proportioned Livery Hall with its Corinthian columns and richly decorated moulded ceiling in gold leaf. The four matching chandeliers of English glass, supplied by Perry and Co. in 1835, now electrified internally, each hold forty-eight candles.
Museum Exhibits & Souvenirs: Sekhmet Statues of Amenhotep III
24 Jan 2024
Arts Scholar Tara Draper-Stumm will be talking to us about the Sekhmet statues of Amenhotep III (c.1390-1352 BC) and their dispersal from Egypt in the 19th and 20th centuries. Amenhotep III, the grandfather of Tutankhamun, built many great monuments and statues, some in preparation for his jubilee or Sed festival in year 30 of his reign. The Sekhmet statues, which may have numbered 800-1000, would appear to have been a key element of this event, the highlight of his reign.
Tara, an art and architectural historian, is currently in the final stages of writing her PhD thesis at Cardiff University on the Sekhmet statues of Amenhotep III.
Private visit to State Apartments at Windsor Castle
18 Jan 2024
Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1NJ
Arts Scholars are privileged to be offered a private, bespoke tour of the State- and Semi-State Apartments of Windsor Castle including the Crimson Drawing Room which is only accessible to the public during winter months and the Green Drawing Room which is never open to the public.
Our guides will be Learning Curator (Richard Williams) and Curator of Decorative Arts (Sally Goodsir) both of the Royal Collection Trust.There will be drinks at the end of the tour.
Carol Service at St James Garlickhythe
13 Dec 2023
St James Garlickhythe, Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AF
Arts Scholars and their guests are invited to join a combined Clockmakers, Arts Scholars and Nurses Livery Companies Carol Service on Wednesday 13 December 2023 at St James Garlickhythe. This will be a traditional service of carols and lessons conducted by Father Timothy Handley with music from members of St James’s choir and organist. The service will be followed by a reception in the church.
New Members Evening
5 Dec 2023
London Mithraeum / Browns Brasserie & Bar, Old Jewry
Exclusive private visit to the London Mithraeum for members of the Arts Scholars who have recently joined, followed by drinks and canapes at Browns Brasserie and Bar.
This event is aimed at Arts Scholars who have recently joined the Company. In addition to the tour, the Master will give a brief talk about the Company and its Charity.
Arts Scholars Advent Carol Service
3 Dec 2023
Tower of London, 35 Tower Hill, London EC3N 4DR
Our Honorary Chaplain, The Revd Canon Roger Hall MBE, invites Arts Scholars and their guests to attend an Advent Carol Service on Sunday 3 December 2023 in the Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula, in the Tower of London. This is a family service, and all are welcome.
21 Nov 2023
Main Dining Room, Guildhall, Gresham Street, EC2Y 7HH
An admissions ceremony is one of the most important in any Livery Company calendar as it is here, we get the first opportunity to welcome our new Liverymen and Freemen. As is our custom, new Freemen will give a short narrative about themselves and their connection to the decorative arts.
This event is open to all Arts Scholars and once the formal part of the evening has been concluded there will be a reception culminating at 9.00 pm.
Tour of Wesley’s Chapel & Bunhill Fields burial ground
16 Nov 2023
49 City Road, EC1Y 1AU
Wesley's chapel was built in 1778 and designed by the surveyor of the City of London, George Dance the Younger. In the lovely garden to the rear is Wesley’s grave and his house is like a time warp. After visiting the Chapel, we will explore Bunhill Row burial ground, over City Road,where there are 123,000 recorded non-conformist burials including Susannah, his mother. Lunch at attendees’ own expense.