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What is The Broderers’ Exhibition?

The Broderers’ Exhibition: The Art of Embroidery is an open exhibition, and anyone can enter their artworks to be considered for inclusion. The aim of the Broderers’ Exhibition is to promote the art of embroidery. We believe embroidery art is fine art. We provide artists with a platform to gain exposure, display and sell their artworks, and connect with art lovers.

For all of the artworks selected to exhibit, the artist is the seller of the artwork and the Broderers’ Company takes a 30% commission. The proceeds will go to run this exhibition and to promote the art of embroidery.

Information for Artists

  • Any artists over the age of 18 may submit up to four pieces of artwork that showcases embroidery.
  • Selection will be made from digital imagery accompanying the entry form.
  • The standard entry fee is £25 per work and student entry fee is £20 per work payable at the time of submitting the Artist Registration Form.
  • Both traditional and contemporary artworks are accepted.
  • Artworks of hand embroidery, machine embroidery or combination of both are accepted.
  • All works must be original by the embroiderer.
  • All works must be for sale.
  • All works must be framed with mirror plates for wall hanging.
  • Works of art submitted must not exceed 60cm x 60cm when framed. (Exception: A large piece – the longest side must not exceed 152cm – can be submitted with an extra entry fee. Please see the FAQs.)
  • Works submitted must be available for the exhibition.
  • Selected work must be delivered on a specified day.
  • After the exhibition, works must be collected on a specified day.
  • Delivery of the sold work to the purchasers is the responsibility of the artist.
  • Insurance is the responsibility of the artist, for the duration of delivery, exhibition and collection of work.

What is The Broderers’ Company?

The Worshipful Company of Broderers is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London. It was formed to regulate the standard of embroidery, a major City trade in the Middle Ages. Though the first hard evidence of the existence in the 13th or 14th century has been destroyed by the Great Fire of London and the Blitz, the Broderers are thought to have been around a lot longer. The Broderers’ Company received a Grant of Arms in 1558, while Queen Elizabeth I granted its first Charter on 25th October 1561. The Company was honoured to be granted a new supplemental Charter by HM The Queen, signed in Council on 19th March 2019.

Today, members come from all walks of life, but the Company continues to support the art of embroidery and encourage excellence through the Broderers’ Charity Trust. The Company is active and friendly, fostering fellowship among its members. The Broderers’ Hall used to be situated on Gutter Lane, off Cheapside, in the City of London, but it was destroyed during the Blitz in 1940. It is unusual in having a Master’s Song, about Plain-dealing, which the Company assists the Master to sing at dinners. The Company’s motto is ‘Omnia Desuper’, Latin for ‘All Things Are From Above’.