Everything was changing at the turn of the 20th century. An air of optimism and a creative drive ran through the period. British freemasonry’s artists and designers embraced the artistic movements that were emerging. They produced some of freemasonry’s finest works from Arts and Crafts jewels to Art Deco landmarks like Freemasons’ Hall.
You may have heard of the Arts and Crafts movement, which encouraged unity among artists. This motivated freemasons to set up the Arts Lodge whose members were practicing artists. Many of those involved in the early years of the Arts Lodge were also members of other groups that sought to join artworkers of different backgrounds together, such as the Art Workers Guild and the Chelsea Arts Club. This exhibition will feature works by painters, sculptors, silversmiths and architects whose love of freemasonry inspired them to produce objects of great beauty.