Celebrating 300 years

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Art inspired by Freemasonry – past, present and future

As part of our 300th anniversary celebrations, United Grand Lodge of England is proud to announce it has appointed its first ever Artist in Residence, Jacques Viljoen, who has been tasked with creating a new exhibition of over 25 works of art to celebrate Freemasonry and its continued role and relevance in society today.

The ‘Rough to Smooth: Art inspired by Freemasonry – past, present and future’ exhibition will open at Freemasons’ Hall on Saturday 24th June 2017 and will run until 1st July.

Jacques Viljoen, 29, who studied Fine Art at the University of Cape Town and classical painting in London and the renowned Florence Academy, was given unprecedented access to objects and spaces within Freemasons’ Hall. From a portrait of a new Freemason and paintings on a series of unusual Masonic books, to capturing what goes on in Lodge rooms and regalia, the artist brings Freemasonry to life to engage new audiences.

Nine guest artists were also invited to work alongside Jacques, with diverse specialisms, ranging from oil painting to mixed media and photography.

Jacques Viljoen will be conducting a still life painting at Freemasons’ Hall on the Open Day on Saturday 24th June 2017.

‘Rough to Smooth’ exhibition at Freemasons’ Hall

Dates:                   Saturday 24th June – Saturday 1st July (Please note we are closed Sunday 25 June)
Times:                  10am – 5pm (Last entrance at 4:30pm)
Venue:                  Freemasons’ Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
Admission:        Free, no booking required