Exhibition Archive


Beyond bloomsbury:
Designs of The Omega Workshops 1913–19

18 June – 20 September 2009

Design with confronting peacocksDesign for a screen depicting Adam and Eve

Colourful rug design with bold patterns

Established in 1913 by the painter and influential art critic Roger Fry, the Omega Workshops were an experimental design collective, whose members included Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other artists of the Bloomsbury Group.  

Well ahead of their time, the Omega Workshops brought the experimental language of avant-garde art to domestic design in Edwardian Britain. They were a laboratory of design ideas, creating a range of objects for the home, from rugs and linens to ceramics, furniture and clothing – all boldly coloured with dynamic abstract patterns. No artist was allowed to sign their work, and everything produced by the Workshops bore only the Greek letter Ω (Omega).

The exhibition unites The Courtauld’s uniquely important collection of Omega working drawings with the finest examples of the Workshops’ printed fabrics, Cubist-inspired rugs and splendidly painted textiles, as well as ceramics and furniture to explore the Omega Workshops’ radical approach to modern design. Find out more

A special event series accompanied this exhibition. More about the exhibition events

Listen to a series of podcasts giving detailed insights into working for the Omega Workshops and being an artist at the time. Listen here


screenshot of exhibition film


NEW: Watch three movies about the exhibition

Lead Supporter
The Friends of The Courtauld

Additional support
The Drapers' Charitable Foundation