Art Term

Omega Workshops

Founded in 1913 by the painter and art critic Roger Fry, the Omega Workshops was an English applied arts company based in London

Private view card for the opening exhibition at the Omega Workshops in 1913, Tate Archive
Photograph of 'Druad' chair designed by Roger Fry for the Omega Workshops, Tate Archive
Candle shade designs for the Omega Workshops by Wyndham Lewis, Tate Archive
Rug designs for Omega by Duncan Grant published in 'Vogue'
Alvaro Guevara, ‘Dame Edith Sitwell’ 1916
Alvaro Guevara
Dame Edith Sitwell 1916
Tate
© Tate
Roger Fry, ‘Still Life with T’ang Horse’ c.1919–21
Roger Fry
Still Life with T’ang Horse c.1919–21
Tate

The company produced ceramics, furniture, carpets and textiles designed by Fry, Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, who belonged to the circle of writers and artists known as Bloomsbury, and Henri Doucet, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Winifred Gill and Nina Hamnett.

The name Omega Workshops is thought to have been intended to suggest the last word in design, omega (the Workshops’ trademark) being the last letter of the Greek alphabet.

The company closed in 1919.