Omega Now! Tote Bag
Competition Winner, Lily Stuart, aged 14.
"I have taken my inspiration from Omega Workshops' paintings of flowers which used bold colours and line to create abstracted shapes. I have used these elements with a light and cold colour palette and the principle of pattern to give my flowers an abstracted look."
Omega Now! is a competition run in partnership between The Courtauld and Ulster Museum. Students aged 14-18 were asked to create a surface design inspired by the designs of the Omega Workshops. This competition was inspired by the Bloomsbury exhibition at Ulster Museum (June-Oct 2022), which features works on loan from The Courtauld.
Students were asked to research the Omega Workshops and bring some of the group's avant-garde attitude to their own designs. The overall quality of the entries was extremely impressive and demonstrates how using art history approaches to researching artists and their work can inspire innovative and contemporary designs. The winning designs have been manufactured into a tote bag and notebook set and are featured for sale in the gift shops at both organisations.
This project is the result of a partnership between Ulster Museum and The Courtauld through the Courtauld National Partners Programme. Since 2018 the programme has explored connections between art collections and the legacy of Courtauld Ltd through exhibitions, work with young people in schools, and activities with volunteers and community groups.
For more information about the programme visit