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The Big Net and other concerns; Paintings, prints and glass,

PM Sally Pollitzer has a new exhibition, The Big Net and other concerns; Paintings, prints and glass, at 44AD artspace gallery (4 Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN) from Tuesday 13 to Sunday 18 October. For more information, please see her website.


The ins and outs of Public Lettering; Kindersley inscriptions in the open

Bro. Lida Kindersley has recently published a new book, The ins and outs of Public Lettering; Kindersley inscriptions in the open, looking at the Cardozo Kindersley workshop’s work in public spaces. The book is written by Marcus Waithe, Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley and Thomas Sherwood.

For more information or to order a copy, please visit the
website.


Lydia Beanland on Corona in the City

In last week’s virtual lecture, Bro. Lydia Beanland mentioned her article published on the Amsterdam Museum’s online Exhibition, Corona in the City. You can read it here.


Bro. Peter Burman at Ruskin, Roycroft, and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Bro. Peter Burman will be speaking at Ruskin, Roycroft, and the Arts and Crafts Movement, a series of virtual talks organised by the Roycroft Campus, the Ruskin Society of North America, and the Guild of St. George. The talks will be taking place online on five successive Saturdays this October: October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31 - Peter is speaking on 10 October.
 
 
For more information and tickets please see the website  


Geoffrey Preston - Flowers

Bro. Geoffrey Preston’s flower sculptures are on display in a window exhibition at Bloomsbury Design on Judd Street. A selling exhibition of flower sculpture, it includes two studies in hand-modelled stucco as well as new works modelled in clay and cast in plaster. The exhibition runs until Thursday 15 October. For more information please see Geoffrey’s website.


Autumn Exhibition 3 East Anglian Artists Ft. Graham Rust, Guy Taplin and Robina Jack

Bro. Graham Rust is holding an autumn joint exhibition with Guy Taplin and Robina Jack at Bro. Jacqueline Taber’s Geedon Gallery from Saturday 3 to Sunday 18 October (Daily 11 am - 5.30 pm and then by appointment until Tuesday 15 December). For more information, please see the website.


Furniture in Architecture - The Work of Luke Hughes

 

Bro. Luke Hughes book Furniture in Architecture - The Work of Luke Hughes has just been published by Thames & Hudson.

The book includes not just work by Luke, but also several Guild Brothers including Mark Adams, Georgy Metichian, Richard Kindersley, Phil Surey, PM Brian Webb and the late Caroline Webb, with an introduction by Tanya Harrod.

To celebrate its publication, there will be a book launch at Messums Wiltshire on Wednesday 16 September at 6.30 pm. Luke will be in conversation with Aidan Walker, talking about his life and work, and this will be livestreamed via Zoom for those who cannot make it person.

For more information and to book tickets, please see the
website.


Guild reopening and updated 2020 Lecture Programme

We reopened the Guild on Tuesday 1 September 2020, and Guild meetings will resume from Thursday 1 October. We very much look forward to welcoming you back.
 
Please take some time to read the attached guidelines on the changes we have made in the building and the safety measures that are in place to make us COVID-secure. We hope this will reassure you and enable you to make your return to the AWG with confidence.

AWG Covid-secure guidelines
 
Main points to note:
1. You must wear a mask inside the Guild
2. You must now book your place at Guild meetings
3. Please do not attend if you feel unwell


Autumn Programme
Here is the planned and revised autumn programme of lectures to look forward to:
   
Thursday 1 October:
Annette Carruthers and Mary Greensted on Gimson 

Thursday 15 October:
Bro. Rosemary Hill - Suddenly it’s now: Paul Spooner and the School of Rough Automata

Thursday 29 October:
Bro. Matthew Eve - C. Walter Hodges: a life illustrating history

Thursday 12 November:
Will Hunter - Radical models for architectural learning at the London School of Architecture

Thursday 26 November:
Wendy Hitchmough - Omega Dress

Thursday 10 December
Annual General Meeting (members only)


Valete

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of fellow Brother and letter-carver Caroline Webb.

We would normally stand for a minute’s silence in her memory at our next meeting and listen to tributes from members - but in the absence of the meetings we will instead share these memories digitally. If any one would like to share a tribute, memory or image of Caroline, please send them to leigh@artworkersguild.org and we will be very happy to share them.

Bro. Michael Drury shares his tribute to Caroline and her work at Westminster Cathedral here.


AWG Library Refurbishment

We thought you might like to see these pictures of the newly finished Guild Library from Hon. Architect Simon Hurst. 

On and off over the last five months, the library has seen a complete makeover. Firstly it was redecorated in a new colour scheme chosen by the DAB Committee, and then has had two new bookcases installed; and a tea station built into the window reveal to hide a mini fridge.

Master Alan Powers, along with Bros. Rachael Matthews, Monica Grose-Hodge and Simon Hurst then spent the best part of a day ferrying books up from the basement and refilling the shelves. It is now ready to receive hirers and Brothers once again.


 


Paper, Scissors, Slip

PM Sophie MacCarthy currently has a joint exhibition with Richard Phethean, Paper, Scissors, Slip, celebrating the joy of vivid slip decoration at Contemporary Ceramics until Thursday 17 September. For more information please see the website.


Master Alan Powers on Neo-Georgian architecture

Master Alan Powers recently gave a lecture on Neo-Georgian architecture for the Twentieth Century Society and you can now watch the recorded lecture online on their website.


Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery

Bro. Roger Kneebone’s book Expert: Understanding the Path to Mastery was recently published by Penguin. He says ’The book brings together ideas I’ve been working on for many years. It draws on my own experience and my collaborations with over twenty outstanding experts, including a bespoke tailor, close-up magicians, laboratory scientists, a taxidermist, a fighter pilot, a hair stylist and my harpsichord teacher. Many of the experts who appear in the book are Brothers of the Guild, and conversations with many other Brothers over the years have helped to shape the book’s ideas and arguments.’

He will be doing an online book launch and lecture at Gresham College on Wed 30 September at 6 pm. The lecture will be live-streamed and then available on Gresham’s YouTube channel.


Traditional crafts in danger

An interesting article on the BBC this week on the traditional crafts in danger of dying out... read more here.


New Blog Post: Bro. Fleur Oakes - Process or ’How you do anything is how you do everything’ (attributed to Zen Buddhism) (and why not?)

’What we need is here’ 10x15cm, 2017

 This week on the blog we have Bro. Fleur Oakes giving us a fascinating insight into her working process. Detailing how she begins contemplating a new piece of work, how she uses her sketchbooks, through to the nuances of creating the work itself.

To read Fleur’s blog post click here.

’All that was left behind’ , 5x5cm, 2016


New Blog Post: Bro. Rachel Warr

Cajon player puppet

This week on the blog we have Bro. Rachel Warr talking about how she has had to adapt to new ways of working within a lockdown away from home and making the most of limitations and resources at hand. She also reflects on the theatre world at large and how they are having to rethink and reinvent to retain a public presence and a connection to their audiences.

To read Rachel’s blog post click here.

Still from ’Writing for puppetry’ Youtube videos

 


New blog post: Bro. Mark L’Argent - Lockdown Lovelies

 Wood Forget-me-not and Scarlet Pimpernel

This week on the blog we learn about the wild ’lovelies’ of Bro. Mark L’Argent’s lockdown, from scorpion weeds to wild angelica, pyramid orchids and hawksbeard, and how he has been documenting them throughout, enjoying how the hedgerow still carries on despite lockdown. 


To read Mark’s blog post click here.

 

Top two - Marsh Thistle, bottom two - Knapweed


Open House London 2020 - Edwardian Art and Architecture in Holborn and Bloomsbury Tours

Sunday, 20 September 2020
11am - 5pm

This year for Open House London the Guild will be holding walking tours on Edwardian Art and Architecture in Holborn and Bloomsbury, led by expert guides, conservation specialist and local historian Alec Forshaw, historian and Master of the Guild, Alan Powers and architect Karen Butti, leading expert on Smith and Brewer.

Please see the Open House London website for more details and how to book.

PLEASE NOTE ALL TOURS ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT

When the members of the Art Workers’ Guild celebrated the 30th anniversary of the foundation of their organisation in 1884 by moving into their own building at No.6 Queen Square, they were consolidating a longer history of the Arts and Crafts Movement in this part of London. We could trace it back to the time that William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones spent at No.17 Red Lion Square in 1856, near the Working Men’s College, later in Great Ormond Street, where Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Ruskin were lecturers. In 1914, The Rebel Art Centre at No.38 was the home of Vorticism.

The London County Council’s Central School of Arts and Crafts was provided with a sturdy headquarters designed in part by its Principal, William Lethaby, a building opened in 1912, with its departments mostly headed by members of the Art Workers’ Guild, practising ‘learning by doing’ across a wide range of design and crafts. Other individual buildings of note on this part of the walk include No.12 Queen Square by Eustace Frere, 1907 and the Queen Anne style National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery by Sir John Simpson, 1881-85 and 1938 extension with sculpture by Arthur Ayres. Stanley Hall, Easton and Robertson’s Nurses Home for Great Ormond Street, 1932, has a frieze by Eric Aumonier.

Much redevelopment took place in Bloomsbury between the wars, with Sir Herbert Baker’s London House (now Goodenough College), 1933-7, Coram’s Fields insertions to create a playground, 1936, and the School of Pharmacy by H. J. Rowse of Liverpool, 1939, close to J. M. Brydon’s Women’s School of Medicine, 1897-1900. Post-war Patrick Hodgkinson’s Brunswick Centre, 1972 takes us into Marchmont Street and a view of the magnificent back of the British Medical Association, by Sir Edwin Lutyens, 1912 (originally for the Theosophical Society) and on to Mary Ward House, 1898, a fascinating multi-purpose social project modelled on Toynbee Hall, the architectural debut of Cecil Brewer and A. Dunbar Smith.

At Woburn Square, the Warburg Institute, 1955-8 is a late work by Charles Holden, part of his revised scheme for London University begun with the Senate House, 1931-7. We finish with Heals, Tottenham Court Road, the original section by Smith and Brewer for Brewer’s cousin, Ambrose Heal, 1914-16, extended in replica 1938 by Sir Edward Maufe, decorations by Harold Stabler.

Alec Forshaw’s book, An Address in Bloomsbury: The Story of 49 Great Ormond Street (Brown Dog Books), will be available for sale from the author.


New blog posts: Bro. Jane Dorner - The Stuff of Life


All of us make or design stuff. Why do we do it and who for? Where do you fall on the scale between museum connoisseurship and untrammelled hoarding? Bro. Jane Dorner explores these questions in this week’s blog post, and shares with us the beautiful watercolour portraits she has made of her belongings. These watercolours have been compiled into self-published book, The Stuff of Life, the proceeds of which Jane is very generously donating to the Guild.

To read Jane’s blog post click here.

 

From left to right - work by: Frank Brangwen, Matthew Eve, Frances Federer,
Simon Hurst, John Piper, Francis Terry,
Glynn Boyd Harte, Jeremy Sancha and Madeleine Dinkel (finished by John Nash)


My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon

PM Brian Webb has designed the catalogue and exhibition graphics for My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizonthe Derek Jarman exhibition currently showing at the Garden Museum until Sunday 20 September. The exhibition and book were planned to coincide with the (successful) fund raising campaign to preserve Prospect cottage. 


Midnight’s Family: 70 Years of Indian Art in Britain

Bro. Chila Kumari Singh Burman will be featured in Midnight’s Family: 70 Years of Indian Art in Britain at the online Ben Uri Gallery from Friday 7 to Thursday 20 August 2020. Find more about the exhibition here.


St Michael’s Kirkyard, Dumfries: A Presbyterian Valhalla

Bro. James Stevens Curl is writing a book entitled St Michael’s Kirkyard, Dumfries: A Presbyterian Valhalla.  He is currently inviting subscriptions to help raise sufficient funds so that the project can be realised. For more information, please see here.


New blog post: Bro. Russell Taylor - A Modern Architect’s Interpretation of Pliny’s Villa



Bro. Russell Taylor takes us through his architectural plans for the recreation of Pliny the Younger’s (61-113 AD) villa at Laurentum. For centuries, many have tried to recreate visually that which only survives in words - head over to the Blog to see how Russell has interpreted them.

To read Russell’s blog post click here.


Chila Kumari Singh Burman solo exhibition at Output Gallery

Bro. Chila Kumari Singh Burman has a solo exhibition at Output Gallery, Liverpool from Thursday 6 to Sunday 30 August. She will be exhibiting a showreel of three moving image works.


Hansel Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes wins illustration book of the year

Bro. Laurence Beck is pleased to announce that the book he worked on Hansel Gretel: A Nightmare in Eight Scenes by Simon Armitage and Clive Hicks-Jenkins, with Design for Today, has won the illustration book of the year at the V&A Illustration Award 2020.


W A S Benson’s house, Windleshaw

Past Brother William A S Benson’s house, Windleshaw, that he designed and built for his wife Venetia, is up for sale - still retaining many original features including Benson’s lanterns and fireplaces. If you want to purchase it, or perhaps just have a nose around, you can view it here. Thanks to Prof. Ian Hamerton, author of W A S Benson : Arts And Crafts Luminary And Pioneer Of Modern Design for notifying us.


New Posts: The Art Workers’ Guild Blog Bro. Michael Madden and Bro. John Rae



Triptych interior - Bro. Michael Madden


This week we have two new posts on the blog.  The first, musings on the pandemic and new work from Bro. Michael Madden.  The second, a reminiscence of an inspirational childhood teacher and artist, William Lyons-Wilson from Bro. John Rae.   

To read Michael’s blog post click here.

To read John’s blog post click here.

A response to the bombing of Exeter -
Bro. John Rae (Aged 10)

 


New Post: The Art Workers’ Guild Blog Bro. Carolyn Trant

Detail from ship of fools tarot cards

A new post on the blog this week from Bro. Carolyn Trant - giving us an insight to her lockdown world, her decomposing beasties, and the other recycled and organic materials she collects, which inspire and are included in her work. 

To read Carolyn’s blog post click here.


AquaJack or 20,000 Leagues Under Bogginton on Sea

PM Ian Archie Beck recently sent this picture of a Guild Pantomime from the 1990s.  AquaJack or 20,000 Leagues Under Bogginton on Sea was performed at the Guild in January 1995 and involved the talents of many Guildsmen, including the late Brothers Margaret Watson, Ray Pfaendler, Madeleine Dinkel, and PM Chris Boulter. PM Glynn Boyd Harte was the driving force and also involved Bro. Llewellyn Thomas, the Master Alan Powers, PM Ian Archie Beck and assorted Guild children and grandchildren. 

Adults:
Jack Worthing a young sailor: Biddy (James Biddlecombe)
The very reverend Ichabod Mandible: (an Episcopalian Bishop) PM Ian Archie Beck
Nemo a puppet master: PM Alan Powers
Merriman, a Merman in disguise: John Hilton

Children visible: 
A retinue of icicles: Eleanor Powers, Emily Pountney, Veronica Brough. 
Trusty Crustaceans: Felix Hilton, Caspar Boyd Harte, James Pountney.

 

 


Bro. Jacqueline Taber solo exhibition in doll’s house size Twenty Twenty Gallery

Bro. Jacqueline Taber has a one man exhibition in the doll’s house size Twenty Twenty Gallery (Miller’s Arch, Finningham Road, Walsham le Willows, Suffolk P31 3PG) until the autumn. For more information contact robwheelerpotter@icloud.com.

 


Bro. Eric Marland and Cambridge Open Windows

After Cambridge Open Studios were cancelled by Corona, Bro. Eric Marland has been taking part in an alternative scheme, Cambridge Open Windows whereby participants display work in their windows for passers by to enjoy. The only problem in his case was that his studio is in a Victorian former mortuary chapel and the windows are quite high up and very small (presumably to keep the sun’s rays from affecting the preservation of bodies awaiting funerals within), so he has opened his socially distanced doors instead. 


Guild reopening - 1 September 2020



We will be reopening the Guild on 1 September 2020, and our rooms will again be available for hire. We look forward to welcoming you back.

To keep everyone safe, arrangements are in place for an enhanced cleaning schedule and to ensure that social distancing measures are observed. There will inevitably be limits to room capacity and, for the moment, we will not be serving food or refreshments. More details can be found here.

If you have queries about room hire at the Guild please get in touch with Elspeth (elspeth@artworkersguild.org or 020 7278 3009). For anything else please contact Catherine@artworkersguild.org.


Random Spectacular




In conjunction with the Random Spectacular exhibition currently on at the Fry Art Gallery, Bro. Simon Lewin and PM Brian Webb have created a 100 plus page Random Spectacular large format journal/catalogue. It contains visual and written contributions by many Guild members including PM Ian Archie Beck, Chris Brown, Jeff Fisher, Angie Lewin, Master Alan Powers, Rob Ryan, George Saumarez Smith, PM Peyton Skipwith and PM Brian Webb. It also includes work by Chloe Cheese, Jake Tilson, Jonny Hannah, Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld.


For more information, please see the website.


All profits go to the Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden.  


New Blog Post: Making Things and Making History - Bro. Nicholas Cooper

Questions: Six different alterations to be explained (Hardwick Old Hall, Derbyshire).

We have a new post on the Blog this week from Bro. Nicholas Cooper, who has been using lockdown as a chance to reflect on his profession as an architectural historian and the parallels between history and craft. 

Documents. 1837 plan for additions to the Henley on Thames Workhouse.

To read Nicholas’s blog post click here.


New Blog Post: An Artist’s Keyhole View - Bro. Sandy Ross Sykes



Some of Sandy’s illustrations from the Gardens © Sandy Ross Sykes
 

We have a new post on the Blog this week from Bro. Sandy Ross Sykes, detailing her newest work based around the gardens at Fulham Palace and how the project has evolved through lockdown.



Peacock feather © Sandy Ross Sykes

 

To read Sandy’s blog post click here.

 


Quiz Master’s

As promised - at one of our recent virtual quizzes, our resident Quiz Master’s, PM Ian Archie Beck and Master Alan Powers, revealed that they both had appeared on TV Quiz shows in their youth. Here you can see the evidence, with PM Ian Archie above on the far right; aged 11, representing The Knoll school for Boys on Southern ITV’s Full Marks, a kind of copycat show to Top of the Form, circa 1958. Below we see Master Alan Powers appearing on University Challenge in 1973, representing Clare College Cambridge.


New Blog Post: Bro. Chila Kumari Singh Burman



A new piece made by Chila during lockdown, using ice cream spoons from her late dad’s ice cream van

We have a new post on the Blog from Bro. Chila Kumari Singh Burman, telling us all about what she has been working on during lockdown and the many projects she has underway, including preparing her archive for acquisition by the Tate.

To read Chila’s blog post click here.


Snakes and Ladders, 2017


Bro. Charlotte Knox in Natural Beauty Exhibition

 

Bro. Charlotte Knox - Sea Pinks

Bro. Charlotte Knox currently has work on show in the Natural Beauty exhibition, currently on show at the North House Gallery. The exhibition celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Stour Valley and Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is on show until Saturday 22 August.  


Bro. Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s on Tate Kids

Eat Me Now - Chila Kumari Singh Burman

Bro. Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s work has been profiled in the ’Who is...’ artist section of the Tate Kids website. You can read it here.

 


Styled with Thanks Charity Auction

Hat by Bro. Noel Stewart

Several of our milliner Brothers, Bridget Bailey, Edwina Ibbotson, Jane Smith, Noel Stewart and Rachel Trevor-Morgan, who are also members of the British Hat Guild, have designed bespoke rainbow themed hats in-line with the nation’s use of rainbows to thank the NHS and frontline workers. The hats were auctioned throughout the Royal Ascot at Home #styledwiththanks campaign - raising funds for four charities at the frontline of the global Covid-19 crisis. 

You can view the hats here.

Hat by Bro. Edwina Ibbotson


Re-Flourish at Jaggedart

Bro. Bridget Bailey is showing new artworks in Re-Flourish, an exhibition at Jaggedart. A selection of artists have been invited to make works inspired by flowers and nature, incorporating their response to lockdown. Bridget’s works are about noticing the colours and rhythms of grasses. ’Time’s passed so strangely during lockdown that measuring it by the changing colours of the grass, and the seed-heads forming, has felt more real than looking at a calendar’.

All the artworks can be viewed online, as well as in the gallery.


Tag Talk No.1 - Capitals of the world; a romp through the weird and wonderful ornamentation of column capitals from around the globe

Bro. Simon Hurst is speaking at the Traditional Architecture Group’s Tag Talk No.1 - Capitals of the world; a romp through the weird and wonderful ornamentation of column capitals from around the globe on Thursday 25 June, 6pm via Zoom. For more info please see the website.


New Blog post: Crockets and Raffle Leaves - Bro. Geoffrey Preston

Crockets at Exeter Cathedral (1981)

This week we have a new post on the Blog from Bro. Geoffrey Preston discussing the fascinating world of crockets and raffle leaves and their place within his work and architectural sculpture.

Geoffrey’s interpretation of a raffle leaf, modelled in clay and cast in plaster (2010)

To read Geoffrey’s blog post click here.

The AWG blog can be found on the website - a space for us to share projects, musings, thought pieces; reflecting and celebrating all aspects of our wide and varied membership. The blog is edited by Hon. Editor, Prue Cooper, with help from Leigh in the Office.


New Blog post: Letter to the Guild from Amsterdam - Bro. Lydia Beanland



This week we have a new post on the Blog from Bro. Lydia Beanland, telling us all about her career in textiles and how she has used patchwork to get her through these strange months of lockdown.


 

 

To read Lydia’s letter to the Guild click here.

 


Obituary for PM Ed Fairfax-Lucy

 

Master Alan Powers’ obituary for PM Ed Fairfax-Lucy was published in the Telegraph this week.  You can read a copy of it here.


Request for articles




Embroidered cushion cover by Jessie Newbery

Bro. Elaine Ellis’s Arts & Crafts Tours has sadly had to cancel or postpone their tours for 2020 due to Covid-19 but they are hard at work planning tours for 2021. In the meantime they have also been adding resources to their website featuring articles such as Elizabeth Cumming’s piece on Phoebe Anna Traquair


They are inviting Brothers to get in touch if they would be interested in contributing an article. Please email Elaine at

artsandcraftstours@gmail.com for further information.


Small Paintings group - Geedon Gallery

Old Pots - Barbara Richardson

Bro. Jacqueline Taber’s Geedon Gallery spring exhibition featuring the Small Paintings group (founded 1989) has now been extended and is open to the public from Monday 15 June to Tuesday 1 September 2020, 11am - 5.30pm daily. For more information, please see the website.


Picturing Resistance and Resilience: South Asian Identities in the Work of Chila Kumari Burman




Dad on Ship – Arriving in Britain 1950s
Chila Kumari Burman

Bro. Chila Kumari Burman’s work is profiled in Dr. Alice Correia’s paper Picturing Resistance and Resilience: South Asian Identities in the Work of Chila Kumari Burman’.  You can read it here.
 


New Blog from the Guild’s Hon. Architect Simon Hurst

 

 

Simon’s garden

This week we have a new post on the Blog from Bro. Simon Hurst, the Guild’s Honorary Architect; looking at his life under lockdown at home and what he’s been getting up to working on the latest projects at the Guild.



Detail of the wooden pattern for sand casting
the new cast iron handrails.


To read Simon’s post, click here.


Bicorns - Bro. Jane Smith

For those of you that missed Bro. Jane Smith’s wonderful lecture on her research on the Bicorn Hat at the Guild virtual meeting on Thursday 21 May 2020, you can now view a recording of the lecture here.


Armour

Bro. Chila Kumari Burman has made a new film, Armour, in collaboration with Susanne Dietz.


New Blog post: A Creative Response to a Crisis - Bro. Rosie Wolfenden


Illustrations by Thelma Speirs

This week we have a new post on the Blog from Bro. Rosie Wolfenden; focusing on her experience through the pandemic and the importance of creativity in making life better. She looks at examples of work by contemporaries that have raised spirits and funds, inspired and helped others.


Friends Necklace by Harriet Vine

To read Rosie’s creative response to a crisis click here.


Protective face mask patterns

 

Bro. Mark L’argent sent us this simple and easy design for a protective face mask. Essentially it is two squares sewn together with a slot for the ties each side.

Other patterns for protective face masks we have previously shared:

Pattern for a face mask sourced by Bro. Tanya Harrod.
Pattern for a face mask sourced by Bro. Vicki Ambery-Smith


New Post: The Art Workers’ Guild Blog

Lockdown at the Art Workers’ Guild by PM David Birch

This week we have a new post on the Blog from our very own Guild Steward, Elspeth Dennison; focusing on her life in lockdown and looking after the Guild whilst its doors are closed. It also features her own tried and tested recipe for strawberry and black pepper jam.


To read Elspeth’s Lockdown at the AWG click here.


The AWG blog can be found on the website - a space for us to share projects, musings, thought pieces; reflecting and celebrating all aspects of our wide and varied membership. The blog is edited by Hon. Editor, Prue Cooper, with help from Leigh in the Office.

If you have an idea for a blog entry please contact Prue on info@pruecooper.com for more information.


The AWG Covid-19 - Update

In line with Government advice on the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Trustees have decided that the Guild will now remain closed until at least the end of August and until Government policy allows us to reopen. There will continue to be no meetings or lettings during this time.

Leigh and Catherine remain working from home and are answering emails and phone messages as usual should you need to get in touch.


Valete



Marygate 1953, Tom Gamble

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of fellow Brother and painter Tom Gamble.

We would normally stand for a minute’s silence in his memory at our next meeting and listen to tributes from members - but in the absence of the meetings we will instead share these memories digitally.  If any one would like to share a tribute, memory or image of Tom, please send them to leigh@artworkersguild.org and we will be very happy to share them.


All the Fading Landscape

Master Elect Tracey Sheppard and Bro. Eric Marland feature in the online exhibition All the Fading Landscape at the Garden Gallery in Hampshire.


The Book of Stuff

Bro. Jane Dorner is self-publishing The Book of Stuff, a book of 420 watercolours of her possessions with accompanying text to tell their stories.

You can read a few sample pages here. It’s a personal book but also says something everyone can relate to about why people surround themselves with objects. Jane will sell the book at the self-cost price of £15 + p&p and is very kindly donating all proceeds to the Guild, which has taken a hit in these troubled times. Please email jane@editor.net if you would like to reserve a copy – available in mid July
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The Book of Pebbles

Why do we pick up pebbles on the beach? Bros Angie and Simon Lewin are happy to announce that The Book of Pebbles has now sold out in its third hardback edition and a paperback edition is now available from Thames & Hudson.
Part social history and part practical guide - writer and pebble collector Christopher Stocks unearths the sometimes surprising story of our love-affair with pebbles, and considers how the way we see them today has been influenced over the years by artists, authors and even archaeologists. Bro. Angie has illustrated the book with more than 40 prints, watercolours and sketchbook pages. 

 


New Posts: The Art Workers’ Guild Blog

This week we have two new posts on the Blog; a piece by Bro. Ivy Smith on her current work and inspiration, and another by Bro. Edwina Ibbotson focusing on her work with the Visor Army, making PPE for NHS staff.


 Bro. Edwina Ibbotson demonstrating one of her Visors for the NHS


The AWG blog can be found on the website - a space for us to share projects, musings, thought pieces; reflecting and celebrating all aspects of our wide and varied membership. The blog is edited by Hon. Editor, Prue Cooper, with help from Leigh in the Office.

To read Edwina’s Unprecedented Times, click here.

To read Ivy’s Work and Inspiration, click here.
 


Le Grande Charnier 1959 woven tapestry 440 x 731cm
(Le Chant du Monde by Jean Lurcat)

 

If you have an idea for a blog entry please contact Prue on info@pruecooper.com for more information.


Arts & Crafts Tours



Embroidered Cushion Cover by Jessie Newbery

Bro. Elaine Ellis’s Arts & Crafts Tours has sadly had to cancel or postpone their tours for 2020 due to Covid-19 but they are hard at work planning tours for 2021. So far they have scheduled:
 
Utopian Planned Communities - May
William Morris – The summer
Women in the Arts and Crafts Movement - September
Art and Soul: The Soul of the Arts and Crafts Movement – October when we will be studying churches by such architects and designers as G.E.Street, Philip Webb, and Sara Losh.

 
They have also been adding resources to their website featuring articles such as Elizabeth Cumming’s piece on Phoebe Anna Traquair. You can read this via their Newsletter
here. 

They hope to publish a new article each week and are inviting Brothers to get in touch if they would be interested in contributing. Please email Elaine on 
artsandcraftstours@gmail.com 
for further information.


Felicity Aylieff for Adrian Sassoon

Bro. Felicity Aylieff has written an article on her practice in China for Adrian Sassoon - you can read it here.


Angie Lewin short film for The Scottish Gallery

Bro. Angie Lewin has made a short film for The Scottish Gallery, part of a series looking at what some of the gallery’s artists and makers have been up to during the lockdown. She is also participating in the Artist Support Pledge which is a movement started on Instagram to support artists and makers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The concept is a simple one - artists share works priced at no more than £200 and every time the artist reaches £1000 in sales, they pledge to purchase another artist’s work valued at £200. For more information please see the website.


Chila Burman - London Original Print Fair

Bro. Chila Burman has work on show in the Paul Stolper Gallery London Original Print Fair 2020, running online until Sunday 31 May. You can view all pieces online on the website.


Lincoln Taber at the Russell Gallery

Bro. Lincoln Taber has a show of new work opening at the Russell Gallery, Putney,  from Thursday 14 May until Saturday 30 May. For more information please see the website.


The Art Workers’ Guild Blog

We have begun a Guild blog on the website - a space for us to share projects, musings, thought pieces; reflecting and celebrating all aspects of our wide and varied membership. The blog is edited by Hon. Editor, Prue Cooper, with help from Leigh in the Office.
 

 
Images of Lockdown from Bro. Mark Hoare
 

During these weeks of lockdown, the plan is to post a new blog each week and send you a notification in the weekly mailing. To start us off, this week we have two posts; a letter from Bro. Mark Hoare letting us know all about his life in lockdown and then a post from Bro. Laurence Beck telling us all about his work on the design and artwork for Simon Armitage’s reworking of Hansel and Gretel, published by Design for Today.


To read Mark’s Letter to the Guild, click here

To read Laurence’s Art-working and Design: how I helped to create a contemporary Grimm Fairy Tale, click here.

 


Artwork from Hansel & Gretel, by Simon Armitage. Illustrations by Clive Hicks-Jenkins
 

If you have an idea for a blog entry please contact Prue on info@pruecooper.com for more information.


Help for the NHS


 

Many thanks to everyone who donated money to Bro. Fleur Oakes in order to help her purchase materials to make NHS scrubs for the staff at Homerton Hospital in order to protect them on the frontline of treating Covid-19 patients. Above is a picture of her hard work so far.

Bro. Flora Roberts has been doing more research into how to make or help with the production of protective equipment for your local hospital, and below are some links that will give you further information:

For Companies with sewing capacity, machinery, facilities (or that are able to offer help in any other way) there is a Government questionnaire/resource here.

For Individuals there are many initiatives from grassroots collectives: 
- Scrub Hub
website. 
- Central St Martins have a good initiative with downloadable patterns - CSM loves NHS.

Most are asking for scrubs & laundry bags to be made (not the protective waterproofs used in Covid-19 wards), using fabric that is washable at 60 degrees & above. Some hospitals don’t accept handmade clothing, therefore it is best to get in touch with your local support groups, or maybe even NHS & hospice friends directly. Fleur points out even the postmen could do with them. 

Patterns for
protective face masks:

Pattern for a face mask sourced by Bro. Tanya Harrod.
Pattern for a face mask sourced by Bro. Vicki Ambery-Smith


Buttonfix Limited win the Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2020

Past Chairman Tony Wills is delighted to announce that his company, Buttonfix Limited, won the Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2020, celebrating outstanding achievement. For more information, please see the press release.


Fundraising for medal to honour NHS staff

Bro. Harry Gray is fundraising £5000 in order to make a prototype medal to honour the NHS staff and volunteers who are so bravely fighting the Coronavirus on our behalf. For more information and to donate please visit his JustGiving page.


Geedon Gallery Spring Exhibition Online

Bro. Jacqueline Taber’s Geedon Gallery is currently operating as an online gallery due to the Government advice regarding Covid-19. You can view their Spring Exhibition, featuring The Small Paintings Group (founded 1989) now on the website.


Donate to the #VisorArmy

Bro. Noel Stewart is part of the #VisorArmy, a community of thousands of Londoners, who are making single use, NHS specification, protective visors which cost less than 50p per visor to make. They are fundraising so they can buy more supplies to keep production going. For more information or to donate - please see their Gofundme page.


Innovative Forms – The Lettering of John Skelton virtual exhibition

Past Master John Skelton’s  (1923 – 1999) life and career is being celebrated in Innovative Forms – The Lettering of John Skelton, on show at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings. Sadly, due to the Government advice on Covid-19 the gallery has had to close to the public - but they have developed a virtual tour which you can view online. For more information, please see the website.


Carpets of the Historic State Apartments at Windsor Castle.

Carpets by Bro. Simon Hurst. 
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020;
Photographer: Simon Hurst

Brother Simon Hurst has recently completed the installation of carpets he has designed in the Historic State Apartments at Windsor Castle. Each one has been detailed and coloured to complement the individual character of each interior, and often have been inspired by the ornate ceiling plasterwork.

 

Carpets by Bro. Simon Hurst. 
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020;
Photographer: Peter Smith

Carpets by Bro. Simon Hurst. 
Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2020;
Photographer: Peter Smith

 


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

 

In line with Government advice on the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Trustees have decided that the Guild will now remain closed until Government policy allows us to reopen. There will continue to be no meetings or lettings during this time.

The Guild Office remain working from home and are answering emails and phone messages as usual should you need to get in touch.

With best wishes
Alan Powers, Master
Phil Abel, Chair of Trustees


London Craft Week


The Guild’s planned London Craft Week event, The Art of Making, was due to take place from Thursday 30 April to Sunday 3 May, showcasing Brother’s work to the public. In line with the current Government advice and the larger city wide event, it has now been rescheduled to later in the year.

We can now confirm the new dates will be Thursday 1 – Sunday 4 October 2020 - please make a note in your diaries and we will be in touch with more information nearer the time.


Valete

 

Top - Jocelyn Burton at work, Bottom - Peter Farlow

It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of two of our fellow Brothers, jewellery designer Jocelyn Burton and paint and mural specialist Peter Farlow.

We would normally stand for a minute’s silence in their memory at our next meeting and listen to tributes from members - but in the absence of the meetings we will instead share these memories digitally.  If any one would like to share a tribute, memory or image of Jocelyn or Peter, please send them to leigh@artworkersguild.org and we will be very happy to share them here and on the website. 

Bro. Richard Sorrell has written a wonderful tribute to PM Ed Fairfax-Lucy, who passed away last week, which you can read here.

 

 

 

 


Scrubs for Doctors

Bro. Fleur Oakes has been in touch with Surgeon Tamzin Cuming who says that Homerton Hospital are desperate for scrubs and fluid resistant long sleeved gowns. Fleur is willing to sew - but needs financial help with purchasing enough fabric to do so. If any Brothers would like to help, you can send donations to Fleur’s Paypal account (fleuroakes@tiscali.co.uk). Please mark it as a GIFT and put ’NHS scrubs’ as a message/reference. This is rather urgent as Fleur would like to try and order the fabric before the Easter bank holiday - so deadline for donations is latest Wednesday night. If you would like to help with sewing - please contact Fleur directly by email.

To make a donation:
1. Login to your Paypal account
2. Go to ’send and request’
3. Type in fleuroakes@tiscali.co.uk for the recipient
4. Enter the amount 
5. Add the message ’nhs scrubs’ when prompted
6. Click send


Face Mask Pattern

Bro. Vicki Ambery-Smith has been making face masks for essential workers using scraps of fabric she has to hand. Here she is in her Art Workers’ William Morris one. If anyone would like the pattern, you can find it here.


Questionnaire - Health, Economic and Social impact of the Arts

 

A message from Bro. Roger Kneebone:

Dear Brothers, 
My colleague Aaron Williamon (Professor of Performance Science at the Royal College of Music and co-director with me of the RCM-Imperial Centre for Performance Science) has developed a questionnaire about the impact of Covid-19 on people in the arts and cultural sectors. He and I would love to have the perspective of as many Brothers of the Guild as possible. I’d be most grateful if you have time to help.
 
From Aaron: 

Today, we launch an online survey to understand how Coronavirus (COVID-19) is impacting on the arts and cultural sectors. If you are working or studying in these areas, we invite you to share how the current situation is affecting your work, livelihood, and wellbeing. The survey is available here.

Please forward this invitation to colleagues, students (+alumni), and your arts networks.


Bro. Carolyn Trant’s Art Diary

Bro. Carolyn Trant has been keeping a daily art diary about what it is like to carry on working without an audience - you can read it here.


Decameron Day 3


The Master, Alan Powers and Bro. Ben Pentreath
Image by PM David Birch

I can’t end my account of the Cornwall week without talking about our visit to see the new development on the eastern edge of Truro by Bro. Ben Pentreath. It was great good fortune that Ben, who is notoriously hard to pin down, was actually going to be there anyway on the same day, showing round a group with whom he is working on the Tornagrain project near Inverness.

I suspect that many of you will know Ben in person, or perhaps through his very popular blog, mostly about his rural retreat, the Old Parsonage at Little Bredy in Dorset. The first I knew of Ben was an elegantly cursive letter that arrived for me when he was an art history student in Edinburgh in the early 1990s, asking my advice on his dissertation subject, an interesting 1954 building in correct classical style by William Kininmouth, who was normally a Modernist. A few years later, Ben had gained much practical experience as a designer with Bro. Charles Morris in Norfolk, who had persuaded him to abandon art history and do the thing for real. He was persuaded to add some polish (which he really didn’t need) at the Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture, where I was then teaching. He added joyful anarchy to an already freewheeling establishment, while also asking searching questions about what people were doing there. However, one year of even this very alternative kind of qualification was enough for him, and he has continued to practice quite happily in the role of an architect without the official title that others slave, often unproductively, to attain.

Ben now operates on several fronts – as a designer of private commissions for new buildings and alterations to old ones, about which he has lectured the Guild in recent years. He has a semi-separate practice for interior design, he writes books and newspaper articles, and runs Pentreath and Hall, the shop in Rugby Street that started almost by accident in what was meant to be an annex to his office, offering enticing morsels to decorate your home. He has also played a significant role in the design of housing developments, mostly for the Duchy of Cornwall.

Which brings us to Truro. This is a very special town, in a river valley at the head of the Fal estuary, ringed by hills, with the noble Victorian Gothic cathedral jostled among the narrow streets as if it were in Northern France. Truro is popular for shopping, and often flooded with holiday visitors when it rains (as it often does). The County Council built one park-and-ride to ease congestion on the west side, but as a lot of visitors come from the opposite direction, it wasn’t enough. They searched for sites, and settled on a beautiful valley near the intersection of several main routes. The land happened to belong to the Duchy of Cornwall, who initially opposed the scheme, but finally had to give way. Along with the car parking and bus access, a site was found for a Waitrose supermarket and the opportunity was taken to build part of the extra housing allocation required by the government.


The Royal Crescent. Image by Bro. Rory Young

All this sounds like business as usual, but a number of factors have lifted it up to another level. A consortium of local farmers wanted space for a covered market, and so were allocated one end of the Waitrose. Ben devised the buildings for this, and also the housing, which is at the head of the valley. He saw the need for a clean edge, unlike the normal straggle produced by development, and following the contour of the land, proposed a Royal Crescent, which enjoys something of the same quality of landscape setting as the famous one at Bath. As so often with Ben, this proposition was cheeky to the point of outrageous, but actually the right one, and now it stands complete in two sweeping halves, white against the skyline. The cars in the lower foreground might be deemed a slight shame, but there are some trees waiting to grow, while the distant views would distract your attention.

Behind the crescent are a few streets of houses, some of which face onto a square with a stone-walled garden. The original proposal was to offer allotments in this space rather than the conventional grass and shrubs. Once it was built, the developers took fright at the prospect, but when they asked the householders, several said they had moved their expressly because of the allotments, so these are on course to happen. The houses themselves are mostly three-bay fronts with central doors, stepping down the slope with minor variations in design and painted in a range of colours. The result is already a much more lived-in look than you normally get in a new place, but without the irritatingly predictable ‘assortment box’ scattering offered by housebuilders (and, dare I say it, in much of Poundbury). It looks and feels local, because these are the house types found in Truro’s most beautiful street, Lemon Street, climbing the hill to the old Falmouth Road.


The Square. Image by Bro. Rory Young

Many of my group approached with caution and scepticism, unwilling to accept this as the right answer. I think they went away convinced on several levels by Ben’s detailed account of how the whole project had been thought through. I haven’t described the Waitrose, which has a Doric portico and pediment over the entrance, with real granite columns. This has the benefit of leaving you in no doubt where you are supposed to enter. When the proposed upper story on this building was axed as a cost saving, Ben offered to sacrifice the portico, but it was too late, as the commission to the local granite quarry had already been publicised and couldn’t be cancelled. We were joined on this visit by Julian Holder, an architectural historian friend and colleague of mine who recently moved into the area. Arriving late at night after a long drive, he and his partner stopped off at Waitrose to get supplies. He couldn’t believe that such classical stage scenery could be solid, and suffered for his disbelief by unwisely giving one of the columns a good punch to test it.


The Doric Columns of Waitrose. Image by Bro. Rory Young


Past Master Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy

 
Wild Flowers by Ed Fairfax-Lucy

 

It is with great sadness that I must tell you that Past Master Sir Edmund Fairfax-Lucy, Bt., died on Monday having been unconscious for two weeks following a heart attack at his home. Normally, we would be standing for a minute’s silence in his memory at the meeting today, and receiving tributes from members, of which I am sure there would be many. I have asked PM Ian Archie Beck to contribute a written one, which you will find below. I have sent the condolences of the Guild to Ed’s family. We will miss him very much but long remember his unique contribution to our lives and his great abilities and dedication to painting.

Master Alan Powers

 


 

Past Master Ed Fairfax Lucy 1945-2020
(Sir Edmund John William Hugh Ramsay-Fairfax-Lucy, 6th Bt)
 


Ed painting in Brittany in 1986. Image by PM Ian Archie Beck

Ed Fairfax Lucy and I joined the AWG in the same year, 1987. This was at the urging of Past Master Glynn Boyd Harte. We had all three been on a painting holiday in rural Brittany together. Ed was, among other things, our designated driver. We had rented a house at Sizun in Finistère, a small town free from distractions but with useful shops etc. The house had a large walled garden. We spent the month of June in 1986 painting, reading aloud, and often arguing there very happily. The good-natured arguments were usually between Ed and Glynn and were mostly about the exact tones of blue in the sky. This was measured by Ed by holding his circled thumb and forefinger up at the sky in order to ‘isolate the tone’. Canaletto’s use of black in his skies was another touch point as was the existence, or not, of Breton wine. Neither side ever backed down.

Ed was a perceptual painter of great subtlety. He mainly painted interiors, still lives, and the landscape around his home at Charlecote Park. In Brittany he was delighted to discover the Breton churches and their primitive carved and painted altar pieces called Retables. He painted many church interiors during that Summer. He had a tendency though to fuss and overwork his pictures. It was as if he was deeply reluctant to ever finish them. Glynn took on the role of the art police. He hid the paintings in various cupboards so that Ed couldn’t fuss with them.

Ed was very knowledgeable on all aspects of art, literature music and poetry. He liked nothing better than holding forth. The subjects might range from Hugues Cuenod’s singing in a Nadia Boulanger recording of Monteverdi’s Zefiro Torna, (which he treasured), to Fats Waller’s piano playing style, and his own experiences of and with Synaesthesia.

He embraced the role of Master at the Guild in very much his own style. He would start every meeting with a suitable poem which he read aloud. His commitment to the Guild during his year as Master and beyond was admirable. He was eccentric and generous to a fault. When driving along the lanes in Brittany he would suddenly raise his left arm as if to strike the passenger in the seat beside him. He gave no explanation for this until pressed when he admitted he was just saluting magpies. After eating a particularly large seafood platter at Concarneau he simply wiped his fingers through his then wild and bushy hair in lieu of a napkin. When some champagne was spilled on to a table-cloth he simply snatched the cloth off the table and wrung it out into his mouth. At the same meal a candle set light to part of his shirt so he simply threw himself to the ground and rolled down the steep incline to put it out. A whole book will be needed to properly record such moments. He will be greatly missed. They broke the mould when they made Ed.
 

PM Ian Archie Beck

 


 

Bro. Richard Sorrell has also written a beautiful piece in Ed’s memory, which you can read here.
 



From the Archive



Here is a copy of Ed’s Proceedings & Notes from his year as Master of the Guild in 2011, featuring a wonderful foreword - a brilliant reflection of him and his thinking.


Decameron Day 2

Master Alan Powers

I shall make Cornwall last as long as I can, as there won’t be such an opportunity to go and see things for a while to come. This time, I am talking about stained glass that we saw only a little over a week ago.

We made a special journey to the church of St Pol de Leon at Paul, on the hills above Newlyn. This was another brilliant suggestion from Bro. Ruth Guilding, as I had never been there before. The church has an immensely tall tower, so that ships at sea can use it to steer by. The nave seems very low by comparison, and this is partly explained by the fact that a group of Spaniards landed here in 1595 and caused fire damage, but the original granite columns were almost certainly used again in the rebuilding.


There are several fine and fascinating monuments inside the broad and brightly-lit interior. Our main interest, however, was the east window, a war memorial designed by Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933). You may recognise him from his portrait that hangs in the hall of the Guild, showing him with stained glass behind him, as he was Master in 1921. He was local to Holborn by birth, son of a cheesemonger in St Giles, just off Seven Dials. He went to University College School in Gower Street, worked for his uncle, who was an architecture, and was able to study art in London and Paris, coming back to share a studio in Camberwell with PM George Frampton, whose portrait with a prominent top hat hangs close to Bell’s.

In the early 1890s, Frampton and Bell worked together on painted low reliefs, which they exhibited, and some of which can be seen at the wonderful church of St Clare, Sefton Park, Liverpool. He also worked in mosaic, designing the panel on the Horniman Museum in Forest Hill (architect PM Charles Harrison Townsend) and at Westminster Cathedral (the tympanum over the west door) and in the Palace of Westminster. Writing about Bell in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (a great resource for Guild details which you may be able to read via a computer by logging in to your local public library), Peter Rose quotes a writer in the Studio magazine in 1911 who Bell’s ability to grasp ’the issues of the Italian Renaissance … its ability to revive in art remote experiences which have passed into its veins’. Bell started designing stained glass when he was teaching in Glasgow in the 1890s, with the studio of J. & W. Guthrie to help him. In his marvelous book, Arts and Crafts Stained Glass (Yale, 2015), Bro Peter Cormack quotes a lecture given by Bell to students at the Royal College of Art in 1922.

East Window at St Pol de Leon by Robert Anning Bell
Image by PM David Birch

‘Having trained as a painter, he had thought that “a stained glass window was the kind of thing you just did with charcoals and ‘genius’”; as a result he “learnt stained glass backwards. I began by designing windows, and then learned how to work them – designing them all wrong, and talking to the fellows in the shop and learning it that way.’

  

Detail of East Window by Master Alan Powers

By the time of his commission at Paul, he had plenty of experience, and examples of his work published in The Studio and shown with the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society had a big influence. His window window commemorates Torquil Bolitho, the son of a prominent local family who died at Ypres in 1915. Unusually, his figure takes a central position as Sir Galahad, leading his horse, with haloed children, angels and a figure of Christ in the flanking lights. The tops of these lights are a reminder of the reality of the war, showing a journey across the battlefield, while the base of the window has the view of Mount’s Bay which lies beyond in reality.

Our visit was much enhanced by the vicar, the Rev. Andrew Yates, who described the major project to remake the decayed Polyphant stone tracery in Forest of Dean, and to re-set the glass, funded by HLF along with many other community activities about remembrance. He describes this in a short film here: 


Decameron Day 1

Coming out of the West
Master Alan Powers

I was pleased that when 19 sturdy Guild members went to Cornwall last week we were not just looking at old things, lovely though they were, but meeting people and hearing about their activities in the present. These were inspiring and exciting and representative of the kind of thing we all care about, so I thought I could beguile a quarter of an hour of enforced solitude by telling you about them.

On our first morning in St Ives, we visited the Porthmeor Studios. The building, we were told, has about 50 different phases of construction and alteration, including the incorporation of iron pipes and long wooden shafts from redundant tin mines, plus stone, brick and timber. 

When Bro M J Long was commissioned to make it stable and watertight by the owners, the Borlase Smart John Wells Trust, she was keen to retain its character and the Trust, led by Chris Hibbert (gesticulating on the right) who showed us round, realised the importance of keeping a space for the fishermen who were on this site before the artists. I could tell you a lot about pilchards, but for now, you can see fishermen using the space for setting nets – stringing them onto lines with floats, each calibrated for a different catch. Upstairs, we saw a couple of the studios which are used with a mixture of long-term and short-term residencies. The light coming straight off the water outside the windows is fantastic, and the artists we saw were actually using paint and colour, which seems a rarity these days.

At the Leach Pottery, also in St Ives, the whole historic site was threatened with redevelopment as housing in the late 1990s, but owing to a listing for its historic associations, it was possible for the original workshop buildings to be saved as a museum, while a new working pottery, education room, display space and shop were added. Bernard Leach started working there in 1920, and there is no other place with such strong associations with the craft pottery movement that he did so much to influence.

We had an excellent tour, enhanced by expertise from the group (David Birch and Emma Barker in particular). Please post more pictures! And most people went away with something from the shop. I got about the smallest thing I could find, a tiny John Leach jug to add to my display at the Guild ‘The Constant Art Worker’, plus a soap dish with draining holes in it which has been much in use since I got back home.

This is the lowest chamber of the Japanese-style ‘climbing kiln’ built for Leach by Tsurunosuke Matsubayashi. The firebrick lining has become glazed over many years of use.

Here is one of the labels from the treadle wheels that Bernard’s son David invented to make throwing more controlled and effective.

On Thursday, we were in Falmouth and had the delightful experience of visiting the workshop of Keith Newstead, a maker of automata. In case you didn’t know, Falmouth is the world centre of automata and the place where Cabaret Mechanical Theatre began. I somehow failed to take a picture of his current project, based on a Rowland Emmett cartoon, but this one gives you the flavor.

On Friday, we started the day in Newlyn, and thanks to Bro Ruth Guilding’s introduction, we were able to visit Michael Johnson at The Copper Works. Michael arrived from Australia, after running a male dance company in his 20s, and developed his metalworking skills through his English-based uncle who made armour for films. In 2004, Michael re-started the copper-beating tradition in Newlyn that goes back to the 1890s. I was especially excited about this as I inherited some pieces of furniture decorated with art nouveau leaves, fronds and flowers that might have come from here.

We were all impressed by Michael telling us that he has always encouraged children and teenagers to come to his workshop after school for no charge, and many have kept on coming as they love working there. In the foreground is a big fountain made of brass for a garden festival (Chelsea?). Being a bit typographic, I liked the plaque on the piece underneath it – part of a tank for a distillery. They called it Dennis after Dennis Hopper.


What’s Wrong?

What’s Wrong? was an extraordinary day-long Outreach event, exploring and documenting ways to describe what is usually understood without words.

The event was led by Bro. Fleur Oakes, a member of the Guild’s Outreach Committee.

Twenty leading experts in science and the arts were invited to perform unorthodox tasks, describing their experience as they went, in whatever way they chose. These conversations were documented, with an aim to explore the use of a universal language for anyone who exercises a sense of touch in their work, either as practitioner or teacher. 

Many craftsmen find language difficult, and here was a chance to welcome a raw, organic, and perhaps newly invented, language. The language that surgeons use is useful to creatives as it relates back to the body. The body is the same body which holds an understanding of making; an understanding which the surgeons don’t always have.


CMYK 2 Festival

Bro. Stephen Fowler has organised CMYK 2, a one-day festival celebrating illustration, zine and print, featuring over 50 international practitioners selling their work.  There will be talks and workshops running throughout the day, including Bro. Rob Ryan closing the festival with a talk about his practice.
Takes place on Saturday 28 March at the Art House, University of Worcester, 11am - 6pm. Entry is free.


Dame Magdalene Odundo

Bro. Magdalene Odundo was made a dame in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.


Ship of Fools

Bro. Carolyn Trant will be exhibiting a new woodcut book Ship of Fools, based around climate crisis, and cartoneras and a paper theatre on the same theme at The Oxford Fine Press Book Fair from Saturday 28 to Sunday 29 March.  For more information please see the website.


Ceramic Art London

Ceramic Art London takes place Friday 20 to Sunday 22 March at Central St Martins, Granary Square. Featuring work by Brothers, PM Jane Cox, Chris Keenan, Sophie MacCarthy, Agalis Manessi and Jeremy Nichols. For more info please see the website.


Furniture in Architecture

Bro. Luke Hughes has a book, Furniture in Architecture, being published by Thames & Hudson on Tuesday 21 April. The book includes work not just by him but several other Guild members, including PM Brian Webb, Bro. Georgy Metichian, Bro. Martin Grierson and Bro. Caroline Webb, plus an introduction by Bro. Tanya Harrod.


Innovative Forms – The Lettering of John Skelton

Past Master John Skelton’s (1923 – 1999) life and career will be celebrated in Innovative Forms – The Lettering of John Skelton, on show at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, from Friday 13 March to Sunday 28 June 2020. For more information, please see the website.


Nicholas Cooper on Countercurrent

Bro. Nicholas Cooper features on Bro. Roger Kneebone’s podcast Countercurrent. To listen in, please see the website


Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain: 1945 to Now

Bro. Chila Kumari Singh Burman’s work will be discussed by Alice Correia in her talk Punk Punjabi Protest as part of the conference Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain: 1945 to Now at Tate Britain on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March.


Engraving in Art Glass

Bro. Katharine Coleman has been invited by Elena Vlasova, the Director of the Elagin-Ostrovksy Palace Museum in St Petersburg, to give a paper at their conference Engraving in Art Glass on Monday 23 March, alongside an exhibition of Russian engraved glass from the 18th Century to this day. Her paper will cover her work and efforts to promote engraved glass in Western Europe. 


The Landscape of the Gods

Bro. Michael Petry has an exhibition The Landscape of the Gods at the HSBC Space, from Wednesday 11 March until Friday 15 May.  For more information please see his website.


Collect: International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design

Many of our Brothers will be appearing this weekend at the Crafts Council’s Collect: International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design at Somerset House, running from Thursday 27 February to Sunday 1 March. Bro. Carol McNicoll will feature, in conversation with Bro. Tanya Harrod on Saturday 29 February - please see the website for more information.


The Art of Advertising

Bro. Phillida Gili will be opening The Art of Advertising Exhibition at the Bodleian Library, Oxford which begins on Thursday 5 March, and runs until Monday 31 August. The exhibition is based on the John Johnson Collection of ephemera.


Desire at the Old Chelsea Town Hall

Bro. Lesley Strickland is showing at Desire at the Old Chelsea Town Hall from Friday 28 February to Sunday 1 March 2020. 


Royal Society of British Artists 303rd Annual Exhibition

Bro. Jacqueline Taber is exhibiting in the Mall Galleries at the Royal Society of British Artists 303rd Annual Exhibition from Thursday 20 to Saturday 29 February, 10am - 5pm. There will be a private view Wednesday 19 February, 11am - 8pm. For more information please see the website.


Out of the Blue

Bro. Susan Aldworth’s new installation Out of the Blue explores the human perspective of living with epilepsy and the potential impact of technological interventions within the brain. It is part of the exhibition Illuminating the Self at the Hatton Gallery and Vane in Newcastle on until Saturday 9 May 2020. You can find out more about the exhibition in this BBC Radio 4 broadcast: Art of Now: The Algorhythms of Epilepsy.


Under the skin: illustrating the human body

Bro. Roger Kneebone has written a review of the Under the skin: illustrating the human body currently on show at the Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park until Friday 3 April. You can read the review here.


Hugh Bulley Obituary

The Guardian published an obituary for Bro. Hugh Bulley, written by his daughter Emma Bulley.


Studio Space Available West London

Bro. Richard Adams currently has a studio space available for rent - For more information please see here - or contact him on richard@adamsassociates.org.uk.


Open Days for Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis

  

Work by East London Textile Arts. Images © Elle Sillanpaa

Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis
 - Interpretations in craft and architecture



Open days for viewing to the general public

Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 February, 11am - 5.30pm
 

An exhibition of work by Guild Brothers and members of East London Textile Arts exploring the work of the Victorian Orientalist painter, John Frederick Lewis, and offering contemporary interpretations of ’the Oriental’ today. As the exhibition comes to a close, we are holding three open days for the general public from Thursday 6 - Saturday 8 February, 11am - 5.30pm.

There will be an illustrated talk Painted Embroideries: interwoven threads in the Orientalist images of John Frederick Lewis on Saturday 8 February at 2pm, discussing John Frederick Lewis and his painting of textiles, given by Briony Llewellyn (Co-Curator of the John Frederick Lewis - Facing Fame exhibition at the Watts Gallery). To reserve your place, please email Celia on celia.ward99@gmail.com. Places are very limited, so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The exhibition forms part of a year-long AWG Outreach project in partnership with East London Textile Arts and The Watts Gallery. 

 


Exhibition: Thomas Hennell - At war and at peace

Monday 10 to Saturday 15 February 2020

10.30 - 16.30

A selling exhibition of watercolours and drawings by Thomas Hennell (1903-1945), curated by Bro. Neil Jennings in the Gradidge room.


Woodcarving Tuition

Woodcarver Andrew Beckwith, a friend of Bro. Meredith Ramsbotham’s brother, has asked if there might be a woodcarver amongst the Brothers (or if anyone knew of anyone) who has just finished their training and would like to spend a little time in Berwick-on Tweed with Andrew (now approaching 80) who would like to pass on some of his traditional woodcarving skills. He is not able to pay anyone and there would be accommodation costs to cover but the tuition would be gratis and it might be a unique opportunity for the right person.

Necessary attributes:  
A good manual dexterity 
Very sharp hand tools 
The ability to use or acquire familiarity with Imperial Linear measurement.

Please contact Meredith for more information. 


Setting the Scene

Bro. Julie Westbury is holding a pop up exhibition, ’Setting the Scene’ at Linden Hall Studios in Deal from Thursday 27 February to Sunday 1 March.  For more info please see the website.


Them

Bro. James Birch has curated Them, an exhibition examining the work of five artists who came to prominence in the early 1970s, including Duggie Fields, Andrew Logan and Derek Jarman. It runs until Saturday 15 February at the Redfern Gallery. For more information please see the website.


Gresham lectures

Bro. Roger Kneebone is giving a lecture on the ethics of surgical innovation on Wednesday 19 February at 6pm at the Museum of London. This forms part of the Gresham lecture programme.  For more information please see the website.


Art of Now: Tides and Staithes

Bro. Polly Ionides features in the Art of Now: Tides and Staithes by Kevin Crossley Holland on BBC Radio 4  - listen here .


Letter design and carving with Tom Perkins, Pieter Boudens and Eric Marland

Bro. Tom Perkins, Bro. Eric Marland and Pieter Boudens will be teaching a 6 day letter drawing and carving course in Eric’s chapel workshop in Cambridge in June 2020.  More information can be found on the Lettering Arts Trust website.



New Brothers

The Committee meetings on the 9 October and 20 November saw the election of 5 new Brothers and 2 new Associate Brothers to the Guild. We wish them all a very warm welcome!

Brothers:

Agalis Manessi
Ceramicist
Proposed by Karen Bunting
Seconded by Sophie MacCarthy
www.agalismanessi.com

Ruth Martin
Printmaking, Illustration, Book Arts
Proposed by Charlotte Grierson
Seconded by Prue Cooper
www.nothingbuttheruth.co.uk

Eric Parry
Architect
Proposed by Anne Thorne
Seconded by Patrick Lynch
www.ericparryarchitects.co.uk

Sue Ridge
Artist
Proposed by Anne Thorne
Seconded by Tony Wills
www.sueridge.com
(Sue gave a lecture as part of Embroidered Minds earlier this year)

Joe Whitlock Blundell
Book Design/Photography
Proposed by Alan Powers
Seconded by Mark Winstanley

Associate Brothers:

Ruth Guilding
Art and Design Historian
Proposed by Alan Powers
Seconded by Ben Pentreath
www.bibleofbritishtaste.com

Will Wootton
Academic
Proposed by Prue Cooper
Seconded by Paul Jakeman
www.artofmaking.ac.uk

With this recent intake of new members - we have now hit 400 members of the Art Workers’ Guild!


A journey painted in clay

Bro. Agalis Manessi has a solo show, a journey painted in clay, at the Municipal Gallery of Central Corfu until Friday 10 January 2020. You can view a video of Agalis’s work here.


Clockwork Open Studios

Bro. Bridget Bailey is holding open studios this weekend Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December (PV Friday 6 December 6 - 9pm) at Clockwork Open Studio Weekend.


Arthur Rackham Bench

Bros. Martin Grierson and Georgy Metichian have designed two memorial benches to be installed outside Belsize Community Library, to honour past Bro. Arthur Rackham. Currently money is being fundraised to complete the project, so if you would like more information or are interested in donating, please see the attached article or email Myra Newman on arackhambench@gmail.com.


Outreach Exhibition - Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis Interpretations in craft and architecture

 

Outreach Exhibition - Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis
Interpretations in craft and architecture

Monday 25 November 2019 to Saturday 15 February 2020

An exhibition of work by Guild Brothers and members of East London Textile Arts exploring the work of the Victorian Orientalist painter, John Frederick Lewis, and offering contemporary interpretations of ’the Oriental’ today.

The exhibition will run from Monday 25 November 2019 to Saturday 15 February 2020 and forms part of a year-long AWG Outreach project in partnership with East London Textile Arts and The Watts Gallery. 

Please note exhibition is viewable by appointment only. Please contact Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.org to book.


James Hart Dyke - From the Studio

Bro. James Hart Dyke has a solo show, From the Studio, at John Mitchell Fine Painting from Thursday 21 to Friday 29 November.


Works on paper by 20th Century British women artists at Fisher London

Bro. Neil Jennings is holding an exhibition of works on paper by 20th Century British women artists at Fisher London. Exhibition runs until Saturday 30 November and features work by Bro. Angela Barrett.


Lettering Art and Illusion

Brothers Charles Gurrey and Phil Surey currently have work on show in Lettering Art & Illusion at Ruthin Crafts Centre in north Wales until 12 Jan 2020.


A Bloomsbury Jamboree

A one-day festive spectacular of Print, Illustration, Talks & Seasonal Merriment at the Guild on Sunday 8 December, 11 am - 4.30 pm. Curated by The Gentle Author, The Mainstone Press and Design For Today the day will feature 20 exhibitors (including Master Elect Alan Powers and Bro. Neil Jennings) and a range of talks and book signings. For more info please see the website.


Private View - Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis

Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis
Interpretations in craft and architecture

Private view Monday 25 November, 6 - 9 pm 

An exhibition of work by Guild Brothers and members of East London Textile Arts exploring the work of the Victorian Orientalist painter, John Frederick Lewis, and offering contemporary interpretations of ’the Oriental’ today. The exhibition will run from Monday 25 November 2019 to Saturday 15 February 2020 and forms part of a year-long AWG Outreach project in partnership with East London Textile Arts and The Watts Gallery. 
 

Please join us for the private view
on Monday 25 November
6 - 9 pm 
at
The Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square WC1N 3AT

 

RSVP to leigh@artworkersguild.org


Please note exhibition is viewable by appointment only. Please contact Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.org to book.


A Fine Line - Katharine Coleman

Kimono - Katharine Coleman

Bro. Katharine Coleman is holding her final solo show of new work, A Fine Line, at the Scottish Gallery until Tuesday 26 November 2019. For more information, please see the website.


Bros Rebecca Jewell and Sandy Ross Sykes at Cass

Bros Rebecca Jewell and Sandy Ross Sykes are holding an exhibition at the Cass Art Flagship Store in Islington. There is a private view on Thursday 5 December, 6 - 8pm. Please RSVP to rebecca@pageslane.co.uk


East London Textile Arts and John Frederick Lewis at the Watts Gallery

Be sure to catch ELTA’s Octagon project at the Watts Gallery, forming part of the Guild’s year long Outreach project to create an exhibition of work by Guild Brothers and members of East London Textile Arts along the theme of John Frederick Lewis and Orientalism.
Over 200 decorative octagonal designs have been hand-embroidered and stitched together to create a gown now displayed as part of 
John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame at the Watts Gallery


Jane Dorner on Andor Kraszna-Krausz

Bro. Jane Dorner will be on a discussion panel on the contribution of Hungarian immigrants to British publishing. She will give a short illustrated talk on Andor Kraszna-Krausz who founded Focal Press. Amanda Hopkinson will show the work of Stefan Lorant, the founding editor of Picture Post. Monday 18 November, 7 - 8 pm at the  Hungarian Cultural Centre London, WC2E 7NA. Tickets are free but registration is required - see the website.


Journeys at the Bunyan Gallery

Bro. Mark L’Argent, as part of the Gallimaufry Collective, will be exhibiting in Journeys at the Bunyan Gallery in Bedford from Tuesday 22 - Saturday 26 October 2019.


The Wonderful World of Craft

Bro. Rosie Wolfenden is currently appearing in Channel 5’s The Wonderful World of Craft , advising up and coming crafters on the path to success.


Made London 2019

Lesley Strickland 

Bros Bridget Bailey, Charlotte Grierson, Jeff Soan, Lesley Strickland and PM Jane Cox will all be exhibiting at Made London from Thursday 24 – to Sunday 27 October, 10.30am – 5.00pm at One Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ.


Pollocks Toy Museum’s Gallimaufry Exhibition

Bro. Carolyn Trant is taking part in Pollocks Toy Museum’s Gallimaufry exhibition, from Friday 8 November to Saturday 7 December 2019.


Henbury - An Extraordinary House

Bro. Jeremy Musson has just published a new book, Henbury - An Extraordinary House. The Building was designed by PM Julian Bicknell along with Sebastian de Ferranti, Felix Kelly and David Mlinaric. For more information please see the website.


Vintage Breadboards by Madeleine Neave

Bro. Tom Samuel has contributed to Madeleine Neave’s new book Vintage Breadboards, the first ever book on breadboards since they appeared in texts nearly 200 years ago. The result is a Masterclass in the appreciation of wood artistry and includes sections on famous carvers, owners, collectors’ tips and even recipes. For more information please see the website.


Evening Life Drawing Sessions at the Guild

Peter Cooke of Adam Architecture will be holding a series of evening life drawing sessions at the Guild. For more information please get in touch with Peter Cooke or call 020 3971 6080. All abilities are welcome.


Castanospermum australe

Bro. Penny Price has a piece of work, Castanospermum australe (the black bean tree), appearing in the 16th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh until 18 December 2019.


Makers United: The Art Workers’ Guild since 1884 with Friends of Belsize Library

Bro. Alan Powers will give a talk, Makers United: The Art Workers’ Guild since 1884, to the Friends of Belsize Library on Thursday 17 October at 7:30 pm.  Belsize Community Library, Antrim Road, NW3 4XN.  Donation £3, refreshments available.


The AWG Table Top Museums 2019

The AWG Table Top Museums
Sunday 22 September 2019
11 am - 6 pm

Back for its fourth year, and in conjunction with Open House weekend, join us for an inventive celebration of the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect, organised by Bro. Stephen Fowler.

Come and delight in an exhibition of 23 installations, featuring molluscs, plane spotter’s notebooks, stereoscopes, blank paper and the archive of Zenda, to name but a few.

Cake and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Packets & Places; Drawings, watercolours and lithographs by PM Glynn Boyd Harte

 

Exhibition - Packets & Places; Drawings, watercolours and lithographs by PM Glynn Boyd Harte
Sunday 22 September - Friday 04 October 2019

Bro. Neil Jennings of Jennings Fine Art presents an exhibition of drawings, watercolours and lithographs by PM Glynn Boyd Harte. There will be a private view on Monday 23 September from 6.30 pm – 9 pm.

Opening hours: 
Sun 22 Sept 11am – 6pm
Mon 23 to Fri 27 Sept - 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sat 28 Sept - 10am - 2pm
Mon 30 Sept to Fri 4 Oct - 10.30am – 4.30pm


Past Master C. R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest

Lawrence Kreisman will be speaking at the Guild on Past Master C. R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest on Monday 30 September 2019 at 7 pm in the Guild Hall. This event is in collaboration with the Decorative Arts Society and all Brothers are welcome.

For more information https://bit.ly/2ZWrxq0 and to reserve your place please email leigh@artworkersguild.org
Entry is free.


Cut and Paste

 

 

Bro. Carol McNicoll has an exhibition, Cut and Paste, at the Marsden Woo gallery until Saturday 26 October 2019.


Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Stamp

The Royal Mail issued a special set of Elton John stamps including PM Ian Archie Beck’s album cover illustration of Goodbye Yellow Brick Road from 1973. Available as a stamp and also as a framed limited edition enlargement, of which one hundred were signed by him.


Carolyn Trant at the Tate

Bro. Carolyn Trant will be speaking about her new book, Voyaging Out; British Women Artists from Suffrage to the Sixties, (Thames and Hudson), at Tate Modern on Wednesday 25 September at 7 pm. For more info and tickets please see the website.


Autumn Exhibition at the Geedon Gallery

Bro. Jacqueline Taber is holding an Autumn Exhibition at the Geedon Gallery, from Saturday 5 to Sunday 20 October 2019 and thereafter by appointment until Sunday 15 December. The exhibition will feature watercolours by Yvonne Skargon, plus work by Brothers Vicki Ambery-Smith, PM Jane Cox, Anne Hickmott, Georgy Metichian, Jeff Soan and A Lincoln Taber. For more info, please see the website.


Reynolds Stone - A Memoir

Reynolds Stone: A Memoir is being published in early October 2019 by The Dovecote Press Ltd. A fresh look at the life and work of past Brother Reynolds Stone, written by his son, Humphrey Stone, who gave a talk at the Guild in 2017 on the same.  For more information please see the attached.


Table Top Museums - Final call for Submissions

A reminder that the closing date for submissions to the Art Workers’ Guild Table Top Museums is Friday 23 August 2019. If you, or someone you know, have an interesting or quirky collection, be it large or small, please come and share it with us! 

Please send details of your Museum to Leigh on 
leigh@artworkersguild.org
- Name
- Contact email and telephone number
- Title of Museum/collection
- Description of Museum/collection - 40 words maximum (this will be for use in promotional material if submission is accepted)

The Museum forms part of Open House London. 


Lecture: Lawrence Kreisman - C. R. Ashbee and the Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest

Monday 30 September 2019, 7 pm to 9 pm in the Hall


During his 1909 lecture tour to the West Coast, Past Master C. R. Ashbee presented lectures in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Unimpressed by the crowds, pollution, and degradation he had seen in New York, Pittsburgh, and Chicago, he was fascinated and delighted with the West. Ashbee wrote in his journals that Seattle was “the only American city I have so far seen in which I would care to live. All the gold of Ophir would not tempt me to live in one of those smug eastern cities. Here is a city with a new light in her eyes.”

This lecture, based upon an award-winning book by Lawrence Kreisman and Glenn Mason,The Arts and Crafts Movement in the Pacific Northwest (Timber Press, 2007), explores this theme of regional identity. Lawrence Kreisman, Hon. AIA Seattle, was Program Director of Historic Seattle for 20 years, He has been recognised for significant work in bringing public attention to the Pacific Northwest’s architectural heritage and its preservation through courses, tours, exhibits, lectures, articles, and 11 books. Kreisman and his husband, Dr. Wayne Dodge, are both members of the Decorative Arts Society.

To reserve your place, please email leigh@artworkersguild.org
Entry is free.


Vibrancy; a celebration of colour in British art

Bro. Daphne Gradidge currently has work on show at Vibrancy; a celebration of colour in British art, at Brownsword Hepworth until Friday 23 August. For more information, please see the website.


Material: Wood at Messums Wiltshire

Bro. Georgy Metichian currently has work on show at Material: Wood at Messums Wiltshire, until Sunday 1 September. For more information, please see the website.


Lifetime Achievement Award for Bro. Magdalene Odundo

Bro. Magdalene Odundo was awarded the Potterycrafts Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Ceramics Festival at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in July.


Origins: Interpreting my Sources

Bro. Peter Layton currently has a solo show, Origins: Interpreting my Sources, at London Glassblowing until Saturday 31 August. Please see the website for more information. 


Voyaging Out; British Women Artists from Suffrage to the Sixties

Bro. Carolyn Trant’s new book, Voyaging Out; British Women Artists from Suffrage to the Sixties, will be published with Thames and Hudson on Thursday 5 September. For more information please see the website


Tim Ward’s S.S. Stockport Memorial Railings

Bro. Tim Ward has just completed the S.S. Stockport Memorial Railings in Stockport and an unveiling service was held on Sunday 7 July. The event was organised by the Hazel Grove Royal Naval Association. For more information please see here.


The Journey of Things opening at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Bro. Magdalene Odundo has an exhibition of work The Journey of Things opening at The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, from Saturday 3 August - Sunday 15 December 2019. This major exhibition will bring together more than 50 of Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects which she has curated to reveal the vast range of references from around the globe that have informed the development of her unique work.


Mulvany and Roger’s Swedish Manor House

Bros. Susie Rogers and Kevin Mulvany have just launched their latest miniature work, an 18th century Swedish Manor House.  For more information please see their website.


Bro. Will Houstoun at the London Festival of Close-up Magic

Join Bro. Will Houstoun (The Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the Year 2015) as he pulls back the curtain on some of the most incredible magicians of days gone by in a very special show that reveals the truth behind the smoke and mirrors. He will be performing on Wednesday 24 and 31 July, for more information and tickets - please see the website.


Jane Cox at Celebrating Ceramics

PM Jane Cox will be speaking about her work and the Guild at Celebrating Ceramics at Waterperry Gardens on Friday 19 July, 10.45 am.  For more information, please see the website.


The Making of Marthe Armitage; Artist and Patternmaker

PM Marthe Armitage has a book coming out later in the year,The Making of Marthe Armitage, Artist and Patternmaker. She will be holding a book launch for it at the Guild on Tuesday 24 September, 6 pm - 9 pm and all Brother’s are welcome.


Bro. Helen Whittaker designing stained glass for Philippines chapel

Bro. Helen Whittaker has been commissioned by Filinvest to design the stained glass for a new chapel in the Philippines. The project involves three countries; the architect is Japanese, the artist is British and the glass will be assembled and installed by a company in the Philippines.


Ged Palmer at Type Thursday London

Bro. Ged Palmer will be speaking on Thursday 11 July, at Type Thursday London at 6.30pm.  For more information and tickets please see the website.


Sculpture 001

Bro. Rob Ryan has a solo exhibition Sculpture 001 at the Old Bank Vault on Hackney Road from Thursday 4 to Sunday 28 July.


Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devine

The Crafts Council’s summer exhibition this year will be Misshapes: The Making of Tatty Devinecelebrating Brothers Harriet Vine and Rosie Wolfenden’s 20-year anniversary.  It will open at Central Saint Martins’ Lethaby Gallery, London, from Saturday 20 July to Sunday 11 August, before touring UK-wide. The 20th anniversary will also see the publication of a new book and a special jewellery collection, re-imagining some of Tatty Devine’s best-loved pieces from their 5,000 strong archive. For more info please see here.


Ditchling Sculpture Summer School

Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown is running a Sculpture Summer School at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft from Saturday 27 to Monday 29 July, 10am - 4pm.  For more info and how to book please see here and here.


Table Top Museum - Open House 2019 *Call for Entries*

The Art Workers’ Guild
Sunday 22 September, 11 am - 6 pm 


The Art Workers’ Guild Table Top Museum is back for its fourth year, in conjunction with Open House weekend.  Join us for an inventive celebration of the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect, organised by Bro. Stephen Fowler and PM George Hardie.

  
 
Objects of Desire by Mandy Prowse and Rough Sea postcards by William Fowler
 

We are calling for submissions from Brothers of the Guild and their friends who would like to exhibit their collections, be they large or small. This year, the focus is again on ’Museums’, rather than simply collections.  Submissions will be discussed by the Outreach Committee and accepted on the basis of the classification, narrative and explanations provided, as well as the quality, quirkiness or interest of the collection itself.  

The Museum forms part of Open House Weekend, and will feature on their website and catalogue.  Please send details of your Museum to Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.org answering the following by Friday 23 August. 

- Name
- Contact email and telephone number
- Title of Museum/collection
- Description of Museum/collection - 40 words maximum (this will be for use in promotional material if submission is accepted)


We look forward to hearing from you!


   
Museums from Bro. Simon Hurst and Joshua Sofaer 


Save the Date: Open House London and the Table Top Museum

Save the Date:
Open House London and the Table Top Museum
Sunday, 22 September
11am - 6pm

 


The British Normandy Memorial

Bro. Liam O’Connor  is creating the new British Normandy Memorial, in Ver-sur-Mer, France.  A neoclassical walled forecourt with colonnades and gardens on either side, housing a centrepiece sculpture by David Williams-Ellis.To be inscribed on the 160 columns will be the names of 22,442 servicemen and women who died here. Bro. Richard Kindersley has created the typeface with which to record this roll of honour.


5 Sculptors

Bro. Eric Marland currently has an exhibition, 5 Sculptors, in the Fellows’ Garden, Clare Hall, Cambridge showing until Wednesday 4 September.  For more info please see here.


Outreach Evening Conversation

Wednesday 3 July, 6.30pm

The Outreach Committee are holding an evening conversation on 3 July. Master Anne Thorne will discuss the history of gendered space in the UK and how her practice has used this to challenge the design of public and private spaces, working with different community groups. Bro. Celia Ward will talk about gendered spaces within the Egyptian architecture depicted by Victorian painter John Frederick Lewis.

A display of work in progress by Bro. Carol McNichol, Bro. Rachael Matthews and the members of East London Textile Arts for the current Outreach project, Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis - Interpretations in craft and architecture will also be on show.

To book your place, please email Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.com. Places are very limited, so will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Entry is free and refreshments will be available.


Gypsyguise and Disguise

Bro. Juliet Jeffery has published a book called Gypsyguise and Disguise: a History of Gypsy Fashion, limited to an edition of 100 copies.  Fully illustrated, and focusing on the history and evolution of Gypsy fashions, it is a comprehensive look at Romany and Traveller dress down the centuries, up to the present day.


Personal Geographies

Bro. Eileen Hogan currently has an exhibition, Personal Geographies at the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, USA, on until Sunday 11 August. You can watch a video of her lecture at the Center on the website here.


Countercurrent

A number of Brothers appear in recent episodes of Bro. Roger Kneebone’s podcast, Countercurrent, including Vicki Ambery-Smith, Bridget Bailey, Angela Barrett, Katharine Coleman, Jane Dorner and Will Houstoun, amongst others.


Lesley Strickland at the Crafts Festival

Bro. Lesley Strickland will be showing new designs, including the Moda pendant and Doppio earrings, at the Crafts Festival in Bovey Tracey, Devon from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June.


Showtime!

Bro. Aaron Kasmin has an exhibition, Showtime!, at Sims Reed Gallery until Friday 28 June.


Hidden Gestures

Bro. Cathryn Shilling has an exhibition, Hidden Gestures, at the Vessell gallery running until Tuesday 9 July. 


Charlotte Knox in the Royal Academy of Arts 251st Summer Exhibition

Bro. Charlotte Knox has had one of her paintings, Canvey Island, selected for the 2019 Royal Academy of Arts 251st Summer Exhibition in London, running until Monday 12 August.


Times Past - Photographs by Nicholas Hardinge

Tuesday, 14 - Friday, 24 May 2019 at the Art Workers’ Guild

 

An exhibition of photographs by Nicholas Hardinge (1927 - 2005), hosted by Brother Jacqueline Taber. The exhibition will be open in the Master’s room 10.30am to 4.30pm daily and there will be a private view on Friday 17 May, 6.30pm - 8.30pm.


Redlees Open Studios

Bro. Monica Boxley is holding Open Studios this weekend, Friday 10 May to Sunday 12 May, at Redlees Studios, Isleworth.
There will be a private view Friday 10 May, 6pm - 9pm. 
https://www.redlees.org/ 


Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic

Bro. Will Houstoun has contributed a video exhibit to the Smoke and Mirrors: The Psychology of Magic exhibition at Wellcome Collection, running until Sunday 15 September 2019. He has also organised a programme of live events running alongside the exhibition, taking place each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  His hands also star in the all the promo material.


Craft[ing] the Body Symposium

Bro. Gareth Mason will be speaking at the Craft[ing] the Body symposium, taking place on Wednesday 22 May at the Craft Study Centre, University for the Creative Arts. He will be speaking on Making Sense, exploring the role of the body and senses in crafts practice, using his own work and experience as reference.  


Inscribed: The Craft of Cutting Letters

Bro. Eric Marland has work on show at Inscribed: The Craft of Cutting Letters hosted by the the Hand Engravers Association and The Lettering Arts Trust as part of London Craft Week at the Goldsmith’s Centre.  The exhibition runs until Thursday 11 July. 


Twelve apostles of Notre Dame

During Past Master Sophie MacCarthy’s year as Master in 2010 there was a talk given by Deirdre Westgate on a 19th century French sculptor and stone carver called Victor Geoffroy-Dechaume. He was Past Master MacCarthy’s great-great grandfather who worked with the architect Violet Le Duc on the major restoration programme of cathedrals and churches in France during the second half of the nineteenth century. One of the major projects was Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and as well as re-carving many of the statues of saints and kings that one sees on the facade, Victor was also responsible for creating 12 statues of the apostles, each one 3 meters high and made of beaten copper (for lightness), positioned on the roof. These statues would have been completely destroyed by the fire on 15 April 2019 had they not all been airlifted off just three days before, in advance of renovation work. Sadly however, as we all saw, the spire was destroyed in the inferno. It remains to be seen if it will be rebuilt or not.


Darning and Patching Workshop

  

The AWG Outreach committee invites you to a day of decorative darning and mending on Saturday 4 May, 1 - 5 pm in the Art Workers’ Guild Hall. Please bring your holes or somebody else’s. If you are one of those extraordinary people who has no holes, please come along anyway.

Yarns and woven fabrics of many colours are waiting to darn knitwear and patch holes. There will be tuition in the use of darning mushrooms, and examples of how decorative darning can bring new life to old favourites.  Sewing machines, irons, needles and scissors will all be provided along with refreshments. It’s possible that standard buttons can be matched but we are unable to mend broken zips.

Please RSVP to Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.org or call on 020 7713 0966.
Entry is Free

 


London Craft Week 2019

London Craft Week
The Guild is holding two events over London Craft Week, between 8 - 12 May 2019.

Unveiled – The Craft of Millinery
Wednesday 8 - Friday 10 May

This exhibition brings together British milliners, chosen for their diverse designs and skills, to give an insight into the particular workings and craftsmanship of each. Curated by leading milliners and Brothers of the Guild, Rachel Trevor Morgan, Edwina Ibbotson and Noel Stewart, the exhibition draws on their experience and knowledge to bring together the best of British millinery, including hats from Stephen Jones, Philip Treacy and Bro. Bridget Bailey. Their aim is to highlight the very special craft of millinery and its varied techniques, both modern and traditional. A working gallery forms part of the exhibition, where you can see hats being made over the three days. There is also a display of winning hats from the annual Feltmakers’ Design Competition.

Included in the week are ticketed talks and demonstrations.  For more details, please see the website.

The Art of Making at the Art Workers’ Guild
Sunday 12 May, 11am - 5pm

The Guild is holding a special one-day event to showcase the enormous variety of our members’ craft disciplines. Brothers will be demonstrating the specialist skills involved in the making process of each, featuring stone carving, textile design and calligraphy, to name but a few.
Entry is free and refreshments will be available.

Those taking part include:

Jane Cox - Potter
Wally Gilbert - Sculptor
Edwina Ibbotson  - Milliner
Paul Jakeman - Stonecarver
Mark L’Argent - Calligrapher
Sue Lowday - Leather work
Georgy Metichian - Woodcarving
Jeremy Nichols - Potter
Tom Samuel - Woodcarving
Annie Sherburne - Textiles


Birth of Flowers

Bro. Annie Sherburne has a career-spanning retrospective exhibition, Birth of Flowers, at Contemporary Applied Arts from Wednesday 1 May to Saturday 1 June.  There will be a private view on Thursday 9 May, 4pm to 7pm and Annie will also be doing a free beading workshop as part of London Craft Week on Saturday 11 May, 2pm - 5pm.


Dedalo Minosse International Prize

The 11th Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building are now looking for applications. Bro Richard Haslam is a founder Juryman and is looking for architect Brothers to nominate client candidates that have made a significant contribution to the success of a new building.  For more information please see the website.


Private Passions

Be sure to listen to Bro. Roger Kneebone’s Private Passions on BBC 3.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00045vc


Simon Armitage’s Hansel & Gretel

Design for Today have invited Guild members to join them at the event they are holding at the Guild on Wednesday 22 May at 6.30 pm. 

Simon Armitage will giving the first public reading of his new narrative poem, Hansel & Gretel. The reading will be accompanied by a short animation of Hansel & Gretel, produced by the illustrator Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Tickets are available here.


The Magic Hour

PM Ian Archie Beck’s new book The Magic Hour, based around John Singer Sargent’s painting Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose, has just been published by the Tate Gallery. You can find it here.


Fifty Works by Fifty British Women Artists 1900–1950

Designed by PM Brian Webb, the exhibition is now on tour and opens at The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery at the University of Leeds from Tuesday 9 April. 


Boomerang

Bro. Shanti Gorton has designed the set for the play Boomerang which, following two sold out runs, is now showing at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington, from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 19 May. For more info and tickets, please see the website.


Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis - Interpretations in craft and architecture Open Evening

This Thursday, 14 March, from 6-9pm there will be an open evening at the Guild to view and discuss work in progress for the Re-envisioning John Frederick Lewis - Interpretations in craft and architecture exhibition taking place at the Guild in the Autumn. 

All are welcome and drinks will be provided. It is an AWG Outreach project in partnership with The Watts Gallery and East London Textile Arts.


Quietude

Bro. Emma Alcock’s exhibition,Quietude, opens this Friday 15 March at the Fine Art Society in Edinburgh, and runs until Saturday 6 April.  There will be a private view on Thursday 14 March, 6pm - 8pm.


Ceramic Art London

Ceramic Art London takes place from Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March at Central St Martins Kings Cross, featuring work by Brothers Ashley Howard, Chris Keenan, PM Sophie MacCarthy and Jeremy Nichols.


East Anglian Women Artists of Today

Bro. Ivy Smith - Whitlingham Marsh

Bro. Jacqueline Taber’s Geedon Gallery will be showing East Anglian Women Artists of Today from Saturday 13 to Sunday 28 April, 11am - 5.30pm daily, and then by appointment until Wednesday 15 May. 


Sundials: Cutting Time

Bro. Lida Lopes Cardozo Kindersley and Frank King have just published Sundials: Cutting Time exploring both the science and art of creating sundials in stone. Illustrations of 27 Kindersley dials dating from 1938 to the present day are detailed, their design and workings explained. To order your copy, you can visit the website or we have a handful of copies in the Office - £15.00 each (plus p & p).


Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition

Bro. James Stevens Curl has been given the 2019 Arthur Ross Award for Excellence in the Classical Tradition for history and writing by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.


Hats for Brain Tumour Research

Bro. Edwina Ibbotson has designed this year’s brooch for Brain Tumour Research - on sale now until Friday 29 March - coinciding with Wear a Hat day - all in aid of raising funds for the charity. Each brooch is £10 and limited to a run of just 500 and you can buy one here. You may also notice brooches designed by Bros Noel Stewart and Rachael Trevor-Morgan in previous years.


MADE London

Made London takes place from Thursday 28 to Sunday 31 March at Canary Wharf.  Several Brothers will be exhibiting, including Bridget Bailey, Charlotte Grierson, PM Jane Cox, Jeff Soan, Jeremy Nichols and Lesley Strickland.


Artropocene: iBiennale MMXIX

Bro. Michael Petry has work on show at Artropocene: iBiennale MMXIX at the Y Center for Visual Arts in Honolulu, Hawaii until Sunday 24 March. The work is a MAP unit - made from freshwater pearls and is exactly his height.


Exhibition - Attitude by Isabella Kocum

Monday 8 April to Wednesday 17 April 2019 
at the Art Workers’ Guild 

 

 
The Power of Wealth/This Yellow Slave

This is the first UK solo show for Swiss born sculptor Isabella Kocum. Using a number of techniques including printmaking, gilding, sculpture and ceramics, her work explores contemporary issues rooted in the traditions of European art. In this exhibition she will be showing polychrome wood reliefs alongside lustre glazed ceramic figures and lino prints.

There will be a private view on Monday 8 April, 6pm – 9pm


Relief Printmaking

Bro. Neil Jennings has an exhibition, Relief Printmaking in the Master’s room from Monday 18 to Saturday 30 March. There will be wood engravings, woodcuts and linocuts all available for sale. 
There will be a private view on Monday 18 March, 6.30 - 9 pm. 

For more information contact Neil on neiljennings20@gmail.com or 07812 99455.


Making is Good for You

Bro. Rachael Matthews is giving a short talk and ’In Conversation’ on the controversial subject of ’well being’ in the Crafts at Making is Good for You – The Heritage Crafts Association Conference 2019 on Saturday 9 March at Cecil Sharp House. For more information about the event and tickets please see the Heritage Craft association website


Bro. Lesley Strickland at Desire Fair

Bro. Lesley Strickland is showing some new designs including the MODA and VUTO Earrings at the Desire Fair at the Old Chelsea Town Hall from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 March. She has lots of tickets for the private view on Thursday 7 March, 4.30 - 8 pm. Please email Lesley if you would like a ticket on lesley@lesley-strickland.co.uk


Francis Pollen’s work at Worth Abbey

Bro. Alan Powers will be speaking on Francis Pollen’s work at Worth Abbey on Saturday 2 March as part of Art + Christianity’s Visual Communion - a series of symposia exploring the art, architecture and craft of the Eucharist, asking how the visual arts have shaped and are shaped by the Eucharist. The event is taking place at the Bishop’s Palace, Chichester and you can find more details on the website.


Exhibition - Call for Submissions

John Frederick Lewis - Orientalism Then and Now - Interpretations in craft and architecture

 

 

The Outreach Committee are calling for submissions for an exhibition exploring the work of the Victorian Orientalist painter, John Frederick Lewis, and offering contemporary interpretations of ’the Oriental’ today. The project is in partnership with East London Textile Arts and The Watts Gallery and will run in parallel to the Watts Gallery exhibition of portraits by John Frederick Lewis to be held from summer 2019.

The Guild exhibition will be on show in January and February 2020. Brothers are invited to participate in two ways. The first is by creating an octagon, based on the traditional Islamic motif.  You can interpret this in any way you choose and in any medium you choose. The octagon should be no bigger than 16cm across – i.e. based on two intersecting 12 cm squares. Please find a template attached to get you started. The image above shows examples of octagons that have been made and embroidered by ELTA to give some inspiration. 

The second way to participate is if Brothers have ideas or already finished work which they feel would fit within the focus of the show - whether illustration, architectural plans, Islamic designs etc - we’d love to see them and work out how they can be incorporated. Inclusion is on a first come basis. Work can be for sale.

If you would like to take part in the project or would like more information, please contact Bro. Celia Ward by email or phone on 07985 993191. We’d love as many Brothers as possible to participate.


HRH visit in the Daily Mail

We have recently found out that HRH Prince of Wales’ visit to the Guild last year was reported in the Daily Mail at the time. 


Boomerang

Bro. Shanti Gorton has designed the set for the play Boomerang,  which is showing at the White Bear Theatre Pub, Kennington, from Tuesday 26 February to Saturday 2 March. For more info and tickets, please see the website.


Creative Weekend

Bro. Silvia McRae-Brown is holding a Creative Weekend at Paddock Studio in Lewes, creating portraits in clay on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March.  For more information please see the website.


Exhibition - Painting With Glass

Monday 4 February to Monday 29 April 2019 
at the Art Workers’ Guild

 

An exhibition of glass work by Brothers in the Yellow Gallery and Courtyard.  The exhibition shows finished pieces and the processes and tools behind them and features work by Katharine Coleman, Ged Palmer, Sally Pollitzer, Tracey Sheppard, Caroline Swash and Helen Whittaker.

Curated by Bro. Monica Grose-Hodge.


New Brothers

The Committee meeting on the 23 January saw the election of a new Brother and a new Affiliate Brother to the Guild. We wish them both a very warm welcome!

 

Ptolemy Dean
Architect
Proposed by Jeremy Musson 
Seconded by Oliver Caroe
http://www.ptolemydean.co.uk


 
Nicholas Hughes
Affiliate Brother
Drawing and all its applications
Proposed by Daniel Heath
https://diddletron.com


Studio Space available

Bro. Richard Adams currently has a studio space available for rent - if interested, please email him on richard@adamsassociates.org.uk


Proctor & Matthews Architects and Homes England

Bro. Stephen Proctor, of Proctor & Matthews Architects, is delighted that his firm is part of the Tibbalds CampbellReith JV team appointed to the Homes England 2019-2023 Multidisciplinary Framework. It is one of 20 specialist teams joining the panel set up via the OJEU process to provide Homes England and other public sector bodies with rapid and cost effective access to professionals who will help deliver new development. 


The Arts and Crafts in the Digital Age

Bro. Luke Hughes will be giving a talk entitled The Arts and Crafts in the Digital Age, on Friday 22 February, 6pm, to the Friends of the Gordon Russell Design Museum at the Lygon Arms in Broadway, Worcs.  Guild Brothers are welcome to attend and you can find more information here


Ivy Smith at the NPG

Bro. Ivy Smith’s painting of Sir Richard and Sir David Attenborough (1989) is included in the new 20th Century display at the National Portrait Gallery.


AWG Collage Workshop


Bro. Magdalene Odundo exhibition - The Journey of Things

Bro. Magdalene Odundo has an exhibition of work The Journey of Things opening at The Hepworth Wakefield from Saturday 16 February to Sunday 2 June 2019. This major exhibition will bring together more than 50 of Odundo’s vessels alongside a large selection of historic and contemporary objects which she has curated to reveal the vast range of references from around the globe that have informed the development of her unique work.


Bro. Sally Scott Retrospective

Bro. Sally Scott currently has a retrospective exhibition of her glass, paintings and prints at the Menier Gallery until  Saturday 2 February.  


Bro. Roger Kneebone is the fourteenth Professor of Anatomy

Bro. Roger Kneebone will become the fourteenth Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Academy of Arts on January 19 2019. You can also view recordings of his recent Gresham Lecture series online - Dissecting the Consultation also features new Brother Will Houstoun.


Bro. Rebecca Jewell at the Catto Gallery

Bro. Rebecca Jewell will be showing new and recent work in a joint exhibition with artist Pam Hawkes at the Catto Gallery from Friday 8 to Monday 25 February. There will be a private view on Thursday 7 February, 6 - 8.30 pm - please RSVP to rebecca@pagelane.co.uk.


Table Top Museum in The Fortean Times

There was a brilliant double page spread in the Christmas edition of the Fortean Times featuring an interview with Bro. Stephen Fowler about the AWG Table Top Museum 2018 that took place as part of Open House. Get your thinking hats on for 2019’s Museum! 


Painting Holiday

Bro. Richard Sorrell is holding a painting holiday at Camilla and Gianludovico de Martino’s splendid palazzo in Amantea, Southern Italy, from Saturday 18 - Saturday 25 May 2019. Easels, canvas and acrylic paints provided, please bring own brushes, oil paints and watercolours. For more information or to book a place please contact Camilla de Martino


The Londonderry Plantation

Bro. James Stevens Curl has written the foreword to a new facsimile of Theo Moody’s 1939 book, The Londonderry Plantation 1609-41.You can view more information here.  


New Brothers

The Committee meeting on the 21 November saw the election of 5 new Brothers to the Guild. We wish them all a very warm welcome!
 
Phillida Gili
Illustrator/writer/publisher
Proposer: Phil Abel
Seconder: Meredith Ramsbotham
 
Will Houstoun
Conjuring
Proposer: Prue Cooper
Seconder: Rachael Matthews
www.drhoustoun.com
 
Lawrence Neal
Chairmaker
Proposer: Jane Cox
Seconder: Monica Grose-Hodge
www.lawrencenealchairs.co.uk
 
Eleanore Edwards Ramsey
Designer Bookbinder
Proposer: Bernard Middleton
Seconder: Flora Ginn 

Penny Walsh
Natural Dyes
Proposer: Jane Cox 
Seconder: Prue Bramwell-Davis
www.aotextiles.com


Live Art Development Agency Festive Fair

Bro. Rachael Matthews is showing knitted rocks at the Live Art Development Agency Festive Fair on Sunday 9 December.


Alan Kitching’s A to Z of London

Bro. Alan Kitching will be launching his A to Z of London as a boxed limited edition at the London Art Fair from Wednesday 16 to Sunday 20 January 2019.  It is a subjective A to Z of his favourite haunts in the capital - a lexicon of London marries the individual letters of the alphabet with many historic locations, contemporary buildings, national monuments, sports grounds, hotels and eponymous retailers that contribute to the fabric of this great city. 


Curators in Conversation

Bro. Michael Petry will be discussing the lasting influence of Spanish Old Masters in contemporary arts practice with Dr Nicola Jennings, Director of the Colnaghi Foundation, at Curators in Conversation,  on 6 December, 6:30 - 8:30pm at the Colnaghi Foundation.  The event is part of Spain NOW!, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the season of contemporary arts and culture in London. Please RSVP to info@colnaghifoundation.com.


The Book of Pebbles

Why do we pick up pebbles on the beach? Random Spectacular’s (otherwise known as Bros Angie and Simon Lewin) forthcoming book (published in February 2019) is part social history and part practical guide - writer and pebble collector Christopher Stocks unearths the sometimes surprising story of our love-affair with pebbles, and considers how the way we see them today has been influenced over the years by artists, authors and even archaeologists. Bro. Angie has illustrated the book with more than 40 prints, watercolours and sketchbook pages.


Marking Time with Cardozo Kindersley Workshop

On Monday 17 December at 4pm, Bro. Lida Kindersley will feature on Marking Time on BBC Radio 4, talking about the Cardozo Kindersley Workshop.  The workshop also has a new book,Cutting through nature - Kindersley Inscriptions from Wild Settings to intimate Gardensavailable here


Pollocks Toy Theatre Tea Party

Pollock’s Toy Museum Trust and Bro. Alan Powers will be holding the Toy Theatre Tea Party on Sunday 6 January 2019 at the Guild. Joe Gladwin will be performing Aladdin, or The Wonderful Lamp.  The first performance is 2pm for 2.30pm start followed by a slap up tea.  The second performance starts with tea at 4.30pm with curtain up at 5pm.  Tickets are £8 for Adults, £3 for Children. Please contactpasquito@aol.com for more information.


The Art Workers’ Guild - Christmas Card Sale

 

The Art Workers’ Guild

Christmas Card Sale

 

 

A selection of festive cards created by Brothers of the Guild on sale in the Gallery.

Individual cards: £3

Pack of 5 cards: £12

Please ask for Elspeth, Leigh or Catherine if you would like to purchase.

Cash only


Exhibition - The Sphinx Project Repositories of forgotten dreams

Monday 19 to Saturday 24 November

An exhibition exploring a collaboration between painting, gilding and computer graphics by Brother Elizabeth Ball, Prof. Grzegorz Mazurek and Marek Letkiewicz PhD.  Exploring the concept that museums are not a storage of paintings and sculptures but repositories of timeless human imagination.  Images reach us from the past, they are projections of the visual mind in which we intuitively sense the vibration, strength of life and energy.

There will be a private view on Saturday 24 November, 6 - 9.30 pm.


Royal Society of Musicians

Bro. Russell Taylor has adapted and renovated a listed building on Fitzroy Square for the Royal Society of Musicians which was formally opened by HRH The Prince of Wales on Thursday 15 November.


Remarkable Creatures

Bro. Lincoln Taber has an exhibition, Remarkable Creatures, along with Stephanie Rubin at Thompson Spare until Saturday 1 December. 


Beehives for HRH Prince of Wales

PM Anthony Paine has created three handcrafted beehives, commissioned by Fortnum & Mason to give as a birthday present to HRH the Prince of Wales for the gardens at Highgrove. He has worked in close consultation with Steven Benbow, keeper of the hives at both Highgrove and Fortnum & Mason. ’We wanted to be sure the bees would be happy, rather than flying away in fright’.


Royal Mail Christmas Stamps

Bro. Andrew Davidson has illustrated this years Royal Mail Christmas stamps.  


Eric Ravilious Scrapbook

Past Masters Peyton Skipwith and Brian Webb’s latest book Eric Ravilious Scrapbooks is just published by Lund Humphries. It follows the same format as their book Edward Bawden Scrapbooks from the same publisher.


PM Sophie MacCarthy and Charles MacCarthy at Piers Feetham Gallery

PM Sophie MacCarthy will be exhibiting her ceramics alongside paintings by her brother Charles MacCarthy at the Piers Feetham Gallery. Exhibition runs from until Saturday 24 November. There will be a private view on Thursday 1 and Tuesday 6 November,  6.30pm - 8.30pm.  For more information please see the website.


Bro. Rob Ryan at the William Morris Gallery

Bro. Rob Ryan has a solo show of his papercuts and silkscreen prints at the William Morris Gallery until Sunday 27 January 2019.

 


Bro. Roger Kneebone on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme

Bro. Roger Kneebone was interviewed by Martha Kearney on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Tuesday (6.55 am) discussing dexterity, surgery and the knowledge of the maker. 


Ashford Civic Beacon

Bro. Tim Ward has created a permanent civic beacon for Ashford - whose first formal firing will be on Sunday 11 November.


Exhibition - Alan Powers - The Art of an Art Historian

Monday 5 to Thursday 15 November 2018 
  

Better known for his books on mid-twentieth century British artists, architects and designers, Bro. Alan Powers also produced a considerable body of paintings and graphics, mostly in the 1980s. These are the subject of a forthcoming book from Inky Parrot Press, with text by the artist and introductory essays by Peter Davidson and Michael Hall. In anticipation of this, he is staging a small retrospective exhibition at the Art Workers’ Guild, of which he has been a member since 1982.

The exhibition includes a number of watercolour paintings for sale, and others borrowed from their owners, showing buildings, landscapes and interiors. There will also be samples of etchings, lithographs, magazine illustration, painted furniture and a couple of peep shows.

There will be a private view on Saturday 10 November, 6 - 9pm.

Details about the book can be obtained from dennis@parrotpress.co.uk


Radio Cumbria

Bro. Shawn Williamson appeared on Radio Cumbria’s ’The Arty Show’ talking about his latest project.  Hear him around 11 minutes in.


Father and Daughter

There will be an exhibition of past Bro. Gillian Whaite’s and her father, Clarence Whaite’s, work called ’Father and Daughter’ at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester, from Tuesday 6 to Sunday 18 November.  Master Jane Cox will open the exhibition on Tuesday 6 at 6pm. Please see the website for more information.


Duchess of Sussex wearing Bro. Noel Stewart

The Duchess of Sussex attended last weekend’s Royal Wedding wearing a hat made by Bro. Noel Stewart.

Posted on: 18 October 2018


Natural history painting course at the Linnean Society

Bros Sandy Ross Sykes and Rebecca Jewell are running a natural history painting course at the Linnean Society from the end of October. Please see the website for more details.

Posted on: 18 October 2018


RIBA Stirling Prize

Bro. Simon Henley was recently shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize.  The shortlisted project is currently on show at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, until Friday 9 November.

Posted on: 18 October 2018


Film Screening - The Chair Maker

Film Screening - The Chair Maker 
Tuesday 16 October, 7 pm - 9 pm
at the Art Workers’ Guild

A film screening of The Chair Maker by Falcon Productions. Master craftsman Lawrence Neal has been handcrafting exquisite ladderback chairs for over half a century. The Chair Maker explores his making process, the historic lineage of ladderback chairs, and the existential threat facing modern craftspeople.  For more information see the website.


Talk - William Simmonds - The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts movement

Talk - William Simmonds - The Silent Heart of the Arts and Crafts movement
Thursday 25 October, 5 pm to 6.30 pm
at the Art Workers’ Guild

A talk by Jessica Douglas-Home on the sculpture and puppets of past Brother William Simmonds, to coincide with the publication of her new book and an exhibition of Simmond’s work. RSVP to 
magdalenevans@gmail.com


Place Makers

Bro. Vicki Ambery Smith and Ed Kluz have an exhibition, Place Makers, at the Scottish Gallery until Saturday 27 October. For more info please see the website


Full Time Workshop assistant wanted

Bro. Geoffrey Preston is currently looking for a full time workshop assistant, initially for a three-month project starting in January 2019, but with a view to longer-term work.  If anyone knows anyone who would be interested please see the job description attached or visit the website.


Praktis

Bro. Lesley Strickland will be showing new designs at Praktis 2018 - Mind and Matter: the making of craft, at Bury Court Barn, near Farnham, from Thursday 11 to Sunday 14 October.


CRAFT: Documents of Contemporary Art

Bro. Tanya Harrod’s new book, CRAFT: Documents of Contemporary Art, published by MIT and the Whitechapel Gallery is now available. Tanya will be in conversation with Phyllida Barlow to formally launch the book at the Whitechapel Gallery on Thursday 29 November at 7pm. For more information please see the website.


Geedon Gallery Autumn Exhibition

Bro. Jacqueline Taber’s Geedon Gallery is holding an Autumn exhibition until Sunday 21 October, 11am to 5.30pm daily, and then by appointment until Saturday 15 December.  The exhibition features many Brothers of the Guild, including Bro. Matthew Eve, PM Prue Cooper, Bro. A Lincoln Taber, Bro. Anne Hickmott, Bro. Jeff Soan and Bro. Georgy Metichian.


The Word is Art

Bro. Michael Petry’s new book, The Word is Art, will be published by Thames and Hudson on Thursday 18 October. For more info please see Michael’s website


MADE London

Made London takes place Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 October featuring work by many Brothers, including new Bro. Bridget Bailey, Master Jane Cox, Bro. Charlotte Grierson, Bro. Jeremy Nichols, Bro. Jeff Soan, and Bro. Lesley Strickland.


Open Studio

Bro’s Sally Scott and Gilbert Whyman are holding an Open Studio and garden this weekend, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October, 11am - 6pm.  For more info please the leaflet here.


Gresham College public lectures 2018

Bro. Roger Kneebone will be giving four public lectures as Gresham College 2018 Visiting Professor of Medical Education. His theme is ‘Performing Medicine, Performing Surgery’ and he’ll be drawing on many of his collaborations with Brothers of the Guild.  The first lecture is on Wednesday 31 October at 6 pm at the Museum of London. For more info see the website.


New Brothers

The Committee meeting on the 26 September saw the election of 4 new Brothers to the Guild. We wish them all a very warm welcome!

Bridget Bailey – textile artist
Proposer: Roger Kneebone 
Seconder: Edwina Ibbotson
https://bridgetbailey.co.uk/
 
Harriet Vine – jeweller
Proposer: Rachael Matthews
Seconder: Rosie Wolfenden
https://www.tattydevine.com/
 
Taslim Martin – sculptor
Proposer: Gareth Mason 
Seconder: Carol McNicoll
http://www.taslimmartin.co.uk/

Rachel Warr – Puppetry director and dramaturg
Proposer: Roger Kneebone  
Seconder: Prue Cooper

https://www.facebook.com/dottedlinetheatre


Exhibition - The Figure; cast, carved and restored

There is a new exhibition in the Yellow Gallery, ‘The Figure; cast, carved and restored’, featuring work by Brothers James Butler, Wally Gilbert, Charlotte Hubbard, Guy Reid and Simon Smith.

James Butler

  

James Butler is one of today’s foremost figurative sculptors. He has been a member of the Royal Academy since 1964; he is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors and a member of the Royal West of England Academy. His many monuments and memorials stand in London and other UK cities, and also abroad in Kenya, Zambia, Saudi Arabia, France, Singapore, Madeira and in the USA. His small and medium-size bronzes are in many private collections.

His large monumental figurative sculptures including the Rainbow Division Memorial, a pieta placed at the site of the Battle of the Croix Rouge Farm in Fère-en-Tardenois, France; the winged figure of Daedalus, a Memorial to the Fleet Air Arm which stands in the Embankment Gardens in London; the Memorial to the Green Howards, a seated figure of a contemplative soldier, described as ‘one of the most moving war memorials of our time’, are just a few examples of his love for the military hero. In contrast, he has also designed for the Royal Mint, the Royal Seal of the Realm, the Jubilee coin and the 50 pence piece, commemorating Roger Bannister’s 4 minute mile.

http://www.jamesbutler-ra.com

Wally Gilbert

  

Wally has a unique and instantly recognisable decorative style, using fine silver wire and chasing to build up layer upon layer of detailed surface. His silverwork has won a number of awards and can be found in the V&A museum, as well as many other international public and private collections.  

His commissions include the De Beers Diamond trophy for Ascot 2000 and he was granted the Freedom of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths in 1999. Wally also designed and made the cast iron barrel vault beams that you see in Guild Courtyard. 

http://www.wallygilbert.co.uk

Charlotte Hubbard

  

Charlotte Hubbard is Head of Sculpture Conservation at the V&A Museum. Her work has included a wide range of preventive and interventive conservation on European and Asian objects in a variety of materials. Other activities include advising curators, designers and engineers on both sculpture-specific and wider conservation issues such as environment, lighting and display.

She has recently enjoyed making plaster piece-moulds. However, her area of specific interest is terracotta and its use in sculpture. This includes historic sculpture and her own production.

Guy Reid 

  

As a sculptor working in lime wood, Reid’s carvings appear in both natural wood and painted. It is the body itself, both naked and clothed, which fascinates Reid, evoking the complex nature of human being. The philosophical debate surrounding this subject and its reflections on the tangible ‘reality’ of creation have had a considerable impact on his work.

When working on portraits, the engagement he has with the individuals who sit for him is central. Whilst his carvings draw on traditions of European gothic and early renaissance lime wood sculpture, it is the photographic basis of his work that gives a perplexing exactness that the medieval could never achieve, and it is this marriage of the traditional and the modern that gives his work its originality.

Reid has exhibited throughout the UK and internationally, in the USA, France, Australia and Asia. Public commissions include the controversial and much acclaimed nude Madonna and Child for St. Matthew’s Church Westminster, a naked Christ figure for St. George’s Church Paris, a figure of Adam for Mirfield College Yorkshire and 14 life size portraits for the Avoncroft Museum. Other commissioned portraits include authors Philip Pullman and Dame Jacqueline Wilson, plus British comedian and chat show host Alan Carr. His works can be found in significant international collections worldwide.

http://www.guyreid.com

Simon Smith

 

Simon Smith is an artist who designs, models and carves for commissions. His work ranges from historic ornament and figurative carving to contemporary sculpture and memorials. Recent clients include Liverpool City Council, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, The National Trust and Westminster Abbey, as well as private clients.
In 2015 his Winchester memorial to soldiers of the First World War, A Promise Honoured, was shortlisted for the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture.
Simon is also a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Master Carvers Association.

http://simonsmithstonecarving.com


The Studio of Harold Jones

Bro. Neil Jennings is holding ’The Studio of Harold Jones’ at the Guild from Monday 1 to Saturday 13 October.  Featuring paintings, watercolours, prints and original artwork.   

Posted on: 25 September 2018


The Imprisonment of Annie Cobden-Sanderson, Women’s Suffrage, and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Bro. Marianne Tidcombe will be giving a lecture, ‘The Imprisonment of Annie Cobden-Sanderson, Women’s Suffrage, and the Arts and Crafts Movement’ at The Watts Gallery Artists’ Village, Compton, Surrey on Wednesday 26 September 2018 at 7 pm.  See website for tickets.


200 Best Illustrators Worldwide

An interview with Bro. Matthew Eve is featured in this year’s ’200 Best Illustrators Worldwide’ published by Luerzer’s Archive. 


Sculpture Dialogues

Bro. Giles Downes has an exhibition, Sculpture Dialogues, at The Gallery 77 Cowcross Street, London from Monday 5 to Friday 16 November.  There will be a private view on Tuesday 6 November.


Nature Table

Bro. Angie Lewin, along with Emily Sutton, is holding ’Nature Table’ at the Town House in Spitalfields, showing recent work and new fabric and wallpaper designs, until Sunday 30 September. This is a St Jude’s In The City event, and visitors will also be able to explore the St Jude’s Studio Archive range, featuring reissued wallpaper designs by Edward Bawden and Sheila Robinson.


Farewell Yellow Brick Road

Forty five years ago, PM Ian Archie Beck drew the cover image of Elton John’s seminal album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.  Elton is now embarking on his three year world tour Farewell Yellow Brick Road. PM Beck has made a new updated version of the original drawing which features on the official tour souvenir programme.


Bro. Sue Lowday - Craft in Focus

Bro. Sue Lowday is featured on Craft in Focus this month, giving an insight into her work.


Table Top Museum 2018

Sunday 23 September, 11 am - 6 pm 

Desdemona McCannon The Museum of Ashridge

The Art Workers’ Guild Table Top Museum is back for its third year, in conjunction with Open House weekend.  Join us for an inventive celebration of the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect, organised by Bro. Stephen Fowler and PM George Hardie.  

Come and delight in an exhibition of 24 installations, curated by Guild Brothers and others selected by invitation, featuring mincers, alphabets, antique breadboards, rough seas, objects of desire and the architectural garden of Eden, to name but a few.  This year we will also be dedicating a table to matchbox museums - special collections in micro.

Examples of Matchbox Museums
 
This forms part of Open House Weekend. More information can be found on their website and catalogue.  

We will be open to the public for one day only on Sunday 23 September, 11 am – 6 pm. 
Cake and refreshments will be available throughout the day.

Venue :
The Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AT

For more information contact Leigh Milsom Fowler on info@artworkersguild.org
020 7713 0966


*Call for Entries* Table Top Museum - Open House 2018

The Art Workers’ Guild
Sunday 23 September, 11 am - 6 pm
The Art Workers’ Guild Table Top Museum is back for its third year, in conjunction with Open House weekend.  Join us for an inventive celebration of the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect, organised by Bro. Stephen Fowler and PM George Hardie.

   
  Desdemona McCannon The Museum of Ashridge, PM George Hardie Stencils
We are calling for submissions from Brothers of the Guild and their friends who would like to exhibit their collections, be they large or small. This year, the focus is again on ’Museums’, rather than simply collections. Submissions will be discussed by the Outreach Committee and accepted on the basis of the classification, narrative and explanations provided, as well as the quality, quirkiness or interest of the collection itself.  

If you’d like to take part, but cannot attend on the day itself, we are also reserving a table for a collection of Matchbox Museums. You can send your micro museums in the post to Leigh Milsom Fowler at the Guild.

                       Examples of Matchbox Museums

The Museum forms part of Open House Weekend, and will feature on their website and catalogue.  Please send details of your collection to Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.org answering the following by Friday 31 August. 

- Name
- Contact email and telephone number
- Specify whether table or matchbox entry
- Title of Museum/collection
- Description of Museum/collection - 40 words maximum (this will be for use in promotional material if submission is accepted)


We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Tiffany Leeson + Duane Kahlhamer Museum of Coastal Curiosities, Nicholas Cooper England in Paperweights


The Restless Girls

Bro. Angela Barrett has illustrated The Restless Girls by Jessie Burton, a feminist reinterpretation of a classic fairytale.  The book is coming out on 27 September with Bloomsbury.


Chance & Control: Art in the age of Computers

Bro. Clive Richards currently has his early hand-coloured computer prints on show in Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers at the V&A until Sunday 18 November.  For more info please see this article.


Falkland Craft Symposium

Bro. Peter Burman is organising the third annual Falkland Craft Symposium at the Centre for Stewardship, Fife, this weekend, Friday 17 to Sunday 19 August. The symposium celebrates traditional skills and provides opportunities for demonstrating and sharing them. For more information please see here.


Savage Manor

Bros Kevin Mulvany and Susie Rogers have just finished their latest, two year long project, Savage Manor, a quintessential English manor house, detailing the evolution of the Savage family home from 1500 to 1700.


Australian National Trust Heritage Awards

Bro. Deborah Carthy was a winner earlier this year at the Australian National Trust Heritage Awards for carrying out specialised stone conservation work on the Hyde Park Barracks guardhouses, gate piers and corner pavilion at Sydney Living Museums


Isle of Man Stamp Issue

PM Julian Bicknell is pleased to announce that Arragon Mooar, the house Julian Bicknell & Associates Ltd designed for Dr John Taylor OBE, is featured on a recent special Isle of Man stamp issue.


Prince & Patron Exhibition

Bro. Georgy Metichian currently has a hand carved picture frame on show at Buckingham Palace, selected by HRH The Prince of Wales, as part of the Prince & Patron Exhibition by the Royal Collection Trust.


Making Dystopia

Bro. James Stevens Curl new book, Making Dystopia - the strange rise and survival of Architectural Barbarism is published with Oxford University Press on Thursday 30 August. 


Sculpture Summer School at Ditchling

Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown is running a Sculpture Summer School at Ditchling Museum of Art & Craft over the bank holiday weekend Saturday 25 to Monday 27 August, 10am - 4pm.  For more info and how to book, please see here.


*Call for Entries* Table Top Museum - Open House 2018

The Art Workers’ Guild
Sunday 23 September, 11 am - 6 pm
The Art Workers’ Guild Table Top Museum is back for its third year, in conjunction with Open House weekend.  Join us for an inventive celebration of the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect, organised by Bro. Stephen Fowler and PM George Hardie.

   
  Desdemona McCannon The Museum of Ashridge, PM George Hardie Stencils
We are calling for submissions from Brothers of the Guild and their friends who would like to exhibit their collections, be they large or small. This year, the focus is again on ’Museums’, rather than simply collections. Submissions will be discussed by the Outreach Committee and accepted on the basis of the classification, narrative and explanations provided, as well as the quality, quirkiness or interest of the collection itself.  

If you’d like to take part, but cannot attend on the day itself, we are also reserving a table for a collection of Matchbox Museums. You can send your micro museums in the post to Leigh Milsom Fowler at the Guild.

                       Examples of Matchbox Museums

The Museum forms part of Open House Weekend, and will feature on their website and catalogue.  Please send details of your collection to Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.org answering the following by Friday 31 August. 

- Name
- Contact email and telephone number
- Specify whether table or matchbox entry
- Title of Museum/collection
- Description of Museum/collection - 40 words maximum (this will be for use in promotional material if submission is accepted)


We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Tiffany Leeson + Duane Kahlhamer Museum of Coastal Curiosities, Nicholas Cooper England in Paperweights


Heritage Crafts Association

Bro. Patricia Lovett has set up the All Party Parliamentary Group for Craft on behalf of the Heritage Crafts Association. It is hoped that it will provide a forum for all crafts - conservation craft, heritage building crafts, contemporary craft as well as heritage living crafts, and also crafts in education - school, colleges and universities and lifelong learning.


CounterCurrent

Bro. Katharine Coleman features in the latest episode of Bro. Roger Kneebone’s podcast Countercurrent.


Marthe Armitage Exhibition

PM Marthe Armitage has an exhibition of prints and paintings at Christ Church, Turnham Green, Town Hall Avenue, London W4 5DT from Friday 13 July to Monday 16 July.  For more info see the leaflet here.


Alphabet Museum

Many Brothers, including Eric Marland, Tom Perkins and John Nash have work featured in a new exhibition, Alphabet Museum, at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk,  IP17 1SP until Sunday 9 September 2018. The exhibition includes carvings, drawings, glass and wood work, systems of codes, Greek, Roman and Hebrew alphabets and axe work.


Richard Sorrell - BREXhibITion

Brother Richard Sorrell has a BREXhibITion of paintings about Exit from Brexit at the Bankside Gallery from Tuesday 24 July to Sunday 29 July. 


Taber’s at the Geedon Gallery

Brothers Jacqueline and Lincoln Taber are holding an exhibition of their work at the Geedon Gallery, Jaggers, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex CO5 7DN, from Saturday 14 July to Sunday 22 July, 11 am - 5.30 pm.


Brockley Open Studios

Master Jane Cox and Brother Sue Lowday, along with Anne Lynch, are holding an open studio at 62a Tyrwhitt road, London, SE4 1QG, as part of Brockley Open Studios on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.  For more info please see here.


Exhibition - But If I Tell You It Won’t Come True - Rob Ryan

Monday 18 June to Saturday 23 June 2018 at the Art Workers’ Guild 

Bro. Rob Ryan and TAG Fine Arts will be holding an exhibition of new work, But If I Tell You It Won’t Come True at the Guild. Rob has made a departure from his previous monochromatic paper cuts, showing new pieces using multi-layered collaged paper cuts and highly coloured limited silkscreen prints.  For more info please see the website.

Opening hours are Monday 18 June to Saturday 23 June, 10 am - 6 pm.

There will be a book signing with Rob on Saturday 23 June 1 pm - 3 pm. 


Exhibition - Salon Des Refusés - Traditional Architecture Group

Monday 4 June to Thursday 14 June 2018 in the Master’s Room 

 

An exhibition of works refused entry into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition by members of the Traditional Architecture Group, organised by Bro. Simon Hurst. 

This year, many TAG members submitted entries for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. So far all but one have been refused and all these entries, which include many fine architectural models, exquisite drawings, stone carvings and plasterwork will go into TAG’s own exhibition.

There will be a private view on Thursday 14 June, 6.30 pm - 9.30 pm to celebrate and publicise the fine work being produced by TAG members. Come along and judge for yourselves - drinks and nibbles are provided!


Murri Celebrates the Golden Thread

Bro. Stephen Fowler and Bro. Geoff Coupland are holding an evening of craft workshops, dance and music in celebration of the golden thread that entwines the folk song of the UK and USA together. Murri Celebrates the Golden Thread is taking place on Thursday 28 June 2018 from 4 pm to 10.30 pm, at Cecil Sharp House.


Underground Posters

Bro. Julie Westbury has been commissioned by London Transport to make two posters to promote shopping in Brixton and East Dulwich - you should be able to spot them on show throughout the underground.


Edward Bawden at Home

Bro. Angie Lewin and Bro. Simon Lewin, as St Jude’s, have just published Edward Bawden at Home under their Random Spectacular publishing imprint to accompany the exhibition at the Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden. It’s designed by Past Master Brian Webb and features written contributions by Past Master Peyton Skipwith and Brother Chris Brown.


The Art of Playfulness

An exhibition of work by new Brothers in the Yellow Gallery at the Art Workers’ Guild.  The exhibition shows finished pieces and the processes and tools behind them and features work by Hannah Coulson, Zebedee Helm and Jeff Soan.

Curated by Bro. Monica Grose-Hodge.

Hannah Coulson

There are several strands to my work: I’m a painter and illustrator, I lead workshops, I manage a programme that establishes creative exchanges between young people and practitioners, and I write and research too. These strands often overlap, informing and enriching each other.

As an illustrator and painter, I am interested in developing ways to make playful, less self-conscious work. I don’t have one fixed style or attitude, but I think there are sensibilities that can often be found in what I make. I like drawing outdoors. I like making things for people.

As a workshop leader and as a manager of participatory projects, I aim to have an adaptable approach that is responsive to the interests and needs of all those taking part. I value discussion and collaboration. I think about pace and flow.

When I write, I follow diverging and disparate threads of thought. I like finding ways to bring those threads together. I tend to look at ideas from multiple viewpoints rather than starting out with a theory to prove. I like to see the connections in things.

www.hannahcoulson.co.uk

Zebeedee Helm

Zebeedee Helm’s work is regularly published in several national publications including Private Eye, The Spectator, House and Garden, The Lady and Art Review. Recently he has been contributing animated Gifs on political matters to the Financial Times. He has embarked on creating a series of children’s guides, which include Kit and Willy’s guide to the Dogs of the World, Art and a forthcoming one on Buildings. They are co-published in America. In 2012 he co-wrote and illustrated a best-selling ABC book about the British Middle Class called inventively The Middle Class ABC. This was published by John Murray and has been translated into Mandarin and is hugely popular in China.


In late 2013 he cobbled together some drawings for John Lobb, the luxury shoemaker, then trotted out some maps and multifarious illustrations for French fashion house, Hermes. Fortnum & Mason got scent of his talent and commissioned a mural in the fragrance and beauty hall, and he inflated his prices for a residency with Airbnb in Milan. His latest illustrated work is a set of drawings for a recent history of Wimbledon tennis championships, called Standing in Line, which is published in May 2018. He also serves up the official cartoons for the Wimbledon fortnight and for the last 3 years has been the piss artist in chief for Jeroboams and their numerous wine merchants across London.

His ancient family motto is ‘Leones mihi cassis’, which translates as ‘Lions are blackcurrants to me’. He lives by this, in a hovel on the side of a windy valley in The Poshwolds. His interests include nougat.

www.zebedeehelm.com

Jeff Soan

My work reflects equally a love of creatures, great and small, and a love of wood. My earlier training as an artist and more lately as a toymaker has led to objects which can be seen as playful sculpture or perhaps sculptural toys, but I generally refer to it as Wobbly Wood.

I try to express the essential nature of the animals, birds, and fish I create, sometimes by simplification, sometimes by attention to detail and very often by the sinuous movement achieved with the technique of articulation. A large part of my work in recent years has been investigating the possibilities of this wobbly wood which is created by cutting the wood into narrow sections and securing it to canvas.

I use the wood’s natural forms and features; its grain, colour and bark to suggest the creature’s shape, markings, feathers and texture. Reclaimed wood is used extensively, from discarded furniture, driftwood, industrial pallets and friends’ and neighbours’ prunings, and it is this found wood that often informs and shapes the work. This constantly varying source of timber helps keep the work fresh and alive.

www.wobblywood.co.uk


London Craft Week: Unveiled - The Craft of Millinery


Loren Golden Headdress by Justin Smith

An exhibition bringing together the best of British millinery, showcasing the diverse styles and skills of makers and giving an insight into their design processes. In conjunction with London Craft Week, supported by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers and hosted by the Art Workers’ Guild.

Curated by leading milliners Bro. Rachel Trevor Morgan, Bro. Edwina Ibbotson and Bro. Noel Stewart, this unique exhibition draws on their experience and knowledge to highlight the very special craft of millinery and its varied techniques, both modern and traditional. It includes hats from Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy as well as millinery costumier, Bro. Jane Smith. There will also be a display of winning hats from the annual Feltmakers’ Design Competition. Throughout the week there will be a variety of ticketed talks, demonstrations and a documentary film. Please visit feltmakers.co.uk/london-craft-week for more details and booking.

Any profits raised for this event will go towards The Feltmakers Charitable Trust.

Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 May 2018, 11 am - 6 pm
at The Art Workers’ Guild

Keira Knightley in the Duchess wearing hat by Bro. Jane Smith


New Brothers

The Committee meeting on the 25 April saw the election of 5 new Brothers to the Guild. We wish them all a very warm welcome!

Julie Arkell
Maker in paper mache, fabric and wool
Proposer Fleur Oakes, Seconder Rachael Matthews
https://www.instagram.com/thescatteredchairs
 
Monica Boxley
Jewellery/Textile design
Proposer Ian Archie Beck, Seconder Lesley Strickland
www.monicaboxley.co.uk
 
Marie-Helene Jeeves
Illustrator
Proposer Rolfe Kentish, Seconder Alan Powers
http://www.mhjeeves.com/
 
Chris Keenan
Ceramicist
Proposer Jane Cox, Seconder Lesley Strickland
https://www.chriskeenan.co.uk/
 
Andrian Melka
Sculptor
Proposer Dick Reid, Seconder Tim Crawley
https://www.melkasculpture.com/


Mirror Mirror - Tif Hunter

Brother Tif Hunter is holding an exhibition of his work, Mirror Mirror, at Messum’s in Wiltshire from 16 - 20 May.  For more information, please see the website.


Standing a Little Outside Life - Edward Bawden and his friends and Followers

Bro. Neil Jennings is holding Standing a Little Outside Life - Edward Bawden and his friends and Followers at the Morley Gallery, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7HT from Monday 18 – Friday 22 June.  There will be a private view on Tuesday 19 June 6 – 8.30.  Please RSVP to neiljennings20@gmail.com.  


Society of Portrait Sculptors

Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown is holding a 3 day course from 19 - 21 May with the Society of Portrait Sculptors, creating life size portraits in clay.  It will be held at Skelton Studios (studio of the late John Skelton) and will cost £250. To book your place please email sps@portrait-sculpture.org . For more info please see the website.


Countercurrent Podcast

For those that don’t already know, Bro. Roger Kneebone creates a regular podcast called Countercurrent, where he holds conversations with ’unorthodox people whose careers defy traditional boundaries and who swim against the tide’.  You will find several Brothers of the Guild there, including PM Prue Cooper, Bro. Jane Smith, and Bro. Isabella Kocum amongst others.  To explore, please see the website.


Open Studio - Alec Peever

Bro. Alec Peever is holding an Open Studio, along with his wife, Fiona Peever, this coming weekend, Thursday 10 - Sunday 13 May. 12 pm - 5 pm.


Workflow

Bro. Michael Petry is currently participating in a group exhibition, Workflow, at the CC Sint-Niklaas museum, Belgium until 2 September 2018.  He is showing Libation to Virgo (Aphrodite), 2017, silver glazed porcelain stars in the shape of the Virgo constellation.  For more information please see the website.


Walpole’s Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional

Brother Geoffrey Preston will be participating in London Craft Week in a group exhibition, Walpole’s Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional, at Battersea Power Station. He will be exhibiting three new flower panels, which were inspired by paintings on French 18th century porcelain.  On Wednesday 9 May Geoffrey will be showing his sketchbooks and drawings, and discussing the inspiration behind some of his favourite pieces.  For more info please see the website.


Worked Surface - Art in Ditchling

New Brother, Chris Keenan, will be taking part in the Art in Ditchling open house exhibition. Worked Surface will explore how hand, eye and tool work together to create texture and detailing to the finished surface. It is a collaboration between Chris, textile designer/weaver Emily Mackey and furniture makers, Petrel. For more info please see the website.


AWG Facebook

The Guild now has a Facebook Page - if you use Facebook - please come and like us!


London Craft Week: Unveiled - The Craft of Millinery


Loren Golden Headdress by Justin Smith

An exhibition bringing together the best of British millinery, showcasing the diverse styles and skills of makers and giving an insight into their design processes. In conjunction with London Craft Week, supported by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers and hosted by the Art Workers’ Guild.

Curated by leading milliners Bro. Rachel Trevor Morgan, Bro. Edwina Ibbotson and Bro. Noel Stewart, this unique exhibition draws on their experience and knowledge to highlight the very special craft of millinery and its varied techniques, both modern and traditional. It includes hats from Stephen Jones and Philip Treacy as well as millinery costumier, Bro. Jane Smith. There will also be a display of winning hats from the annual Feltmakers’ Design Competition. Throughout the week there will be a variety of ticketed talks, demonstrations and a documentary film. Please visit feltmakers.co.uk/london-craft-week for more details and booking.

Any profits raised for this event will go towards The Feltmakers Charitable Trust.

Wednesday 9 - Saturday 12 May 2018, 11 am - 6 pm
at The Art Workers’ Guild

Keira Knightley in the Duchess wearing hat by Bro. Jane Smith


Reaching Out by PM Sally Pollitzer

Past Master Sally Pollitzer has recently completed a new commission comprised of three panels with a wall hung light box, called Reaching Out, for the Spiritual Care Centre at the Royal United Hospital, Bath. 


Made London

Made London is taking place from Wednesday 25 April to Sunday 29 April at the East Wintergarden at Canary Wharf.  Admission is free and they will be showcasing over 100 makers, including our Master Jane Cox, Bro. Charlotte Grierson, Bro. Sue Lowday and Bro. Lesley Strickland.


100 Pioneering Women

Bro. Peter Kindersley’s image of Bishop Libby Lane is featured in a new book by the National Portrait Gallery entitled 100 Pioneering Women. 


Grant MacDonald - International Silversmith

Bro. Rosemary Ransome Wallis has curated the upcoming exhibition Grant Macdonald International Silversmith. It is on at Goldsmiths’ Hall from Wednesday 25 April - Wednesday 25 July 2018 . For more information please see here.


Drawn From Nature

Hon. Sec. Rebecca Jewell is teaching Drawn from Nature: The Exotic, a five week course at the Royal Drawing School from Wednesday 25 April. As well as drawing from natural objects and artefacts in the studio, and the odd rare live animal, the course will visit the V&A, London Zoo and the Grant Zoology Museum. For more information please see the website.


Imposed Transitions by Renee Spierdijk

Bro. Renee Spierdijk has an exhibition Imposed Transitions at the Alison Richard Building at University of Cambridge from Thursday 5 April to Friday 29 June 2018.  


Easter Eggs and Christmas Cards

Bro. Jane Dorner has published a book of memoirs centred on her handmade Easter eggs and Christmas cards - £10 each - please get in contact with Jane if you would like one.


Chile Retreat

Bro. Shawn Williamson runs an art project retreat on an island in Chile https://www.isletillachiloe.com.  Special rates are available for Guild members. 


The Workshop of Past Master Stephen Gottlieb

Bro. Jane Dorner is holding The Workshop of Past Master Stephen Gottlieb, an exhibition of work inspired by PM Stephen Gottlieb’s workshop, at the Guild from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 April. Over 50 splendid pieces have been made specially for the exhibition, many of which are contributed by Brothers, illustrating the diversity of a craftsman’s practice.

There will be a private view on Saturday 14 April, 6 – 9 pm and Brothers will of course be able to view the exhibition at the Sketchbook evening.

Opening hours are as follows:
9 April 4.30 pm - 7 pm
12 April 4 pm - 7 pm ( Guild OGM - sketchbook evening)
13 April 6 pm - 8 pm
14 April 6 pm - 9 pm (drinks party)
15 April 10 am - 12.30 pm

Cross section Of PM Stephen Gottlieb’s workshop by Bro. Simon Hurst


HRH The Prince of Wales visits the Guild

 

On Wednesday 7 March, the Guild had the honour of hosting Hon. Brother HRH The Prince of Wales.  His visit marked the official opening of the new Courtyard.  As well as unveiling a plaque in honour of his visit, he took the opportunity to meet and view the work of Brothers. More photos can be found on the Guild’s Instagram feed

  


Life Drawing at Charleston

Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown is holding life drawing days at Charleston on the first Tuesday of every month, 10 am - 4 pm. The fee is £45 for the day - bring a packed lunch to enjoy in the studio or the folly garden.  For more information and how to book please see the website.


Edward Bawden at Home

PM Brian Webb has curated an exhibition Edward Bawden at Home at the Fry Art Gallery from 1 April to 28 October 2018, with a private view on Saturday 31 March, 11 am - 1 pm.  


Innovations in Ceramic Art

PM Sophie MacCarthy and Bro. Jeremy Nicholls are both exhibiting at Innovations in Ceramic Art  this weekend, Saturday 3 to Sunday 4 March 2018 at The Guildhall, Cambridge.


Meditations - Ashley Howard

Brother Ashley Howard has an exhibition, Meditations, at Guildford Cathedral from Thursday 5 April to Friday 18 May 2018. There will be a private view on Wednesday 4 April, 6 pm to 8 pm.


James Boswell Lithographs & Drawings - Jennings Fine Art

Bro. Neil Jennings is holding an exhibition of lithographs and drawings by James Boswell at the Guild.  There will also be additional Lithographs on show from Vanessa Bell, Robert Bevan, Barnett Freedman, Duncan Grant, James Holland, Henry Moore, John Piper and Graham Sutherland.

The exhibition is open Monday 5 March - Saturday 10 March. 
Opening hours are as follows:
Monday – Friday 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday 10.30 am - 3.30 pm.

There will be a private view Monday 5 March, 6 - 9 pm in the Master’s Room.

We hope to see you there.


Dear Edward

Dear Edward, the twenty-year correspondence of PM Peyton Skipwith with Edward Bawden, is now available. A hardback book of 240 pages, it is extensively illustrated with Bawden reproductions, including a new, two-colour pattern paper on the covers. Design is by PM Brian Webb and printing by PM Phil Abel.  For more information please see the website.


Geedon Gallery - New English Art Club

Bro. Jacqueline Taber’s Geedon Gallery is holding a spring exhibition, New English Art Club, from Saturday 24 March to Sunday 8 April, and then by appointment until Tuesday 15 May.  Featuring work by Master Jane Cox, Past Master Josephine Harris and Brothers Vicki Ambery-Smith, Anne Hickmott, Georgy Mertichian, Jeff Soane and Richard Sorrell, along with members of the New English Art Club. Image - PM Josephine Harris - Late as always.


London Craft Week 2018

London Craft Week takes place 9 - 13 May 2018.  The Guild will be partnering with the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers to hold a millinery exhibition and lectures, involving Brothers Edwina Ibbotson, Noel Stewart and Rachel Trevor-Morgan.  More details to follow. 


Bro. Vicki Ambery-Smith at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Bro. Vicki Ambery-Smith is taking part in an exhibition, ‘Sheer Folly’, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.  Featuring Silver follies by Vicki and pictures by Ed Kluz.  Until Sunday 25 February 2018. 


Edgar Wood - a Painted Veil

On Thursday 1 March the Guild will be holding a film screening of Anthony Dolan’s new film ’Edgar Wood - a Painted Veil’, featuring Bro. Gareth Mason as Edgar Wood. Please contact us on 020 7713 0966 if you would like to attend.


MVO for Bro. Perry Bruce-Mitford

Bro. Perry Bruce-Mitford has been awarded the Medal of the Victorian Order in the New Year’s Honours.


Bro. Alan Kitching Exhibition

Bro. Alan Kitching has an exhibition ’Letterpress Prints - From a Lifetime of Letterpress Printing’ at the North House Gallery in Manningtree until Saturday 20 January.


Bro. Luke Hughes in Crafts Magazine

Bro. Luke Hughes has an article in the current issue of Crafts Magazine entitled ’Craft’s place in post-Brexit Britain’.  


2018 Programme

The Art Workers’ Guild new 2018 programme is now live on the website.

 


Bro. Keith New Book

Sansom & Co are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the first monograph on stained glass artist, Bro. Keith New.  For more information please see their website.


The Islington Art Room

Bro. Kee Wilkinson with artist Frances Fay Davies are launching "The Islington Art Room” - A space for artistic adventure, that will run unique evening classes including mono printing with watercolours and surrealist art games, to name a few. Opening the beginning of February, please check the website for more information. 


Bro. Ben Bacon & Bro. Tim Crawley restoring Great Pagoda at Kew

Bro. Ben Bacon & Bro. Tim Crawley have been working on the restoration of the Great Pagoda at Kew for Historic Royal Palaces, replacing the lost dragons.

Watch a video about the project:

 

Here is Bro. Ben Bacon working on carving one of the lower-tier dragons.


Arts & Crafts Tours

PM Peyton Skipwith has joined Bro. Elaine Ellis’ Arts & Crafts Tours as Associate Director and is already working on new tour ideas and writing a monthly informative blog. Currently there are three tours planned for 2018 and several Brothers will join Peyton as guides and lecturers on those, including Peter Cormack, Mark Eastment, Margaret Richardson and Phil Abel


Bro. Ivy Smith - Watery Places

Bro. Ivy Smith has an exhibition, ’Watery Places - recent watercolours, etchings and linocuts’ at the Church Street Gallery, Saffron Walden, until Saturday 28 October.


Bro. Professor Roger Kneebone - Affordable Art Fair

Bro. Professor Roger Kneebone will be appearing at the Affordable Art Fair, in conversation with Royal Academician Rebecca Salter on Saturday 21 October from 3 pm to 4 pm.  They will be discussing the relationship between art and medicine.


Bro. Mark Cockram - first solo show in the US

Bro. Mark Cockram has his first solo show in the USA, Beyond the Rules, at the Centre for Book Arts, running until Saturday 16 December. 


Bro. Charles Gurrey - Material Matters

Bro. Charles Gurrey is holding an exhibition, Material Matters, with his son, Philip Gurrey, at the Fitzrovia Gallery from Wednesday 8 November to Tuesday 17 November. There will be a private view on Tuesday 7 November, 6 - 9 pm.


Bro. Mark L’Argent - ’Paper Scissors Stone’

Bro. Mark L’Argent will be exhibiting at ’Paper Scissors Stone, which is on at the Obsidian Art in Stoke Mandeville until Sunday 29 October 2017.


Geedon Gallery Autumn Exhibition

A number of Brothers will be exhibiting their work at the Geedon Gallery Autumn Exhibition in Colchester from 7 - 22 October, including Bros. Richard Foster, Rebecca Jewell, Lincoln Taber, Jacqueline Taber, Juliet Johnson, Tracey Sheppard, Anne Hickmott, Georgy Metichian and PM Sophie MacCarthy.


How to be a Craftivist - Bloomsbury Festival

Saturday 21 October 7 pm

The Guild is hosting the award-winning campaigner and founder of the global Craftivist Collective Sarah Corbett speaking on ’How to be a Craftivist’. This event is part of the Bloomsbury Festival.          


Exhibition Of Recent Work By Bro. Sarah McMenemy

Monday 16 - Saturday 21 October

Bro. Sarah McMenemy will be holding an exhibition of recent work featuring oil paintings and works on paper, inspired by the effects of light on the sky and sea in the beautiful parks of North London and on the stunning Norfolk Coast.  

The exhibition is at the Guild and will be open Monday 16 - Saturday 21 October. There will be a private view on Monday 16 October, 6.30 - 9 pm in the Master’s Room, to which you are all invited.

We hope to see you there.


Table Top Museum - Sunday 24 September 2017

The Art Workers’ Guild
Sunday 24 September 2017 11 am - 6 pm

Following the very successful first Table Top Museum held at the Art Workers’ Guild in 2014, we are holding a follow-up event on Sunday 24 September.  An exhibition of 22 installations, curated by Guild Brothers and others selected by invitation, the event will be an exhilarating, exciting and inventive celebration of the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect. Featuring museums of groovy flutes, coastal curiosities, shopping lists, gay dolls and the Chinchilla’s Museum of Crypto-Zoology, to name but a few.

An Art Workers’ Guild outreach initiative, the exhibition is organised by Stephen Fowler and George Hardie. It forms part of the Guild’s involvement in the London Design Festival, alongside Neil Jennings’ exhibition ’Works on Paper’

The Museum will be open to the public for one day only on Sunday 24 September, 11 am – 6 pm and entry is free of charge. Refreshments will be available throughout the day.


Venue :
The Art Workers’ Guild
6 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3AT

For more information contact Leigh Milsom Fowler on info@artworkersguild.org
020 7713 0966


London Design Week - Jennings Fine Art - Works on Paper

Monday 11 - Sunday 24 September

As part of the Guild’s involvement in London Design Week, Bro. Neil Jennings will be holding an exhibition of works on paper from the early 20th Century to the present day featuring drawings, watercolours, posters, lithographs, etchings and wood engravings.  The exhibition features work by past and current Brothers of the Guild, including PM Glynn Boyd Harte, PM Marthe Armitage, Bro. Angela Barrett and Bro. Christopher Brown.

The exhibition is open Monday 11 - Sunday 24 September.  
Opening hours are as follows:
Monday 11 – Friday 15 September 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday 16 September 10 am - 6 pm
Monday 18 – Sunday 24 September 10 am - 6 pm

There will be a private view on Monday 11 September, 6 - 9 pm in the Master’s Room.

We hope to see you there.


Bro. Eric Marland and Bro. Paul Jakeman at Freemason’s Hall

Bro. Eric Marland and Bro. Paul Jakeman have recently finished installing a plaque into the particularly hard Portland Stone facade of the Grand Lodge of the Freemason’s Hall on Great Queen Street, matching the previous three such plaques installed since the building’s opening in 1927.  


Bro. Romilly Saumarez Smith and Woman’s Hour Craft Prize

Bro. Romilly Saumarez Smith was on Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour talking about her practice and her place as one of the 12 finalists in the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize in partnership with the Crafts Council and V&A.


Bro. Daniel Heath Video

Bro. Daniel Heath is featured in an article on Design Milk - watch the video below of him discussing his craft and issues that matter.


Bro. James Birch and The British Underground Press of the Sixties

Bro. James Birch, along with Barry Miles, has curated the book ’The British Underground Press of the Sixties’ detailing, for the first time, the covers of every 1960s underground paper and magazine.  There will be a corresponding exhibition held at the A22 Gallery, 22 Laystall Street, London, EC1R 4PA from Thursday 28 September to Saturday 4 November.


Bro. Mark Miodownik wins the Royal Society Faraday Prize

Bro. Mark Miodownik has won the Royal Society Faraday Prize and Lecture.  
Named after the influential 19th century inventor, the prize is awarded to scientists and engineers for their expertise in communicating scientific ideas to the wider public.


London Design Week - Jennings Fine Art - Works on Paper

Monday 11 - Sunday 24 September

As part of the Guild’s involvement in London Design Week, Bro. Neil Jennings will be holding an exhibition of works on paper from the early 20th Century to the present day featuring drawings, watercolours, posters, lithographs, etchings and wood engravings.  The exhibition features work by past and current Brothers of the Guild, including PM Glynn Boyd Harte, PM Marthe Armitage, Bro. Angela Barrett and Bro. Christopher Brown.

The exhibition is open Monday 11 - Sunday 24 September.  
Opening hours are as follows:
Monday 11 – Friday 15 September 10.30 am – 4.30 pm
Saturday 16 September 10 am - 6 pm
Monday 18 – Sunday 24 September 10 am - 6 pm

There will be a private view on Monday 11 September, 6 - 9 pm in the Master’s Room.

We hope to see you there.


Table Top Museum -Sunday 24 September 2017


Following the very successful first ’Table Top Museum’ held at the Art Workers’ Guild in 2014, we are planning a follow-up event on Sunday 24 September, organised by Bro. Stephen Fowler and PM George Hardie.  

We are calling for submissions from Brothers of the Guild and others who would like to exhibit their collections, be they large or small. This year, the focus will be on ’Museums’, rather than simply collections. Submissions will be discussed by the Outreach Committee and accepted on the basis of the classification, narrative and explanations provided, as well as the quality, quirkiness or interest of the collection itself.
 
The event will be an exhilarating, exciting and inventive celebration of both the madness and the individual and extraordinary rules of those who collect. It forms part of the London Design Festival, and will feature on the Festival website.  So if you have a collection, however small, that you would like to submit, please contact Leigh on leigh@artworkersguild.org with the following details by Monday 4 September.

- Name
- Contact email and telephone number
- Title of Museum/collection
- Description of Museum/collection - 40 words maximum (this will be for use in promotional material if submission is accepted)


The Artists’ Collecting Society Interview with Bro. Rebecca Jewell

The Artists’ Collecting Society have just published an ’Artist Spotlight’ interview with Guild Brother Rebecca Jewell.  

http://artistscollectingsociety.org/news/artist-spotlight-rebecca-jewell/


Bro. Ann Christie - Open Studio

Bro. Ann Christie is holding an open studio at East Neuk in Fife this Saturday 1 July - Sunday 2 July. 


Good Soldier Schwejk

Bro. Kee Wilkinson is involved in the production of Good Soldier Schwejk taking place at Sands Films with performances from Friday 7 July to Monday 17 July. For more information and tickets please see the Sands Films website


Bro. Richard Haslam - Dedalo Minosse International Prize

Bro. Richard Haslam was a member of the jury for the Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a Building.  The award winners of the prize will be shown at Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza, until Sunday 16 July.


Bro. Lincoln Taber - Summer Exhibition

Bro. Lincoln Taber has a painting on show at the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition.  The piece is called Lindum and the exhibition runs until Sunday 20 August.


PM Prue Cooper at Inspiring Landmarks

PM Prue Cooper is taking part in the upcoming Landmark Trust exhibition, Inspiring Landmarks, celebrating the Trust’s 50 years of rescuing buildings. She has made twenty five dishes, featuring images of Landmark Trust buildings. There will also be a programme of talks. The exhibition runs Thursday 29 June to Tuesday 4 July at the Old Truman Brewery.


Bro. Bobbie Kociejowski Open Studios

Bro. Bobbie Kociejowski is holding an open studio this weekend, 16 - 18  June. 


Bro. Penny Price at the Tradescant’s Orchard exhibition

Bro. Penny Price currently has a piece of work, ’Shropshire Prune Damson’, exhibited at the Tradescant’s Orchard exhibition at the Garden Museum, running until September 2017.


Leonard Rosoman book by Tanya Harrod

Bro. Tanya Harrod has just published a book with Royal Academy Publications on the painter Leonard Rosoman (1913-2012).  The book was designed by Bro. Brian Webb with a preface by PM Peyton Skipwith. 


FÊTES GALANTES - Exhibition by PM Ian Archie Beck

An exhibition of new watercolours and drawings

Monday 19 June - Saturday 24 June 2017
 
Bro. Neil Jennings will be holding an exhibition of PM Ian Archie Beck’s work at the Guild from Monday 19 June - Saturday 24 June.  

This exhibition is PM Beck’s first one man show to feature all new and original work. With these new watercolours and drawings, he has returned to the roots of his inspiration.  These include the music of Debussy and in particular his settings of Verlaine’s poetry which was in turn influenced by the paintings of Watteau.

For more information please the attached invitation.

The exhibition will be open from 10.30am - 4.30pm each day, except Saturday when it will be open 10.30am - 1.30pm. There will be a private view on Tuesday 20 June, 6-9pm in the Master’s room.

We hope to see you there!


Woman’s Hour Craft Prize

Bro. Romilly Saumarez Smith has been shortlisted as one of 12 finalists in the Woman’s Hour Craft Prize and her work will be shown at the V&A from 7 September 2017 – 5 February 2018, before touring to venues around the UK.


The Dreaming House

PM Ian Archie Beck has made his short film about Lutyens’ Le Bois des Moutiers available on Youtube.  ’An evocation of the house and garden at Le Bois Des Moutiers in Varengeville, Normandy. Made in conjunction with The Artworkers’ Guild. The house was designed by Edwin Lutyens in 1898. The gardens were laid out by Gertrude Jerkyll. It is the only house by Lutyens, still owned by the family that commissioned it in France’


Bro. Roger Kneebone in conversation with Bro. Fleur Oakes & vascular surgeon Colin Bicknell

Bro. Roger Kneebone will be curating a discussion between Bro. Fleur Oakes and vascular surgeon Colin Bicknell about their collaboration tomorrow, Thursday 1 June, 7pm, at the Wellcome Collection Reading Room. Fleur is the Lacemaker in Residence at the Vascular Surgery unit at St Mary’s Hospital.  She is exploring how lacemaking techniques can help surgeons improve their skills and how observing surgery can enrich her own practice. The event is free, no need to book, just turn up. 


Bro. Shawn Williamson - Windermere Sculpture Trail

Bro Shawn Williamson has created a sculpture trail on the shore of Windermere, carved from huge boulders which were unearthed as the nearby Low Wood Hotel was being extended.  He appeared on BBC Cumbria this week talking about his practice and the project.


Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown - three day portraits course

Bro. Silvia MacRae Brown is running a three day course making portraits in clay at the late Bro. John Skelton’s studio near Ditchling. The course runs Saturday 27 to Monday 29 May.


Bro. Aaron Kasmin - Up in Smoke Exhibition

Bro. Aaron Kasmin currently has an exhibition entitled Up in Smoke at Sims Reed Gallery running until Friday 9 June. 


Bro. Susan Aldworth - The Dark Self

Bro. Susan Aldworth has an exhibition entitled The Dark Self - exploring the experience of sleep - at York St Mary’s from Tuesday 6 June to Sunday 3 September.


PM Sally Pollitzer Open Studios 27 - 29 May 2017

PM Sally Pollitzer, will be showing her work and demonstrating glass painting and printing this weekend, Saturday 27 May to Monday 29 May, at 31 Bloomfield Road, Bath, BA2 2AD as part of the annual Bear Flat Artists Open Studios.

  


Chris Brown Exhibition

ARCHIVE 1980 - 2000
An exhibition of linocuts and others works by Chris Brown
Friday 19 May - Friday 26 May 2017

’My work is often far from serious but I am very serious about my work’


Bro. Chris Brown will be holding an exhibition of his work at the Guild from Friday 19 to Friday 26 May.  The exhibition will detail linocuts made during the period when Christopher left the Royal College of Art in 1980 until 2000. Many have been reprinted and editioned for this selling exhibition. During the early years he used a paper suggested by Bawden, which is no longer available, therefore the new editions will be printed on Zerkell. For more information please the Press Release.


The exhibition will be open from 11am - 6pm each day and there will be private views on both Thursday 18 May and Monday 22 May, both running from 6pm to 8.30pm in the Master’s room. 


Designs & Buildings 2001-2016 - PM Julian Bicknell

PM Julian Bicknell is pleased to announce the publication of Designs & Buildings 2001-2016.  This second volume of the work of his practice presents thirty projects, built and unbuilt, selected from the past fifteen years. Copies of the book are printed to order and further information can be found at his website.

  


Richard Sorrell Exhibition

Bro Richard Sorrell has an exhibition at Wolfson College in Cambridge from 27 May to 24 September 2017, Saturdays and Sundays 3-5pm.  He will be exhibiting large pictures and small paintings and watercolours.  Richard will be giving a talk about his work on 26 May at 7pm at the College.


London Craft Week

Wednesday 3 - Sunday 7 May

The Guild is involved in two events during London Craft Week:

The Royal Gardens Commission by the Art Workers’ Guild at Fortnum & Mason

3 - 7 May, 10am - 8pm, at Fortnum & Mason
4 May, Meet the Makers, 12 - 5pm, 1st Floor at Fortnum & Mason
5 May, Milliners Tea, 3pm, at Fortnum & Mason

A new selection of work inspired by the Royal Gardens at Highgrove made by members of Guild, including PMs Marthe Armitage and Sophie MacCarthy and Brothers Vicki Ambery-Smith, Daniel Heath, Rebecca Jewell, Peter Layton, Georgy Metichian, Noel Stewart and Mark Winstanley.

There will be a ’Meet the Makers’ event on Thursday 4 May from 12-5pm at Fortnum & Mason. 

There is also a special tea at Fortnum & Mason hosted by milliners Noel Stewart, Edwina Ibbotson and Rachel Trevor-Morgan on Friday 5 May at 3pm. Booking is necessary as places are limited to 20. If you would like to book a place please email customer.services@fortnumandmason.co.uk.

       

Selvedge - Craft Spa

Friday 5 May, 10am - 5pm at The Art Workers’ Guild


Textiles to sooth the mind and soul... The ties between craft and therapy have long been in conversation, but how does craft actually contribute to your wellbeing?

The day will start with 3 speakers - Betsan Corkhill, Ruth Battersby Tooke and Marie O’Mahony. After a delicious lunch you are invited to attend a workshop. Choose from:
Basketry with Hilary Burns
Spinning with the Guild of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
Tapestry Weaving with Sue Lawty
Quilt Making with Abigail Booth of Forest + Found

For more information and details of booking please see the Selvedge website.