Members e-News - August Issue


GUILD NEWS

ART AUCTION
Penny Simpson and her merry band of volunteers had a successful Art Auction at the Devon Guild Friday 20 July for Home from Home, selling a stunning array of works donated by Members and other pretigious South West makers, raising nearly £5000 to help a Syrian family rebuild their lives in the safety of Moretonhampstead. If you would like to, you can still donate to the cause. 

Don't miss out on exciting Devon Guild exhibition and funding opportunities by checking our website. Click here for more info... 

TOP GUILD EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY: A Good Age

In partnership with Libraries Unlimited the Devon Guild has been awarded a grant as part of the Art’s Councils Celebrating Age Programme to support older artists/makers over the age of 70. As part of the programme 5 commissions of £2500 will be available to professional older artists to make new contemporary work responding to the theme of age and change within the artist’s lifetime. The work will be shown in an exhibition in our Jubilee gallery in the autumn of 2019. For more information click here 

TOP GUILD FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: David Canter Memorial Fund 2018 Craft Awards
This year the fund is offering awards of up to £5,000 to craft makers of Jewellery and Metalwork who have finished formal training, work full or part-time and need money for projects, eg. setting up a workshop, equipment, education, research and travel. For more information click here 

SHOP STOCK DELIVERIES
Just a little reminder if you are sending in new stock for the shop please email your stocksheets to retail.admin@crafts.org.uk where either Sharyn or Rachel our Retail Administrators will pick them up. Stocksheets can be downloaded here. For an example guide on how to fill one out click here.

PLANTERS
Our wonderful volunteer and gardening guru June Parkinson is looking for large planters to display in our newly spruced courtyard. If you are interested, please contact Georgie at georgina.richardson@crafts.org.uk. You can listen to June chatting to Tony Buckland about her green-fingered volunteering and giving her top tips on BBC Radio Devon here (02:12:39).

SELECTION ELECTION COMMITTEE REVIEW
This is a gentle reminder for you to complete and return the form that was sent out to all Members with suggestions for the Working Group in its review of the Selection Election Committee by email or post to Alison Penwell, alison.penwell@crafts.org.uk, by 24 August. There are a number of annexes which outline the current working of the Committee which hopefully you should find helpful in your deliberations, as well as an informal briefing on the way in which some other Guilds and similar organisations conduct their elections.

MEMBERS' COMMISSIONING SHOWCASE
As a way of showing Guild visitors and customers that commissioning is another way of buying craft, the Devon Guild has a permanent wall-mounted showcase in the café opposite the counter showing the work of individual makers who have worked to commission, featuring some of the following: text, photos, sketches, maquettes of briefs and ideas and high quality images of the final commissioned piece/s. The showcase is made from white painted MDF, which measures 100cm wide x 75cm high x 15cm with a Perspex cover, and also shows the Member’s contact details for potential customers.

This is open to all Members; Associate and Full, subject to selection by curatorial staff. Excitingly we do have spaces left for this year! If you are interested in having your work in this showcase, please contact Flora with a brief outline of your proposed subject/s, and a selection of images at flora.pearson@crafts.org.uk 

SUMMER DEMOS FOR FULL & ASSOCIATE MEMBERS
We’d like to offer our visitors the chance to see some of you in action over the summer months, and give you an opportunity to meet our customers; bridging the gap between maker and customer. We want to use this summer to intensify the spotlight on our Membership so that visitors can explore the different levels of craftsmanship from our well known Members to the new talent coming through our Associate scheme.

With that in mind we’d like to run Saturday drop-in demos alongside The Summer Show. This opportunity is open to both Full and Associate Members, and you do not have to have been selected for The Summer Show to take part, all Members are welcome.

Demonstrations will take place: 10am – 12:30pm (break for lunch) 1:30-4pm
We can provide you with free hot drinks for the duration of your demo, and a free lunch in The Terrace café to the value of any meal on the board plus tea or coffee. We have a couple of demos booked in already, but the following Saturdays are available: 11 August, 25 August, 1 September

If you would like to do a craft demo on another day then we may be able to accommodate this, so please don’t hesitate to ask! Also if you would like to pop in and invigilate for a morning or afternoon whilst the exhibiton is on too as then please get in touch with Sharyn or Rachel at retail.admin@crafts.org.uk During the Made to Commission exhibition this proved a very successful way of engaging with visitors in a less formal manner.
 


CPD


Arts Council England’s open funding for artists: an introduction 
by Heather Holcroft-Pinn, Devon Guild Development Officer
 
Heather is holding workshops from late September to October about Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants (previously known as Grants for the Arts) in three locations: Bovey Tracey, Bristol and Cornwall. For more information click here

 


OTHER OPPORTUNTIES

SUBMISSIONS FOR THE DIT E-CATALOGUE
The Department for International Trade, South West is working with the creative sector across the South West to promote the amazing creative talent we have in the region across the international artisan and craft sector to secure international sales and exports. In order to promote the products and works they have developed an electronic catalogue (eCatalogue) which is being used across their international offices around the world, retailers, galleries and buyers. The eCatalogue has proved to be very successful with this international target audience as they can see product images and read the Maker's biography. Through its use makers have been 'picked up' by international retailers and galleries.They have gained funding to add further Makers into the eCatalogue until 31 August.

Please click here to see the latest edition which already includes Devon Guild Members such as Ann Bruford, Harriet St Leger and Robin Mackenzie. If you are interested in being included in the eCatalogue please email Dawn Musgrave Business Engagement Manager at the Department for International Trade at dawn.musgrave@businesswest.co.uk, with your expression of interest and include a copy your website and social media links. You will then need to upload 8 high resolution images to a Dropbox folder for the Graphic Designer to create your product. page.
 
MAGGIE GREY'S WOWBOOK 
There is a fabulous site Workshop on the Web (WoW), which is an innovative online magazine for all textile enthusiasts, and now a wonderful book written by Maggie Grey that the Devon Guild shop will be stocking. Everyone who buys the book gains free access to the WOWbook Members’ Club which includes workshops by great textile artists, videos showing new techniques, an online course, a selling gallery and access to the ‘members only’  Facebook pages. Maggie is interested in hearing from our Textiles Members if they might like to be included in her next addition, for more information click here or email her at maggie@d4daisy.com

IlMINSTER ARTS CENTRE CRAFT MAKERS' OPEN MORNING
Ilminster Arts Centre is holding a Craft Makers' Open Morning on 1 September with a view to finding new makers to stock in their Craft Shop. Click here for more information. 
 

PUBLIC ART COMMISSION FOR COMMUNITY THEATRE GATES: Deadline 13 August

ANNUAL OPEN EXHIBITION, ROYAL WEST OF ENGLAND ACADEMY: Deadline 21 August

NATIONAL TRUST ARTISAN & CRAFT RETAIL OPEN CALL: Deadline 3 September

ARTSREACH DONATION BOXES COMMISSION: Deadline 7 September

BLACK SWAN ARTS OPEN: Deadline 14 September

JERWOOD MAKERS OPEN: Deadline 24 September


RAMM LOCAL ART SHOW: Deadline 22 March 2019
 


 

FOR SALE/LET


Peter Lane is selling off the remains of his ceramics workshop materials at very low prices. There is a variety of tools, clay, porcelain, possible earthenware, metallic oxides, underglazes, body stains, unopened flint and matting agents. If you're interested in having a look, give him a call on 01822 612237 or email him at fireclay@icloud.com

Janet Mitchell is selling a Top Roller sprung 26" bed KB Press, suitable for etching, woodcut, linocut and monprint. Email her at info@janetmitchell.co.uk if you're interested.

There is an Artists/Craft studio to let on Exmoor near Lynton, approx 40 square metres. Facilities include water and electricity, Wi-fi, off-street parking space, use of WC/wet room and outdoor "break-out" area. Wheelchair accessible. For more details contact Peter or Anne on 01598 753654 or 07812093725.

    


MEMBERS' NEWS

Click below to read Ruth Broadway's wonderful newsletter, which includes her linoprints for BBC Radio 4's Reith Lecture series by historian Margaret Macmillan on the subject of war and humanity:

         
Epic Kayaks UK recently contacted the Devon Guild to find a talented craftsman to create some unusual models of their ocean racing surfskis. They have been absolutely delighted with the unique designs by Paula Nolan and just as importantly the ease and efficiency of working with her. Paula used the specifications from the Epic UK website to make bespoke scaled down models for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The results perfectly compliment the no frills, clear lines of the skis and beach lifestyle of the global sports brand which Epic UK will be showing to their European counterparts. They have also asked Paula to work on a larger model for race trophies and ornaments. This could be the start of an Epic relationship!



Many Devon Guild Members will be opening up their studio doors for the annual Devon Artist Network Open Studios from 8 - 23 September including a mosaic workshop by Michelle Greenwood-Brown. Click here to download the free event guide.

Bruce Chivers just had an exhibition of recent ceramic work in his Dunsford pottery...click here to see his gorgeous new collection of platters!

Pick up a bargain at Penny Simpson's Studio Summer Sale, 44a Court Street, Moretonhampstead. On until 8 August!