64NADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2010www.nadfas.org.ukSOCIETIES NEWS?CHEAM DFAS Cheam DFAS celebrated its25th anniversary at its AGMlast autumn. All memberswere invited to stay after themeeting to enjoy a celebratoryslice of cake and a glass ofwine. Three former Chairmenjoined the current committeeto toast the Society.Pictured left to right: LucyWhitrow; David Knill-Jones;Sylvia Cartwright; JoyceWatkins; Jenny Lugton; JennyHurden; Mary Green; CynthiaJohnston; Geraldine Doyleand David Warne.?HARROW DFASHarrow DFAS marked its rubyanniversary with a day trip tothe Berkshire village ofCookham, where the artistStanley Spencer once lived. InOctober, Valerie Woodford,Founder Chairman andPresident of the Society,joined members for acelebratory lunch at theGrim's Dyke Hotel, Harrow.?PORTSDOWN DFAS In October, 95 memberscelebrated the Society's silveranniversary with a lunch atthe Langstone Hotel, HaylingIsland. Two founder membersas well as the NationalChairman and the AreaChairman joined thefestivities. Tim Wannacottfrom TV show 'Bargain Hunt'entertained everyone with atalk about his career. ANNIVERSARIESHeritage Volunteers show Worcester workHeritage Volunteers from MalvernHills and City of Worcester DFASshave been responsible for theconservation of the RoyalWorcester Pattern Books over thepast year. In October, theydemonstrated their work to 180members of the two Societies andthe Art Fund at an event tocelebrate the acquisition of thearchive by the Worcester PorcelainMuseum. The acquisition wasmade possible by a gift of over£55,000 from the Art Fund inrecognition of the 40th Anniversaryof NADFAS. The archive comprisesfive special order books, 27tableware pattern books, 300loose designs for medals, 1,000loose tableware designs as well asa print of the Warmstry factory in1778 and a drawing by AlfredParry of the Severn Street factoryin 1890. Speakers at the eventincluded NADFAS Vice PresidentMartin Drury; Sam Driver White,Chairman of the WorcesterPorcelain Museum; Curator DrWendy Cook; and HeritageVolunteer team leader IsobelNicholls. National Chairman GriHarrison also attended. Stratford-upon-Avon DFAS has donated more than £1,000 to fund tworesident artists to work with young children in schools.At Tanworth-in-Arden Nursery School, artist Emily Warner trained the staff in ways to encourage creative learning activities. Emilyworked with the children on exciting projects such as makingrainforests from leaves and creating shadows and reflections withtorches and then recycling the images into other media such aspaintings. A video record was made of the projects so the children canrevisit them in class. Artist Roz Ingram helped a group of pupils at Bridgetown PrimarySchool to create a ceramic mosaic for the school's outdoor entrancewall. The project took about three months to complete and the wholeschool was involved in choosing the contents of the mosaic. Thecolourful result shows the River Avon, the 15th-century CloptonBridge, famous buildings and people such as Shakespeare, as well assome swans (the school's emblem). Rainforests created inStratford-upon-AvonHidden frontalgains newlease of lifeA silk altar frontal, hidden for years,has been rededicated during theHarvest Festival of the church inwhich it was found.
www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW / SPRING 2010 65OVERSEAS SOCIETIES NEWSDevon DFAS has set up twinning links with its counterparts in Nelson,New Zealand. The idea arose at a meeting in London, when the Chairof Devon DFAS, Margaret Read, met Sally MacDonald, the Chair ofNelson DFAS. The two Societies hope to work together in differentways -from swapping ideas for lecturers to exchanging hospitality. Ithopes to extend the idea to groups from other countries.OVERSEAS NEWS.Devon DFAS forgesinternational links with NZPictured are members of one-year-old Waikato DFAS at their endof year meeting. The fledgling Society sent its best wishes toNADFAS and thanked it for its support during its first year. Fromleft/back are: Masey Benjamin, Louise Dobson, Jan Seabrook,Mandy Reid, Dianne Baker and (left/front): Mary Meikle, AngelaDobbs, Yvonne Foreman, Lib Mitchell.Thanks to a £500 grant from the South Devon DFAS, University ofPlymouth Art History student Stephanie Gaillard, pictured, was able tomake a trip of a lifetime to visit the second India Art Summit.With plans to develop a career in the international art trading business,Stephanie has a strong interest in the fast-growing market incontemporary Indian art. In its first year, the India Art Summit attractedmore than 10,000 art enthusiasts from across the world.Her application for the annual bursary was judged the best by a panelof judges from the university's History of Art faculty. She shared details ofher trip to a rapt SDDFAS audience at their autumn meeting and wascongratulated on her presentation by Society Chairman Gavin Peck.South Devon DFASfunds India art tripThanks to sponsorship from Wilmslow DFAS, 18 sixth form art studentsat Wilmslow High School attended a talk by university lecturer and artistMichael Howard, the Programme Leader of the History of Art and Designcourse at Manchester Metropolitan University. He presented studentswith a thought-provoking lecture, entitled I Don't Know Much About Art,But. -An Introduction to Modern Art.Michael started with the suggestion that Goya might have been thefirst modern artist because he portrayed current events in a disturbingfashion to make people react. Conventional serene works by Rembrandt,Monet and Van Gogh were shown and admired, but gradually Michaelchallenged the students with more controversial works by Duchamp,Picasso, Braque, Warhol and finally Damian Hirst. Michael encouraged the pupils to talk about their reactions to the art.It was a fascinating lecture and gave the students much to think about.Wilmslow DFAS sponsorsstudent modern art lectureTwo Church Recorders, SaraDay and Mary Bligh, from GrantaDFAS were amazed to discover thefrontal hidden among other textileswhile working at St Mary the Virginin Sawston. After consulting atextile conservator, theembroideries were lifted off theshattered silk background and newsilk was woven in Sudbury, Suffolkto match the original. A group ofseven volunteers from Granta andHuntingdon Societies worked fourhours a week for 18 months tocomplete the frontal. Though nomention of it is made in parishrecords, the frontal is believed tohave come from Spitalfields.