This is a final reminder that the deadline for applications for bursaries is imminent. Applications need to be with the bursary committee by July 31st. The bursaries are designed to encourage and support research projects related to regional furniture, with a view to publication. See here for further details and the application form.
Please note that Janet Dewdney Bursaries (value £500), which are available specifically for research into early furniture and woodwork, can, if required, be combined with a standard Bursary (value £500) to give a total award of £1000.
A quick reminder that the deadline for applications for bursaries is coming up. Applications need to be with the bursary committee by July 31st. The bursaries are designed to encourage and support research projects related to regional furniture, with a view to publication. See here for further details and the application form.
There are still places available for the Research In Progress day, which is being held on Saturday, May 23rd. The venue is Rippon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, OX44 9EX, 10 – 5pm
Some of the speakers are already well-known to members of the Society but others are researchers we are hearing from for the first time. Subjects will include Chris Pickvance’s ‘What is a Kent chest’, Andrew Cox Whitaker’s work on the ingenious Mr Elwick and Wakefield cabinet makers and David Bryant on Isaac Newton’s spinning wheel. Alan Moore’s research on fine furniture making in the 18th century and Robert Williams’ on timber supplies during the Napoleonic War will address materials and techniques, and recent research on chairs and chair makers will be represented by Andrew Honey, Tony Howe and William Sergeant, on chairs from Kent, Surrey or Sussex, East Anglia and the north east midlands.
The day will also include visiting the original buildings of Cuddesdon College, designed by G E Street in the 1850s, which still retain some of the furniture he designed.
The cost of the day is £30 per head and includes coffee, lunch and tea. Please contact the events secretary on email@example.com or using the online booking form here.
A little late to this as the programme is on at 8pm this evening, but as part of the BBC4 Goes Slow schedule tonight’s episode in the Handmade series is on wood and looks at the making of a Windsor chair. The programme link is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05tpx1l and should be available on BBC iplayer after transmission tonight, if you miss it. Apologies for late notice!
RFS members may be interested in this invitation “to experience Chatsworth in a new way; to take a seat and make yourself comfortable.”
Chatsworth is “turning to contemporary furniture designers to provide a completely different experience for our visitors”. A number of works have been specially commissioned for the exhibition by established and emerging designers including a collaboration with students at Sheffield Hallam University.
There is also an opportunity to join the curator, Hannah Obee, for a Make Yourself Comfortable tour on 24 April and 26 June.
For more information, see here: http://www.chatsworth.org/attractions-and-events/events/event/make-yourself-comfortable
241. “The Chair Maker”, engraving, 1944 [215 x 154 mm] Private Collection. © Stanley Anderson Estate
Stanley Anderson RA (1884-1960) was a key figure in the revival of engraving in the 1920s, best known for his series of prints depicting England’s vanishing rural crafts. ‘The Chair Maker’, very probably of Jack Goodchild, one of the last of the Chiltern makers, is typical of his work to be shown in an exhibition, An Abiding Standard
, at the Royal Academy of Arts, running from 25th February – 24th. May. For more information see the RA website here
Admission is £3, or free to holders of tickets to other current exhibitions at the RA including the magnificent Rubens show. A catalogue raisonne will be published to coincide with the exhibition.