Friends Bulletin August 2022

Welcome back! This is our first full length bulletin since March 2022!

You’ll find information about our Late Summer Exhibition and how to submit your work as well as a financial report on how the Friends’ funds have helped thet gallery, What’s On details and other important membership news.

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You can read our August Bulletin online or download it as a .PDF file

A note from our Acting Chair

Dear Friends

My name is Bill Jackson and I recently took on the role as acting Chair for the Friends of the Hatton until the next AGM. My wife and I have been involved in the Hatton for a number of years albeit not serving as Trustees but as ordinary members.

Like all trusts and charities, we are beginning to recover following two years of the Covid pandemic. However, things are still very slow and we are keen to get back all the members which we lost during the period of the pandemic.

The Trustees are busy planning the months ahead and hoping to produce a programme of activities and events, some of which are included in this bulletin. For the hands-on artists among the membership, you will find details of how to enter the Friends Late Summer Exhibition which will take place from 12th September to 23rd September.

We have use of the Hatton Learning room for those who wish to hold talks and discussions. We are also exploring ways in which our members can display their own art works.

Thank you to all the Friends of the Hatton who continue to support our work and for those of you who have not renewed your membership please consider re-joining us.  We would also encourage new members to join the Friends of the Hatton.

Bill Jackson
Acting Chair

Late Summer Exhibition 2022 forms

Members are invited to enter their recent work to be shown in the XL gallery (just inside the entrance to the Hatton). This is an exhibition for the Friends of the Hatton Gallery only.  However, if there is any non-member you know who wishes to exhibit they have the opportunity to join by paying the appropriate membership fee. Application forms are available in the Hatton reception area or online at

The following two-dimensional media are acceptable:

  • original prints
  • painting
  • drawing
  • photography

but NOT photographs of your artwork.

Please see Late Summer Exhibition 2022 entry form and conditions of entry for further details.

The exhibition will run from 10th Sept to 24 th Sept 2022

Hand in day: Saturday 10th September. Between 10.00 and 12.00

There are no fees or charges for submitting work to this exhibition this year but you must be a member of the Friends of the Hatton. Non members can fill in the Membership form and pay the appropriate membership fee.

Membership Application forms are available online and in the Hatton reception area.

Your new membership card

The committee is in the process of producing a lifetime single issue membership card. This will be issued once only instead of every year.  The new card, which is designed to last a number of years, will be much more robust than previous cards.

We will remind members at the end of each calendar year that their membership fee is due the following January. This reminder will be included in your normal two monthly bulletin which we send to all members.

This means that when someone has joined and wishes to continue as a member into subsequent years, they need to validate their membership card annually. This simply means they pay their membership fee each year either by cheque or by Standing Order. This is no different to the previous system except they do not receive a new card. Your single-issue card is simply validated in our records under your name.  It is this basic information we use to check individuals’ membership status at any given time.

Your new single issue membership card, which you should retain as long as you are a member, will be delivered to all those who have renewed their membership to date.

Richard Thompson

How our funds have supported the Gallery

After the disruption caused firstly by the redevelopment of the Hatton Gallery and then by Covid, the Friends have finally been able to meet with senior TWAM managers to discuss our role.  At our last committee meeting, we thought it of interest to review our historical relationship with the Gallery and in particular the extent of our financial support.

Although I have limited access to the necessary documentation, it’s clear that there has historically been a significant connection between the provision of financial support from the Friends and the privilege of exhibiting in the main gallery. The information I have been able to access suggests that the financial support has not been inconsiderable.

I have been Treasurer since 2009 and during that period we donated £11,923 to the Hatton. The main items were £3000 for conservation, £5000 of matched funding towards the redevelopment project and a donation of £2000 to acquire an art work. The gallery was closed for redevelopment during 2016. No donations were made 2009 and 2010 and none during 2020 or 2021. In effect the matched funding equates to an additional £5000.

In addition, I have been able to access some financial information for the period 2004 to 2008. This indicates that during this period the Friends donated at least £13,169 to the Hatton. The main items identified were: support for an exhibition catalogue (£2000), purchase of a Plan Chest (£4000), support for new lighting (£2000), and acquisition of original prints (£3000).

John Dance

Your Membership

Due to covid restrictions the last couple of years have been unique for everyone. As far as FotH was concerned it was clearly not possible to organise events for the membership, so we did not seek membership fees. Hopefully, now that some kind of normality is restored, we ask that you check your membership for 2022 is up to date. Many of you have already done that and that is much appreciated. If you have not yet paid for 2022, please do so before the end of August.

The fees have not changed. They are: Family £20, individual £15 and student £5.

You can pay by Cash transfer. (our preferred option)
If you have internet banking you can do a simple cash transfer using: FOTH Sort Code: 30-90-50 Account Name/Number: Friends of the Hatton 00043391

Or send your cheque to: FOTH Treasurer, 41 Trajan Avenue, South Shields, NE33 2AN

If you are not yet a member, there are membership forms in the Hatton Gallery reception area or  online at email

Don’t miss out on FotH events

Due to timing issues, it is sometimes not possible to include details of all our activities in our bulletins. We normally send these updates out via email. Make sure we can keep you informed of any last minute changes to our events and schedule by telling us your current email address.

Email to update your details. Check our website for similar updates, or our Facebook page

Would you like to be our “Featured Friend”?

You may remember, in our pre-pandemic bulletins, we had a regular slot called “Featured Friend”. The Friend answered questions about their background, influences, and their work in general.

It was a popular slot and we’d like to bring it back. If you would like to be our “Featured Friend” in a future bulletin, email and we’ll send you our questionnaire.

Would you like to speak about your work?

Would you like to speak to a group of Friends about your training and practise as an artist?

Your talk will take place in the Gallery’s Learning Room and should be approximately 30 minutes long. There will be an opportunity to answer questions from the audience afterwards. You can display and sell your work during the session too.

If you are interested in giving a talk, email