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.
Now that the Gallery has settled down after its refit so has the Friends committee. New members have joined our ranks and we welcome Roger Newbrook, who has taken on the task of looking after our online media work, including maintaining Facebook and our Twitter page and regularly updating our website – http://www.friendsofthehatton.org.uk. We also welcome Jo Cousin and Maggie Bassendine who between them are working on putting together a programme of Talks and Lectures, starting with a talk by local artist Fiona Gray at the end of October (please see upcoming events for more details).
There is still a vacancy for Vice Chair.
I would like to thank everyone who submitted works for the Friends’ Summer exhibition in the Long Gallery, and also thank all of you you who came to see the work. Unfortunately, as we did not have enough invigilators to cover all opening hours, we could not make an accurate assessment of the numbers of members of the public who attended. However from what figures we do have we can say that it has been a hit and was very well attended, particularly during the week of the graduation ceremonies. Please see the report from Richard on the next page for a more detailed account.
We have, as a result of our exhibition, recruited several new members and I hope they enjoy the activities which are at presently being planned.
The committee has been approached by the Gallery to help in purchase of a work of art created by Kate Liston. This is an installation piece which was recently exhibited in the Gallery in an exhibition of Kate’s work. The committee unanimously agreed to give the £500.00 requested.
I thank you for your continued support.