Eastern Region Agenda for AGM 2018

Saturday 6th October 2018

St Stephen’s Church Hall, 14 Watling Street, St Albans AL1 2PT
Starting at 10.30am


1.    Present and Apologies
2.    Minutes of the 2017 AGM
3.    Treasurer’s Report – please note that a Regional Treasurer is still required.
4.    Election of Committee Members
(Chair becomes vacant in 2020, re-election of existing committee and invitation to any interested potential new committee members, nominations and elections)
5.    Annual Report of Regional Chair
6.    Proposals from the Regional Chairs’ Meeting of July 2018

a)    Regional Days:  That Regional Days should be held every second year, commencing in 2020. Dates forward to be confirmed at the AGM.
That in the “off years” a meeting of EG members be held, hosted by a Branch, for opportunity to meet and share

b)     Inter-Branch Days: these to continue in March for Branch representatives in order to discuss wider Guild issues and Branch concerns

c)      Summer School: that the Regional Summer School at Belsey Bridge currently booked for 2019 be the last.

d)      Regional Website: That the website be closed at the end of January 2019.
POST MEETING NOTE:  It could be useful to retain the website until January 2020 to enable paperwork for the Summer School to be accessible online and also to facilitate Branches moving/removing their information over a longer period. Therefore the Chair (supported by summer School administrator) proposes retaining the website until January 2020 and that Branches arrange their information accordingly.

7.    AOB.  AGM concludes.
8.    Bursary Report – Isabella Badger
9.    An opportunity for Show and Tell

Lunch Break 12.15 – 1.15

1.  Guest Speaker (about 1.30pm):
Amanda Hislop  ‘Sketchbooks: a place to be free and explore’
2.  Bursary Award
3.  Closing Remarks and departure – about 3.30pm

About our Guest Speaker Amanda Hislop:

‘Sketchbooks: a place to be free and explore’ is a talk with powerpoint presentation and working sketchbooks which details the importance of sketchbooks in the development of textile and mixed media work.

Amanda has a passion for colour and texture. A degree in Woven Textiles developed an intuitive understanding and response to the tactile nature of textile materials. She has developed a way of working which gives freedom beyond the restraints of woven fabric, using threads to draw images and integrate texture into the surface of fabric and paper; combining drawn and painted marks with the tactile qualities of threads and fabrics. Amanda aims to capture the essence of the landscape and natural forms which influence her work. Drawing is used to record a sense of moments experienced, capturing fleeting fragments of the landscape which are observed and absorbed as she moves through it, looking at the familiar, seeing the extraordinary; responding to the subtle changes of view in the rhythmic motion of walking. Amanda explores the evocative moods of seasonal change and atmospheric qualities of light and changing weather.

After a career in art teaching Amanda extended her textile practice through study with The Opus School of Textile Arts Master Class course ‘for experienced makers who wish to develop their individual creativity in a practical way.’ This study has a great impact upon her work and teaching in terms of the exploration and development of creativity and empathy with students in their own studies.
Amanda is a member of Prism textile exhibiting group showing work at Hoxton Arches, London and other venues. As a member of Oxfordshire Craft Guild she exhibits work in a range of venues throughout the year.

Amanda is an established tutor at Oxford summer school, Ardington School of Crafts and Art Van Go offering dynamic workshops designed to teach the textile processes used in her working practice drawing on the personal creative energy of individuals.