TAKES ITS FIRST STEP
a highly successful step it was - the first Annual General Meeting
of the British Association for Modern Mosaic took place in the University
of North London's Stapleton House on Saturday, October 30th 1999,
and was generally acknowledged a triumph.
day began with a visit to the Mosaic Workshop studio just up the
Holloway Road from Stapleton House. There Emma Biggs and Tessa Hunkin
welcomed BAMM members, and gave them coffee and a tour.
AGM followed. Fifty-six members attended, almost half the total
membership, which on that day stood at 120 - very satisfactory,
considering BAMM was only launched in June '99. A show of hands
indicated that just under half those present were professional mosaicists
- one of them, Line Bergene, all the way from Norway.
meeting took its appointed course and went remarkably smoothly;
the Constitution, for example, was discussed and adopted without
a single amendment, a tribute to many hours of work by the Steering
Committee, who were warmly thanked both for that and all the other
work they had done in preparing the AGM and producing the first
issue of BAMM's newsletter, "Grout".
President and Principal Officers, all previously nominated, were
duly elected, and then a total of seven ordinary Executive Committee
members, most of whom had volunteered on the spot. Finally, all
the other proposed offices were filled, half of them also by volunteers
from the floor. Highly gratifying.
results of that voting and appointing and co-opting are as follows:-
Elaine M. Goodwin (President). Then come the Principal Officers
- Paul Bentley (Chairman), Leslie Clifton (Vice Chairman), Dorothy
Bosomworth (Secretary), and Glen Morgan (Treasurer). The five ordinary
Executive Committee members are Bob Field, Ros Wates, Caryl Patterson,
Liz De'Ath and Trudi Lloyd-Williams. The two co-opted committee
members are Paul Siggins and Claire Cotterill. The Appointed Officers
are Lindy Ayubi (Membership Secretary), Annie Pinder (Minutes Secretary),
Pat Witts (Newsletter Editor and Journal Editor), Anne Read (Events
Secretary), and Fiona Siggins (Publicity Officer and Fundraising
Officer). The job of Exhibitions Officer is to be shared between
Trudi Lloyd-Williams, Leslie Clifton and Claire Cotterill.
have a reputation for being either dull or stormy, but this one
was chatty and good-humoured, and finished in plenty of time for
a lengthy buffet lunch, where the members - all labelled, by the
way - could mingle and munch and take advantage of the splendid
array of mosaic books arranged by Chris Blanchett of Buckland Books,
Littlehampton, England (e-mail: email@example.com).
lunch, the Symposium. The new President, Elaine M. Goodwin, who
is the fons et origo of BAMM, expressed her delight that the association
had come into being, and outlined plans and hopes for the future.
Then one of BAMM's patrons, Jane Muir, a very experienced and distinguished
mosaic artist, gave an illustrated talk about her mentor, the great
Hans Unger, and told the story of her own development as a mosaicist.
tea and more net-working Emma Biggs of Mosaic Workshop gave an illustrated
talk about the work of her studio. Like Jane Muir she is refreshingly
direct and honest; for instance, about problems associated with
various projects. It was a pleasure to sit at the feet of two of
the best people in the mosaic business, and listen and learn.
Dorothy Bosomworth, BAMM Secretary, gave an illustrated talk about
the mosaics of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, which was a model of
high-powered scholarly research.
in all, it was difficult to see how BAMM's inaugural day could have
been improved on, and Bob Field, himself a mosaic artist, was thanked
and congratulated on arranging it. It seems safe to say that all
those present are looking forward to the next BAMM event has in
mind, a weekend devoted to the mosaics of the Russian artist Boris
Anrep, in London, in the spring of 2000. To be followed by a visit
to Exeter in the summer for the exhibition "Mosaic: A Living Art
- an Anglo-Italian Celebration"... To be followed by the next AGM-cum-Symposium.
B.A.M.M. CAME TO BE
was born on 14th June 1999 at Exeter University, and the godfather
was the Vice-Chancellor, Sir Geoffrey Holland. The occasion was
the private view of an exhibition called "Five British Mosaicists",
featuring the work of Jane Muir, one of BAMM's patrons, Maggie Howarth,
Andrew Logan, Jan Williams and Elaine M. Goodwin herself, who lives
in Exeter and over the years has made it a centre of mosaic excellence.
Another of BAMM's patrons, Sir Alan Campbell, former British ambassador
to Italy, was present at the launch as a distinguished symbol of
British mosaic's strong Anglo-Italian links.
IS B.A.M.M. AND HOW DO I JOIN IT?
of BAMM is open to all mosaicists, both professional and amateur,
and to other lovers of the medium. The aims of the association are
to promote, encourage and support excellence in contemporary mosaic
art, and to raise public awareness of modern mosaic art and of the
artists creating it.