The Heritage Crafts Association Spring Conference, A Place for Craft

This will be held at the V&A Museum on Saturday 9 May 2015. The theme for 2015 is A Place for Craft and the conference will highlight the relationship between crafts and location – focusing on those crafts which have developed in particular regions or locations, and why craftspeople have chosen to live and work in areas with a special tie to their craft. Speakers include HCA Patron Sir Christopher Frayling and Genevieve Sioka, artisan buyer for the National Trust; there will also be craft makers from Luton (hats), Stoke (pottery) and Somerset (baskets) talking about their crafts. It is a great chance to network, listen to fascinating talks, celebrate the best of craft with the Heritage Crafts Awards, and see the Instant Gallery craft items – Crafts in their place.

This year the conference is part of the London Craft Week programme; this inaugural festival, 6–10 May 2015, will showcase the work and expertise of craftspeople in major galleries and individual workspaces across London.

For further details and to book please visit:
We do hope that you are able to attend what promises to be an informative, stimulating and enjoyable day.

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Peter Esslemont Prize for Calligraphy and Illumination 2015

The prize is awarded in the form of a certificate, a cheque for £500, and an opportunity to exhibit examples of the winner’s work at a livery event in the City of London. The works may also be featured on the Scriveners Company website.

Entries should consist of up to four pieces of original work by the entrant, which should not have been entered into any other competition, and which will be judged by the Master Scrivener and a panel of Scriveners Company and College of Arms experts.

Entries should be received in the Clerk’s office (address below) by Friday 9 October 2015. The only requirement is that entrants should live and/or work in the UK.

Further details may be obtained from Giles H C Cole, Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Scriveners, HQS Wellington, Temple Stairs, London WC2R 2PN. email:
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Lay Members' Day, 25 April 2015

will be help at Imperial College, Huxley Building,
180 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 2AX

The set subjects this year are:
- 800 years of Magna Carta
- The Solar System
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Own Choice

Entries should be sent in by 14 March 2015.

The best day in the Calligraphy calendar will offer the usual selection of exhibited work by Lay Members, ATS students and a recent Fellow, demonstrations, stalls and suppliers, the SSI Archive, computer skills mini-workshops, the Regional Groups stand, individual discussion of your work with a Fellow, a full critique of the Lay Members' exhibition, and the Daubney Lecture, which will be given by Richard Kindersley.

The organisers of Lay Members' Day are
Michela Antonello and Lynda Jordan

Michela Antonello    Lynda Jordan

For more information, visit the LMD 2015 page.

AGM, 24 October 2015

The Annual General Meeting 2015 will take place on Saturday, 24 October at The Art Workers Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT at 1.45pm.

The Lecture will be given by Dr Mary Garrison at 3pm

A Lost Northumbrian Library and Scriptorium: the Ghosts of Alcuin’s books’.

See the AGM page for more details.

R&T Day, 21 November 2015:

How do calligraphers approach the surface they put their letters on? How does that surface influence everything from their medium and tools to the way they compose the message? How does one consider extreme scales, the setting that the work will sit in, the three-dimensional viewing potential or maintaining quality using third-person applications?
Which comes first the message or the surface it is written on?

See the R&T Day page for more details.

The Society of Scribes and Illuminators, based in the UK, is one of the most well-established and respected calligraphy societies in the world. This web site gives information about the Society, its aims, membership and activities.
The SSI is and has always been a non-profit organisation. There are no owners, no shareholders, no external investors, and all profits are 100% reinvested for future activities of the Society.