DSC Newsletter January 2019

Report on AGM for 2018

The meeting opened at 7 p.m. and it was good to see that the number of members present was greater than the number of committee members, 29 in all. The minutes of last year’s AGM were read by Claire Moses, the committee secretary. There were no matters arising from them. Due to illness in his family, Jack Porteous was unable to attend the meeting, however, in a brief written report, he stated that the Club was financially viable with a healthy bank balance and that he would if elected at the meeting, continue in his role as Hon. Treasurer.

Ron Lightbown, as coordinator of the Friday‘Life’ models, spoke briefly about his role and the need for the committee to keep payments to models in mind. Ann Eames, who co-ordinates the Tuesday Portrait group, also spoke briefly. She agreed that payments to models should be kept in mind and revised when necessary. All committee members were willing to continue in their roles and, as no other member was put forward as a potential committee member, those present voted for the status quo to continue for another year. Ian Davidson, our outings co-ordinator, spoke of the year’s trips and suggested London, Birmingham and Sheffield as possibilities for 2019. He appealed for ideas for Club outings from members who have had an artistically satisfying experience. The date set for the next AGM was January 31st, 2020. All present enjoyed the convivial party which followed the meeting.

Chairman’s Remarks for the year 2018

Last year, 2018, we once again had a full calendar of Portrait Drawing on Tuesday mornings, organised by Ann Eames, and Life Drawing on Friday mornings and evenings, organised by Ron Lightbown. As usual, these same two committee members worked out the annual calendar of Club events, making sure that Still Life and Portrait sessions interspersed the Friday evening Life sessions. They also provided us with a satisfying selection of demonstrations by visiting artists and Club volunteers. Also taking place during the year were coach trips organised by Ian Davidson and the Annual Club Lunch, once more held at Littleover Lodge. We have had an excellent and varied programme all round for which, I am sure, all Club members were grateful. Many thanks, Ann and Ron, for compiling the Annual Calendar, and for arranging Sunday Workshops and Demonstrations. Ann and Ron also deserve our thanks for continually presenting us with models, Ann for Portrait and Ron for Life drawing.

Jack Porteous continues his excellent work during the year, as the Club Hon. Treasurer until he was overtaken by the need to care for his sick wife. He normally collects the fees from our art sessions and makes sure that the cash reaches the bank. For every committee meeting, he produces a full analysis of the state of the Club's finances. During the long period of his disposal, Ann Eames has kindly collected and banked the money raised from fees. Jack wishes to continue in his role as Treasurer, keeping an eye on Club finances, but operating on a limited scale.
Claire Moses, our Club Secretary, keeps and distributes the minutes of committee meetings, sends out emails to all members who have computers and reminds committee members when there are meetings We are all grateful for her work. Ann Eamesholds the position of Club Vice Chairwoman. As always, she is a fund of knowledge on Club procedure and the local art scene. For as long as I can remember, Ann has organised the Tuesday Portrait sessions. She has served the Club for over forty years. Long may she continue to do so. Charlie Chenreceives incoming mail, keeps the membership list up to date and issues membership cards on members’ annual fee payment. He receives several membership enquiries every week.
Marlene Griffithstakes care of any catering which we need -and she does it well. It is easy to overlook her efforts, as they just appear before us, spread out on tables around the room. However, her catering adds greatly to the enjoyment of our social events and she deserves a special thanks from all of us. We have a Committee of ten members at the present time -Ann Eames, Jack Porteous, Ron Lightbown, Marlene Griffiths, Claire Moses, Charlie Chen, Chris Jones, Ian Davidson, Britta Jarvis and myself. Most of us have a specific job, but all of us pitch in whenever work needs to be done. Our web site is managed for us by Magdelana Aron. Magdalena is not on the committee. She is paid for her work on the website. She keeps the site as up-to-date as possible, but there have been some issues with the web site recently as its designer has undertaken an upgrading programme. We hope to have it back in full service before long. Magdalena is always ready to include a gallery of pictures for any Club member who provides a set of photographs (jpegs) sent to her e-mail address. There is no charge for Club members' galleries.
During the warmer months a weekly calendar of “En Plein Air “ days, was organised by David Llewellyn. These were outdoor painting sessions of which only a few members took advantage. David has also done a fine job in liaising with Derby Art Gallery and Museum so that his group is able to draw on a regular basis from museum items, during the winter months.

What is planned for 2019? 

The calendar of events from January to June has already been distributed, so I will spare you the extra time it would take to read them here. You should all have a copy. Of course, Ian will be organising the London coach trip and several others. Please support his efforts. The coaches may well be subsidised from Club funds, making such visits very worthwhile. Just one more mention. All members appreciate the biscuits, tea and coffee which we consume. Leslie Griggs, most kindly, makes sure that we never go short. Our thanks to her. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) This has been a challenge to apply to our Club. The GDPR is a new EU legal framework which came into force on 25th May 2018. Its purpose is to give individuals more control and protection of their personal data. It introduces new regulations for all organisations that process (collect, manage and use) personal data. Derby Sketching Club processes personal data. New processes have been introduced to ensure the Club complies with these regulations. Every member is required to sign a document giving permission for their personal data to be used within the Club.

Finally, for the past few years, the Trophy Exhibition has been held at the gallery in the Markeaton Craft Village. Many members consider it to be the best venue we have had. Entries were down slightly last year and we hope for more this year. Committee members worked very hard to set up the displays. We were fortunate to be able to borrow display boards from Darley Abbey Village Hall and we will be doing the same this year. We received a large number of visitors, who made very favourable comments on the standard of work displayed. The exhibition was opened by the Mayor of Derby and a local artist chose the Trophy winner. A party was held on the first evening of the exhibition and it was a great social success. My thanks go to all those who helped in any way. Please make sure that you support our main event of the year. I know it is early in the year, but it doesn’t hurt to remind members that they should be considering their entries for the Trophy Exhibition in May and the Ticknall Show in August. Every year many Club members show their paintings at Ticknall and it is probably the best sales room available for local artists. If you want to sell your paintings that’s the place to exhibit, but make sure they are entered into the Trophy Exhibition first. It only remains for me to wish all Club members a very happy and artistically challenging 2019.
- Joseph Read (Chairman)

Published 24th April 2019