ACJ held a special fundraising evening event on Wednesday 3rd June at Goldsmiths' Hall during the exhibition 'Creation II' which is showing at the Hall until 11th July.The party was very well attended, with between 80 and 90 people there, including six of the 12 artists exhibiting in ‘Creation II’ (Vicki Ambery-Smith, Charlotte de Syllas, Daphne Krinos, Andrew Lamb, Wendy Ramshaw and David Watkins). Vicki and Charlotte saw it as an opportunity to bring groups of friends.
Everyone involved worked hard to make it a success. Tamizan Savill, who brought a posse from Bristol, delivered the welcome speech, giving an outline of ACJ’s future plans and ambitions. Sue Hyams took charge of the ticketing arrangements in advance and on the door and in addition looked after the sale of a fair number of copies of ‘Jewellery Unlimited’ and the Members’ Directory. Copies of recent issues of Findings were available for people to take away, and several membership application forms were picked up. It was very useful to have our colleague from benchpeg newsletter on hand - Rebecca van Rooijen - as her links with the Hall made some of the practicalities easier. She brought along Maria Spanou to take photographs of groups enjoying themselves.
An important element was the support from the Goldsmiths’ Company. The staff at the Hall were very welcoming and helpful, particularly Paul Dyson, whose initial suggestion the event had been, and also David Beasley, the Goldsmiths’ Librarian (and longstanding ACJ member), who as Vice-Chairman of the Society of Jewellery Historians was able to greet and introduce people tirelessly throughout the evening. Dick Melly, the Clerk of the Company, was also there. The goodwill of the company is something ACJ should foster as far as possible, and it is heartening to see how seriously ACJ is taken at the Hall.