Category: Exhibitions

Ray Key Tribute Collaboration

Ray Key passed away on the 14th of September 2018.
Amongst his achievements are:
 
Becoming the  founding Chairman of the AWGB in 1987.Awarded life membership in 1997 and appointed President in 1998.
 
In 2001 he was made a Life Member of The American Association of Woodturners (At this time the only non-American afforded this honour).
 
in 2002 Ray was made a Freeman by presentation of the Worshipful Company of Turners. In 2011 through the Worshipful Company of Turners he became a Freeman of The City of London. In 2012 the Worshipful Company of Turners presented Ray with their first ever “Master in Turning’ award” and in 2017 he was awarded the status if Liveryman by presentation.
 
In 2015 Ray was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List (for services to the craft of Wood Turning).

Ray left a large number of part turned pieces of work which his wife Liz and son Darren have kindly agreed can be used for this collaboration project.We plan to use this opportunity to celebrate Ray’s huge contribution to the AWGB and turning worldwide

We are inviting turners from around the world, who have at some point had a connection to Ray, to select one of the unfinished pieces of work, finish it in their own style and to return it to be included in an exhibition (in July 2019). We also intend to produce a book documenting all pieces and contributors. Ultimately the pieces will all be sold and the proceeds will be shared between Ray’s widow Liz and the AWGB development / grant funds. The AWGB plan to use some of the funds to set up a commemorative bursary or award to honour Ray’s memory.


Charity Auction for Freedom From Torture

Using only timber from Royal Greenwich Park 14 UK professional turners and Michael Maisey (the organiser) are making pieces for a charity exhibition and sale. The website for bidding is www.turningagainsttorture.com. An exhibition will be held at the Greenwich gallery, Peyton Place from October 30th – November 7th and, viewing followed by the full auction on Friday evening 7pm 17th November at Trafalgar Tavern in Greenwich. all proceeds will go to Freedom from Torture.

The turners involved are:

  • Simon Hope
  • Stuart Mortimer
  • Gary Rance
  • Mark Baker
  • Nick Agar
  • Reg Hawthorne
  • Ray Key
  • Bob Chapman
  • Jason Breach
  • Tony Southey
  • Melvyn Firminger
  • Stuart King        
  • Dave Register 
  • Les Thorne
  • David Reeks
  • Michael Maisey

 

Travelling Exhibition 2017 – 2018 Competition

AWGB exhibition pieces

Every Seminar we select between 50 and 60 pieces to take around the UK as part of our travelling exhibition. We keep the pieces for two years and in the past they have been returned in August before the Seminar. The current pieces go back in 2017 and as the next Seminar is 2018 we need to replenish the exhibition.

We are holding a competition. It is open to any woodturner in the UK whether they are AWGB members or not. There isn’t a theme – we just want you to send us some photos of your best pieces of work from which we will make a selection of the best 60 pieces. We will arrange with you for these pieces to be sent to Woodworks at Daventry where Ray Key and Reg Hawthorne will judge the top three and we will award prizes for 1st of £175, 2nd of £150 and 3rd of £125.

The rules are simple:

  1. You may enter up to three pieces
  2. You must submit three high quality images per entry by email to competition@awgb.co.uk
  3. Images may be sent on multiple emails if necessary; each email will be acknowledged.
  4. Images must be submitted no later than Friday 10 March.
  5. The images must show side view, top view and underneath view (or an “interesting angle”).
  6. At least one of the images must contain a ruler so we can judge the size of the piece.
  7. Your email should describe the piece including details of the timber used in no more than 50 words.
  8. You must agree that if chosen, we can retain the piece(s) until October 2018.
  9. You must indicate whether you are prepared to sell the piece.
  10. You must provide a sale price even if it isn’t for sale for insurance purposes. We insure the pieces for 60% of their sale value.
  11. If we sell one of your pieces we take 10% commission plus VAT.

We’ll discuss packaging etc. with you if your piece is selected.

That’s all, get making! We’re looking forward to seeing your entries.