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Chairman's Letter
Friday 28 June 2019

Dear friends,

I hope that you are all enjoying the summer, even if we are still waiting for the balmy, warm and settled days that we might have expected.  There is still time!

The Arts Society King’s Lynn has been having a very busy time, especially with our Young Arts Project.  You may already have seen the centre page spread in the Lynn News, Tuesday, 18th June, or the further feature in YLP on 21st June?  Barbara Vincent and Tricia Rowlands have led a total of twenty one hours of workshops with Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy in the town, working with a total of 420 children.  The culmination of all this effort will be the Exhibition, Water, in the first floor Gallery of the Hanse House on South Quay, 2nd – 4th July.  All the children will be brought from school to see their work, the first time they will have seen the display in its final layout, and it will be open to the Public, so I urge you to take the opportunity to see it for yourselves:  the Arts Society King’s Lynn has initiated this work, it is led and stewarded by our members, and is something which would never have occurred without the support of you, the membership.  Art is something that can easily be side-lined in the current national emphasis on reading, writing and arithmetic; we believe wholeheartedly that creative art is a vital component in creating a rounded, happy child.  There will be a visitors’ book for you to add your comments.

The Rev.Julie Boyd of St Faith’s Church, Gaywood, has welcomed TASKL’s offer to create a Children’s Trail for the Church, and the team will be starting on this in the next few weeks.  It will be a timely project as our hardworking Church Recorders, led by Alison Wakes-Miller, have just about completed their Record of St Faith’s, which is the nineteenth church they have tackled.  On Sunday, 7th July Narborough Church will be presented with its own copy of their latest completed record, (number 18) one of five copies which will go to the V & A Museum, The Arts Society House, County Archives – and of course one for TASKL’s own records.  Alison and the team will shortly be starting on their next Church, at Sedgeford, but may manage to sneak in another one first, at Waterden during the summer.

Next month your Society will again be visible, this time during the King’s Lynn Festival.  As has been previously mentioned, TASKL are sponsoring on Wednesday 17th July at 3 pm, a lecture by Dr Elizabeth Fisher on Gustav Metzger, whom she knew personally and worked with, and who is the artist featured in this year’s Festival Exhibition.  Gustav Metzger, who died in 2017, was a one-off.  He came to Britain in 1939 on the Kindertransport and his early, and tragic, experience of war shaped a lifetime’s concern to prevent war, destruction through pollution and support for the environment – a prescient range of priorities.  He probably invented the ‘Ban the Bomb’ CND logo, was an active member of the Committee of 100 (with Bertrand Russell), but the reason you will probably never have heard of him was that he disliked the self-promotion of other contemporary – and later – artists, feeling that the message was important, not the messenger.  His time in King’s Lynn, living in Queen Street during the 1950’s, was a turning point in his life.  He remarked that he learned all his activism in King’s Lynn!  His work influenced other artists and he has been exhibited in the Tate Gallery, at the Serpentine Gallery, and in Kettles Yard, and curated an exhibition at the Norfolk and Norwich Triennial Festival.  The exhibition during the King’s Lynn Festival is unique, featuring material believed lost but found only seven years ago.  Take time to hear about this 20th century artist, whom we can claim for our own, and who was to become yet one more prophet without honour in his own time.

With best wishes,

Kate Parker