Craft Symposium Programme: Friday 18 August to Sunday 20 August 2017

The 2017 Craft Symposium is being held at the Centre for Stewardship located in the Stables courtyard on the Falkland Estate in Fife. Dr Peter Burman MBE FSA, Arts & Heritage Consultant introduces various histories on the House of Falkland and Falkland Estate. Various guest speakers include Simon Green and Marietta Crichton Stuart, John Iles, Mark Bambrough and Nic Boyes and more…

To download the PDF of the Craft Symposium programme click here.

 

Morris

 

“Cherish, above all things, local associations and hereditary skill”

John Ruskin (The Eagle’s Nest)

 

Welcome to the 2nd Falkland Craft Symposium

Introduction

This event builds on the success of the frst Craft Symposium in August 2016. Friendships were formed and networks established which are even now bringing benefts to individuals, the locality and nationally. There are many talented people working in Fife, Scotland and the UK although, at the same time, there is a distinct shortage of skills in some areas. Real efforts are being made to grow those skills so that the crafts can continue to bring joy into our lives while providing a livelihood for those who have dedicated their lives to particular crafts.

Without the traditional building crafts and a renaissance in understanding of the particular needs of old buildings, it will become increasingly diffcult to look after the nation’s built heritage adequately. Fife and Falkland have their own particular parts to play in the encouragement of craft and conservation skills. Each day of the Symposium has been arranged to have a distinctive flavour with two or more felds of craftsmanship being explored.

This year there is an over-riding theme which is the craft skills represented by the built fabric and richly crafted interiors of the House of Falkland, which will play an important part in the event. The interiors have a double-layer characteristic which is fairly rare: the house was built 1839-44 for discerning patrons, Margaret and Onesipherous Tyndall Bruce; half a century later the estate was acquired by John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute, one of the greatest architectural and craft patrons of his age (1847-1900).

Working through his architects, frst William Frame (1848-1906)and then Robert Weir Schultz (1860-1951), the 3rd Marquess added a layer of Arts & Crafts richness during the 1890s while respecting to a remarkable degree the then unfashionable layer of the 1840s. How to preserve the special qualities of the interiors is one our current challenges.

In addition to the crafts skills represented by the House of Falkland we also pay attention to those traditional to a well-run Estate in Fife and in particular to thatch; other roofng materials such as pantiles and slates; stone masonry and carving; and the appropriate use of lime-based mortars. The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – a cause dear to John Ruskin’s heart – will be strongly represented both through the lecture programme and through the demonstrations of craftsmanship which will complement the lectures.

Peter Burman
Peter Burman

The William Morris Craft Fellowship represents, through the commitment and exceptional qualities of the craftspeople concerned, some of the best of the craft renaissance in Britain today. They are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary this year. Members of Open Studios North Fife will be present to bear testimony to the rich cornucopia of craft-based activities, both professional and amateur, in our part of Fife. We look forward to welcoming you all to the Craft Symposium.

 

 

Centre for Stewardship

Dr Peter Burman MBE FSA, Arts & Heritage Consultant

Craft Symposium Co-ordinator

Chairman of Falkland Stewardship Trust

Chairman of Falkland & Newton-on-Falkland Community Council

 


 

Day One: Friday 18 August

House of Falkland and Falkland Estate, past and present

9.30am Coffee and Registration

10am Welcome and introduction: Dr Peter Burman

10.15am to 12.15pm Talks by Simon Green and Marietta Crichton Stuart: Each talk will be followed by a short discussion and there will be a break for coffee mid morning. Simon Green, architectural historian, Historic Environment Scotland, on the Architectural Patronage of the 3rd Marquess of Bute, placing it in the context of other architectural and decorative work commissioned by him at Dumfries House, Falkland Palace, House of Falkland, Mount Stuart, Old Place of Mochrum and elsewhere. Marietta Crichton Stuart, House of Falkland – ‘from a display of Early Victorian opulence to one of Late Victorian idiosyncrasy’- the co existence and transformation of the interiors and their rich craftsmanship.

12.15pm to 3pm Workshop Activities in the Craft Village: An opportunity to network and engage with fellow participants as well as practitioners of craftsmanship who will be demonstrating their crafts in and around the Stables and the designed landscape nearby. There will be both traditional building and decorative or functional crafts such as stonemasonry, wood, lime, slates (a magnifcent Scottish material), lead, thatch, decorative plasterwork, not necessarily the same crafts every day.

1.15pm Lunch for registered participants will be served.

3pm Tea break

3.30pm to 5pm Rural Estates, History and Opportunities

John Iles, responsible for running Uncllys Farm, Forest of Wyre. ‘Managing the estate given by John Ruskin to the Guild of St George to manifest Ruskinian principles about stewardship and creativity’. Ninian Stuart, great-grandson of the 3rd Marquess of Bute and Chair of the Falkland Estate Trust. ‘Designing & Crafting Falkland Estate’s unfolding future’. Both estates have a frm commitment to encouraging craftsmanship; planting and management of productive woodlands; and to the production and promotion of organic and local food.

5.15pm Tour of the House of Falkland: Led by Simon Green, David Jones and Marietta Crichton Stuart.

 

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Day Two: Saturday 19 August

Decorative plasterwork, stained glass and thatch

9.30am Coffee and Registration

10am Welcome & Introduction: Dr Peter Burman

10.15am to 12.15pm Talks by Mark Bambrough and Nic Boyes.

Each talk will be followed by a short discussion and there will be a break for coffee mid morning. Mark Bambrough, stained glass conservator and independent stained glass historian, An approach to understanding the stained glass commissioned by the 3rd Marquess of Bute and its conservation challenges at House of Falkland, Falkland Palace and Mount Stuart. Nic Boyes, consultant stone conservator, An insight into the philosophical, moral and practical aspects to the phased conservation of Temple of Decision. After, Jessica Hunnisett-Snow will introduce the thatching project which is being carried out at Falkland – and may lead to others – by Jonathan Botterill

12.15pm to 3pm Workshop Activities in the Craft Village: An opportunity to network and engage with fellow participants as well as practitioners of craftsmanship who will be demonstrating their crafts in and around the Stables and the designed landscape nearby. There will be both traditional building and decorative or functional crafts such as stonemasonry, wood, lime, slates (a magnifcent Scottish material), lead, thatch, decorative plasterwork, not necessarily the same crafts every day.

1.15pm Tea break

3.pm Lunch for registered participants will be served.

3.30pm to 5.30pm Celebrating decorative plasterwork and the unique survival of Leonard Grandison & Son. Will Napier, building surveyor specialising in the care of historic buildings. ‘Techniques of historic decorative plasterwork in Scotland including a celebration of the ceiling of 1617 at Kellie Castle’. Steven Blench, independent historian of plasterwork. “Imitation and Innovation: Decorative Plasterwork at the House of Falkland”. Mary Greensted, formerly Deputy Director of the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums, now independent historian of the Arts & Crafts Movement. ‘Decorative plasterwork of the Arts & Crafts Movement, in particular the work of Ernest Gimson’.

5.30pm Tour of the revived historic sawmill of Falkland Estate: Transfer by private cars to the revived historic sawmill of the Falkland Estate, with short informal talks as follows: George Watson, Buildings Manager, Falkland Estate, on the project to repair and reinvigorate the sawmill and Peter Ananin, WoodWorks Programme Coordinator who will also introduce students on the programme to share their experiences and aspirations.

 

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Day Three: Sunday 20 August

Carved and decorative stonework, painted decoration and murals, furniture, decorative metalworks, textiles

9.30am Coffee and Registration

10am Welcome & Introduction: Dr Peter Burman

10.15am to 12.15pm Talks by Nicholas Hobbs and Andrew Bradley.

Each talk will be followed by a short discussion and there will be a break for coffee mid morning Nicholas Hobbs, independent furniture-maker. ‘Making furniture for homes, churches and cathedrals and in special celebration of the furniture for the Chapel of St Hugh, Lincoln Cathedral’. Andrew Bradley, stonemason and stone-carver, William Morris Craft Fellow in 1988. ‘The Field of Dreams: the joy of carving in stone and wood’.

12.15pm to 3pm Workshop Activities in the Craft Village: An opportunity to network and engage with fellow participants as well as practitioners of craftsmanship who will be demonstrating their crafts in and around the Stables nd the designed landscape nearby. There will be both traditional building and decorative or functional crafts such as stonemasonry, wood, lime, slates (a magnifcent Scottish material), lead, thatch, decorative plasterwork, not necessarily the same crafts every day.

1.15pm  Lunch for registered participants will be served.

3.pm  Tea break

3.30pm to 5pm Annette Carruthers, art historian and authority on the Arts & Crafts Movement. ‘Decorative and functional metalwork in the House of Falkland and other houses of the 3rd and 4th Marquesses of Bute’. Dr Peter Burman, independent Arts & Heritage Consultant. ‘Painted decoration and mural paintings’.

5.15pm Tour of Falkland Palace: A special ‘after hours’ visit to the Palace focusing on the many examples of fne craftsmanship and textiles, furniture, ornamental woodwork and painted decoration. Guides will be Dr Peter Burman (textiles and painted decoration), David Jones (furniture and ornamental woodowork) and Marietta Crichton Stuart (history and family history). Before entering the Palace we will pause to admire the two new gates designed by Susan Thores, Head Gardener and fne art designer, made by Jim Shears, artist-blacksmith based in nearby Auchtermuchty. On what better note could we end a three-day symposium on the crafts and craftsmanship – bringing together the past and the present!

 

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Ways to Book

You ticket includes entry to all sessions, lunch, refreshments and tours as well as our Saturday night ceilidh (see below)

Day Rate: £20 per person

3 Day Rate: £50 per person

Reserve your space through Eventbrite:

Friday: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craft-symposium-friday-tickets-35371412848

Saturday: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craft-symposium-saturday-tickets-35371842132

Sunday: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craft-symposium-sunday-tickets-35372021669

All three days: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/craft-symposium-all-three-days-tickets-35372061789

Or Pop in to the Information Hub at the Stables (open 10am to 4pm every day) to reserve your space

Our Thanks Go To

Our Daily Champions who have helped coordinate and organise the programme.

All speakers and workshop providers

The House of Falkland School for kindly allowing access to the House of Falkland.

The National Trust for Scotland for kindly allowing access to Falkland Palace.

Fife Council for assistance with funding weekend craft Village

Visiting members of the public are welcome to wander through our ‘craft village’ on Saturday & Sunday between 11am and 4pm.

Free to visit.

 

Saturday night Ceilidh

19th August from 7pm

All Craft Symposium participants are welcome to attend a ceilidh on Saturday night.

More details on booking!

 

 

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