Introduction

The Friends of the William Lamb Studio (commonly known as the Friends of William Lamb) is a community group established in Montrose, Scotland in 1977. In 1978 the William Lamb Memorial Studio - William Lamb’s own working studio from 1935 until his death in 1951 - was to be re-opened and developed as a small gallery and museum to the memory of William Lamb – one of Scotland’s finest sculptor and artist - under the management of the Museum Service of Angus Council.

The Friends was established to support the Council in arrange regular openings and guided tours of the Studio, promoting both the Studio and Lamb himself; as well as researching Lamb and all aspects of his working life - his art pieces and models and the context in which they were created. In addition we disseminate that information through the sponsorship and publication of books, articles, leaflets and guides. They have helped with funding and developing the Studio and its collections, thereby creating an outstanding exhibition that draws visitors from all over the world.

The William Lamb Memorial Studio is located at the east end of Trades Close a small pedestrian row that leads from the High Street, Montrose to Market Street.

Since 2019 the Lamb Studio (owned by Angus Council) is subject to new arrangements. The Friends of William Lamb will arrange and run all public Studio openings. The Studio “collections” will be managed by ANGUSalive on behalf of Angus Council – all collections queries should be addressed to Gillian.Ross@angusalive.scot

In addition the Friends share “Lamb” information through the sponsorship or publication of books, articles, leaflets and guides and through a series of non-Studio events – walks, talks and displays and exhibitions.

The Friends is a community group that runs under a constitution. Membership is open to all on the payment of a small annual fee. Throughout the year Officers and Committee will arrange Studio openings, activities and special events related to the aims of the group, usually around Angus or in the Studio. These events are supported by Friends volunteers.

For further information see the relevant pages on this website, or contact us at info@friendswilliamlambstudio.uk

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Latest News

Latest News: November 2021

  • This year the Friends have continued to receive kind donations of artworks & Lamb memorabilia for our collections – these can sometimes raise questions about Lamb and his artworks so we offer 2 requests for further information here. In July we received a copy of an etching of Boddin given to Robert Scott signed “with regards Wull Lamb” and donated by 3 of his grandchildren. Our research so far shows that Robert Scott was an amateur landscape painter and a gallery owner who arranged art exhibitions in his shops in Dundee and Broughty Ferry. This is the first reference we have come across to special links between Mr Scott and Lamb, does anybody know anything more?
  • In August we received donations of two more Lamb etchings, the first of “Edinburgh Castle from Greyfriars” the other of a riverside scene that we suspect might be in Paris (see photo below). We think that the church tower shown is distinctive; can anybody identify it for us?
  • In early November we realised that somebody had decorated “Bill the Smith” on Montrose High St. for Remembrance events. (See photo below). Life can be strange, because this is one of the areas strongly suggested and then rejected for Montrose’s World War One Memorial. Lamb, a relative unknown, submitted his design for a memorial (does anybody know if copies of the design survive?), but was rejected in favour a much more lavish monument that the sculptor, Mr H.S. Gamley, wanted located elsewhere. It has been suggested that Lamb’s 4 powerful “Titans” sculptures from the 1930s – more than life size young men (3 shown around the town) were his reaction to impending war and his need to memorialise the young men possibly heading for a military life.
  • Fund raising: while things have been quiet a small amount of fundraising has continued to support our activities – thanks to all supporters. This year we will be hosting another stall at the “Hollyberry Fayre” at St Mary’s & St Peter’s Episcopal Church, Mid Links Montrose. It is open from 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday 27th November. We will be selling a number of books, cards and other small decorative things “suitable for stocking fillers” or mini presents. We hope to have a small supply of the book “What No Scones” (see below). Feel free to drop by, have a chat, or otherwise come and support us and the church our kind host.
  • With no recent poetry events arranged for the Lamb Studio lately here is a special treat for our poetry lovers. The latest book by Robert Ramsay, David Conran Smith, Gavin Dobson and Jake Hensman, “What No Scones”  will have its Montrose launch in the Links Hotel, on the 14th December (with readings) at 4:00 pm. RSVP: kinblethemont@btinternet.com
    Among the new poems are a series created in response to their visit to the William Lamb Studio in December 2019 for the launch of their previous book.
    BUT we need to say that the poets have kindly agreed that the profits from the book will be shared by The Friends of William Lamb, Marie Curie and Havilah, Arbroath. Thanks are offered to the four for their kind thoughts and support. Having bought the previous book it is heartily recommended.