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.
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 Gill.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.
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We would remind you that our Friends “gift membership packs” are still on sale. These are very good value at £10.00 with nominated membership running to May 2021. As they carry “extras” the numbers are limited, but look out for these at Friends events. We will be selling them at our “Pre-Xmas” studio opening on Friday 6th December. Otherwise please speak to a Committee Member.
Our membership is still climbing for this year with well over one hundred Friends so far. But our numbers are not as high as last year’s exceptional number of 150+. So please can we encourage you to publicise our need for public support through membership. Thanks.
We have not completed our annual report for 2019 yet – but we have been monitoring our Studio visitor numbers. Obviously having to close the Studio from Easter last year the figures dropped drastically for 2018. The Friends now only log the number of “public” visitors to the Studio that we greet, but with our last few Studio openings still to come in December we can report that our annual visitor figures are close to matching those for 2017 – the highest annual recorded for the Studio. But please continue to visit.
On a less happy note we need to record the death of one of our Honorary Friends, Olive Brodie, since our last posting. Some of you may know that Olive was one of the earliest Friends and very active in the setting up of our group in the late 1970s. Less of you may know that she carried out an important research project contacting people who had known William Lamb and encouraging them to record their memories of him. These texts have formed the basis of much later understanding of Lamb and his working practices. She also recently provided the Friends with copies of her photos and articles on Lamb. But perhaps the most important thing to say is that Olive (having re-joined the Friends after so many years) still really enjoyed visiting the Studio. Her enthusiasm, kindness and help for the new volunteers were much appreciated.
A date for diaries: On Friday 6th December we will be having our annual Christmas “special” for Friends in the Studio. We will be opening the doors at 1.30 pm and closing about 4.30 pm. But this is a chance for us all to gather and enjoy Lamb art, chat and eat (or ignore) the seasonal refreshments. But on this Friday 6th we will also be hosting the Montrose launch of a new poetry book called “Scon-versation” by poets Robert Ramsay, Gavin Dobson, Jake Hensman and David Conran-Smith. We understand there will be short readings of some of poems between 2.30 and 3.30 pm. The book should be on sale (to support Marie Curie and local charities), so if you need another present or two just drop in.
Please note we will then be closing the Studio for “drop in” sessions until early February. But it will not be totally without as we will be holding a number of pre-booked group visits and business meetings.
Forward Planning Groups: In 2020 we will also be re-scheduling more of these sessions. In them we focus on what we can and will do around various aspects of the Friends remit – which of course is much wider than just opening the Studio. We plan to start with consideration of retail goods the Friends will hold for sale at our openings and events. These contribute to our income, but also are important to the wider promotion of Lamb and his art too. A second session will be working out how many education visits we can run in 2020 and how they will be offered and undertaken. If you are interested in either of these matters please get in contact. You can join the meetings – or just send your views for consideration. Thanks.