London - Great
Robert Woodland holding
court at Painters Hall during the closing dinner.
Salon, the international
working exhibition of Decorative Arts, was held in London
over four days in March of 2000 under the patronage of the
Worshipful Company of Painters & Stainers
and was considered to be a great success.
Because of the amount of
interest shown, especially from the international
contingents, it was proven necessary to split the event over
two locations, at Painters' Hall and in the Great Hall of
St. Bartholomew's Hospital. The former has been the site of
the home of the Worshipful Company since 1532, whilst the
Great Hall at Bart's -an architectural and decorative
delight in itself- was built by James Gibbs as "recently" as
1738, the Hospital has occupied the site since 1123.
The event was attended by a
great number of visitors including many craftsmen, students
and professionals in related disciplines such as Interior
Design and Restoration.
Exhibitors and guests came
from many countries including Austria, Belgium, Canada,
Denmark, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, The Netherlands,
Italy, Japan, Jordan, Norway, Peru, Sweden, U.K., and the
United States. Students from London Guildhall University
and from The Building Crafts College were among the
exhibitors and the event was also visited by groups of
students from Technical Colleges throughout the country.
On the first day- Thursday-
the exhibition was attended by the Lord Mayor of London,
Lady Mayoress and party. In the Hall the Lord Mayor watched,
with great enthusiasm and interest, demonstrations by
craftsmen from American, Sweden, France and the U.K.
demonstrating Vert de Mer, Salon 1998 Virginia
On Friday the Lord
Chancellor of England, Lord Irvine of Lairg, accompanied by
Lady Irvine, spent a considerable time viewing the
exhibition in both locations and speaking to a number of the
demonstrators. Lord Irvine formally opened the exhibition at
lunch at Painters' Hall.
On Saturday the Director of
the Victoria & Albert Museum, Dr. Alan Borg, was the
principal speaker at the closing dinner. During the evening
proceedings, the Salon was formally handed over to France
-for Salon was to be held in Paris in 2001 and was going to
be hosted by the IPEDEC- Institute Superieure de Peinture
Decorative de Paris.
The exhibition continued
for a fourth day. Following this were Post-Salon events in
the form of visits to Mansion House, Victoria and Albert
Museum, Brighton Pavilion, Eltham Palace, the Jeffrye Museum
and the Senate House at London University.
Salon 2000 was only made
possible by gifts from individuals and sponsorship both
within and without the Worshipful Company of Painters &
Stainers and by the total commitment of the members of the
organizing Committee and various consultants from home and
overseas who gave so much time, energy, and professionalism
to this unique event. However, it was the participants who
exhibited, demonstrated and observed who really made the
occasion truly memorable.
Buon Fresco master Michael
Hearn, US, enjoying the black tie lunch at Painters Hall.
Bill Holgate beginning
a demonstration of European Oak.
Andree Ritin, Canada and
Carrie Frizell, Spain.
Gert Jan Nijsse, The
Netherlands demonstrating marble at St. Bart's.