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Autumn Newsletter - Foundation Office

Read on for news of alumnae success, details of a Lorimer retrospective art exhibition featuring a St George's Founder Dame Sarah Siddons Mair, and more...
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Autumn Newsletter - Foundation Office



We hope you have all received your copy of the latest Dragon Magazine - 'Living Through Lockdown', featuring experiences of lockdown across a diverse group of alumnae.  Thank you to those of you who have been in touch to let us know how much you enjoyed it, your feedback is much appreciated.  Here is a link to a digital copy for anyone still to see it.

The Foundation Network
We are pleased to say that the Foundation Network continues to grow, with nearly 800 online members.  The alumnae community represents former pupils, current and former parents and staff, offering a broad range of experience in locations all over the world.
In order that the Network can be used to its fullest potential, we have two requests:

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  • Already registered?  Please take a minute to check your profile is up to date with work / education details.  This also helps us to target our communication more effectively.



We really value your ongoing support of the Network.


 

Top 100 Women in Tourism
Congratulations to alumna and Scottish Food Guide's Wendy Barrie (Class of 1975), and to Antonia Martinez of Archerfield (current parent), who have been named among 2020's Top 100 Women in Tourism following a public campaign.  According to Wendy, "it is fantastic how we women are holding our own and indeed leading the way in many aspects of hospitality, supporting our Good Food Nation and contributing to Scotland’s tourism...it is heart-warming to receive such recognition and my thanks and best wishes to you all".



John Henry Lorimer Exhibition
Scottish artist John Henry Lorimer (1856-1936) is to receive the first retrospective of his artwork at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. The exhibition Reflections: The light and life of John Henry Lorimer is set to run from 6th November 2021 to 20th March 2022.  We are delighted to say that this will feature Lorimer's portait of Dame Sarah Siddons Mair, one of the founders of St George's School for Girls.  This portrait is usually housed in St George's Upper School.

Over the years, the Scottish public has shown a lot of support for the artist, voting Spring Moonlight at the Kirkcaldy Galleries and The Flight of the Swallows at the City Art Centre as their favourite paintings in the galleries’ permanent collections.The exhibition will explore Lorimer’s art through five key themes: light, identity, family, femininity and home.

According to Charlotte “you could compare Lorimer to the novelist Daphne du Maurier. Both began their craft at a young age and achieved commercial success. Both were admired throughout their careers but later sidelined by whoever decided the content of school curriculums and university courses. And both were exquisite storytellers. That’s what we want to explore in the exhibition, the way he saw value and beauty in every story, from the blind caddy employed by golfer Freddie Guthrie Tait to the British Guianan nurse Johanna Herbert, who looked after his nieces and nephews. Both were figures that many 19th century artists would have left out. Lorimer included them. Above all, he saw the experience of women as something worth capturing: the sorrow of a bride seemingly forced into marriage, the terror of a young girl receiving a letter from the frontline, the joy of a mother lifting her baby into the air. He saw and felt it all.”

To bring his work together from galleries and houses across Europe, the co-curators David Patterson and Charlotte Lorimer, the artist’s great great niece, are launching a crowdfunding campaign.  Those who wish to support the exhibition can make a contribution at https://reflections.enthuse.com/donate. Depending on the amount donated, some donors will receive thank you gifts, from prints of certain artworks to private tours.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit The Lorimer Society website.



Work From Home Inspiration
On the subject of food - are you stuck in a sandwich rut and need some inspiration?  Take a look here for some new sandwich ideas.  Now that we are moving into soup season, why not let us know your favourite recipes for us to pass on?

 



Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter - please get in touch with us if you have any news you'd like to share!

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