Hello and warm greetings to everyone.
Allow me to introduce myself – I’m Nick Baker, the new Chair of the Surrey Sculpture Society.
I have the great pleasure of addressing you from the recently refurbished Throne Room, here at SSS Towers. Some say that this new position has gone to my head but they are now in the dungeon and will no doubt feel differently upon their eventual release.
Before I continue, I would like to mention my predecessor, Henriette van der Does. It is universally recognized that Henriette has vastly improved the Society during her nearly five years of leadership.
But don’t take my word for it, fellow committee member David Paynter, sums it up very nicely: “And so, one of the most dedicated, hard-working, selfless Chairs we have ever had in SSS has stepped down. Enjoy the view from the sidelines, Henriette, until you leave our shores for your other home. You are much loved and will be much missed by so many SSS friends. Xxx”
This is not to forget the significant efforts of the rest of the committee and the volunteers that come forth from the general membership. Some have titles and specific roles but we are a society of equals and it’s only through collective effort that we thrive and grow.
As the new Chair, I would urge all members to consider what time and skills they might offer the society. From IT support to catering at a Private Viewing; there are so many varied ways to contribute that I’m confident each and every member could offer something important to the Society.
We are in the final stages of compiling the calendar of events for 2021. No spoiler alert here but I’m delighted to say that it’s looking like a full and diverse itinerary. New venues, established ones…it’s a veritable smorgasbord of sculptural opportunity.
We are taking a very positive and pro-active approach to the challenges presented by Covid 19. Exhibitions, demonstrations and social events will be planned in the hopeful expectation that they can go ahead as normally as possible. And we’ll adapt as necessity dictates. So keep creating your genius, it won’t be in vain.
On a personal note, I would like to say that it’s a privilege to have this chance to contribute to the Society. I come to the role with a sense of responsibility but I’m determined that we also have a little fun along the way.
We are fortunate to have a committee of talented and energetic members and we look forward to continuing to save the world, one sculpture at a time!
I hope you all stay well and roll on 2021, you can’t come soon enough!
All the very best to you all,