This first Saint Thomas’ Day celebration by the Worshipful Company of Architects, together with Temple Bar Trust, will hopefully establish a long lasting tradition for many years to come and something that can grow.

The idea resulted from a suggestion by our Master, Valerie that – as we were in lockdown and unable to meet in person – we try to encourage greater activity and events on social media to keep the Company in contact.

Liveryman and Court Assistant, Chris Williamson had been reading about the formation of the Livery Companies and that they celebrated their “Guild Day” usually on the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of their particular trade of profession.

The Guild Day was an opportunity for the Companies to focus on their charitable giving and their apprentices which is a particular focus of the Master. After some research and discussions with the Chaplain Canon Rev’d David Parrott from St Lawrence Jewry, we established that Saint Thomas was acknowledged to be the Patron Saint of Architecture. Saint Barbara has a claim owing to her being imprisoned in a tower by her Father who wanted her to renounce Christianity. But Thomas has the greater claim, not because of his doubting and need for proof but his mission to India where he built several churches.

At the same time, Renter Warden Chris Dyson was devising a sketching competition inspired by lockdown on the theme of “isolation” and our Master of Students, John Assael had proposed and initiated a new Student Hardship Fund. It was decided to incorporate the two ideas and to charge an entry fee for the competition, which would be donated to the Student Hardship Fund. It was also agreed to ask the entrants to donate their work for auction to raise money, to be split equally between the Hardship Fund, the Temple Bar Trust and the church of St Lawrence Jewry. As Saint Thomas’ Day is July 3rd, that date became a sensible focus for the events.

Perhaps next year we will join in a lunchtime service and meet in person to continue the tradition of the Guild Day. But in the meantime thank you to the Chaplain for supporting and to Chris Dyson for initiating and Chairing the judging of the drawing competition, to all the entrants and the judges, Stella Ioannou, Sherin Aminossehe Soraya Khan and the Master, and special thanks to Steve Edge for agreeing to be the Auctioneer. To John Assael for initiating the Student Hardship Fund which, along with Temple Bar Trust and St Lawrence Jewry, will benefit from the monies raised at auction. And to the Clerk and Cheryl for the organising, administration and support. And to the Master, Valerie for pulling all the threads together.

Entries 2020

Entry 1

Sketch Design for a House

Alireza Sagharchi

Ink on yellow sketch paper, A4, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: £ 100

Entry 2

To Protest is to Protect

Anna Liu

Watercolour, A5, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: £ 99

Entry 3

Skyline Dusk

Barry Munday

Watercolour, A4, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: £ 60

Entry 4

Tomato Plants Early Morning

Barry Munday

Watercolour, A4, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: £ 60

Entry 5

Loch Leven

Geoffrey Purves

Pen & Watercolour, A4, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 6

The Corridor

Helen Taylor

Ink on paper, 30 x 20 cm, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 7

The Edge of the World

Helen Taylor

Pencil on paper, 42 x 30 cm, Unframed
Print; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 8

Working From Home (The Ideal Version)

Jerry Tate

Composite drawing and photoshop, 520mm wide x 360 mm high inc frame, Framed
Framed Print; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 9

Dreaming in Isolation

Laurie Chetwood

Hand drawn on tablet, 120 x 80 cm , Unframed
Limited Edition Print; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 10

Feeding the Swans, Epping Forest

Peter Luscombe

Pastel Drawing, A4, Unframed
Limited Edition Print (5 available); Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 11

Guardian Lion

Philip Cooper

Watercolour, 10 x 10 cameo on A4, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 12

The Old Oak Bench

Philip Cooper

Watercolour, 10 x 10 cameo on A4, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 13

The Secret Garden

Philip Cooper

Watercolour, 10 x 10 cameo on A4, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 14

Isolation in the Desert

Simon Fraser

print mounted on foam board, 900mm x 300mm , Unframed
Print; Reserve price: £ 50

Entry 15

Mastering Social Distancing

Valerie Owen Le Vaillant

Framed/Unframed – frame cost tbc, 295 x 195 mm, Unframed
Print; Reserve price: £ 50

Entry 16

Tessisolation

Ethan Kitto

Pen & pencil drawing, A3, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 17

Remote Reading

Jaki Howes

Giclee Fine Art line drawing, A4, Unframed
Limited Edition Print (10 available); Reserve price: £ 15

Entry 18

What Cheapside Could Be

Peter Murray

Digital, A3, Unframed
Print; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 19

Kew House

Tim Lucas

Graphite & pastels on black painted birch plywood, 45 x 30 cm, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 20

Isolation

Phil Coffey

Giclee Fine Art line drawing, 20 x 15 cm set on A4 page, Framed/Unframed – frame cost tbc
Limited Edition Print (10 available); Reserve price: £ 50

Entry 21

A Moment In Line

Anna Liu

Watercolour, A5, Unframed
Original; Reserve price: £ 99

Entry 22

Isolation with Hercules

Chris Dyson

Giclee Fine Art line drawing, 15 x 15 cm set on A4 page, Framed/Unframed – frame cost tbc
Limited Edition Print (10 available); Reserve price: £ 50

Entry 23

Loading to Gatwick

Maurice Brennan

Wax pencil, 250 x 250, Unframed
Limited Edition Print; Reserve price: No reserve

Entry 24

Study of board – Exteriors

Simon Fraser

Watercolour, A4, Unframed
Print; Reserve price: £ 40

Entry 25

Study of board – Interior

Simon Fraser

Watercolour, A4, Unframed
Print; Reserve price: £ 40

Entry 26

Urban Stitch

James Cheung

Pencil & trace, A3 , Framed
Framed Print; Reserve price: £ 40

Entry 27

Breathing Life in to Old Buildings

James Cheung

Pencil & trace, A3 , Framed
Framed Print; Reserve price: £ 40
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