The Friends of the BADA Trust donate rare sketchbooks to Glasgow School of Art and give financial support to a student at the Centre for Textile Conservation, Glasgow

Posted: 2015-11-17 15:32:51 - Last updated: 2015-11-26 17:07:20

The Friends of the BADA has donated two recently purchased Art Deco sketchbooks by designer Pickford Waller (1849-1930) for Glasgow School of Art’s rare book collection.

BADA represents the leading dealers in art, design and antiques. In solidarity with the recovery from last year’s fire the Friends of BADA Trust has donated two Pickford Waller’s sketchbooks dated 1925 and 1926. They feature ornate Art Deco ornaments and designs intended for bookplates and they add to the collection the Library currently holds of Waller’s associate James Guthrie.

Pickford Waller designed book decorations for Guthrie’s Pear Tree press as well as for Hans Christian Anderson and Grimm’s Fairy Tales.

GSA Librarian, David Buri said: “We are grateful to the Friends of the BADA Trust for this generous gift. The sketchbooks are a perfect addition to our holdings as they are further examples of the period and style that The Glasgow School of Art Library specializes in. They will be an excellent resource for researchers and artists now and in the future”.

The Trust also made a donation to Rosie Nutall who is a first year student on the MPhil Textile Conservation course at the Centre for Textile Conservation based at the University of Glasgow.

Rosie Nutall said: “I would like to thank the Friends of the BADA Trust for their financial support, which has enabled me to begin the programme this year. Without this help it would not have been possible. I feel passionate about my subject and know I will be entering into an exciting career and providing a valuable service to our cultural heritage”.

Anne Green, Friends’ Director said: “The Trust is delighted to have supported two such worthy institutions in Glasgow and to know that we are adding to an important collection but supporting a student on a world-renowned course”.

Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, said: “The BADA Friends is an outstanding organization which is committed to the celebration, education and ongoing development of art, design and antiques. The donation of the sketchbooks secures their future and allows for their continued enjoyment and study.

I’m very proud that The Friends have decided to support Rosie in beginning her journey into this amazing sector.”

Since its inception the Trust has supported over 30 arts-related projects which underlines its original aims to support the arts for present and future generations both nationally and internationally.

If you wish to learn more about the Friends or to join then please look at the BADA website

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