About the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society

The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society exists to promote the study, practice and teaching of the subject in all its forms and to generate awareness and appreciation among the widest public. The Society is a charity registered with the Charity Commission No. 1046526 and is therefore a properly constituted, non profit organisation. It belongs to its members each of whom have equal voting rights.

Management Committee of Trustees and Co-options

Janet Mehigan, Chair
Charles Huff, Treasurer
Sue Cavendish
Celia Lister
Rosella Garavaglia

Marion McKenzie
Jan Sambell
Deborah Morton
Mary Noble
Gail Mitchell

Helen Scholes
Jan Pickett
Andi Bennett
Alison Millin

 


Membership is open to anyone, wherever they may live.

Quality The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society aims especially to encourage teachers. It believes that a strong supply of good teachers is the best way to encourage people to learn and progress, which is all good for the future of the craft.

The Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society is forward looking and progressive and the watchword of the Society is QUALITY.

Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society Lifetime Achievement Award

In recognition for service to calligraphy, the highest standards of work, and the support and help that she has given over many years to others making their way in the world of calligraphy, the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society recognized Gaynor Goffe, Honoured Fellow of CLAS, with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Honorary Members

For their service to the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society and the support they give, the following have been awarded Honorary Membership of CLAS:

Roger Young
Jim Linwood

CLAS Management Committee of Trustees

Areas of Responsibility

Trustees and ex officio

The Co- Chairmen of CLAS – Jan Mehigan and Marion McKenzie

Jan Mehigan

Marion McKenzie

 

  • have overall responsibility for ensuring the Aims of the Society, as set out in the constitution, are met.
  • ensures that the policies put in place and the
    organisation and day to day running of the Society
    are all conducive to the Aims.
  • chair the committee meetings of the Management Committee of the Society held every tthree months, which consists of Trustees and co-options, and ensures proposed actions are completed.
  • has the casting vote in the event of an equally divided committee vote.
  • liaises with the Administrator in the day to day organisation of the Society.
  • confirms the agenda for each meeting with the Administrator. 
  • confirms the accuracy of recorded minutes sent by the Minutes Officer before distribution to the rest of the committee.
  • sits on the CLAS Academic Standards Board Committee, and also on any CLAS sub-committees, such as Risk Assessment Committee.
  • sets up such sub-committees as are needed to support the Management Committee and decides, with discussion, their terms of reference.
  • runs the AGM as well as any EGMs, according to the Constitution.  
  • prepares and gives the Chair’s Report at the AGM.
  • writes to thank speakers, helpers, and others who play a significant role in CLAS events such as the AGM, Regional Days, CLAS Festivals, CLAS Exhibitions, and so on.
  • represents the Society at any CLAS events wherever in the country, or arranges a representative, and is also the public face of the Society both at CLAS events and elsewhere.
  • represents the Society at private views and openings of Living Letters Exhibitions, whether in London or elsewhere in the country.
  • should be aware of suggestions and recommendations from members which should be raised at Trustee committee meetings for consideration.
  • should also be aware of, and recommend, any actions or developments which promote the Society within the world of calligraphy and in the wider world.
  • supports the committee members by being in regular contact with the individual officers, and checks on any progress required in the various areas of interest, and should be alert to any help if required.
  • takes the necessary steps, in conjunction with the Treasurer, to ensure that the Society is financially viable, in both the short and long term.
  • is not expected to have knowledge of every aspect of the interests of CLAS and will usually pass on any queries to the relevant Officer, then follow up the action and/or response. 

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


The CLAS Treasurer – Charles Huff
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  • deals with all the financial aspects of the Society, including managing bank accounts, payments and deposits & ensuring that the Trustees receive the
    best advice in terms of spending and raising subscriptions. 

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.
In addition:

  • deals with all CLAS' software including the database
  • advises on CLAS website software
  • deals with the circulation of CLASNEWS

 The CLAS Administrator – Sue Cavendish

Although not an official Trustee, the Administrator:Sue Cavendish
  • attends all committee meetings.
  • is the focal point for the Society. 
  • deals with the day-to-day running of the Society and
    with answering queries, passing them on, or seeking advice where necessary. 
  • advises the Chair when appropriate, and is in contact with the Chair on a regular basis. 
  • deals with the processing and advertising of new
    leaflets, pamphlets, or details of courses.
  • deals with the processing of new members, and sends out the new members’ packs. 
  • edits the Edge, and deals with the content, any flyers, articles, photographs and so on. 
  • liaises with the Edge Designer, and ensures that the
    high standards which have been set are maintained. 
  • deals with mailing the magazine. 

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.
As the longest-serving administrator of any calligraphy society, the Administrator is also the archive of all matters calligraphic.


Art and the Letter Officer – Jan Sambell
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  • deals with any queries relating to the CLAS Art and the Letter Exhibition.
  • suggests suitable projects to the Trustees for approval
  • for the forthcoming exhibition at the AGM. 
  • ensures that any copyright permissions are sought and granted, once approval for projects has been given by
    the Trustees.
  • arranges for the Art and the Letter flyer to be designed, proofed and then available in a suitable form for printing for the Administrator (who will ensure posting out in the most appropriate Edge). 
  • makes arrangements to receive all the entries by the agreed date.
  • puts together a small team of CLAS Honoured Fellows and CLAS Fellows to examine the entries and make appropriate encouraging comments. 
  • arranges for the entries to be photographed to a high standard such that they can be printed in the Edge and included on the website. 
  • arranges for the images made into a CD for the Society’s records and for possible loans to local groups.  
  • arranges for a team of people to hang the exhibition at the AGM having brought the entries up to London. 
  • arranges for the entries to be returned to the participants, and sorts out any payments  to be processed by the Treasurer.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


CLAS Accredited Tutors’ Officer – Mary Noble
Mary Noble

  • deals with any queries about CLAS Accredited Tutors.
  • is responsible for the administration and first
    assessment of the submissions of those applying to be
    a CLAS Accredited Tutor.
  • deals with payments both of the incoming fees of those applying and the outgoing ones for the assessors. 
  • seeks advice and approval from the Trustees of those who may be eligible for exemptions, and also announces successful applicants at committee meetings.
  • informs the keeper of the database and the Tutors and Talkers booklet Officer of successful applicants.
  • keeps the CLAS Accredited Tutors booklet up to date and makes changes where necessary.

The Accredited Tutors’ Officer would usually be someone who has been through the process and so can advise where there are any questions, or points for clarification.
Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


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The Exhibitions Officer- Alison Millin
Alison Millin

  • is responsible for all CLAS Exhibitions.
  • investigates possible venues, dates and potential exhibition titles and recommends these for approval by the Trustees. 
  • prepares Guidelines for Entries for the proposed exhibition for use on the CLAS website and for printing off on application.
  • liaises with the editor of the Edge for appropriate Exhibition publicity.
  • liaises with the designer of the exhibition flyer, providing information as required.
  • liaises with the website mistress to ensure information and publicity is included on the CLAS website.
  • puts together a small Exhibition Committee. 
  • arranges a sub-committee of Honoured Fellows for selection of the final pieces at a time no less than six months before the exhibition start date.
  • informs the successful and unsuccessful exhibitors as a result of this meeting,  and contacts the former about the hanging fee and when and where the artworks should be sent.
  • provides the designer with the database of exhibitors and artworks, and also good images, appropriately labelled of all the artworks, for designing the catalogue or CD, if either is thought appropriate. 
  • ensures that arrangements are in place for ordering the CD or catalogue, and that these are sent out in good time well before the exhibition.
  • liaises with the designer to ensure that the flyer for the exhibition is ready for mailing out with an appropriate Edge at least 6 months before the exhibition.
  • liaises with the Exhibitions sub-committee to put together a list for invitations to the Private View.
  • ensures that suitable calligraphic labels are written for each artwork which are then available at the time of exhibition hanging.
  • puts together a sub-committee for exhibition hanging, and ensures that all the requirements for this task – hammers, nails, screw drivers, tape measures, etc etc, are provided, and keeps the packaging carefully labelled for returning the artworks.
  • ensures that a team is available for taking down the exhibition at the appropriate time, and that pieces are packed up ready to be returned to the exhibitors, or ready to be sent on to the next venue.
  • ensures that all artworks are returned, payments made to venues, and letters of thanks written to all concerned.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


The Festival Officer – Helen Scholes
The Festival Administrator – Andi Bennett

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  • are responsible for all matters pertaining to the annual CLAS Festival. 
  • visits possible venues to ascertain whether they are suitable and within budget, and make recommendations to the Trustees. 
  • suggest potential tutors before approaching anyone to the Trustees for approval, ensuring that the choice of workshop topics gives a balanced content in any one Festival and subsequently contact those who are approved to ask them to take part. 
  • arrange appropriate extra curricular activities for the Festival evenings and arrange for visiting suppliers
    where appropriate.
  • collect together suitable text and images from the venue (if appropriate) and individual tutors so that the brochure can be designed, as well as liaising with the designer and proofing the brochure.
  • deal with applications, fees, and deal with payments by cheque, credit card and Paypal, requiring liaison with the Treasurer. 
  • prepare and issue all necessary documentation for tutors, students and venue manager.
  • provide emergency First Aid cover during Festival.
  • are responsible for room allocation at the venue, both for participants, teaching groups and visiting suppliers. 
  • act as liaison with students, tutors and venue manager whilst on the Festival, and also for dealing with any queries afterwards. 
  • are responsible for payment to the venue and presenting the final accounts to the Trustees.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


The Membership Officer – Deborah Morton

  • keeps members details up-to-date on the membership database using Access.
  • sends out renewal reminders as necessary each month and chases up late payers.
  • deals with the payment of subscriptions, including banking cheques, processing credit card and PayPal transactions, monitoring standing ordGilly Middleburghers on bank statements, and keeping the Treasurer informed of pay-ins.
  • supplies printed labels for distribution of The EDGE
    and for other mailings as and when requested by the Administrator or other Trustees, using the database.

The role may also include answering membership queries and passing on to the Trustees members’ suggestions and opinions.
Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


The CLAS Regional Liaison Officer – Celia Lister

 
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  • has regular contact and liaison with the local calligraphy groups within the region which usually involves writing a quarterly letter to keep them informed of CLAS activities, emailing when needed, and encouraging groups to send them their newsletters.   
  • maintains a positive and high profile of CLAS with individual local groups.
  • is the contact point for local groups when a CLAS Regional Day is held, and give advice in the light of their experience. 
  • reports back to the Trustees on a regular basis on the events of the local groups in their area such as exhibitions, courses, and so on.

It may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


The Sales Officer – Marion McKenzie
Marion McKenzie

  • is responsible for all sales within the Society. 
  • attends all Society events and has a sales table, or arranges for CLAS Sales items to be available at such events. 
  • recommends new products for CLAS Sales to the Trustees for their approval, ensuring that the items are appropriate and of good quality
  • deals with mail orders efficiently, and processes payments.
  • ensures that an accurate record of all stock is maintained, and provides the Treasurer with a balance sheet of income and expenditure.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


Web Master– Jan Pickett
Jan Pickett

  • updates information regarding all CLAS events and prepares graphics/artworks for publicity.

  • liaises with CLAS Administrator on news and events.

  • updates images, photo galleries and sitewide links

 

 

 


Tutors' List Co-ordinator – Rosella Garavaglia
Cathy Stables

  • obtains up-to-date information about tutors and courses as shown on the website and passes that information to the website contacts so that the details can be amended.
  • is aware of those members who teach calligraphy
    through the database, and keeps them informed of the advantages of being included in the CLAS List.
  • deals with the administration of applications for inclusion in the List, and is the link between prospective tutors and the Assessor(s).
  • contacts those already on the List to update their entries before the start of the academic year.

The role may include answering queries on the CLAS List and passing on to the Trustees members’ suggestions and opinions.
Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these at the next meeting of CASB either in person or through the Chair of CASB.


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Co-opted

The Minutes Secretary to the Management Committee – Gail Mitchell


Mary Noble

  • is responsible for taking accurate records of the deliberation of the Trustees and co-opted Officers at meetings of the Management Committee.  
  • writes them up for approval by the Chair of CLAS before being distributed to committee members.
  • brings to the committee meeting a copy of the minutes
    of the previous meeting for signing by the Chair either that they are a true record or after the committee have
    agreed any amendments to be recorded in the next meeting’s minutes.
  • prepares for the Chair a list of ongoing actions at each meeting.
  • records the proceedings of AGMs and EGMs and prepares minutes for the agreement of the Trustees and approval by the attendees at the subsequent AGM.
  • files copies of the minutes for future reference.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these with the Trustees.


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CLAS Academic Standards Board Areas of Responsibility, CASB

Chair/Trustees Liaison –Mary Noble
The Chair of the Academic Standards Board: Mary Noble

  • supervises all CLAS educational matters and standards.
  • chairs the committee meetings of CASB.
  • ensures proposed actions are taken to the Trustees for approval. 
  • reports to the Trustees after every CASB committee meeting.
  • liaises with the Administrator to confirm the agenda for each meeting.
  • approves minutes sent by the Minutes Officer after each meeting for confirmation of accuracy before they are distributed to the rest of the committee.
  • supports CASB committee members by being in regular contact with individual Officers, checks on any progress required in the various areas of interest, and is also alert to any help if required.
  • is aware of developments within calligraphy education, and education generally to ensure that CLAS maintains a high profile, keeps up to date and maintains good standards.
  • is alert to any educational developments that need to be investigated or promoted, discusses these with the relevant Officer, and raises them at CASB for consideration.
  • deals with any queries, problems or complaints which arise from CLAS’ various educational endeavours, if these cannot be resolved by individual Officers.
  • prepares the CASB report for the AGM.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these at the next meeting of CASB.


Chief Assessor of the National Diploma in Calligraphy – Mary Noble
Mary Noble

  • liaises with National Diploma in Calligraphy Officer to decide the number of Assessors required for the next assessment.
  • oversees induction for new Assessors and refreshing for Assessors who have had a gap in assessing the
    National Diploma.
  • during assessment, ensures all Assessors are working
    to same benchmark level.
  • liaises with the Moderator if there are marks which
    need to be resolved.
  • assists the National Diploma Officer in packing up at
    the venue.
  • reviews the assessment session with other Assessors, looking at changes in procedure that could be considered for future.
  • after assessment, deals with any queries or complaints, referring them to appropriate bodies or reporting to CASB.
  • reports to CASB.
  • Prepares Diploma Report if deemed appropriate.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these at the next meeting of CASB either in person or through the Chair of CASB.


Certificate of Calligraphy Officer – Angela Banks
Angla Banks

  • deals with all queries relating to the Certificate of Calligraphy.
  • receives the entries for the Certificate of Calligraphy twice a year, at the end of April and November.
  • records the names and style of writing of each entry,
    and allocates an appropriate CLAS number.
  • contacts potential Assessors, and sends them the
    CLAS Certificate of Calligraphy Assessors’ pack and
    a batch of entries to assess.
  • deals with any enquiries from Assessors.
  • receives back all the entries from Assessors, records
    the marks on the Certificate of Calligraphy database,
    and separates the ‘carbon’ copy of each assessment form for filing.
  • arranges for photographs of a selection of the entries be taken for CLAS records and to be placed on the website.
  • returns each entry, with the completed CLAS certificate and assessment form using the original packaging.
  • liaises with the Chair of CASB to ensure that any improvements to the Certificate of Calligraphy leaflet are recorded, so that they can be incorporated when reprinting occurs.
  • liaises with the Chair of CASB in answering any problems or complaints, and works closely with the latter.
  • prepares a short report, which is included in the CASB Report for the AGM.
  • reports to CASB.

External Assessment & National Diploma of
Calligraphy Assessor – Gaynor Goffe

Gaynor Goffe

  • is responsible for all matters pertaining to standards of CLAS courses and the CLAS National Diploma of Calligraphy.
  • gauges and maintain the standards from year to year
    and from candidate to candidate by being a regular National Diploma of Calligraphy Assessor.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these at the next meeting of CASB either in person or through the Chair of CASB.


The Fellowship Application Officer – Clare Whittaker
Marion McKenzie

  • processes applications to CLAS Fellowship.
  • responds to any requests for information by sending
    out the appropriate letter, and also the CLAS
    Fellowship assessment sheets, and also informing applicants of the process if appropriate.
  • contacts the chair of CASB to consider convenient
  • dates for assessment, a suitable venue, and members
  • of the assessment team, if the applicant is suitable in terms of holding the CLAS National Diploma of Calligraphy at 70%+, and/or taking their work to an appropriate CLAS Honoured Fellow for comments
    which are positive.
  • contacts the applicant as a result and the individual
    members of the assessment team to determine the most convenient date.
  • arrives in good time at the venue to welcome the applicant and the assessment team, and also arranges suitable refreshments.
  • helps to arrange the room so that artworks can be shown ready for assessing.
  • usually stays with the applicant in another room or another venue while the assessment takes place, and acts as the contact for the assessment team.
  • helps to return the room to how it was, and locks up the venue at the end of the assessment.
  • arranges for good quality photographs to be taken at the time of the assessment of successful applicants' work presented, suitable for inclusion in the Edge, and ensures that they send to the Edge Editor text of their calligraphic experience, so that this can be built into an article on 'New Fellows'.

The Fellowship Application Officer would usually be someone who has been through the process and so can advise where there are any questions, or points for clarification.
Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these at the next meeting of CASB either in person or through the Chair of CASB.


The National Diploma in Calligraphy Officer – Cathy Stables
Cathy Stables

  • deals with all queries in relation to the CLAS National Diploma on Calligraphy.
  • records those registering for the National Diploma in Calligraphy in spring, and allocates each candidate a number.
  • contacts the Chief Assessor for the National Diploma in Calligraphy to decide the number of Assessors required, and contacts them in turn to check on availability.
  • ensures that a suitable venue is available for assessing each year, and books the date.
  • arranges accommodation for Assessors when
    assessing the National Diploma if necessary.
  • ensures that the National Diploma in Calligraphy entries are received safely.
  • ensures that the venue is set up appropriately, and brings to the venue the National Diploma in Calligraphy assessment pack.
  • ensures that high quality photographs are taken of all or selected entries for CLAS records, use in the Edge and for the website, and sends these on to the appropriate people.
  • checks the Assessor's sums!
  • ensures that entries are moderated by the CLAS Moderator.
  • arranges for entries to be packed in suitable stout packaging, are labelled ready to be returned to candidates, and that posting is carried out.
  • contacts candidates in person to let them know their mark.
  • arranges for the National Diploma in Calligraphy certificates to be completed, signed by the Chair of CLAS, and sent out to candidates.
  • arranges for photographs, or originals, of candidates’ work to be shown at an appropriate CLAS event.
  • prepares a short report which is included in the CASB Report for the AGM.

Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these at the next meeting of CASB either in person or through the Chair of CASB.


Tutors & Talkers Booklet Officer – Ann Mason AnnMason

  • deals with and updates information in the Tutors and Talkers handbook of CLAS Tutors.

 

 

 

 

 


Certificate of Skills & Ladder of Progress Courses Officer – Michela Antonello

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  • deals with all queries relating to the CLAS Certificate of
    Skills and Ladder of Progress Courses.
  • receives any requests from local groups, or individuals
  • about these CLAS courses. 
  • deals with the local contact for the course to investigate
  • possible dates, to ensure that there is a suitable venue
  • and is first point of contact between tutors and local group.
  • produces the leaflet for the course and sends this to the local contact for distribution.
  • deals with applications from individuals, clarifying any points, and writes to tutors, with a list of all participants and logistic details of the course.
  • prepares a short report which is included in the CASB Report for the AGM.

    Responsibilities may include listening to members’ points of view or suggestions at workshops, meetings and CLAS events, and raising these at the next meeting of CASB either in person or through the Chair of CASB.


 Tutors' Education Officer – Josie BrownJosie
  • Organises Tutors courses and ongoing Tutors' forum

 

 

 

 

 


 The CASB Minutes Secretary – Marion McKenzie
Marion
  • takes accurate records of the deliberations of Officers at meetings of CASB.
  • writes them up for approval by the Chair of CASB before being distributed to committee members.
  • files copies of the minutes for future reference.

 

 

 

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