7 February 2023 Member Newsletter

What a difference a day makes

Were you able to join us for our Winter Social in Manchester on the 28 January? It was a brilliant afternoon, hosted by our friends at the Whitworth. Members and friends gathered for an afternoon of conversation, learning, making – and cake. Artist Luke Adamson led a mark-making workshop in the galleries; Rose Sinclair treated us to a curator’s tour of the exhibition Althea McNish: Colour is Mine, and NSEAD artist educator Lynne Calland led a restorative neuropathic drawing workshop in the Grand Hall.

It was wonderful to spend time together. The conversations and connections that we make when we meet in person are beyond measure. How many new projects, research, networks and friendships will flower from that rainy January afternoon?

And we were in a celebratory mood, following our meeting of Council that morning.

Our first hybrid attempt, the ceremonial handover of the NSEAD Presidency took place online and in person for the first time since before the pandemic. 

Immediate Past President Liz McFarlane passed on our majestic chain of office to incoming President Marlene Wylie. The office of president carries the weight of 135 years of history – and this was a particularly historic moment for the Society. Marlene gave us a strong statement of her values and vision for NSEAD during her Presidency in the latest edition of AD magazine, for which she was guest editor.

'I am what I am because of who we all are.'

As Immediate Past President, Liz MacFarlane will continue to support the NSEAD Governance team. Over the last three years Liz has championed curriculum leadership, and opportunities for all learners. She has seen us through a global pandemic, cost of living crisis, industrial action and (across our four nations) ten Ministers for Education. All with a steady hand, wisdom and humour.

It is traditional for the out-going President to give a gift to their successor. I think the title of Liz’s gift, a book for Marlene, sums up my feelings about this presidential pair – Bloody Brilliant Women.

They certainly are.

Michele Gregson

NSEAD General Secretary


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