Fine Furniture Guild
- The Fine Furniture Guild
The purpose of the Fine Furniture Guild (“the Guild”) is to showcase the work of former students of the Chippendale International School of Furniture (“the School”). The Guild is first and foremost for the benefit of former School students and will have independent management, and absolute financial transparency.
The School has long recognised that, in a competitive market, even the most gifted of alumni often find it hard to secure commission sales. The purpose of the Guild is therefore to internationally promote former students through an online showroom of their work.
The Guild is open to designers/makers who are graduates of the School’s 30-week immersive course, and membership will be determined by the quality of the pieces submitted and supporting photography, evidence that the member is a professional woodworker (either full or part-time), the appropriate fee being paid, if any, and signed agreement to the Guild’s Terms and Conditions.
Members wishing to terminate membership may do so at any time in writing, and their entry on the website will be removed.
- Membership fees
The Guild offers free membership to all alumni of the Chippendale School. However, the Guild may charge alumni to have their name and images on the homepage or galleries page. Members resigning membership will not normally be entitled to be reimbursed for any fees paid.
- Equal opportunities
The Guild is an equal opportunities institution and does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, race, colour, ethnic or national origin, sexuality, disability, religious or political belief, marital status or age.
The Guild will be managed by a management committee of at least three persons, comprising a Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary and will meet at least twice a year. The accounts of the Guild will be available to all members.
The management committee may co-opt others to serve on it, if they have particular skills or knowledge that will further the aims and objectives of the Guild.
- Annual General Meeting
Members will be notified at least 28 days in advance of the date, time and venue of the AGM. Members should normally submit any item for discussion or committee nominations at least one week in advance. AGMs will be held every 12 months.
The business of the AGM shall include a report from the Chairperson of the group’s activities over the year, a report and presentation of the last financial year’s accounts from the Treasurer on the finances of the group, the election of a new management committee and consideration of any other matter as may be appropriate at such a meeting.
The quorum for an AGM will be at least six people, of which no more than three should be committee members. Because of the international membership of the Guild, all substantive issues will then be communicated to members for further discussion or a vote.
If a decision in principle is required, voting will be by a simple majority, with the Chair having an additional casting vote.
- Committee meetings
During the year, the Guild will have regular formal and informal meetings. All formal meetings of the Guild are open to members, and the management committee will meet at least twice a year. Members can request minutes of all meetings.
A bank account will be maintained for the Guild at a bank agreed by the management committee, a record of income and expenditure will be maintained by the Treasurer and a financial statement given to each meeting. An annual statement of accounts will be presented to the Annual General Meeting.
- Changes to the Constitution
Proposals for amendments to the Constitution, or dissolution, must be delivered to the secretary of the Guild in writing. The secretary in conjunction with other officers shall then decide on the date of a forum meeting to discuss such proposals, giving at least 28 days notice.
Any changes to the Constitution must be agreed by an international vote of members.
In the event that the management committee recommends dissolution of the Guild, this will be put to a vote by the membership, with at least 28 days notice. Any money and assets held by the Guild will be distributed back to members and the School.