The Founders' Company is one of the oldest Livery Companies of the City of London and can trace its existence back to 1365.
The Worshipful Company of Founders of the City of London was one of the early medieval guilds formed to promote the interests of its members and to ensure high standards of quality and workmanship in articles of bronze and brass.
Today, more than 650 years later, The Founders' Company continues to support research and education in related disciplines and in industry and fulfils its role in supporting the City of London. The Founders' Company maintains its physical presence in the City of London through the Founders' Hall at Number One, Cloth Fair.
The Company also boasts a prestigious Livery Hall, neighbouring London's oldest extant church, which is a stone's throw away from some of the City's greatest tourist attractions and historic wonders. It is located on Cloth Fair, one of London's most historic streets.
Lost-Wax for Lost-Species by Abigail Burt
The Founders' Company recently had the pleasure of hosting one of their previous Bursary Award Winners, Abi, at Founders' Hall to exhibit her widely anticipated project Lost-Wax for Lost-Species.
Abi has also featured in the Founders' Whitechapel Lecture Series, where she gives detail of the project and process.
The Lost-Wax for Lost-Species exhibition at the Founders' Hall opened with great spirit on November the 4th.
A vibrant turn out from participating artists, collaborating crafts people and the supportive Founders led to a warm and buzzing atmosphere.
The installation of 112 bronze species transformed the hall into a captivating installation, and the excited conversation filled the rooms as everyone saw the whole collection together for the first time since its inception one year ago.
None of the artists had seen their sculptures in bronze until the show, having posted them to Abigail in wax, and then followed their journey through the lost-wax casting process virtually as the project progressed.
All of the unique sculptures will be sold in an online auction in March, raising money for conservation organisations. If you have caught the excitement for owning your own bronze endangered species, you can sign up to receive news about the auction, and information about the next exhibitions where you will be able to see the sculptures in person once again.
Lost-Wax for Lost-Species brought together over 100 artists in a collective act of care towards endangered species. Each sculpture was carefully crafted in the homes of the participants, brought together as a call for action, asking us to consider how many species are on the verge of being lost forever.
The Master, Professor John Wood CBE welcoming those attending the exhibition
All photography by Gabriella Zigova @gabriela_zigova