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Craft and Design are perfect for Museum & Gallery Retail

Design-Nation x Association of Cultural Enterprises

We’re sad to see trade events closing down right now, but everyone’s health must be the paramount interest. So it was not a surprise when our good friends and partners at the Association of Cultural Enterprises had to cancel their annual conference and trade show this week. (It was to be held Thursday 19 & Friday 20 March  – at the Harrogate Convention Centre).

Of course the Design-Nation team are very disappointed to miss this special connection to the world of museum and gallery retail (we had a great time at the Brighton event in 2019). But we’re not deterred and have come up with an alternative: we are delighted to be able to share all the content from this event online: our talented exhibitors and their beautiful work. From today we’re running a daily feature on our social media channels to profile these talented designer-makers, as we ask them, “What makes your work great for museum shops?”.

We can’t transport you to the stately streets and lovely parks of Harrogate where the show was due to take place, but we can put you right in front of each maker’s work, in a virtual tour of the trade show running over on our blog. We started with architect-turned-illustrator Amalia Sanchez de la Blanca of Linescapes and glass artist Kira Phoenix K’inan followed by textile designers Darren Ball,  Susannah Weiland and Rachel Morley; ceramicists Bridget Macklin, Jillian Riley, Josie Walter and Sarah Villeneau; maker of objets d’art Michaela McMillan, knitwear designer Olive Pearson, and paper artist Clare Pentlow.

Start your tour of the show here and look for the link on each “stand” to take you to the next.

Updated 3 April 2020.

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Liz Cooper


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