Friday, 27 August 2010

Autumn/Winter 2010 Jewellery Fair Guide

With only a week to go before set-up day at IJL (International Jewellery London, a big trade fair I do each year at Earl’s Court), I am reminded that this marks the beginning of every jewellery designer’s busiest time of year. It’s nose to the grindstone from now until December.

Yes, it’s exhibition season again! If you’re a jewellery aficianado you’ll be gearing up for it now, planning who you’re going to see where, ogling the postcards you picked up at last year’s shows.

To help you on your way I've compiled a show listing. It’s only a short list of eleven fairs at the moment but the plan is for it to grow into a more comprehensive guide, so feel free to send in your suggestions. These are all selling exhibitions and are open to the public; some show exclusively jewellery and some encompass a wider range of crafts. Most are UK-based but I’ve included a couple of important ones not too far from our shores.

I’d advise checking websites for for further information such as admission prices and opening hours. I would also recommend bringing your chequebook along, as not everyone accepts credit cards!

Any suggestions or reviews would be greatly appreciated...

23 - 29 September 2010
Origin: The London Craft Fair
Old Spitalfields Market
London E1 6EW
(Contemporary craft)

Goldsmiths' Fair, London
27 September – 3 October, and
5 October – 10 October 2010
Goldsmiths’ Fair
Goldsmiths’ Hall
Foster Lane
London EC2
(Jewellery and silversmithing)

22 - 24 October 2010
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair
Pavilion in Spinningfields
Hardman Boulevard
off Deansgate
Manchester M3 3AQ
(Contemporary craft)

4 - 7 November 2010
WesterGasfabriek, Amsterdam
(Jewellery and silversmithing)

6 November 2010 - 11 January 2011
Dazzle (London)
Olivier Foyer
National Theatre
South bank
London SE1 9PX

21 November 2010 - 2 January 2011
Dazzle (Manchester)
Manchester Town Hall
2 Albert Square
Manchester M60 2JT

26 - 28 November 2010
Cockpit Arts Open Studios (Holborn)
Cockpit Yard
Northington Street
London WC1N 2NP
(Contemporary craft)

26 - 28 November 2010
Winchester Guildhall
SO23 9GH
(Jewellery and silversmithing)

26 - 28 November 2010
Place Vendôme

26 - 28 November
Made In Clerkenwell
Craft Central
33-35 St John’s Square
London EC1M 4DS
21 Clerkenwell Green
London EC1R 0DX
(Contemporary craft)

3 - 5 December 2010
Cockpit Arts Open Studios (Deptford)
18-22 Creekside
London SE8 3DZ
(Contemporary craft)

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