Upper Street Events (USE) announced today that Julie Harris, formerly Group Managing Director of Immediate Media Company, has been appointed as CEO.

With a wealth of experience in consumer media as well as digital, data, and insight businesses, Julie will lead USE into its next phase of strategic development. Julie joins USE on July 17th and takes over from Andrew Duncan, who was appointed as Interim CEO in February this year.

Julie joins from Immediate Media, the leading special interest media company, where she ran a portfolio of acquisition and investment businesses. She was also a key member of the leadership team that sold Immediate Media to Hubert Burda Media in January 2017. Whilst at Immediate Media, one of the businesses she led was Hitched, the UK’s leading wedding venues marketplace, and in the two years since acquiring it, transformed the business resulting in profits more than doubling. Prior to Immediate Media, Julie was Global CEO of WGSN Group, the world’s leading fashion and retail trend forecasting company, where she grew the business to over 6,000 customers in 87 countries, taking it from a declining business to double digit organic growth in just under two years.

A transformation programme has been underway at USE- changing the way it builds shows that deliver face-to-face encounters between valuable audiences, brands and retailers.  It has invested heavily in deepening its visitor and exhibitor insights, and in building digital capability. Julie will continue this focus and add further acquisitions to this strong platform.

Julie is joining a team that has seen a significant level of investment and change. Mark Kerswell, previously CFO at Centaur Media plc, joined the business in September 2016 as COO and CFO. Andy Baxter, previously with Clarion Events has recently joined the business as Senior Portfolio Director, working alongside experienced Portfolio Directors, Sarah Monk and Chris Holman.

USE Chairman Julian Spooner said: “During his six month term as Interim CEO, Andrew has been a force for rapid change in Upper Street, leading to a number of new initiatives to strengthen focus on the key USE brands. I’d like to thank Andrew for the vision and energy he has brought to the business which has made these changes possible so quickly.

I am delighted to welcome Julie to Upper Street. I know that she will take the company and its great team to the next stage of its plan, adding acquisitions to a strong platform of great events.”

Julie adds: “Upper Street Events is highly respected as a UK leader in consumer events and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead this exciting and ambitious company. I’m looking forward to working with the USE team and Livingbridge, to build on what has already been achieved and to unlock the future potential of this business and its highly engaged audiences.”

Editor’s Note:

USE is a leading UK organiser of consumer events with brands including London Art Fair, New Designers, The Knitting and Stitching Shows, The Cycle Show, Country Living Shows, Move It, The Great British Sewing Bee, The Adventure Travel Show and The London Cruise Show. The company was acquired in a management buyout in December 2014, backed by Livingbridge LLP. The company completed its first acquisition, of Escape Events Limited, in December 2016.


Julian Spooner, Chairman:

Bevan Duncan, Investor Director, Livingbridge:

Country Living Spring 2017


Dates:  Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th April 2017

Venue: Alexandra Palace (Great Hall via Palm Court) London N22 7AY

Join us at our stunning new venue in north London – this year, for the first time, the fair will be held at historic Alexandra Palace, set in beautiful parkland with spectacular panoramic views over the city. Discover handmade items by wonderfully creative British craftspeople and up-and-coming designers, unique vintage treasures and a mouthwatering array of artisan food and drink.

Great new attractions at this year’s show include:

  • Four live theatres, offering fascinating talks and demonstrations all day long – to include Crafting, Cookery, Business tips and more
  • A bigger, beautiful garden with lots of inspiration and tips for green-fingered gardeners
  • Enter the Village Produce Competition with your prize winning cakes and conserves
  • Inspirational room sets created by leading designers
  • The Pop-Up Market launching crafters, makers, designers and artists
  • Coffee, Cake and Crafting – spare a moment and make a woollen square for charity blankets

Plus all the usual favourites:

  • Hundreds of exciting NEW businesses appearing for the first time
  • Unique and exclusive retailers, specially selected for their originality
  • Inspirational room sets created by leading designers
  • Don’t forget to feed the lambs and see the hens in the CL Small Holding Area

With so many new ideas and so much entertainment, we promise to fill you with inspiration for your blog.

Come down to see us and there’ll be a free gift for you to collect from the Country Living Stand!

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London Art Fair 2017


18-22 January 2017

(VIP and Press Preview 17 January)

London Art Fair 2017 closed on Sunday with strong sales reported across the Fair in both Modern British and international contemporary art, including painting, sculpture, photography, drawings, ceramics and more.

With an attendance of 23,000, indications from the Fair, which launches the cultural calendar, are that 2017 will prove a healthy year for the UK market in spite of wider economic uncertainty as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.

Hosted in a pavilion just inside the main entrance to the Fair, museum partner The Lightbox marked ten years since its opening with an exhibition of Modern British art from The Ingram Collection, titled Ten Years: A Century of Art. The Woking-based gallery introduced key works by twentieth century artists such as Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson to new audiences, alongside a chance to glimpse a preview of upcoming shows on romantic painter John Minton and iconic sculptor Henry Moore.

Pru Chambers, Marketing Manager of The Lightbox said:

“Being the Museum Partner of London Art Fair 2017 was a fantastic start to the 10th anniversary year of The Lightbox gallery and museum in Woking. Our LAF exhibition ‘Ten Years: A Century of Art’, comprised of works from The Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, was a big hit with visitors, with many commenting that they were impressed by the breadth and quality of the works in the collection which included pieces by Hepworth, Frink and Gaudier-Brzeska. The Lightbox would like to thank Crown Fine Art and Richard Thompson Insurance Brokers for supporting the exhibition and London Art Fair for giving us the opportunity to be part of a wonderful week of the best in Modern British and contemporary art.”

There was a particular interest in quality Modern British art, fuelled in part by high profile sales in 2016 and international interest in the market thanks to the weak pound. “It has been fantastic, absolutely amazing” said Alan Wheatley of Alan Wheatley Art, “we’ve sold consistently every day, right across the board, including a Terry Frost painting for six figures and a William Turnbull sculpture.”

Fellow Modern British dealer Paisnel Gallery also enjoyed a positive show, with owner Stephen Paisnel citing the ability to meet new collectors as a particular highlight, “Sales have been good, but it’s not so much what you sell as who you meet. We met a first time buyer this week who was thrilled with our service and quality of the work and have many people coming in to speak to us again next week.” Christopher Kingzett Fine Art, a Modern British dealer making a return to the Fair in 2017, sold 18 pieces including John Wells, Roger Hilton, Eduardo Paolozzi, Alan Reynolds, Peter Kingly, Joe Tilson and Alan Jones.

London Art Fair regular Lemon Street Gallery found this year’s edition to be a success, with owner Louise Jones commenting, “’It’s been a really good year, we’ve sold over 40 pieces to private and public collections internationally. We’ve had a piece go to the Fitzwilliam Museum donated through one of their benefactors and another to a well-known TV figure.”

Contemporary German gallery Venet-Haus Galerie reported strong sales, noting the growing international nature of the Fair, “This year has been amazing and it has been surprisingly international. We’ve seen clients from Austria, Switzerland and Italy as well as London. We sold out of James Oliver to London buyers.” These sentiments were echoed by many at the Fair including Korea-based Hanmi Gallery. Director Heashin Kwak remarked, “This year feels a lot more international. We’ve met more European visitors from The Netherlands, France, Turkey and beyond.” Istanbul and London-based Pi Artworks reported particular interest in the work of their international artists Maude Maris, Maria Friberg and Paul Schwer, in what was the most international edition of the Fair yet, with more than two fifths of exhibiting galleries coming from overseas.

Hailing from Barcelona, newcomer Víctor Lope Arte Contemporáneo had a good fair, selling multiple works by Cuban artist Gustavo Díaz Sosa and Spanish artist Jacinto Moros. Diversity was a theme in their newly found clients, which included both private collectors and a Rotterdam art foundation.

The experience of galleries showing as part of Art Projects, a curated showcase of the freshest contemporary art from across the world, was also positive. LLE, from Cardiff, who were part of a gallery pairing with First Floor Gallery Harare (Zimbabwe) as part of the collaborative ‘Dialogues’ section, commented, “Casper White has been very popular sales wise but all of the artists have had a really good response. We’ve met everyone from collectors to painters to galleries which is really good for future collaborations.” Jack House Gallery showed a debut film by artist Amartey Golding, which was chosen by The Art Newspaper as a particular highlight. Golding found the Fair to be “an amazing experience,” adding, “the work has really resonated with all sorts of people. I’d love to come back next year.”

Photography continues to perform well at the Fair, with Flowers Gallery selling two Scarlett Hooft Graafland landscape photographs to new buyers. Hooft is a new artist for the gallery with a show later this year. Fellow photography dealer ARTITLEDcontemporary also sold well. “The Fair allowed me to find a different audience compared to other London art fairs and I’ll be back next year,” said Director Hans van Enckevort.

London Art Fair returns to the Business Design Centre for its 30th edition from 17 – 21 January 2018 (VIP Preview 16 January).


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Notes to editors

London Art Fair exhibitors

The full list of galleries in the main fair at London Art Fair 2017 is as follows:



Gormleys Fine Art

Adam Gallery

Jill George Gallery

Advanced Graphics London

Katharine House Gallery

Alan Wheatley Art

Knight Webb Gallery


Lemon Street Gallery

Art First

Lena Boyle Fine Art


Liberty Gallery

Arusha Gallery

Liquid Art System

Askew Art

Long & Ryle

Atelier Aki

Mazel Galerie

Atelier Alen

Merville Galleries

Austin / Desmond Fine Art

Osborne Samuel

Beardsmore Gallery

Paisnel Gallery

Beaux Arts Bath

Panter & Hall

Beaux Arts London

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Bernard Chauchet Contemporary Art

Paul Stolper Gallery

bo.lee gallery

Perve Galeria

Boundary Gallery

Peter Harrington Gallery

Browse & Darby

Pi Artworks Istanbul/London

Caroline Wiseman

Piano Nobile

Castlegate House Gallery

Pontone Gallery

Cavaliero Finn

Portal Painters


Portland Gallery

Christopher Kingzett Fine Art

Purdy Hicks Gallery

Crane Kalman Brighton

Quantum Contemporary Art

Crane Kalman Gallery

Rabley Contemporary

Cynthia Corbett Gallery

Redfern Gallery

Cyril Gerber Fine Art/ Compass Gallery


Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art



Sladmore Contemporary

Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts

TAG Fine Arts

Eames Fine Art Gallery

The Hanbury Collection

Edgar Modern

The Reel Poster Gallery

England & Co

The Scottish Gallery

Ewan Mundy Fine Art

UNION Gallery


Urbane Art Gallery

Fairhead Fine Art Limited

Venet-Haus Galerie

Fiumano Projects

Victor Lope Arte Contemporaneo

Flowers Gallery


french art studio

Waterhouse & Dodd

Galerie Artima

Wilson Stephens & Jones

Galerie Calderone

Woolff Gallery

Galerie Heike Strelow

The full list of Art Projects and Dialogues galleries at London Art Fair 2017 is as follows:

  • BEARSPACE, London
  • Carlos Carvalho Arte Contemporânea, Lisbon
  • Chiara Williams Contemporary Art, London
  • Division of Labour, London
  • Do Gallery, Chungcheongbuk-do
  • Ed Cross Fine Art, London
  • First Floor Gallery Harare, Harare
  • Galerie Rothamel, Erfurt
  • Galerija Fotografija & L’Agence à Paris, Ljubljana & Paris
  • Gibbons & Nicholas, Dublin
  • Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
  • Hanmi Gallery, London + Seoul
  • IMT GALLERY, London
  • Iniva, London
  • Jack House Gallery, Portsmouth
  • Joanna Bryant and Julian Page, London
  • Kalfayan Galleries, Athens/ Thessaloniki  
  • Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London
  • LLE, Cardiff
  • MATÈRIA, Rome
  • Maus Contemporary, Birmingham AL
  • Muriel Guepin Gallery, New York
  • Noorforart Contemporary, Aix en Provence
  • Nunnery Gallery, London
  • OBJECT/A, Manchester
  • Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, London
  • PAPER, Manchester
  • Perve Galeria, Lisbon
  • RED CORRIDOR Gallery, Kuenzell/Fulda
  • The Contemporary London

White Conduit Projects, London


Upper Street Events Acquires Escape Events

 Upper Street Events has today announced the acquisition of Escape Events, bringing the Adventure Travel Show, three Cruise Shows and the Olympia Historic Automobile Fair into the Upper Street Events portfolio.

These shows join Upper Street’s strong lineup of quality consumer events which include Country Living, Language Show, London Art Fair and the Cycle Show. The Upper Street portfolio now encompasses 25 consumer shows and one trade event.

Escape Events, which was founded fifteen years ago, is based in Kent and has seven employees.

Upper Street is backed by the mid-market private equity firm Livingbridge which invested in the company in 2014 as part of a management buyout. This acquisition is the first for Upper Street who has launched four new shows this year.

Managing Director of Upper Street Events, Paul Byrom, commented:

‘We are delighted to welcome the Escape Events business and its team into Upper Street Events.  We share similar values, culture and a clear focus on delivering best in class passion-led events. The Escape events have a loyal and very well targeted visitor base and strong support from the market place. There is also excellent opportunity to utilise the Upper Street database and marketing platform to extend the reach of the shows and enhance return on exhibitors’ investment. By attracting a mix of well-informed and knowledgeable, returning and new visitors, we can create even more vibrant and successful events, and we look forward to accelerating their growth.’

Martin Anslow, Managing Director of Escape Events commented:

‘After developing these events over 8 years we wanted to ensure they continue to flourish.  I think the “fit” with Upper Street is an excellent one, and provides a springboard for new thinking and further growth. Upper Street and Escape Events both share a passion to present high quality consumer events which “go the extra mile” and deliver real value for exhibitors and visitors and I am excited to be working with them into the future.’

Bevan Duncan at Livingbridge commented:

“This is a great addition to Upper Street Events with Escape Events perfectly complementing the business. This acquisition adds another string to Upper Street Events’ bow, allowing it to launch new shows and expand its delivery of premium events. Upper Street Events has an exciting future and we look forward to helping the business grow both organically and through further acquisitions.”


Living Bridge Invest in Upper Street Events

Upper Street Events Ltd, today announces a management buyout. The senior team of Paul Byrom (Managing Director), Isobel Dennis and Daniel Holmes are delighted to be working with private equity company Living Bridge who have supported them in purchasing the majority shareholding from its current owners, the Morris family, for an undisclosed sum.

Currently organising 17 very successful and well known premium shows across the UK and Ireland, this new investment by Living Bridge will support the team in continuing to develop existing shows, launch new event concepts, deliver even more creative and current content that will engage audiences, exhibitors and brands alike.

Commenting, Paul Byrom, Managing Director, USE Ltd said, “The Morris family along with their CEO, Dominic Jones, have been incredibly supportive in the development of Upper Street Events. Their investment in the company and support of our growth strategy has been essential to our success.  I am therefore delighted to have been able to find such a good cultural match with our new investors and am excited by the scale of events media business we can now develop with Living Bridge and our new Chairman Phil Soar.”
“We have been extremely impressed by the team,” says Matt Upton of Living Bridge and now Board member of USE, “in particular their real focus and insight into how to engage with their audiences.  Their grasp of current trends and innovations across all their event sectors provides a great foundation to develop the existing portfolio and introduce new concepts.  B2C events are forming an important part of the marketing mix for brands, providing face to face contact with relevant consumers in what is otherwise an increasingly remote digital relationship.”

“It is of course a sad moment to say goodbye to the Upper Street Events team whom we have worked closely with and who have been part of the Business Design Centre’s history for over 26 years,” said Dominic Jones, Chief Executive, Business Design Centre Group and a Director/Shareholder of USE Ltd, “it however seemed a very natural progression to see the team find a new investor who are excited to take the Company through the next stages of its life. However, as we’ve always done, Upper Street and their shows at the BDC will continue to receive first class service and we look forward to welcoming them back to the venue in 2015.” 

Upper Street Events is passionate about delivering excellent events which provide the very best platforms for bringing like-minded people together for business and pleasure. With two launch shows about to be announced as well as a carefully selected acquisition list the business is in a very positive position to grow.

Galleries buoyant as record numbers visit London Art Fair 2014 (15-19 January)

30,694 people passed through the doors of the Business Design Centre in Islington last week to visit the 26th London Art Fair, the UK’s largest Fair for Modern British and contemporary art.
The figures far surpass the Fair’s previous record of 25,020 visitors in 2012, with higher footfall matched by brisk trade throughout the week. A survey of galleries prior to the Fair indicated optimism for the art market and the economy going into 2014, confidence which appears to be justified by sales reported this week.*
Sarah Monk, Director of London Art Fair commented:

“We’ve enjoyed a rise in visitor figures over the past ten years, which reflects the growing interest in art, the importance of international visitors and recognition of the quality of work on offer. Galleries have reported strong sales at all price points, demonstrating an engaged and curious audience wanting to buy art, whether serious collectors or someone perhaps making their first acquisition.”
“We’ve made sales every day,” said Mayfair dealer Stephen Paisnel, “and anticipate more follow up thanks to the extent of the appreciation we’ve received”. “It’s been a fantastic week,” agreed Lucinda Bell of LAMB arts, who represents young contemporary artists from around the world. “In terms of sales and interest, it’s been our best Fair yet.” Nicholas Sharp of The Multiple Store who exhibited work by David Shrigley and Cornelia Parker commented that he was “impressed with the quality of people attending – a better percentage of quality buyers”.
With a forthcoming exhibition planned at the Tate, work by Scottish artist Alan Davie RA was to be seen at many stands. Mason’s Yard dealer Alan Wheatley reported the sale of a large 1950s painting in excess of £100,000. “He’s grossly underrated and prices should be much higher” said Wheatley. Mark Goodman of Goodman Fine Art, exhibiting for the first time at any fair, sold another for just under that figure, as well as a large triptych on paper by Francis Bacon.
“The economy is looking better,” said John Thompson, who has been exhibiting at the Fair for over 20 years and this year sold over 30 works by four different contemporary artists, including Paul Wright and Carl Melagari. Toby Clarke of Vigo Gallery sold out of work by one young contemporary artist, Johnny Abrahams, while a John Moore Painting Prize winning work by Biggs and Collings, ‘The Greater Light’, fetched over £20,000. TAG Fine Arts received over 20 orders of Tobias Hill’s ‘Oranges and Lemons’, listed for around £2,000, and Zavier Ellis of Charlie Smith LONDON sold 35 gouache on antique cabinet cards by Tom Butler, each priced at over £300.
  While these figures are representative of a general trend, a number of new initiatives for 2014 have supported London Art Fair in maintaining its position as the UK’s leading fair for Modern British and contemporary art. As the first of a series of regional museum partnerships, The Hepworth Wakefield was invited to curate an exhibition on British Modernism in a pavilion at the entrance to the Fair. Sharing this space were Modern British galleries Jonathan Clark Fine Art, Rowntree Clark and PIANO NOBILE.
PIANO NOBILE reported sales ranging from contemporary artists to significant pieces by Hepworth’s contemporaries such as William Crozier, John Golding, Terry Frost and Eduardo Paolozzi, priced up to quarter of a million pounds. “We’ve met patrons from The Hepworth Wakefield, who have bought from us for the first time, and our clients have certainly found out more about the museum,” said Matthew Travers from the gallery. “We’ve also seen a broad range of people from Middle East visitors to our regular Modern British collectors. This Fair is about good quality art, which is very tradable.”
A number of galleries exhibited at the Fair for the first time this year. London Art Fair was the first European outing for Tokyo’s Whitestone Gallery, whose display of five Japanese Gutai artists held pride of place in the centre of the mezzanine. “We’ve had lots of sales from British collectors,” said Naoto Kakumoto, International Sales Manager, “most of these customers are new clients, but we have also seen people who we first met in the USA.” The gallery sold a number of works by Chiyu Uemae during the Fair. Also exhibiting for the first time was Massachusetts photographic book publisher 21ST Editions. “We’ve never been to a fair where we’ve had so many people constantly coming through,” said Pam Clark.
Specialist in contemporary African art, Jack Bell Gallery was exhibiting for the second time. “This year’s Fair saw 70% new collectors and an upbeat atmosphere,” he reported, “our sales were constant across all artists’. Ivory Coast artist Aboudia was a star performer, with work priced up to £5,000. Jill George Gallery were celebrating their 20th year at the Fair. “It’s been very good all week,” said William Jackson from the gallery, “90% of our sales have been to new clients, that’s why we keep coming back.” They reportedly “sold something by most artists” including a large piece by Bruce McClean for around £10,000.
Art Projects, the curated showcase of emerging galleries, saw the launch of a new ‘Dialogues’ initiative of shared presentations between UK and international spaces. “The Dialogues theme has been brilliant,” said Maria Stenfors, who shared a stand with SABOT from Romania, “we’ve discovered dialogues within pieces that we didn’t know were already there.”
London Art Fair was C&C Gallery’s first Fair, “it’s exceeded all expectations,” said director Dr Joanna Gore who sold work by the majority of artists on their stand in Art Projects, including Violet Fingers, John Greenwood and Chris Hawtin, “We’ve done incredibly well over the last week, not just in terms of sales but through establishing great contacts.” 2014 was also the first year that Antlers Gallery exhibited at the Fair. “It’s great for networking across London, Britain and Europe,” said Celia Archer, who sold out of work by Anouk Mercier, nine pieces in total ranging from editions at £350 to the most expensive original work at £2,100.  
London Art Fair returns for its 27th edition from 21-25 January 2015.

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*57 London Art Fair galleries were surveyed by telephone, with the following results [figures for 2013/2012 in square brackets]:
1) Do you think the economy in 2014 will:
a. Get better – 70% [24%/45%]
b. Get worse – 2% [33%/14%]
c. Stay the same – 28% [42%/41%]
2) Do you think the art market in the same period will:
a. Fare better – 61% [49%/46%]
b. Fare worse – 0% [7%/11%]
c. Stay the same – 39% [41%/43%}
3) Which sector of the art market, if any, do you think is undervalued and may come closer to reaching its potential in 2014?
Emerging contemporary – 43%
Modern British – 16%
Editions – 13%
Established contemporary – 9%
Digital art – 7%
None – 5%
Photography – 4%
Sculpture – 2%
All – 2%

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show – inspiring a new generation

The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show (13 – 16 March, Olympia, London) has announced a host of features designed to inspire a new generation to take up a new hobby as crafts such as knitting, sewing, quilting and dressmaking continue to enjoy a huge surge in popularity.

With a second series of the Great British Sewing Bee hitting our screens this Spring and a 12%* increase in the number of people starting to knit or sew in 2013, crafting is more popular than ever. The Knitting & Stitching Shows have also seen a 15% rise in visitor numbers over the last 12 months.

Now The Spring Knitting & Stitching Show is set to be bigger than ever as it brings together the UK’s leading craft experts, a host of new features and over 200 exhibitors selling everything from stunning fabrics, wools and threads, through to sewing machines, patterns and books. It is a must-attend event for anyone inspired by the ‘homemade’ revolution sweeping the country.

New for 2014, the K&S Homestyle Theatre provides inspiration and advice from some of the UK’s leading craft authors, including Mandy Shaw, Kate Beavis, Liz Betts and Wendy Gardiner, on a whole range of projects for your home. From an introduction to quilting and cushion making through to ‘how to’ sessions for making fun projects such as wigwams for children and introducing a vintage theme to your home.

Following the launch of The Knitting & Stitching Show’s National Fashion Textiles Competition, open to students aged 16 – 19, the show will see the shortlisted and winning designs in a spectacular exhibition celebrating the amazing talent of young people in the UK.

The Dressmaking Studio, hosted by The Sewing Rooms, Putney, gives visitors a chance to get hands on with all aspects of clothes making – from buttonholes, hems, and seam finishing to zip insertion and pattern cutting. With sessions available for complete beginners through to those of an intermediate level, it’s the perfect chance to learn a new sewing skill or get some first-class tailoring tips.

The Learning Curve programme is designed to give visitors the chance to get hands-on experience with a whole host of crafts, guided by expert teachers. With 34 different classes to choose from each day, visitors will learn how to sew a piped cushion, make soft toys, rag rug, create enamel buttons, make a girl’s skirt or get an introduction to patchwork or crochet. For a full a full list of sessions and to book visit

New for 2014, Mr X Stitch and the Young Embroiderers have created the Inspiration Station giving visitors the opportunity have a go at cross stich or simple embroidery, whilst textile artist Dan Chilcott and founder of the TOFT knitting brand, Kerry Lord, have joined forces with the Campaign for Wool to create a spectacular installation –encouraging visitors to join in with knitting and crochet activities throughout the event.

As well as providing a fantastic shopping opportunity visitors to the 2014 Spring show will also get a chance to see collections of work from leading textile artists. The Silkfest Collective presents The Little Mermaid – a visually stunning and theatrical gallery exploring themes of body image, modification and just what we will do for love – through the story of The Little Mermaid. Artists include: Yulia Badian; Lidwina Charpentier; Jill Denton; Sue Dove; Caroline Merrell and Arianna Sroka. Gilda Baron presents a variety of her distinctive textile landscapes, seascapes and flowers, created using techniques from batik, fabric dying and handmade felt work, through to machine and hand stitching and applied fabric.

Exploring the concept of ‘Halfway Between’, the Thames Valley Contemporary Textile Group has created a collection of work to be exhibited for the first time at the Spring show. Some of the artists were inspired by landscapes, nature and folk tales, whilst others have created very personal interpretations that were stimulated by thoughts halfway between fantasy and reality. The techniques on show in the collection include quilting, appliqué, embroidery, weaving, knitting, and a variety of surface design and dyeing techniques.

In addition there will be displays by Contemporary Quilt, a specialist group of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles and a showcase of work by designers and makers hosted by Folksy. Visitors will also have even more opportunities to shop as, new for

2014, the show will be open until 7pm on Thursday, designed to give people the chance to visit after work.

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The Knitting & Stitching Show

The Knitting and Stitching Show takes place at Olympia Central

Thursday 13 March 10am – 7pm
Friday 14 and Saturday 15 March – 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 16 March – 10am – 5pm

Tickets priced £15 on the door (£12.50 in advance).

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*Key Statistics from Craft & Hobby Association (UK)

  • 12% increase in people participating in crafts year-on-year.
  • UK craft and hobby industry worth £3.5 billion.
  • 7.2 million knit within the UK.
  • 3.5 million sew their own clothes.
  • 3.9 million enjoy cross stitch.
  • 1.8 million are involved in patchwork and quilting.
  • Knitting is the second most popular craft based hobby, the first being cake making.

MOVE IT 2011 – the biggest dance show in the UK reveals new dance trends for 2011

MOVE IT, the biggest dance event in the UK, REVEAL the dance trends that will be shaking up the nation in 2011!

 What’s more, anyone can learn the latest dance craze through a step by step guide on the MOVE IT website by visiting

1. Indie Ballet
This shock new ballet style is all about the music – classic ballet pirouettes, pique and twirls blended with rocky indie tunes to make a totally unique style of dance, movement and entertainment. Professional dancers and public alike will be merging jaw-dropping splits to music from the likes of Razorlight, The Futureheads, Franz Ferdinand, and Gomez.

2. Waacking
Originating from the US, the Waacking phenomenon will be sweeping our nation due to its cool new funk style. Inspired by Madonna’s ‘Vogueing’, this underground street dance movement is much faster and packs even more attitude, style and passion.

3. Heyday Dance
Rewind the clock – 1920’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s – the choice is yours. End of war celebrations were the hey days, now this retro dance style is destined to be the top trend for next year. Heavily Influenced by vintage fashion, think old skool dance halls, flappers, tea dances and Fred Astaire, it’s a classic with a twist for 2011!

4. Iconic 1980s
The Flashdance era is back! Big hair, loud clothes, leg warmers and dramatic movements form the basis of this iconic 80’s dance movement.

5. Cheerleading

Give me a M, O, V, E I, T !! Cheerleading? We say, Bring It On! With Glee hitting our screens to mass popularity and recent visits from the amazing NFL and NBA dance troupes, American cheering will be infiltrating dance studios across the Country.

Creative Director, George Harper comments “The top trends this year really reflect the fact that people want to have fun and inject their workout with a new twist. If it is ballet, add a new soundtrack. Aerobics? Add an 80’s dance twist. Also people love dressing up so the vintage styles like Charleston and Lindy Hop really allow you to work a look while you workout. Cheerleading is my biggest tip – this is already a massive scene in the UK that few people know about. It will be THE craze in 2011 and it’s not just for girls – boys are getting in on the action too!

Check out MOVE IT between 10th and 13th March 2011 to see some of these new dance crazes in action – you can even test out your own skills at our taster session classes.

Featuring live performances, dance classes, top exhibitors, freestyle stages, competitions, masterclasses, auditions and interviews there’s something for everyone and this year’s show. Whether it’s ballroom, ballet, hip hop or cha cha – MOVE IT offers you the chance to create your ideal day of dance. Perfect for beginners or professionals, students, fitness enthusiasts or just simply for an awe inspiring day out, MOVE IT is the only show for all things dance!

Language Show Live Celebrates 25 years of language promotion

Language Show Live is pleased to report on a hugely successful 25th edition, having delivered three days of live seminars, language classes, talks, demonstrations, cultural performances and a high-profile European Commission conference.

Total show attendance was almost 9,000 people, which included a 7% increase in teachers by comparison with the 2012 show. The event, which promotes and celebrates all languages, encompasses a visitor audience of teachers, linguists, interpreters, translators, language learners and enthusiasts.

David Stratten, UK manager from exhibitor and sponsor Don Quijote commented “there is a great mix of people at Language Show Live – genuine and serious-minded language enthusiasts as well as lots of teachers. It’s an opportunity for our customers to meet us face to face and we also find that we meet a lot of new customers. The show is first class!”

Within its dedicated conference centre on the third floor, the new Language Show venue also played host to the European Commission, who held their exclusive one day conference entitled ‘No island is an island’ on Friday 18 October.

The conference focused on the social, economic and political significance of languages in Britain and was attended by large UK business recruiters, SMEs, education specialists, UK politicians and EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou.

Kristina Cunningham, head of sector for the European Commission Directorate General for Education and Culture commented that “there is a lot happening in the UK right now in order to reverse the negative trend in language teaching and learning. Grass root initiatives and recent political decisions are creating some positive synergies. By participating on a large scale in Language Show Live this year we wanted to show our support and demonstrate how Europe can help people improve their language competences. We feel that it has been very much worth our while.”

She continued “Language Show Live was well prepared and organised. The atmosphere was great, with equal parts of passion and professionalism demonstrated during many fruitful meetings. It was an excellent experience all round.”

On the main exhibition show floor, more than 120 exhibitors displayed the very latest in language products to visitors looking for ideas to take back to the classroom or workplace. The exhibition was complimented by a range of free to attend presentation areas and three supremely popular seminar streams focusing on languages in action, modern foreign languages and TEFL.

Visitors to the show also had the opportunity to learn new languages and develop their skills, with some 50 language classes taking place across the three days. Free ‘Language Taster’ classes ranged from Arabic to Chinese, Portugese, Turkish, Korean and Russian, as well as British Sign Language.

More intensive, three hour ‘Language Plus’ classes also gave visitors the opportunity to gain a more comprehensive insight into their chosen language.
John Rolfe, schools marketing manager from show sponsor British Council commented “it’s been wonderful! It’s increasingly important for people to understand the importance of learning and speaking languages and Language Show Live encourages exactly this. Long may it continue! The British Council will be back in 2014.”

The show saw added investment this year from the injection of technology, courtesy of new technology partner Genee World. Visitors were invited to experience the impact that technology will have on language learning in the future, within brand new ‘Classroom of the Future’ feature area.Commenting on the event, Matthew Limb, marketing manager of Genee World said “the huge number of visitors at Language Show Live makes this a very important branding exercise for us. It’s important for us to have a big presence at a show like this, as it allows us to fully demonstrate our technology. We have taken leads and met a broad range of visitors – ranging from teachers to parents, translators and interpreters and we’d like to do even more at the show next year!”

Show organiser Upper Street Events is looking to build on the success of this year’s event and with many exhibitors having already re-booked their stands, preparation for the 2014 show is well under way. Event director Elliot Gard commented “this event has such a long history of promoting and celebrating languages and we’re delighted to have delivered another great show that once again addresses this objective.”

Language Show Live will return to Olympia Central, London from 17-19 October 2014.

Knitted Taxi Takes in the Sights of London on its way to The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

A knitted London taxi ‘cab cosy’, the world’s longest bunting and galleries from leading textile artists are all on display this week as over 30,000 visitors flock to London’s Alexandra Palace for The Knitting and Stitching Show (10 – 13 October 2013).

The ‘Cab Cosy’ has taken over 20 kilos of wool, and four months to knit by 20 women from The Materialistics knitting group and is being used to launch a new children’s book by Safia Shah, Carnaby Street’s Great Uninvited, which ends in an increasingly outrageous knitting competition.  

Complete with a knitted picnic scene on its roof, the taxi will be photographed at various famous London landmarks on route to the opening of the show at Alexandra Palace at 10am on Thursday 10 October.

Established over 20 years’ ago, The Knitting and Stitching Show is set to see a record number of visitors this year as crafts enjoy a huge surge in popularity with a 12%* increase in participants year-on-year.  With 7.2 million knitters and 3.5 million sewing their own clothes, TV Programmes such as Kirsty Allsop’s Homemade Home and The Great British Sewing Bee, along with the spirit of the ‘make do and mend’ culture, have all captured the nation’s imagination.  Emerging as a winner from the recession, the UK hobby craft and textile industry is now estimated to be worth over £3.5 billion according to research released this week from the Craft and Hobby Association (UK).

The Knitting and Stitching Show will also see the launch of the Bunting World Record attempt by the north London charity, Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice.  Aiming to beat the current record, which stands at 2.93 miles, over 20,000 flags will be created on a continuous line of bunting – with visitors making a donation to have a flag of their design included.

For 2013 the show will host an extraordinary collection of work from leading textile artists from all over the world in nineteen professionally curated galleries, along with a showcase of recent textile graduates work.  This year Canadian contemporary quilt artist Dorothy Caldwell headlines with her exhibition – In Place.  Inspired by her travels in the Australian Outback and the Canadian Arctic.

Other artists hosting galleries include: Tilleke Schwarz; Jan Beaney & Jean Littlejohn; Mary Fisher; Phillipa Turnbull; Mitsuko Tonouchi & Sonomi Tanimoto; Nicola Jarvis & May Morris; Margaret Nicholson; The Royal School of Needlework; Ruth Issett & Bobby Britnell: Susan Chapman & Terrie Hitchcock; Mandy Pattullo; James Hunting; Carol Outram; Jahnabi Phookan and Vivien Prideaux.  For full details of the galleries visit:

The Upcycling Academy, hosted by Hackney based Fabrications, TRAID, War on Wantand the Craftivist Collective gives visitors the chance to learn about the customisation of clothing and re-using waste fabrics and old clothes to create new fashions, whilst The Learning Curve offers a comprehensive selection of workshops for beginners to experts covering a broad range of knitting, stitching and craft subjects.

With live fashion shows, a National Fashion Textile Competition for Schools and over 300 exhibitors selling everything from stunning fabrics, wools and threads, through to sewing machines, patterns and books, the show is a must-attend event for anyone inspired by the ‘homemade’ revolution sweeping the country.

Press Contact
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Notes to Editors
The Knitting & Stitching Show
The Knitting and Stitching Show takes place at Alexandra Palace:
Thursday 10 Oct – 10am – 7pm
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 Oct  – 10am – 5.30pm
Sunday 13 Oct – 10am – 5pm
Tickets priced £15 on the door (£12.50 in advance).
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* Key Statistics from Craft & Hobby Association (UK)
·         12% increase in people participating in crafts year-on-year
·         UK craft and hobby industry worth £3.5 billion
·         7.2 million knit within the UK
·         3.5 million sew their own clothes
·         3.9 million enjoy cross stitch
·         1.8 million are involved in patchwork and quilting
·         Knitting is the second most popular craft based hobby, the first being cake making

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice supports children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families living in the communities of Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington.

In order to provide new, in-house services and deliver the highest levels of care and support, the charity needs to raise £10 million to build and run a hospice.

For more information about Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice please telephone 020 8449 8877 or visit