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Retail Shows

Use the banners below to find more information about retail shows happening across the UK, continental Europe, America and Canada and the Middle East and Asia. We have included a short introduction to each show so you can begin to get an idea of whether it is suitable for your work or not. We endeavour to keep this page as up-to-date as possible, but we do recommend carefully researching each show before applying as some elements may differ to those we have listed here. 

UK

Collect

Location: Saatchi Gallery, London

Dates: February

Overview: Collect is the international art fair for contemporary objects, presented by the Crafts Council at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Collect is taking a short break before the thirteenth edition in February 2017.

Modern Shows

Location: Dulwich College, London

Dates: mid March & mid May

Overview: Modern Shows host the shows Midcentury Modern, Midcentury East and The Midcentury Pop Up as well as being home to The Modern Marketplace directory, an indispensable guide to favourite C20 dealers and C21 designers and retailers. With 13 years experience mixing the best of mid-century with the latest in modern designers, each year Modern Shows attract people from all over the UK looking to buy collectable furniture and design for the home.

Country Living Spring

Location: BDC, Islington, London

Dates: end of March

Overview: Country Living Spring is a major consumer show organised by Country Living Magazine. Running for over 20 years, the Fair attracts a high proportion of affluent visitors from across London and the Home Counties and is the perfect opportunity to show your products to an affluent audience. The show features furnishings and accessories, hand-picked from independent companies.

Ceramic Art London

Location: Central Saint Martins, London

Dates: mid April

Overview: Ceramic Art London is the leading fair for contemporary ceramics; presented by The Craft Potters Association in partnership with Ceramic Review. Ceramic Art London has just moved to Central Saint Martins, a Grade II listed Victorian Granary building which was given a £200m renovation by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams.

Collect

Location: Saatchi Gallery, London

Dates: mid May

Overview: Collect is the international art fair for contemporary objects, presented by the Crafts Council at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Collect is taking a short break before the thirteenth edition in February 2017.

Crafts at Bovey Tracey, Devon

Location: Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Dates: early June

Overview: The Contemporary Craft Festival has become one of the largest and most prestigious shows to be part of in the UK. The Festival has built up a loyal following of over 9000 visitors and they represent nearly 200 of the UK’s finest designer makers from across Britain & Ireland. The event is set in a marquee village in idyllic parkland on the edge of Dartmoor in South Devon with excellent transport links via road, train and air. All exhibitors are selected for quality by a panel of industry professionals.

New Designers

Location: Business Design Centre, London 

Dates: Part 1: late June, Part 2: Early July

OverviewNew Designers is the UK's most important exhibition for emerging design. Running across two non-consecutive weeks, new graduates can exhibit if represented by their university. The show is not open to new graduates exhibiting on a solo basis, but the show also hosts 'One Year On', a dedicated space within New Designers that presents young, entrepreneurial designers who are in their first year of business. It runs across both weeks of the show and covers all disciplines.

Art In Action

Location: Waterperry, Near Wheatley, Oxfordshire

Dates: end of July/end of Dec

Overview: In 1977, 51 artists and musicians took part in the first Art in Action and 14,000 visitors arrived. Today Art in Action welcomes approximately 25,000 people over four days. Visitors come to learn, buy and enjoy the exhibitions, classes and performances. Every July up to 400 artists, crafters, performers and musicians gather together in Waterperry Gardens to demonstrate their skills and show their work.

Dazzle Exhibitions

Location: London & Edinburgh

Dates: various (August for Edinburgh)

Overview: Dazzle Contemporary Jewellery exhibitions are dedicated to showing the best of contemporary designer jewellery. They organise two exhibitions a year in Edinburgh and London; showing work in a wide range of materials from gold and silver to paper and plastics. Dazzle is committed to showing young makers at the point of graduation alongside internationally renowned designers. Exhibitions are held over a longer period, and work will be sold on behalf of you so you won’t need to be there all the time.

designjunction, London

Location: The Sorting Office, 21-23 New Oxford Street, London

Dates: mid September

Overview: designjunction aims to connect the very best brands with their customers. They do this by presenting contemporary design against industrial backdrops, breaking the mould of the traditional trade show. designjunction's flagship show takes place in London as part of the London Design Festival in September. More than 200 contemporary brands present their new collections to an international audience of architects, interior designers, retailers and influential press.

100% Design Fair

Location: Earls Court, London

Dates: late September

Overview: 100% Design is the largest and longest running contemporary design event for industry professionals in the UK, with 28,534 visitors in 2014 (ABC verified). For 2015, the show took over a new venue, moving to Olympia London. 100% Design is the commercial cornerstone event of the London Design Festival. Exhibitors are carefully selected, reflecting the show’s focus on design quality, innovation and relevance to the architecture and design community.

TENT London

Location: Old Truman Brewery, London 

Dates: late September 

Overview: Tent London and sister-show Super Brands London together form one of the most predominant design trade and retail shows taking place during the London Design Festival each September. Tent London is a great event to launch new products and innovations to international visitors. Raise your brand's awareness among trade, sell directly to design savvy consumers and forge new contacts with top industry figures. 

Decorex International

Location: Syon Park, London 

Dates: late September 

Overview: Decorex International is internationally renowned for being the event to discover the very best, and most coveted products from a collection of 400 hand-selected exhibitors. With a rich heritage of 38 years, Decorex’s long standing reputation has proven the test of time; growing and evolving to remain exciting and innovative.

Goldsmiths’ Fair, London

Location: Goldsmiths’ Hall 

Dates: one week in September and one week in October

Overview: Goldsmiths’ Fair is recognised internationally as the UK’s premier event for contemporary designer jewellery and silverware. It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity and craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain. Visitors can buy directly from the maker or commission personal one-off pieces to their own specification.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester

Location: Old Granada Studios

Dates: mid October

Overview: The GNCCF is recognized as one of the leading selling events for contemporary craft in the UK, attracting over 6000 visitors annually. It showcases contemporary craft to buy from over 160 selected designer-makers in: ceramics, glass, jewellery, interior and fashion textiles, wood, paper, silver, metal, product design, print-making and more. Visitors can chat to the makers and buy or commission work directly from them.

MADE LONDON

Location: One Marylebone

Dates: end October

Overview: Over 5500 visitors attend MADE LONDON each year and love the quality and variety of the work on show, with a different feel to each of the four levels. Visitors can talk to and buy directly from the designers and makers themselves, learning more about their work, techniques and interests, encouraging buyers to contact makers after the event to buy or commission work and establish a longer term ongoing relationship.

Made by Hand, Cardiff

Location: City Hall, Cardiff

Dates: end October

Overview: Made by Hand is the largest contemporary craft fair to be held in Wales and brings together exceptional work from award-winning makers from all over Wales and the UK. Made by Hand showcases 135 makers, hand-picked by a panel of industry experts including makers of jewellery, ceramics, furniture, textile, glass, silver, fashion and many more. Visitors to Made by Hand can also enjoy craft workshops, craft demonstrations and inspirational talks at Cardiff’s historic and sumptuous City Hall, which is located in the heart of the city. 

Country Living Fair, London

Location: Business Design Centre

Dates: mid November

Overview: The Country Living Christmas Fair aims to bring the pages of Country Living Magazine to life. Visitors can come along to meet makers, designers and artisans. The Country Living Fairs are run on the premise that handmade and homespun are the most important ingredients for creating a magical Christmas, and the organisers run a programme of talks and demonstrations to provide a source of practical inspiration.

Handmade in Britain, London

Location: Chelsea Old Town Hall

Dates: mid November

Overview: Handmade in Britain exists to support, promote and celebrate designer/makers who create their work in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They increase accessibility and visibility, create market opportunities and maintain high standards in the craft sector whilst providing a comprehensive support programme towards a bright future for British craft and design. Handmade in Britain provide a platform for design and craft talent through both their own events and collaborations with other organisations, alongside a mentoring programme and membership scheme. 

Lustre Contemporary Crafts Fair, Nottingham

Location: Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham

Dates: mid November

Overview: Each year in November, Nottingham Lakeside Arts is delighted to host Lustre – a high-profile fair that celebrates the very best of contemporary craft and is regarded as one of the leading selling event in the East Midlands. During this weekend at Nottingham Lakeside Arts over 65 of the country’s finest contemporary craft makers exhibit, selling everything from fine jewellery, bags and hats to ceramics, glass and tableware. Each maker is specially selected by an independent panel for the quality and uniqueness of their craft.

Country Living Show, Glasgow

Location: SECC, Glasgow

Dates: late November

Overview: The Country Living Christmas Fair aims to bring the pages of Country Living Magazine to life. Visitors can come along to meet makers, designers and artisans. The Country Living Fairs are run on the premise that handmade and homespun are the most important ingredients for creating a magical Christmas, and the organisers run a programme of talks and demonstrations to provide a source of practical inspiration.

MADE BRIGHTON

Location: Corn Exchange, Brighton

Dates: late November

Overview: MADE BRIGHTON is a selling event, offering the public the opportunity to buy original and exceptional pieces of craft and design direct from the best local and national makers. Over 5500 visitors attend. MADE BRIGHTON showcases jewellery, textiles, ceramics, basketry, glassware, furniture, home accessories, fashion and much more. All the work is hand crafted, unique and often quirky.

Country Living Show, Harrogate

Location: International Centre, Harrogate

Dates: late November

Overview: The Country Living Christmas Fair aims to bring the pages of Country Living Magazine to life. Visitors can come along to meet makers, designers and artisans. The Country Living Fairs are run on the premise that handmade and homespun are the most important ingredients for creating a magical Christmas, and the organisers run a programme of talks and demonstrations to provide a source of practical inspiration.

America & Canada

CraftBoston Spring, Boston

Location: The Cyclorama at The Boston Centre for the Arts, Boston

Dates: End of April/Beginning of May

OverviewPresented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, CraftBoston Spring and Holiday are New England's premiere juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft. This twice annual, well-established exhibition showcases one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fibre, wearables, furniture, glass, jewellery, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. CraftBoston Spring is a selective display of 90 artists presented at The Cyclorama at The Boston Centre for the Arts. 

LOOT: MAD About Jewellery, New York   

Location: Museum of Arts & Design, New York

Dates: End of September/Beginning of October                 

OverviewThe Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York presents LOOT: MAD About Jewellery, its annual exhibition and sale featuring designs from more than 50 emerging and acclaimed international jewellery artists. Now in its fifteenth edition, LOOT has become known as the ultimate pop-up shop for contemporary artist-made jewellery, where collectors and jewellery enthusiasts have the opportunity to meet and acquire pieces from some of the most innovative creators in the field.

SOFA Chicago               

Location: Festival Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago

Dates: November

OverviewThe Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. Critically acclaimed and continuously running since 1994, SOFA is held annually in autumn at Chicago's major destination, Navy Pier, with an average of 80 dealers and 35,000 people attending. Sales at the fair are estimated at $15-20 million per show.                        

CraftBoston Holiday, Boston           

Location: Hynes Convention Centre, Boston

Dates: December

OverviewPresented by The Society of Arts and Crafts, CraftBoston Spring and Holiday are New England's premiere juried exhibitions and sales of contemporary craft. This twice annual, well-established show features the most outstanding artists of our time, showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fibre, wearables, furniture, glass, jewellery, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Comprising of 175 exhibitors, CraftBoston Holiday is a highly regarded event for artists, collectors, and craft enthusiasts.

designjunction, New York

Location: ArtBeam, Chelsea

Dates: May

OverviewIn May 2015, designjunction launched the official American version of their satellite show ‘edit’ during NYCxDESIGN in New York. designjunction edit New York received critical acclaims for its presentation of cutting-edge, contemporary design. More than 25 international brands exhibited in the industrial backdrop of a warehouse space in Chelsea. Central to the exhibition was a dedicated retail zone for visitors to shop on-site. 

Continental Europe

EDIT (by designjunction), Milan

Location: Casa dell’Opera, Milan

Dates: April

Overview: designjunction edit Milan is a curated show of cutting-edge contemporary design. The fourth edition in 2015 ran during the Salone del Mobile. More than 30 international brands, an onsite café by Case Furniture, an immersive lighting experience by Tom Dixon and a VIP garden haven by MONOQI transformed the venue, a disused school, into a creative hub for design and culture.

Art Basel, Switzerland

Location: Messe Basel, Messeplatz, Switzerland

Dates: June      

Overview: Art Basel stages the world's premier modern and contemporary art fairs, running annually in Basel, Miami Beach, and Hong Kong. Their 2015 show brought more than 280 international galleries showing the work of over 4,000 artists. Over six days, the show attracted an attendance of roughly 98,000.

SIERAAD, Amsterdam

Location: Gashouder, Westergasfabriek

Dates: November

Overview: SIERAAD, located in Amsterdam since 2005, has grown into an internationally renowned event. They consider it crucial to the experience that visitors have personal encounters and dialogue with the artist, making buying a piece of jewellery so much more than just a purchase. For their fourteenth edition SIERAAD presented a widely acclaimed and well-attended prominent cross section of international contemporary jewellery design, and their most international collection to date.

Munich Jewellery Week

Location: Munich

Dates: February/March & November

Overview: Munich Jewellery Week is an initiative to help promote the ever-increasing number of satellite exhibitions that take place in Munich, Germany. The MJW runs alongside the annual Handwerk & Design expo that hosts key exhibitions like Schmuck and Talente. In 2015 more than 129,000 people visited the Handwerksmesse with the featured exhibitions like Schmuck - a prestigious international exhibition showcasing works by approximately 60 established jewellery designers, and Talente - an international competition for young craftsmen.

Middle East & Asia

Design Days Dubai

Location: Downtown Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard

Dates: March

Overview: Design Days Dubai is the leading fair in the Middle East and South Asia dedicated to collectible and limited edition furniture and design objects. The fair presents design from leading international designers and galleries alongside up and coming design from across the world. The fair also presents a strong non-commercial programme consisting of education, workshops, installations and live performances.

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