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Events 2016

Conferences, Trade Fairs, Courses, Workshops, Competitions and Exhibitions


L for Leather
Saturday 4th June 2016 – Saturday 2nd July 2016

L for Leather is the Bluecoat Display Centre’s first leather exhibition, and explores the versatility of leather and the variety of techniques that can be used to create stunning pieces of wearable art. The work displayed includes intricate body adornment and jewellery, men’s leather bags and belts, furniture, and large ornamental vessels crafted from leather and glass. The multi-award winning Una Burke displays her beautifully complex body pieces for the first time in Liverpool, and shows why Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, and Heidi Klum have all drawn upon her talents.

Bluecoat Display Centre
The Bluecoat
College Lane Entrance
L1 3BZ
+44 (0)151 709 4014


Royal College of Art 2016 26 June to 3 July, 12 midday to 8pm (closed Friday 1 July)
Kensington Gore and Battersea

Central Saint Martins 22 Jun – 26 Jun 2016
1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA (not the Granary Square, N1 in Islington)

New Designers 2016
Part 1: 29 June – 02 July (Awards Preview 29 June). Visit Part 1 for textiles, jewellery, ceramics and more.
Part 2: 06 – 09 July (Awards Preview 06 July). Visit part 2 for furniture and product design, illustration, graphics and motion arts.
Business Design Centre, Islington, N1

Bath School of Art and Design, Bath Spa 11-19 June

De Montfort, Leicester 18-23 June

Cass, Metropolitan University London 10-18 June

Hereford College of Arts 11-18 June

Plymouth College of Art 11-24 June

Staffordshire University 11-18 June

University of Brighton 4-12 June

Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon Univ. Aberdeen 18-25 June

Annual UK Bookbinding Competition 2016
The set book for the Competition in 2016 is ‘Vita nuova’
Introduction by A.N. Wilson.

Our annual Bookbinding Competition is sponsored by Designer Bookbinders and The Folio Society and is open to anyone resident in the UK with the exception of Fellows of Designer Bookbinders.

Please email Lester Bath for bank transfer instructions if you are unable to pay by cheque. The cost of the set book is £20 to Members and £25 for non-members to include packing, postage and entrance fee.

Every entrant must bind the set book but we welcome open-choice books and artist’s books. We expect the closing date for entries will be during the last half of October 2016.

Northampton Workshops

Leather Stamping Workshops
Come along and make your own unique genuine leather key fob, coaster, wristband or bookmark –
personalise with your initials and customise using a selection of pattern and picture stamps.

Tickets are available to buy from Northampton Museum & Art Gallery in person or tel. 01604 837397

Creative Leather Stamping Workshops £2.50 each

Friday 3rd June

Workshops for groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides, Schools can be arranged.

Future workshops

Wednesday 27th July
Thursday 18th August
Friday 26th August.


Various Craft courses around United Kingdom
Hundreds of traditional and contemporary craft courses and workshops across the UK, including textiles, leatherwork etc

18 June 2016
Venue: The Old Fire Station Gallery 40 George Street Oxford Oxford, OX1 2AQ