Autumn/Winter Events For The Art & Design Enthusiast

The latter half of 2013 will be a great year for the Art and Design lovers amongst us. There are a number of diverse events taking place over the next few months, which cater to many different tastes and audiences. If you’re looking to whet your appetite at one of the fairs, festivals or exhibitions across the country, some of the events below might gauge your interest. Even if you don’t live near some of these events, it could be the perfect excuse for a small trip away!

Christmas Card and Gift Festival at Duncombe Park

This is taking place over the weekend of Saturday 16th November and Sunday 17th November. Just as exciting as the Christmas cards and gifts that will be on display is The Great House at Duncombe Park. The house dates back to 1713, and you’ll be able to look around this beautiful house, now the residence of Lord and Lady Feversham. You can expect to find a wide selection of hand-crafted cards and gifts. An added bonus is that there are excellent on-site parking facilities.

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The Canterbury Arts Festival

Over 70,000 people will descend onto the Canterbury Arts Festival, which is taking place from Saturday October 19th to Saturday November 2nd. It will be held across several different venues in Canterbury. Within the festival itself, there are a number of different events to choose from, some of which are free and some of which require payment. Over the two-week period in which this festival takes place, there are hundreds of events being held, ranging from world music to theatre to stunning displays of artwork. This is one of the largest and most anticipated arts events taking place in Kent, so be sure to make a visit, particularly if you live in London or one of the other surrounding areas.

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The London Design Festival

London has a long-held reputation for being one of the world’s most creative cities and the home of a large international creative community; and the purpose of The London Design Festival is to celebrate this very fact. It takes place between Saturday 14th September and Sunday 22nd September and is held at the Southbank Centre. You can expect some of the most well-known people in the industry to be attending this festival, with dozens of different events taking place over this exciting weekend.

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Grand Designs Live

Grand Designs Live is taking place at the Birmingham NEC Arena on Friday 4th October to Sunday 6th October. This one will be of particular interest if you have a passion for beautifully designed homes and interior design. This exhibition will cover several different areas related to home design, including beautiful kitchens, bathrooms and gardens, as well as eco-friendly designs. A number of industry experts have also been invited, so expect some lively debates!

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Edinburgh Art Fair

From Friday 15th November until Sunday 17th November, Edinburgh will be holding its annual art fair in the Edinburgh Corn Exchange. If you are looking for a piece of art to buy, looking for inspiration or merely want to see some of the work from the thousands of different artists that will be showcasing their work, it is certainly worth a trip to this beautiful city. With so many different artists, including some familiar faces and some artists that have never showcased there before, there is something to suit almost every taste. If you fancy something a bit more hands-on, this event will also allow you to take part in some of the painting workshops.

Vicky works with Stuart Morris Tea Towel Textiles, she loves art and design and regularly attends craft fairs and workshops in her local area. Her specialist areas include sewing, papercraft and canvas painting.