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Almost Show Time!

If you’re anywhere near Bristol or the south west of England within the next couple of months, it would be worth keeping an eye out for three furniture exhibitions. Two of these shows follow on from similar events that took place a year earlier. Sadly, due to financial reasons, I’m unable to take part this year. But, if these show are anything like what was witnessed last year then, you won’t want to miss them, if you have the opportunity to pay them a visit!

‘Inspired’The Great Oak Hall, Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury.
Thursday 26th – Tuesday 31st May 2011

More info: Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum / Inspired-to.co.uk

‘Furnish 2’ – Paintworks Event Space, Bristol.
Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th June 2011

More info: Paintworks: What’s On / Furnish Bristol

‘Inspired’The Hayloft Gallery, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol.
Saturday 16th – Sunday 24th July 2011

More info: Inspired-to.co.uk / Ashton Court Estate

Of course, there is also one annual show for this region that I haven’t mentioned above and that’s the acclaimed Celebration of Craftsmanship & Design in Cheltenham. But, that’s not until the end of August.

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‘Inspired’ Exhibition Update!

With just two-days left to run on this one, I thought it was about time I got around to providing you with a bit of an update and a few photos of what you’re missing out on if you haven’t been already.

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‘Inspired’ Begins!

Just a brief note, this one, to say that the ‘Inspired‘ exhibition at the Ashton Court Estate (Bristol) opens this morning. Hours are 10.00-16.30 daily, with the show closing next Sunday afternoon (25th).

All are welcome and, if you’re in the area at all over the next eight-days, it’s definitely worth a look. Not only for that, but also, the grounds and mansion itself are worth a look, if you haven’t visited before.

Just follow the signs in to the Visitor Centre and the exhibition space is upstairs in the Hayloft Gallery. Along with all the fine furniture, there is some art and carved/sculpture work.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any photographs for you at the minute as the layout was still being organised when I dropped my two pieces off yesterday morning. I should be there Thursday and Friday though and I’ll update this thread/add a new post as necessary.

(I’m quietly confident that I may find a buyer for my arm chair and side table… Watch this space! ;-))

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This Was ‘Furnish’

At 7pm last night, the curtains closed as the 2010 Furnish exhibition in Bristol came to an end. It’s hard to gauge at this point just how “successful” this has been for everyone involved (speaking in the sense of running a business, receiving fresh inquiries and taking commissions…). Everyone seems to have enjoyed it although, some days were quieter than others. For several (myself included), this was the first furniture exhibition we’d been involved with and there’s certainly much that we can take on board from this. All round, the quality of the work on show was excellent and it seemed to be very well received by the public, judging by the words left in the comments book.

There’s talk we could get together and repeat this event (with new pieces, of course!) again, next year – I’d certainly look forward to that!

Rather than posting them all here, it would be easier for me to direct you to my Flickr album, where I’ve uploaded my own low-quality shots of some of the pieces (unfortunately, I had to delete a few because they were even more blurry than some of the ones you’ll see there! :oops:). Bear with me and I’ll have a brief description for each photo, detailing who the maker is.

(Feel free to comment on any of it; here or there.)

Simon’s also organised another Flickr account for everyone to upload their own photos of the event in to the same place – it’s fair to say that those with better cameras and a little know-how have done a better job at capturing our work than I have! Have a little patience and hopefully this album will be full with a week. Click here to see it.

Now, I’m looking forward to ‘Inspired‘ (at the Ashton Court Estate, Bristol). We set up on Friday morning, ready to open Saturday morning. It’ll be interesting to see how this one compares (I know Sue has done this sort of thing before) and how it differs to the ‘Furnish‘ exhibition. I’m sure they’ll be something we can all take in and, with the show covering two weekends, I can’t think of any reason why the good (and wealthy! :-D) people of Bristol won’t be able to attend!

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