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The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford 

Thursday 22 March, 2018, 10:30 - 16:00


This coming March Second Sitters are hosting 

Upholstery: A Comfortable Future?

This one day symposium is an opportunity for upholsterers and those in the industry to listen to, and exchange ideas and stories around the craft of upholstery in an informal and informative way. The Symposium takes place within the touring exhibition Upholstery: Evolution to Revolution at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire. Ticket price includes lunch and refreshments, please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.


10:00 - Gallery opens

10.30 - Welcome registration/tea and coffee

10.50 - Second Sitters does Pecha Kucha

11:00 - Panel Discussion, Future Proofing the Industry. Hosted by craft and design journalist Grant Gibson. An hour of discussion focussing on the changes and the challenges of the independent upholsterer - how the industry has changed and what the implications are for the future of the craft. What is upholstery / Who are the upholsterers / How do we work / How are we taught / How are we governed  

Panel: Louise Boyland - Shoreditch Design Rooms, Leigh-Anne Treadwell - The Bristol Upholstery Collective, Richard Ranklin - Association Manager, AMUSF, Hannah Weston Smith - Traditional upholsterer and furniture conservator, Gareth Rees - Principal Tutor, British School of Upholstered Furniture.

12:30 - Soap Box. Have your say! 4 minutes to say whatever you want on a specific upholstery topic that is concerning you.

1:00 - Lunch

1.45 - Crafting your Story


A series of 10 minute stories with Q&A by an eclectic mix of inspiring and informative speakers. Taking your product to market / designing your brand / branding yourself / working with a gallery / promoting and selling your work online.

Confirmed speakers: Corinne Webb - Frame & Cover, Louise Boyland - Shoreditch Design Rooms, Sharon O’Connor - Vintique Upholstery, Bryony Windsor - Head of Exhibitions at the NCCD. More speakers TBC.

4 - 5pm Fizz, nibbles and chat.

Upholstery: A Comfortable Future? is kindly supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Shoreditch Design Rooms and The National Centre for Craft and Design.

Shoreditch Design Rooms - Creative upholstery hub offering accredited AMUSF courses specifically for those who wish to make a career for them selves in the furniture industries.

National Centre for Craft & Design is world-class centre and resource dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of national and international contemporary craft and design. The Centre aims to stimulate greater understanding of contemporary craft and design and provide enriching arts and cultural experiences for everyone through a dynamic programme of high-quality exhibitions, participatory learning, events and retail.

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