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Saturday 5th March 2022

Marketing Design and Craft in Post-war Britain

— Arnolfini
A day seminar organised by the Ken Stradling Collection
price: Headfirst Tickets


Organised by the Ken Stradling Collection with The Gane Trust and the 20th Century Society, celebrating the exhibition A Lifelong Passion for Design: Ken Stradling at 100 at the Ken Stradling Collection, 48 Park Row.

No internet, no social media, little TV advertising, few specialist magazines – yet somehow this was a time in which design and craft at last reached deeply into Britain’s popular consciousness. This seminar will examine how institutions and enthusiastic retailers like Ken Stradling worked to achieve this. They brought us colour, fun, quality and a real appreciation of design and the craftsman’s art. This is not just history though - their selling skills and understanding of their market still have relevance for both makers and retailers today.

Speakers will look at legendary individuals like Muriel Rose who ran the Little Gallery, Henry Rothschild of Primavera and Ken Stradling at the Bristol Guild. We’ll also explore the influence of significant organisations like the Design and Industries Association, the Design Council and the Crafts Council.

There will be time at the end of the day for a free visit to the exhibition with refreshments at 48 Park Row, specially opened for participants.

Ticket price includes tea and coffee.

The exhibition has been supported by the Heritage National Lottery Fund and the Gane Trust.

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