The SAA likes to show it face whenever it can. So last week we headed for the NEC in Birmingham and the excellent International Crafts and Hobby Fair. This was actually the second ICHF event we attended this year (the first was in Exeter in September). Looking ahead to February, we’ll be making a beeline for the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent. Just wish we had time to do some shopping…

Rewind to the NEC event. We took loads of products with us and some of our most prestigious artists (Matthew Palmer, Jeremy Ford and Fraser Scarfe among them). The painting workshops went down a storm, with many people returning for a second, and even third, bite of the cherry!

Speaking of cherries, we’re now planning our own events calendar for next year. Many of you have attended our annual show at the Business Design Centre in London. Well, we’ve decided to shake things up a bit and go regional. Three events await you: one in Bristol, one in Manchester and one in Peterborough. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at one or all of them. A great day out: guaranteed!

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Happy Painting!

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