Fine Cell Work, the unique social enterprise that trains and pays men and women in prison to create professional tapestry and quilting in their cells is holding two special Christmas Exhibitions and Shopping Events in November.
On Wednesday 9th, 10am-6pm, and Thursday 10th, 10am-4pm, the charity will be in London's Notting Hill at The Twentieth Century Theatre, 291 Westbourne Grove, W11. There will be exquisite patchwork quilts for sale and literally hundreds of the prisoners beautiful tapestry and embroidered cushions. Many of the design ranges have been exclusively created for Fine Cell Work by well-known interior designers such as Nina Campbell, Melissa Wyndham and Nicky Haslam. On both days there are talks and drop-in stitch classes including a talk at 12 noon on Wednesday 9th by Sue Prichard, Curator, Contemporary Textiles at the V&A Museum on "Quilts: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories".
On Friday 18th November the charity heads north to Newcastle to the Sage Gateshead. Here from 10am-4pm there'll be fabulous displays of the prisoners work to admire and buy. At 12 noon Chief Executive Katy Emck will give a talk on Fine Cell Work and its' volunteer network that teaches needlework in 30 British prisons. Admission to all these events is free.
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To celebrate this year's National Antiques Week (14th-21st November), Homes & Antiques magazine and Antiques News & Fairs have joined together to find Britain's best antiques shops and auction houses. From early October until the end of November, the public will be invited to nominate their favourite antiques destinations in five categories:
best antiques shop
best antiques centre
best specialist shop
best mid-century/vintage shop
best auction house
The winning businesses will be announced by TV celebrity Kirstie Allsopp at the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair on 8th March 2012.
'Too many people are afraid of buying antiques or think they're expensive,' says TV presenter Kirstie Allsopp. 'The message that needs to be sung from the rooftops is this: this is the right way to buy – antiques hold their value in a way that modern furniture simply does not. This initiative is the perfect opportunity for the trade to reach out to new customers.'
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