Cultural Adventures for
Curious Minds

The Calico Club opens closed doors in the worlds of art, architecture and design. The calendar is designed to inspire, educate and entertain through considered, intelligent, lively events and thought-provoking conversations with tastemakers and creatives. The programme is updated regularly, so please keep an eye on the website for more detailed information.

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February 2020

25th February

Behind the Scenes at Emma Bridgewater

Join Emma on a tour of her Stoke-on-Trent factory where her handmade, hand-decorated designs have been produced for over 20 years, followed by lunch and a curator-led tour of The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, home to the world’s finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.

March 2020

11th March

Meet Your Maker: Breakfast at The New Craftsmen

From blacksmithing to basketry, from weaving to woodturning, the UK is home to an incredible range of heritage craft skills but many of these are critically endangered. How do we prevent important craft skills from falling into extinction? Join The New Craftsmen for breakfast to discuss what can be done.

18th March

The Bricks That Built Me: Ben Pentreath

Co-founder of Soane Britain Lulu Lytle talks to architectural and interior designer, Ben Pentreath, about the houses he grew up in and how they have shaped his aesthetic.

18th March

At Home with Ben Pentreath

Join shopkeeper and architectural and interior designer Ben Pentreath for drinks in his Bloomsbury flat ahead of his talk with Lulu Lytle. Ben will take a small group of people around his home where he lives with his husband, gardener Charlie McCormick.

April 2020

April 2020

At Home with Shalini Misra

Join architect and interior designer, Shalini Misra at home in London for drinks, dinner and a discussion on craftsmanship and design. Shalini's house will be featured in the April issue of House & Garden. Shalini will be in conversation with designers, Bill Amberg and Rupert Bevan and House & Garden's deputy editor, David Nicholls.  Photography by Michael Sinclair.

April 2020

The Evolution of the Home with the Museum of the Home

In the first edition of this series with the Museum of the Home, we explore the development of the kitchen. We will look at the social and decorative history of the kitchen, in order to tell the story of what we now think of as the most important room in the house. Merlin Wright, design director at Plain English will be in conversation with food historian Ivan Day and Lucy Littlewood, development director at The Museum of the Home.

April 2020

The Calico Cookbook Club with Skye McAlpine

Author and cook Skye McAlpine is our guest for the first edition of The Calico Cookbook Club. Join Skye as she discusses her favourite cookbooks and how they have shaped her culinary life.

May 2020

May 2020

Meet Your Maker: A Workshop with Rosi de Ruig

Join Rosi de Ruig at her London home for lunch followed by a lampshade making workshop at her studio. Rosi is known for beautiful, hand-crafted shades made from decorative and marbled papers.

May 2020

Nicholas Cullinan at Heckfield Place

Join Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in conversation with architect, Jamie Fobert at Heckfield Place in Hampshire. Together they will discuss the redevelopment of the NPG, the redisplay of the collection and the future of the gallery. (Photo credit: Zoe Law)

June 2020

June 2020

At Home With Nicola Harding

Nicola Harding is one half of Harding & Read, stalwarts of House & Garden's list of Top 100 Interior Designers. Join Nicola for lunch and a discussion on the challenges of renovating and decorating her family's new house in the country.

June 2020

At Home with The Land Gardeners

As The Land Gardeners, Bridget Elworthy and Henrietta Courtauld have established a reputation for designing walled gardens and growing cut flowers from their Oxfordshire base. Join them for an afternoon at the house and garden.

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