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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New Members’ Party
A drinks party for new members. Come and meet the House & Garden team and fellow members of The Calico Club.
Burn’s Night Supper with Christopher Howe
Christopher Howe is known for his ceaseless enthusiasm and gimlet eye. He has been in the antiques trade for over 30 years, but has more recently turned his hand to creating interiors, too. Join Christopher for a supper to celebrate Burns Night.
By Design with Dan Pearson
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.
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.
Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode One
The Power of Print: Five Fabrics That Changed The Way We Decorate with Gabby Deeming. From English chintz, to French textiles and Indian block prints, pattern has long been a vital form of expression in decorating. Gabby Deeming tells the story of textile design in five fabrics. The talk will begin at 6pm. For more information on how to register to watch contact us at email@example.com
Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode Two
Growing flowers that you can cut and bring into the house is one of the most satisfying things you can do – and it’s not rocket science. Garden Editor Clare Foster explains how to get the most out of a cutting garden by planting bulbs and sowing seeds, and gives us her 10 must-have cutting flowers. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club – Episode Three
Beg, Borrow, Steal: How to Furnish a House with Rita Konig. There is a particular alchemy involved in creating a successful room and often the magic lies in the most unexpected pieces. Interior designer, Rita Konig discusses how to decorate with what you have and how the simplest of changes can reinvigorate a space. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Four
Growing Fruit and Vegetables in Pots with Aaron Bertelsen.
Aaron Bertelsen of the acclaimed English garden at Great Dixter will talk you through growing vegetables in containers, whether that be a window box or a terracotta pot on a balcony. This talk will show that lack of space is no barrier to growing what you want to eat and that cooking food you have grown yourself is a total pleasure. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Five
Cooking in Quarantine: Rediscovering the Cookbooks I Love with Skye McAlpine.
Author and cook Skye McAlpine delves into her cookbook collection and shares the recipes and dishes that have inspired hope and delight during this time. Skye lives between Venice and London and loves good, simple mostly Italian food. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Six
Fashion & Interiors: Exploring The Way We Dress & Live with Alexandra Shulman.
Alexandra Shulman was editor-in-chief of British Vogue for twenty five years. In this episode of Conversations with The Calico Club she explores the relationship between clothes and interiors; examining the power of colour, the importance of texture and the social implications of a particular garment. Does a white shirt imbue the wearer with the same feeling as a sparse, luxurious white room? The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Seven
Finders Keepers: How to Decorate Using Salvaged Materials with Maria Speake.
Maria Speake has long set the pace for sustainable design with her judicious and creative use of reclaimed materials. She was named House & Garden’s Interior Designer of the Year in 2019. She and her husband, Adam Hills founded the architectural salvage company Retrouvius in 1993 and have been creating inventive, beautifully crafted rooms ever since. In this week’s episode, Maria will focus on a house she designed in west London using reclaimed timbers and textiles. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Eight
How to Buy Antiques with Drew Pritchard.
Almost every interior can benefit from a well chosen antique. Old pieces bring atmosphere, interest and tell stories but starting the search can be daunting. In this week’s episode of Conversations with The Calico Club antique dealer Drew Pritchard discusses where to go, how to look and what to ask. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Nine
Design Ideas from the Homes of Modern British Artists with Simon Martin.
As director of Pallant House Gallery, Simon Martin is responsible for its significant collection of Modern British paintings. In this episode Simon will explore the creative impact of artists’ houses such as Charleston, home of the Bloomsbury Group and Farleys House, the home and meeting place of the Surrealists. The talk will begin at 6pm.
Conversations with The Calico Club: Episode Ten
Unlocking Your Imagination with Beata Heuman.
Interior designer Beata Heuman’s projects are packed full of personality and confidence. She creates beautiful, comfortable rooms with playful, considered and sometimes unexpected elements. In this episode, she will discuss how to make a room sing by unlocking your imagination. The talk will begin at 6pm.