Creative Links: Galleries and Shops - Collaborating With The Right Ones For Your Product

31 Jan 2019 · 6:00PM - 8:00PM
£10 (including welcome drink)
Agas Harding Conference Room
Event type
Sold out

Join a leading panel of gallerists and craft retail experts from Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA), The New Craftsmen, The Creative Edit, EC One and the Barbican as they discuss and give advice on how to find the right gallery, shop or pop-up to stock your jewellery or silversmithing collections.

Understanding how to supply and collaborate with different types of retailers will help you find the right relationships for you and your work. Leading on from Joanna Newton’s recent sold-out Creative Links talk on how to approach retailers, this evening discussion will see

  • Christine Lalumia, Executive Director of Contemporary Applied Arts
  • Kathy Shenoy, Head of Product and Maker Relationships, The New Craftsmen
  • Charlene Lam, The Creative Edit
  • Jo Davis, Head of Retail, Barbican 
  • Jos Skeates, EC One 

take part in a panel discussion with Charlotte Dew, Programme Manager at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, to explore the characteristics of different types of retail relationships. From making the right approach, to understanding the position you are in to meet demand and different customer bases, each panellist will share their own experience of working and sourcing new makers, to answer your questions. 

When does the talk start?

Exchange innovative ideas and network with your peers with a glass of wine, a beer or soft drink from 6pm. The talk starts at 6.30pm. 

Who are the speakers?

Charlene C Lam
Christine Lalumia

Charlene C Lam

Charlene C Lam is a NYC-LDN creative business expert and curator of pop-up shops. With degrees in mass communications from UC Berkeley and surface/textile design from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in NYC, Charlene started showcasing UK designers and makers with a Christmas pop-up in Vitra's Clerkenwell showroom in 2010. Under the names The Creative Edit and Creative Clerkenwell, Charlene has curated dozens of pop-up shops and exhibitions in London featuring independent designers, makers and artists, including events during Clerkenwell Design Week and the London Design Festival. Charlene has spoken about creative business, experiential retail and social media for New Designers, Talks at 100% Design and The Design Trust.

Christine Lalumia

Christine Lalumia, Executive Director at Contemporary Applied Arts, is a trained design and art historian, with extensive experience of communicating and interpreting cultural and design history for a wide range of audiences. She was previously Deputy Director of The Geffrye, Museum of the Home, London for 21 years, during which time she contributed to the strategic vision and, amongst other responsibilities, oversaw the organisation’s education and learning activities. She curated several critically acclaimed exhibitions, including Ceramic Rooms with Kate Malone and Edmund de Waal in 2001. She also co-founded Ceramics in the City, a successful selling fair for contemporary ceramics. Lalumia combines this with extensive experience of lecturing, writing about and advocating for the crafts in Britain. She has for many years been a lecturer and course leader at the V&A, with a specialism in twentieth century and contemporary objects. She is also a tutor and lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art on the MA in Fine and Decorative Art and Design.

Jo Davis
Jos Skeates

Jo Davis

Jo Davis is the Head of Retail for the Barbican, London. Her career in retail management began on the high street 15 years ago. Via various high street roles and a stint at BBC Worldwide, she found herself in the museum sector, spending time in retail management at the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Taking a break from museum retail, she left South Kensington in late 2011 to be part of the biggest retail event in London, the 2012 Olympics. Following a rewarding year retailing across various UK venues for London 2012, she then joined a new London attraction, The View from The Shard.  Ahead of their opening in February 2013, Jo led on the set up of their retail offer and later took on the role of Head of Commercial Operations, covering all retail, ticketing and F&B. Currently Head of Retail at the Barbican, she has had the privilege to work with the retail team to develop the Barbican’s retail offer beyond product, creating a calendar of workshop events led by local designers and makers. 

Jos Skeates

Jos Skeates is a goldsmith, designer and retailer based in Clerkenwell, London. Having undertaken a traditional apprenticeship, he later studied Jewellery Design at the prestigious Central St. Martins before setting up the contemporary jewellers EC One with partner and head buyer Alison Skeates. EC One has been at the forefront of promoting new and upcoming talent which included Shaun Leane, Stephen Webster, Alex Monroe and Monica Vinader. Housing some of the most talented designers in the UK as well as internationally the business has forged strong links with the fashion press over many years. The company also benefits from a large on-site workshop where a bespoke service sets it apart from other retailers. Having won a variety of awards including Best for Fashion, Best Boutique, Best Independent and been voted Time Out’s favourite jeweller in London, EC One continues to bridge the gap between the traditional trade and a boutique store. Jos is a Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, has been involved with The British Fashion Council, and past chair of The Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council. 

Kathy Shenoy

Kathy Shenoy

Working under the Creative & Buying team at luxury craft business The New Craftsmen, Kathy Shenoy has over 10 years’ experience of working with makers across the British Isles and overseas. The New Craftsmen curate, commission and sell unique contemporary objects rooted in craftsmanship and narrative. Spanning luxury furniture, lighting, textiles, gifts, ceramics, baskets and decorative accessories, pieces are created by over 100 makers from across the British Isles. Prior to joining TNC, Kathy set up award-winning start-up Shake the Dust in 2012 to support new markets and opportunities for makers in developing countries and was listed in the Maserati 100, a definitive list of Britain’s most successful business leaders actively supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs.