I was excited to have been involved in the inaugural LARTA fair (the London Antique Rug and Textile Association) that took place between the 31st March and 3rd April 2011 at The Showroom, an exciting new central London venue between the Edgware Road and St John's Wood.
The fair was a great success, attracting large numbers of visitors, particularly on the opening night. The LARTA exhibition was timed to coincide with the London Islamic week auction sales, and I hope that it will become a permanent and growing fixture in the spring art market in the capital.
My third annual exhibition, which took place at my Oast House base in Kent between the 6th and 10th of October 2007, marked the beginning of exciting new ventures. In addition to my regular show of antique oriental rugs and carpets, I held two distinct art exhibitions.
The first featured the work of a group of young, emerging artists from both Kent and London whose work I find fresh and exciting. Ranging from large, bold abstracts to smaller prints, drawings and photographs, I showed work to appeal to both the established collector and budding art buyer. A few of the highlights can be seen on this page..
I also exhibited a collection of (mainly British) 20th century pictures, the product of the judicious buying, over a number of years, of a well-known expert in the field.
In addition, my sister, Eliza Lumley, who has a growing reputation as a jazz singer, and has had lead roles in several West End musicals, gave a concert on the 7th October which took place amongst the pictures and rugs. She was joined by a friend of hers, Hal Cazalet, who is a well-known classical tenor who performs regularly at prestigious venues such as Glyndebourne. See Eliza's website for news of further gigs and her new album "She Talks in Maths" www.elizalumley.com
Future exhibitions, and probably a concert too, are planned for early October 2008....watch this space!
Joshua Lumley at Olympia
Our exhibition stand at The Hali Fair 2006.
The Hali Fair last June was a great success, and I look forward to exhibiting again next year.
inaugural exhibition on the 8th and 9th October was a great success.
Large numbers of private buyers, collectors and dealers attended
the opening party and the response was enthusiastic and encouraging.
Many rugs were sold to both new and established clients, and I
will definitely be holding a similiar event next year.
Watch this space!"
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