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Trade shows can be a fantastic way to get your work noticed, expand your professional network, research the market and secure clients. Whether you are looking to walk a show, or exhibit at one our handy calendar can help you plan ahead!

MIID_WEBSITE_SHOWTIME_HEADER_580X210PX_LRHere’s a helpful list of up-coming industry shows and events…

MIID_EVENTS_BLUEPRINT_200PX_LRBlue Print – 404 10th Avenue, NYC, 10001, USA

18 – 23 May 2017

Blue Print brings together a fantastic collection of studios and designers that are producing a print show by themselves for their clients. The boutique type feel of this show is created by keeping the number of exhibitors low to give visiting clients the opportunity to visit all of the studios in a relaxed, fun environment.

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MIID_EVENTS_SURTEX_200PX_LRSurtex – Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, USA

21 – 23 May 2017

Art Licensing for Designers, Manufacturers, and Retailers. Surtex is the global B2B marketplace for sourcing original art & design—where artists, art agents, licensing agencies and licensors connect with manufacturers and retailers to create the next best-selling products in every category imaginable.

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MIID_EVENTS_NATIONALSTATIONERYSHOW_200PX_LRNational Stationery Show – Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, USA

21 – 24 May 2017

The NSS is the place to discover the best stationery products! See, touch and feel products that are fresh, unique and fit the designs your customers want. Easily find and source new products from 800 exhibiting companies, showcasing complete, new collections across a wide range of categories.

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MIID_EVENTS_LASVEGASLICENSINGEXPO_200PX_LRLicensing Expo -Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA

23 – 25 May 2017

Licensing Expo has connected the world’s most influential entertainment, character, fashion, art and corporate brand owners and agents with consumer goods manufacturers, licensees and retailers. This is the meeting place for the global licensing industry.

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MIID_EVENTS_CLERKENWELL_200PX_LRClerkenwell Design Week- various locations in Clerkenwell, London , UK

23 – 25 May 2017

Clerkenwell Design Week is a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.

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MIID_EVENTS_PROGRESSIVEGREETINGS_200PX_LRProgressive Greetings Live – Business Design Centre, London, UK

6 – 7 June 2017

Progressive Greetings Live is the UK’s only trade exhibition dedicated to the greeting card industry. This two day show features thousands of new designs from over 250 exhibitors. A focused, compact show, it is the ideal place to source fresh product and find exciting new publishers and artists.

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MIID_EVENTS_SHOWTIME_200PX_LRShowtime ITMA Market – North Carolina, USA

2017 Dates TBA

ITMA Showtime Market is labelled as the largest dedicated home textiles show in the United States. Showtime is renowned in the upholstery and decorative coverings market as offering the largest selection of textiles, leather and trimmings.

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MIID_EVENTS_NEWDESIGNERS_200PX_LRNew Designers (Part 1) – Business Design Centre, London, UK

28 June – 1 July 2017

Find Make it in Design on stand A6!

New Designers is one of the leading UK graduate / emerging designer exhibitions. Part 1 showcases work in; textiles and fashion, costume design, jewellery & precious metalwork, ceramics and glass and contemporary design crafts.

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MIID_EVENTS_NEWDESIGNERS_200PX_LRNew Designers (Part 2) – Business Design Centre, London, UK

5 – 8 July 2017

Part 2 of this leading UK graduate / emerging designer exhibition showcases work in; furniture, product & industrial design, spatial design, graphic design, illustration, animation, motion and digital arts.

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MIID_EVENTS_HOME&GIFT_200PX_LRHome and Gift – Harrogate, UK

16 – 19 July 2017

Trade only. Home and Gift is the seasonal round-up of design-led and everyday gifts, homewares, jewellery and fashion accessories and greetings and stationery. This event enables businesses to have the first pick of tens of thousands of new season lines and over 300 exclusive ranges, from over 1000 exhibitors.

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MIID_EVENTS_PRINTSOURCE_200PX_LRPrintsource – Metropolitan Pavilion, New York, USA

8 – 9 August 2017

Printsource is the Premier Market for Surface and Textile Design in the USA. Printsource showcases hundreds of collections by international surface and textile design studios and agents. It’s the main resource for surface and textile design for America’s major manufacturers and retailers.

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Attending any of these shows? We’d love to hear all about your experiences and key findings. Perhaps you’d like to write a guest blog post? Email and let us know!

Want to share an exciting industry event in your area? Email the team at with the details and we’ll be sure to add it in!


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