New Makers Conference 2023 Announced

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Are you studying design and furniture making or are a designer or maker that is just starting out?

As part of our commitment to nurturing the designers and makers of the future we are hosting, in collaboration with the Furniture Makers’ Company, our second New Makers’ Conference on 2 June at Wells Museum in Somerset. ⁠

We are bringing together experienced furniture designers and makers with those who are just starting out, focusing on how new enterprises start and grow, exploring routes from training into business, and how to achieve results with effective marketing, exhibiting, and retailing.


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Stories will be shared, and lessons learned from those who have been in the industry for many years and from those who have recently begun. Our speakers will tell all about what mistakes they made and where things worked out well and share lots of practical advice on how to survive the first five years.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions of our speakers and debate the latest challenges facing the industry.

Book your tickets

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When and where is Makers Conference 2023?

Friday the 2nd of June
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.

At Wells & Mendip Museum
8 Cathedral Green

We are hoping that the weather will hold for us to enjoy the use of The Walled Garden.

You can refer to ‘Your visit’ on the museum’s website for information on how to get there and where to park.

How to book your event tickets?

The event is ticketed with a small charge of £10 to include a buffet lunch. The capacity is limited to 100 people so please book early to avoid disappointment.

To book your place, go to Eventbrite.

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We have some brilliant speakers…

  • Sean Evelegh, Fine Woodworker and YouTuber
  • Harriet (Hattie) Poppy Speed, designer-maker and founder of ‘This Girl Makes’
  • John Makepeace, Award Winning Designer-Maker
  • Bruce Hodgson, CEO and Creative Director at Artichoke
  • Mark Boddington, Founder of Silver Lining
  • Katie Walker, Independent Designer-Maker
  • Eleanor Lakelin, Wood Sculptor
  • Chris Hyde, Director of Curriculum Design at Activate Learning, Rycotewood Furniture Centre

Our thanks go to Axminster Tools & Machinery for sponsoring this event.

We hope to see you there but if you have any questions in the meantime please contact


About Artichoke

Artichoke was founded in 1992. From simple beginnings on a borrowed workshop bench, it is now a team of 50 with private clients all over the world. The company’s focus is to create architectural joinery led rooms which will form part of a building’s architectural heritage for centuries.

Learn more about our commitment to nurturing creative talent.

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