40 Years of Dazzle Exhibitions


Oddities of the 80's

After the initial success of the 1981 launch, Dazzle was keen to spread its wings, which we did first in 1983 with Edinburgh Festival Dazzle adding it to our London and Manchester venues. We then experimented with other venues, with varying degrees of success. In 1985 we had exhibitions at the City of London Festival in St Lawrence Jewry, Wigan Festival on Wigan Pier and at the Sheffield Crucible as well as our other three venues. Not sure how we found the time, energy or the jewellers! In 1986 we tried the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath where we had a lovely time but didn't sell much jewellery. In 1989, with a one year old in tow, we exhibited at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith and Reading Shopping Mall with a small display at the Hexagon Theatre. What were we thinking! None of these venues became Dazzle regulars and we settled on London, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh with a brief flirtation with Brighton, but that's another chapter. I wonder if there is anyone out there who remembers these one off exhibitions or took part in them? Interesting to see that all our artwork was in black and white, which was not ideal but all we could afford.