Clarion Events

Clarion Events was founded as an events organisation in 1947 in the UK. As well as organising consumer events in sectors such as motoring, travel, leisure and retail, it also organises art and antiques fairs.

These include the summer and winter fairs at London's Olympia.


Olympia stand sales enjoy an early surge

27 February 2012

CLARION Events announced last week that stand sales for the Summer Olympia fair this June are up over 100 per cent from this time last year.

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Clarion breathe new life into Olympia fair

27 June 2011

What a difference a year makes.

Clarion set early bookings deadline for Olympia

04 April 2011

IN a forthright announcement, organisers Clarion Events have stated that they are setting an absolute deadline of April 20 for applications to exhibit at this year's Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair.

Dealers and organisers agree on way forward for Olympia

14 March 2011

A JOINT initiative by Clarion Events and the Fairs Forum of dealers promises to re-establish the Summer Olympia fair as a broader-based marketplace this June.

Resolving the Lester question

09 August 2010

IS David Lester co-owner of the Olympia summer fair or not?

Clarion Events take back control of Olympia fair for 2011

19 July 2010

NEXT summer’s Olympia fair is reverting to British management and organisation, with owners Clarion Events taking the reins back from US entrepreneur David Lester.

Lester secures Olympia deal

14 July 2009

FLORIDA-based fair organiser David Lester and his wife Lee-Ann have secured a deal with Clarion Events to become the directors of the June Olympia art and antiques fair.

Vacant spring slot as Clarion scrap FORM

07 April 2008

AFTER two stagings, Clarion Events, organisers of the Olympia fairs, have abandoned their new fixture FORM. In 2009, for the first time in 13 years, it looks likely that there there will be no Spring art, antiques or design fair at the West London exhibition complex.

Antiques return as Clarion rename Olympia Summer fair

22 October 2007

CLARION Arts, owners and organisers of the Olympia fairs, have announced a change of name for their June flagship fair – the third change of name in two years. It will run next year from June 5 to 15 as Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

Owners deny ‘£420m sale of Olympia’

18 December 2006

AT £420m, the deal would have brought St James Capital a 70 per cent profit on the £245m they paid for the complex just two and a half years ago. But it appears that last week’s London Evening Standard scoop on the sale of Earls Court and Olympia was, at the very least, a little premature.

Spring Olympia... back to FORM

23 October 2006

CLARION Arts have named their Spring Olympia fair FORM.

Clarion Arts commit to Spring fair

15 August 2006

CLARION Arts, the owners and organisers of the three annual Olympia fairs in West London, have reaffirmed their commitment to the Spring Olympia and appointed a dedicated show manager for that troubled event.

LAPADA join BADA at Olympia for Winter fair

07 August 2006

Clarion Arts have announced that this year’s Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia will be held in association with both of the UK trade associations.

Clarion shelve SECC fair again

31 May 2006

CLARION Scotland have cancelled the Fine Art and Antiques Show Scotland scheduled for the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow from August 17 to 20. The new fair was essentially a relaunch of Fran Foster’s Antiques For Everyone Glasgow, which ran at the SECC for six years until its final staging in May 2005.

Olympia go for design rather than antiques in the Spring

08 May 2006

2007 fixture will be cut to three days

Glasgow gets new fair in old venue

20 February 2006

CLARION Events Scotland are launching a new antiques fair at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow this summer. The announcement comes less than a year after Antiques For Everyone Glasgow fairs, also owned by Clarion and at the same venue, were discontinued.

Clarion secure at Olympia

19 December 2005

REPORTS that Earls Court and Olympia are up for sale will not affect Clarion Events, who own and organise the three Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fairs.

Clarion confirm that Glasgow fair will be ‘postponed’

05 December 2005

Clarion Events have announced the “postponement” of next summer’s Antiques For Everyone – Glasgow.

Puzzle over Clarion’s plans for antiques in Glasgow

26 November 2005

UNCERTAINTY surrounds the future of the Antiques For Everyone – Glasgow fairs which have been staged for the past six years at the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow.

Clarion strike deal with NEC

12 May 2005

Olympia event organisers acquire Birmingham shows THE antiques fairs organising arms at Olympia and Birmingham’s NEC have merged to form Clarion Events NEC Ltd.

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