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.

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.

Summer Olympia to go upmarket in makeover plan: Clarion set out radical five-year strategy to kick-start flagship fair

14 February 2005

The number of stands at the Summer Olympia will be almost halved by June 2010 in a bid to make it one of the world’s top art and antiques events.

Clarion Events team complete firm’s buy-out: Future of Olympia antiques fairs assured say new bosses

03 November 2004

CLARION Events, organisers of the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fairs, have successfully completed a £45m management buy-out from their parent company, the Earls Court & Olympia Group (EC&O). They emphasise their continued commitment to the antiques fairs.

Olympia to cut back on summer fair stands by a fifth

22 September 2004

CLARION Events, who run the Summer Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair, are to cut the number of stands at next year’s staging.

Clarion Events in management buyout talks

15 June 2004

FAIR organisers Clarion Events are negotiating a management buyout from Earls Court Olympia, the group just bought by private property fund St James Capital in a £245m takeover.

Olympic links make common sense at the exotic Hali

28 May 2004

AT its seventh staging, the popular Hali fair at Olympia is undergoing some major changes, not the least of which is a name change. The event is now titled The Hali Fair: Carpets, Textiles and Tribal Art. The duration of the fair has been extended from four to 10 days and it will take place in the National Hall Gallery at Olympia from June 3 to 13, at the same time as the summer Fine Art & Antiques Fair. The fairs will be linked allowing easy access between the two.

2005 makeover for Spring Olympia

09 March 2004

The Spring Olympia fair, just concluded, will undergo a makeover next year that includes a new name.

Clarion launch £500 stand prize at Olympia

27 January 2003

CLARION Events, organisers of the Olympia Fairs, introduce a new initiative at their Spring Olympia to further emphasise their conviction that presentation and creative stand display in a no-dateline context are the way forward.

Best foot forward

19 November 2002

New look Olympia fair puts a spring in its step: CLARION Events, the in-house team who organise the Fine Art and Antiques Fairs at Olympia, are adopting a radical new approach to bring in customers for their Spring Olympia fair next February.

Clarion appoint new fairs director for Olympia

25 February 2002

CLARION Events, the organising arm of Olympia, have appointed Dan Gorton, 34, as fair director for the three annual Fine Art and Antiques Fairs.

Clarion try to clear the air over Borwick

16 November 2001

Olympia and Earls Court chief executive Andrew Morris has faced some 200 exhibitors, angry at the dismissal of show director Victoria Borwick, to reassure them about the Olympia fairs’ future.

Datelines to go in Olympia makeover

26 February 2001

UK: Morris sets out his vision for a market. UK: A NO dateline policy for all three Olympia antique fairs is among the plans Andrew Morris, chief executive of Earls Court and Olympia and head of Clarion Events, the halls’ organising arm, has revealed in an exclusive interview with the Antiques Trade Gazette.

More space for larger Olympia

09 November 2000

CLARION Events, organisers of the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fairs, assured the Antiques Trade Gazette last week that exhibitors at the June Olympia need not fear that the summer fair would be vastly enlarged in 2002.

Olympia review: design fair to go

31 October 2000

UK: ANDREW Morris, chief executive of Earls Court/Olympia in London and head of the company’s exhibitions organising arm, Clarion Events, has revealed that a thorough review of his art and antiques division will be unveiled in February.

Morris hands-on at Clarion

18 September 2000

UK: EARLS Court and Olympia Group chief executive Andrew Morris, one of the Morris family who bought the exhibition complex from P&O, is the new managing director of Clarion Events, the group’s event organising company.