Upholstery Summer Show

About the show

A display of the upholstery projects produced during 2011-12 by students of all levels on the Cass Professional Upholstery courses including several award winning pieces.

Upholstery courses have run at the university for over fifty years playing a major national part in continuing this traditional craft. The work on display at the show represents all aspects of the work of our students, from traditional to highly imaginative and contemporary interpretations of the craft of upholstery.

The courses aim to give a broad understanding of the subject with emphasis on the traditional skills that will help students to go on to become successful upholsterers. Once students have learned the fundamental skills and techniques of upholstery they are allowed to complete their own projects. The learning is ‘hands on’ and student focused and the group setting of the classes encourages the students to learn from each others’ experiences as well as their own. The professionally equipped workshops enable students to restore both modern and traditional furniture, as well as producing new designs. The results of this approach are what is on display at our show.

The courses are supported by industry and the Worshipful Company of Upholders through annual sponsored awards. These awards recognise the achievements of individual students, many of whom have displayed their work at the various exhibitions and competitions open to the field.

Iain Pitchford, an existing advanced student and previous award winner, says, “these awards also reflect and recognise the quality of the tuition which has lead to the consistently high standard of work produced”

The University is an Associate Member of the Association of Master Upholsterers & Soft Furnishers (AMUSF) and is a training centre approved by the AMUSF.

Upholstered chair

Exhibition details

Private view Thursday 21 June 2012, 6pm-10pm
Opening days Friday 22 - Saturday 30 June 2012
Opening times Mon-Fri 10am-8pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 11am-4.30pm
Venue Central House (First Floor)


Armchair Liz Summer

By Liz Summer 

 Work in progress
Chair Upholstery Work in progress