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September 2022 marks a bit of a change in the ADSUK committee with the departure of Paul Stewart. Paul is a founder member and has taken up many responsibilities during that time – from building up our social media profiles to Chair and all round star of the society. He will be much missed! 

Kate Garner, fabulous host and events coordinator will also be leaving at the end of our autumn events season.  But what a season Kate has organised – three amazing events all on the topic of ceramics. 

We welcome Lorna McCulloch who is taking the role of regional reps coordinator and Lucy Jane Santos will take over the role of Chair. If you would like to be part of the ADSUK committee please contact for more information. 

World Art Deco Day

The very first World Art Deco Day is almost upon us! Co-ordinated by The International Coalition of Art Deco Societies, April will see a host of online events take place across the globe, culminating in Art Deco Day on April 28th. 

Here at ADSUK we will be hosting a Zoom party for members to update you on our progress as a society, share news about upcoming projects and the preservation of Art Deco in the UK. The team from Saltdean Lido will join us to share their efforts to preserve and restore this Art Deco icon. Lucy Jane Santos will also share her secret recipe for the Signature World Art Deco Day cocktail, and we’ll all be dancing along to performances by vintage vocalist extraordinaire Hattie Bee! Bring your dancing shoes and your passion for all things Art Deco — it’s sure to be a hoot!

Wednesday 28th April 19:30 (British Summer Time)

Book your FREE members only place here 

To see all the other events taking place visit the new ICADS website.


We’re pleased to be able to offer on-demand streaming of a selection of previous ADSUK online talks via the Vimeo platform. Each is priced at £2 per film per week. Have a look at our new videos page for more information.

Forthcoming Talk the ‘Indestructible Lee Miller.’ January 23rd 2021 3PM GMT

with Antony Penrose 

From an early age Lee Miller learned the chances life brought needed her skilful and courageous adaptation to make them work for her. Born 1907 in America, she morphed from a young artist to a top fashion model. In Paris she became a surrealist photographer also shooting fashion for American Vogue. Back in New York she had a highly successful studio but left to marry an Egyptian and become a photographer of that land. At the outbreak of WW2 she arrived in London, returning to fashion photography for Vogue and later became their war correspondent with the US Army in Europe. Her final career was as a surrealist gourmet cook in her last home, Farleys House in Sussex. Her life was filled with passion, heartbreak and high drama. Her secret in moving forward was to grab her chances with both hands. It made her indestructible in the sense that today her work is the subject of many books, TV documentaries, international exhibitions and in 2022 a feature film.

Book your ticket here



Tickets are available to book now, only £3.50 per event for members (£5 non-members).


We are very sad to hear today of the passing of Dame Vera Lynne. Hattie Bee has written a short tribute to this unforgettable icon.

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Dear Friends, we would like to draw your attention to the below. Please click on the image to take you to a site with further information and a link to comment on the planning application.



Event Cancellations

Dear all,

Given the current situation regarding covid-19, we have taken the decision to cancel all upcoming ADSUK events until at least the end of May.

All tickets will be refunded in full via TicketSource, and you should receive an automated email confirming this.

We hope to reschedule all cancelled events at a future date.

In the time being, ADSUK will focus on our online presence via the web articles and social media. As always, we encourage all members to get involved if they so wish by contributing an article or tagging us in your Art Deco related social media posts.

Stay safe.

Best wishes,

Genista, Paul, Lauren, Adam, Lucy, Guy, Jennifer & Philip


Manchester Apollo Cancellation

Regrettably, due to the current Coronavirus situation our upcoming tour at the Manchester Apollo has been cancelled. All those who have booked tickets will receive a full refund, and we will look to reschedule the event later in the year.

We will keep a close eye on the situation and follow Government advice with regards to other upcoming events in April.

North-East / Tyne and Wear Rep

We are looking for a member (or members) based in the North East of England to act as our representatives for the area. This would involve working with ADSUK founders to organise and host events and connect with other members in the area. If you would be interested in this role, please contact us for more information.



Art Deco by the Sea

“If you are on this site (hello!) then chances are that Art Deco by the Sea at the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich, is already on your radar. And the good news is that it won’t disappoint even the most ardent Art Deco aficionado- in fact it is delightful.”

Read our introduction to this highly anticipated exhibition by Lucy Jane Santos in the articles section of our website.

We are also hosting a guided tour of the exhibition in May. Please see our events list for more details.

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Competition Time!

There’s still time to enter our February photography competition. We’re giving away one signed copy of ‘Odeon Relics’, the recent hardback photographic book by Philip Butler documenting the surviving cinemas built in 1930s by Odeon. To enter, all you have to do is send us a photo, taken by the entrant, of an Art Deco cinema (or former cinema) in your area. This could be inside or out, night or day.
All entries will be published on our website and Philip will choose the winning shot which will be announced in the March newsletter. We encourage photographers of all abilities to enter, whether your shot be taken on a smartphone, a high end DSLR, or anything in between.
Read more about the book here.

The competition is only open to ADSUK members with a UK address.
One entry per member.
All images to be emailed to with a subject line of ‘ADSUK photo competition’.
Date for last entry is February 26th 2020.
By entering the applicant is confirming that they are both the creator and copyright holder of the respective image.
We reserve the right to publish all entries on our website and post selected ones on our social media channels – photographic credit will be given in all cases.



Catch up with all the latest society news and events in our February newsletter here.

The Rio Cinema (closed) – by Paul Smith



Our Yorkshire and Humber regional representative Kevin Trickett MBE will be giving a talk about Art Deco on Thursday evening, 16th January, starting at 7.30pm.

Entitled The Style, History and Influence of Art Deco, the illustrated talk will provide an introduction to the subject.

From architecture to art, furniture to fashion, and much more besides, Art Deco has been one of the most enduring styles of the modern age. Although coined only in the 1960s, the term ‘Art Deco’ describes one of the most important design movements of the 20th Century. Taking its inspirations from ancient Egypt and the primitive art forms of America and Africa, the innovative, streamlined and decorative elegance of Art Deco reached its zenith in the 1920s and 30s but continues to influence design today. Original items from the period are now highly collectable but manufacturers frequently incorporate elements of Art Deco style into their current ranges.

Kevin has long been fascinated by all things Art Deco and will share his insights into this fascinating and all-encompassing subject.

The talk, which is free to attend, has been arranged by Doncaster Civic Trust who have extended a welcome to members of Art Deco Society UK but to ensure that capacity meets demand, any of our members wishing to attend who are not also members of Doncaster Civic Trust are asked to book places by emailing Kevin on

The talk will be given in The Eastfield Restaurant at Doncaster School for the Deaf, Leger Way, Doncaster, DN2 6AY. The venue is to the rear of the site above the Warde-Aldam Centre (sports hall). There is a lift and plenty of free parking. The talk will last approximately 50 minutes to an hour.


Our December newsletter has been sent out. If you missed it, you can catch up here.



Edinburgh pre-Christmas social at Tiles Bar 03/12/19. Please book to give us an idea of numbers. More information here.

St Leonards walking tour on 15/12/19 available to book now. Free to members/places limited!

Meet our south-east representative Garry Ashton-Coulton for a walk along the St Leonards to Hastings seafront. Witness the remarkable ‘beached cruise liner’ that is Marine Court, and explore Sidney Little’s pioneering 1930s concrete promenade structures including Bottle Alley, the country’s first underground car-park, and numerous beautiful coastal shelters.



The November members e-newsletter has now sent out including details of our first formal members events. If for any reason you haven’t received it, you can read it here.



EVENTS!! We now have a new events page hosted by Ticketsource. Several forthcoming exclusive members tours will be added to this page over the coming months. Each new announcement will be detailed in our monthly e-newsletters, so keep an eye on your inbox.

Tickets for our first two events will become bookable on 01/11/19.


October 1st saw the first members e-newsletter sent out. We will be mailing these out on a monthly basis with information covering the latest society activities and updates on forthcoming events. All members will receive these emails, but in case you missed it, or it was filtered into that pesky junk mail folder, you can catch up on October’s post here:


And we have lift off! As of today; September 1st 2019, you can join the Art Deco Society UK. We are offering 19 months for the price of 12 as an early bird deal at just £15 for a single UK subscriber, so you won’t need to renew until April 2021!

Welcome packs include a beautiful ADSUK ‘hard’ enamel pin badge, an exclusive postcard of Dreamland Cinema in Margate taken by Philip Butler, and a welcome letter and membership card in a lovely little A5 folder.

In addition, and perhaps more important than receiving this great pack, you will become part of an exciting new society championing all aspects of inter-war design from the UK. As a member you will not only be able to attend the walks, talks and social gatherings we organise, but will be able to contribute by suggesting events and writing articles for our growing online blog.

Visit out online shop to sign up!

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ADSUK welcome pack.

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The society will launch its paid membership scheme on September 1st 2019. Priced at £15 for a single subscription and £25 for joint, benefits will include an exclusive ADSUK enamel badge and discounted attendance to all future events.

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Dear World Congress Participants and Friends,

Thank you to everyone who has completed their registration.

At this time, we have only 14 spaces left for the full package!

If you have been considering attending the full program (Pre-Congress, World Congress, and Post-Congress) this may be your last chance to join so please be sure to REGISTER NOW.

Another big thank you to those who have sent in a presentation as part of the Call for Papers.  We have extended the deadline to August 1st to include late submissions.  Announcements for accepted submissions will be made in mid-August.

Since our last e-mail communication, we have released the new official World Congress on Art Deco Rioplatense poster on our website and social media outlets.

If you haven’t yet joined our Facebook Event, please click GOING to show your support and see who else will be joining you there!

You may also feel free to follow our Instagram account as we will be posting more about the Congress from there as well (@copperbridge).

D&D Magazine, now an official media sponsor, will be publishing about the World Congress as well!

Geo Darder, Copperbridge Founder and ICADS Board Member, recently completed his trial run of the World Congress and made some slight changes reflected in the itinerary.

You may rest assured knowing that there will be no more major changes made. We will simply be adding more details which will be kept up to date here in this online itinerary.

If you are interested in joining just the Pre-Congress and/or Post-Congress only, please note that this is upon limited availability and a $250 Registration Fee will be required in addition to the listed package price.  (This fee is already included in the World Congress package).  A waiting list will be made once we have reached capacity.

The Gran Hotel Azul (Pre-Congress) is now sold out.  Other nearby options (now available for selection on the registration form) include:

·      Elena B&B 2-star (3 rooms left!) $105 per room

    (supplement fee will be added to invoice)

·      Roma Hotel 1-star $49 per room (included in package)

Copperbridge Travel Director, Mayrelis Padrón, has been working hard to make sure everyone’s requests have been seen to and have everyone’s questions answered as quickly as possible.  If you still have any doubts at this time, please feel free to respond directly to this e-mail with your questions or concerns and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Copperbridge Foundation

Quick Links


World Congress Webpage

Facebook Event

Call for Papers

Online Itinerary

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As of June 2019 the Art Deco Society UK is officially an active entity. Please consider following our social media feeds on Twitter & Instagram (both @artdecosocuk), plus keep an eye on the articles section of the website for regular informative blog posts.

If you are keen to get involved, please fill in the form on the Join page to register your interest.

There are also vacancies for some regional representatives, so if you fancy coordinating future events and members in your part of the country, please consider putting yourself forward. Please see the society structure page for an up-to-date list of roles.

We are planning on launching an affordable paid membership plan in September 2019 and will shortly be announcing plans for a society Christmas knees up.

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