Welcome to ACE2018
Well done to everyone who managed to defeat the weather and join us in Brighton for the ACE2018 Conference and Trade Show on 1-2 March. This year's Conference was extra special in ACE's 40th anniversary year - testament to just how far cultural retail has come in 40 years, with delegates coming from far and wide including the US and Northern Europe.
We enjoyed a huge variety of seminars, with sustainability, ethical sourcing and customer behaviour emerging as a key theme, and we were reminded that retail is subversive! Our customers recognise something about us that our institutions often don't - and we can take those values and broadcast them in a way that makes our institutions sit up and take notice. Customers are not passive - they want to be engaged, and we have the collections and the stories to do just that through our amazing products.
As well as our biggest ever Trade Show, we also enjoyed some great networking events with Welcome Drinks at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, kindly sponsored by King & McGaw, as well as a special flight and fizz on British Airways i360. The 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner and ACE Best Product Awards were topped off with a celebratory 70s disco sponsored by Art Angels.
Join us next year for ACE2019 in Brighton on 28 February and 1 March 2019. See you there!
With thanks to our sponsors