A DEVILISH DESIGNER Kitchen Devil knives are known and loved by cooks throughout Britain. But how many people know who designed them? The answer is Robert Welch, the Gloucestershire-based designer-silver-smith, whose other speciality, studio silverware, is used in many of the countrys top establishments, from Canterbury Cathedral to 10 Downing Street. The extraordinary range of his achievements is now celebrated in a touring exhibition of his work, which runs at Cheltenham Art Gallery, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, until August 5, before moving to the Hol-burne Museum in Bath on August 19. BOLD MOVE Art Deco buffs will be meeting in Brighton between July 1 and 7 for the third World Congress on Art Deco, hosted by the Twentieth Century Society.
It will be a week of midsummer madness and scholarly delight celebrating the architecture and decorative arts of the inter-war period, and includes lectures, visits and a two-day twentieth-century collectors fair (July 1 and 2). The Congress is based in Brighton to take advantage of the seaside setting and the fine Art Deco collection of the museum. Tel: 0171-387 3154. Rennies stand at the fair will show this poster and frieze. EDINBURGH LNER GEOFF HAMILTON, JOHN GLOVER; THE GARDEN PICTURE LIBRARY SHOW HOME The Dartington Hall Trust was the imaginative creation of Leonard Elmhirst and his wife Dorothy. HARDWOOD DINING TABLE DESIGN ARCHEAGE Together they built up a centre that gave focus and charitable support to a variety of activities connected with education, research and the arts. This spring, in addition to the usual work of the Trust, the Elmhirsts Modernist house, High Cross, was opened to the public for the first time. The house, which was built in 1932 to a design by William Lescaze, is one of the best examples of its kind in England. Following its renovation, it now shows the Trusts collection of early-twentieth-century paintings and ceramics, by artists including Cecil Collins, Bernard Leach and Lucie Rie. Tel: 01803-864114 for more details.