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Themed around “The Past, the Present & the Future” this year our Spring Convention is being held in Colchester. The convention venue will be ‘Firstsite’ whose spectacular building, in the heart of the historic town, is one of the largest contemporary art venues in the UK. See

The venue is at Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH

Firstsite are also the owners of 15 Queen St, just 50m up the road, where the BOS library & archive is housed. This convention will provide a rare opportunity for members to visit the library and explore the amazing array of books, magazines and many other unique historic origami items held in the library. We will be showcasing much of the work which has been done recently on our collection and we hope you will come and see for yourself what a valuable resource it is.

Supplies and the exhibition will be held in a public area of the art gallery which we are sure will be as spectacular as ever. We will also be holding a session on Saturday afternoon, separate from the convention so that members of the public can come in and learn some Origami, volunteer teachers needed!

Our special guests
Joan Sallas, spent many years in Germany but has returned to his birthplace of Badalona, Catalonia. This is a welcome return to the UK for Joan, who was a BOS guest in Cambridge in 2002. Well known for his array of origami hats, Joan is also a master of intricate napkin folding, a European tradition stretching back to the early 1500s. He is also a noted origami historian, book collector, archivist and an amusing and engaging teacher. He founded and runs both PaDoRe and Folding Didactics dedicated to non-recreational uses of paper-folding.

Xiaoxian Huang, originally from China, is married to Joan (they met whilst researching the history of Chinese paper-folding) and lives with him in Badalona. As well as a historian, she is a prolific creator, often (but not always) working with highly complex designs.

There is no accommodation at Firstsite but there are plenty of hotels in the area. Here are just a few of them, others can be found online by looking at sites like Trivago, Airbnb or through a search on Google.

The George Hotel, 116, High Street, Colchester, CO1 1TD. Tel.01206 578494
Parking on site approx. £10 per day. Old hotel, stairs only, no lift

Red Lion Hotel, 43 High Street, Colchester, CO1 1DJ. Tel.01205 577986
NCP car park nearby discount for hotel guests. Old hotel, stairs only, no lift.

Premier Inn, 30 St. Peters Street, Colchester CO1 1EW. Tel.01206 918066
Parking on site £6 per day, parking needs to be reserved when booking made. This hotel has a lift.

Free Folds
We're sure many of you fold a great deal of origami designs, but what do you do with them afterwards? We're asking you to sort out a box of cast-offs, "not quite there" models and those simply surplus to rquirements, and put them in a box (anonymously) at the convention for others to take home with them. What isn't right for you may give someone else hours of fun, working out how it was made. Anything left over will be donated to a school.

Anyone interested in contributing to the programme or assisting with the convention in anyway should contact the organisers (see below). As usual we will be holding an Exhibition, please bring along your latest origami endeavours; we thrive on your origami work, be it old, new, perfect or in the course of completion - original or an interpretation of another’s work, even gallant failures with a story to tell are welcome! Please don’t be shy: let us see what you have been up to recently. You’ll have a chance to tell us any stories behind your work at the Exhibition Review  Other folders always enjoy hearing these tales, and frequently we learn surprising things about exhibits.

The programme organisers, would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to teach your own model (we need models of all levels).  We would like teachers to explain briefly before or during their session how they came to create their particular model.  Apart from teaching you could offer to help in the supplies shop, arrange the exhibition table, or assist with preparing paper for folding groups.

Click here for the booking form. You can pay using paypal or send a cheque to the Conventions Officer, Penny Groom.

Bookings organiser : Penny Groom
Programme organiser: Adam Woodhouse / Loredana Sandu

Convention fees
With approval by the membership, we have introduced a daily convention fee for delegates to help cover steadily rising prices such as hire of room and equipment, and administration costs. More fee details

Please Note
Confirmation of your bookings and directions to the venue will be sent shortly after your form is received. If you have not received confirmation of bookings within three weeks, please contact Penny Groom to make sure that your booking form has not gone astray.

Final details of convention administration arrangements, timings of meals, details of the provisional programme and other information will be sent to attendees shortly before the convention.

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