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Full list of Goldsmiths’ Fair exhibitors – click here
Week One: 27 September – 2 October 2016
Week Two: 4 – 9 October 2016
11am – 6pm (Thursdays late till 8pm)
11am – 4pm Sunday
Closed Monday 3 October
Last year the Goldsmiths’ Company welcomed over 9,000 visitors to Goldsmiths’ Fair.
It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship.
We are delighted that over 30 members of Contemporary British Silversmiths are represented this year, including graduate members (see list below).
Saturday 1 October, 1.30pm
Brian Kennedy, curator of ‘Silver: The Dark Side’, will discuss oxidised silver, an unexpected approach to a traditional material.
FREE, DROP IN
Sunday 2 October, 1.30pm
Corinne Julius, jewellery authority and curator, will discuss the Contemporary British Silversmiths’ exhibition Silver Speaks: ‘Idea to Object’ with silversmiths Juliette Bigley and Hazel Thorn.
FREE, DROP IN
Friday 7 October, 1.30pm
John Andrew, Curator of the Pearson Collection, in conversation with silversmith Fred Rich.
FREE, DROP IN
Sunday 9 October, 1.30pm
Simone ten Hompel, silversmith and educator, will talk to Simon Fraser who co-founded of design strategy agency ultra-indigo and is Course Director of MA Design: Ceramics, Furniture and Jewellery at Central Saint Martins, UAL.
FREE, DROP IN
For a full list of Goldsmiths’ Fair talks, click here
SILVER: THE DARK SIDE
This special display of new and recent work from some of the UK’s most exciting silversmiths and jewellers features striking pieces with black oxidised silver surfaces, plating and non precious metals that challenge traditional perceptions of silver.
Blackened objects, several of which combine precious and non-precious metal, are transformed into low-maintenance luxuries.
Organised by renowned craft and design consultant and curator, Brian Kennedy, the display brings the dark out of the shadows, shining a spotlight on opaque metal. “Many years ago, while visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, I came across a case holding a magnificent pair of Georgian candelabra. Instead of the usually gleaming silver, I was confronted by two inky black oxidised pieces, mysterious and slightly sinister and oh so contemporary! A love affair with blackened silver had begun,” Kennedy confides.
Exhibitors participating in the exhibition are Juliette Bigley, Jonathan Boyd, Abigail Brown, Michael Carberry, Angela Cork, Alan Craxford, Rebecca de Quin, Tamar de Vries Winter, Karina Gill, Kathryn Hinton, Kyosun Jung, Nan Nan Liu, Ryan McClean, Emma-Jane Rule, Mary Ann Simmons, Hazel Thorn, Adi Toch, Jessica Turrell, Adam Veevers.
ABOUT GOLDSMITHS’ FAIR
Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain. Visitors can buy directly from the maker or commission personal one-off pieces to their own specification.
Curated by a panel of experts, Goldsmiths’ Fair features 150 exceptional designer-craftsmen from independent workshops around the UK. Every item exhibited is hand-made with extraordinary skill and artistry. Buyers can be assured of the quality of their purchases as all work exhibited is hallmarked to certify its precious metal content.
Goldsmiths’ Fair is the place to spot emerging creative talent alongside established masters in the fields of gold and silver design. Ten recent graduates are selected each year to display their new collections, giving buyers the chance to discover burgeoning new talent.
High-profile designers that have exhibited at Goldsmiths’ Fair over the years include Rod Kelly, Charlotte de Syllas, Alan Craxford, Ane Christensen, Susan Cross, Zoe Arnold, Andrew Lamb, Shaun Leane, Ndidi Ekubia, Fred Rich, Catherine Martin, Jo Hayes Ward and countless others.
Silver Speaks is a year long programme of events to celebrate silver in contemporary life, including the Silver Speaks: ‘Idea to Object’ exhibition at the V&A, and Silver Speaks: ‘Form’ exhibition. A catalogue for each event is available to purchase in the V&A shops, at the Goldsmiths’ Centre or online.