Silver Speaks: Form Exhibition

1st June – 23rd September 2016

Location: The Goldsmiths’ Centre,
42 Britton Street, London EC1M 5AD

Admission: Free
Opening Hours: 08.00 – 18.00
Monday to Friday

Underground: Farringdon – Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City Lines


Silver Speaks: ‘Form’ is an exhibition of work by members of Contemporary British Silversmiths. It offers a behind the scenes look at the techniques that enable makers to create work in silver, while exploring their relationship with materials, processes and tools.

It is part of Silver Speaks, the year long programme of events celebrating the exceptional level of creativity and skill in British silversmithing today. Running from 1st June until 23rd September 2016, it will take place at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

The exhibition will provide an insight into the processes behind the making of objects and what is used to create them. Showcasing 33 works alongside the makers’ tools, original samples and drawings.

The silversmiths selected were those whose designs successfully interpreted one of the themes outlined in the brief, listed below, as well as simultaneously exhibiting excellence in design and craftsmanship.

• Strike – concerning the use of tools to form and manipulate silver to create objects
• Construct – relating to building objects using construction techniques such as scoring or folding
• Enrich – enhancing an object with decorative finishes such as engraving or etching
• Colour – the application of colour to an object through patination, enameling, inlaying or gilding
• Innovate – concerning new technologies such as rapid prototyping or the use of traditional techniques employed in new ways

Karin Paynter, Director of Silver Speaks, comments:

“Throughout the year long Silver Speaks programme, Contemporary British Silversmiths is putting silver back on the world stage to show how beautiful pieces can be created to enhance contemporary living, architecture and fashion. This unique exhibition provides an insight into the making of objects and what is used to create them and centres on the personal relationships makers have with their materials and tools. ‘Form’ complements our sister exhibition ‘Idea to Object’ which focuses on design process and is currently showing at the V&A”.

Awarding winning multidisciplinary designer Anne Kernan will be working alongside Contemporary British Silversmiths to design the exhibition.


This event is part of ‘Silver Speaks’, a year long programme of events to celebrate silver in contemporary life. A catalogue for the Silver Speaks: ‘Idea to Object and ‘For the Nation’ exhibitions is available at the V&A shops or online at £3.50. A catalogue for Silver Speaks: ‘Form’ is available free of charge at the Goldsmiths’ Centre or online (postage rates apply).

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