News and Events
19 March – 30 April 2017
Enamoured - the latest exhibition of the British Society of Enamellers
This touring exhibition is now visiting the Mid Wales Arts Centre. This beautiful and inspiring exhibition also includes a programme of workshops and artist talks. For more details please go to: www.academyofmakers.co.uk/whats-on.html or www.enamellers.org
7 April - 9 July 2017
Cockneys in Arcadia; C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden
From 7th April to 9th July, The Court Barn Museum, Chipping Camden, is holding a special exhibition “Cockneys in Arcadia; C R Ashbee in Chipping Campden” focussing on The Guild of Handicraft’s work from 1902, after they had moved to the Cotswolds.
This major exhibition of 2017 curated by experts Alan Crawford and Mary Greensted is the first to showcase C R Ashbee’s Campden period and will include the full range of Ashbee’s work during that time, as a designer of furniture, metalwork, silver, jewellery and printed books. It will include pieces held by private lenders not seen by the public before. This is the first exhibition to showcase C.R. Ashbee’s Campden period. There have been two exhibitions before on Ashbee, one at Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum in 1981 which travelled to Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield and Fine Art Society, London and one at the Geffrye Museum in 1999 which concentrated on CR Ashbee in East London. It will also be the first time many of the items will have been seen by the public as we are borrowing material from a number of private collections.
12 April - 26 July 2017, 10am - 4pm
DeVroomen: Harmony in Colour and Form
A celebration of artistic collaboration between renowned husband and wife team, Dutch goldsmith Leo de Vroomen and British jewellery designer and artist Ginnie de Vroomen.
The showcase brings together over 100 pieces of De Vroomen jewels, sketches reflecting the creative process, as well as Ginnie’s vivid paintings inspired by nature and the urban landscape. Bold, sophisticated jewellery with flowing lines is placed in conversation with polychromatic abstract art.
Leo has had a long-standing relationship with the Goldsmiths' Company, having been made an Associate of the Goldsmiths’ Company in 1983. Four highly accomplished De Vroomen pieces form part of the Company’s Contemporary Jewellery Collection and a De Vroomen retrospective was staged at Goldsmiths’ Hall in 1991.
27 April – 1 May 2017
The Festival of Silver at Craft in Focus RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley
Wisley Ln, Wisley,
Woking GU23 6QB
Opening times: 9am-6pm daily; Last entry 5pm
3 – 6 May 2017
Inspired 2017 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre
The Goldsmiths’ Centre
42 Britton Street,
London, EC1M 5AD
Opening times: 10am-5pm daily (Saturday 10am-4pm)
6 May 2017
The Royal College of Art, BATTERSEA CAMPUS
Silver Speaks at the Royal College of Art - PUBLIC SILVERSMITHING SYMPOSIUM SATURDAY 6th MAY 2017, 14.00 to 18.00 followed by drinks.
This half-day symposium to be held in partnership with the Royal College of Art is supported by the Goldsmiths' Company, and designed to bring together silver practitioners, educators and enthusiasts to explore the role of silversmiths, their unique skill set and how their work has shaped British culture from the past to the present. Leading cultural commentators, designers and silversmiths will explore silversmithing across craft and design practices.
For information on the programme: http://silverspeaks.co.uk/events/silver-speaks-royal-college-art/
To book, go to the Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/silver-speaks-at-the-royal-college-of-art-tickets-32337774153
“Silver for Entertaining: the Ickworth Collection” by James Rothwell
One of the most important collections of eighteenth-century silver in Europe is to be found at Ickworth House in Suffolk. James Rothwell, the National Trust's adviser on silver, has undertaken a comprehensive study of the collection and the results are published this lavishly illustrated book. For full details and to order please go to www.ibtauris.com
“English Silver before the Civil War – The David Little Collection” by Dr Timothy Schroder
“A fascinating new book that uses one man’s collection to examine the social history of domestic silver from the Tudor and Early Stuart eras” Roland Arkell, Antiques Trade Gazette
For full details and to order please go to www.johnadamsonbooks.com
David Constable’s new book “Silver Spoons of Britain 1200 – 1710" was launched in September 2016
It is the history of the silver spoons of England, Scotland and Ireland chronologically by type from 1200 to 1710. There are approximately 2,260 images and 145,000 words, creating a complete reference of early spoons and their makers. Please visit David’s website to order it: www.silverspoonsofgreatbritain.com There is also a special deal on his first book “The Benson Collection of Early English Spoons”.
“Silver in Georgian Dublin: Making, Selling, Consuming” by Dr Alison Fitzgerald
Published by Routledge and costs £95 from Hodges Figgis in Dublin or on Amazon.com
Silversmithing prize winner 2016
Silver Menu Holders
House of Barnard by John P. Fallon
Boudoir Labels 1753-1965 by John Salter
Bertrand’s Toyshop in Bath: Luxury Retailing 1685-1765 by Vanessa Brett
Art in Industry – the silver of Paul Storr by Christopher Hartop
Designer British Silver – from studios established 1930 – 1985 by John Andrew & Derek Styles