Goldsmiths plans event for 40 iconic jewellers from the past 40 years

Jane Adam, Spiral Bangle, 2000 © Jane Adam

The Goldsmiths Centre is hosting an exhibition of what it considers the 40 most influential jewellery designers of the past 40 years.

The event, called A Sense of Jewellery, will take place from September 15 – November 19, as part of the wider London Design Festival.

It sets out to rediscover British jewellery design and celebrate the quality of design thinking and material innovation which has emerged from independent studios in this period, the curator says.

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The free exhibition will pull together pieces from the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Crafts Council, private patrons, artist collections and The Goldsmiths’ Company’s own collection to demonstrate how artists and designers continue to be drawn to this field of activity, inspired by its human and material histories.

Major works by established artists such as Jane Adam (pictured above) Wendy Ramshaw CBE and Gerda Flockinger CBE will be shown alongside works by emerging makers from across the UK, such as Andrew Lamb and Zoe Arnold.

The exhibition is being curated by Amanda Game, a leading UK independent curator and producer in the field of jewellery and silversmithing and liveryman of The Goldsmiths’ Company and Professor Dorothy Hogg MBE, influential designer and former Head of the School of Jewellery in Edinburgh.

“The new Goldsmiths’ Centre is a groundbreaking investment in imagination and practical skills for the next generation of jewellers, based on the principles of creativity, craftsmanship and community. A Sense of Jewellery will explore these principles through some wonderful objects which at the time of making shifted perception of how jewellery can be both made, enjoyed and worn,” the curators say.