New exhibition showcases graduate and emerging designer work.
Rising stars in the world of jewellery design and metalwork will land at the Goldsmiths’ Centre this month, for the 2013 edition of the Shine exhibition.
The showcase, part of the London Design Festival, will toast the talent from the Class of 2013 with an evening launch event on September 18 at the Centre in Farringdon, London.
Graduates recently awarded Goldsmiths’ Company accolades at New Designers will unite with the rising stars from the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation and Postgraduate Professional Design programmes and its Business Start-Up Studios in an exhibition of work setting that aims "to set the pace for the next generation of industry elite".
The exhibit will also feature a new award donated by philanthropist Adam Munthe called the Benvenuto Cellini Prize. The £3,000 award will enable an outstanding Goldsmiths’ Centre Foundation Programme trainee to enter a piece in the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council competition.
Munthe said: “Cellini is one of the most inspirational goldsmiths of the 16th Century. He moved to Rome at nineteen, the age that many people start their apprenticeships today, where his work won the approval of Pope Clement VII, among others. I hope that this award will inspire young craftspeople of the 21st Century to design and make work to rival his.”
The prize has been judged by Theo Fennell, Stephen Webster, Joanna Hardy, Hector Miller and Grant MacDonald, a number of whom will be present to give the winner the award on September 18.
Fennell said: "We’re still nurturing a huge range of talent in the UK, but we should nurture it more. The Goldsmiths’ Centre Foundation Programme provides a fantastic opportunity for young designers and makers to get their hands on the tools and techniques that will turn them into master craftspeople and get them into a rewarding career. We need more of these kinds of opportunities if we’re going to continue to lead in jewellery design.”
Shine 2013 runs from September 16 to November 30 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, which doubles as the Clerkenwell Design Quarter hub during the London Design Festival from September 14 to 21.