Sheffield Assay Office brings Little Gems exhibit back to city

Little Gems returns to Sheffield.

The Little Gems exhibition will return to Sheffield after being showcased at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

Little Gems will now be displayed in the reception of Sheffield Assay Office from May 25 – October 2.

Galvanize Sheffield: Festival of Contemporary Metal will be showcasing Little Gems, a decade of commissioned work by 22 talented early career designer makers from Yorkshire Art Space in Sheffield.

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The Little Gems exhibition brings together a collection of contemporary precious metal artworks commissioned through the Sheffield Assay Office’s annual competition from 2005 to 2015, and created by up-and-coming silversmiths on the Starter Studios at Yorkshire Art Space.

The exhibition at The Goldsmiths’ Centre was the first time the work had been shown outside of Sheffield.

Little Gems includes precious metal objects including tableware, cake stands, cheese boards, cutlery, decanters and treasure boxes. The work presented is by the following makers: Katey Felton, Paul Butler, Rebecca Lawley, Owen Waterhouse, Victoria Kershaw, Amba McNamara, Maya Selway, Victoria Delany, Sarah Denny, Rebecca Joselyn, Christina Spencer, Sarah Stevenson, Charlotte Tollyfield, Stefan Tooke, Anne Davis, Andrew Sutherland, Sally Cox, Alexander Kerrison, Zoe Watts, Colette Bishop, Sarah Pasley, Jennifer Ricketts, Ben Ryan and Rupert Todd.

Sheffield Assay Master Ashley Carson said: “This display of Little Gems is priceless in terms of skills, ideas, design and vision. These elements all contribute to establishing very special craftspeople to making a career in silversmithing. I am very proud to have been involved in this unique project from the start.”

Rachel Dodd from Yorkshire Artspace commented: “The Little Gems commission is an incredibly valuable opportunity for our Starter Studio silversmiths who are at a relatively early stage in their career. Not only does it allow them to explore new ideas and create new work but also gain valuable experience of the application process. At the end of their two years supported by us the majority of the makers continue to work as silversmiths.”



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