Theresa Nguyen to have solo show at Derbyshire neo-classical mansion
Young British silversmith Theresa Nguyen will be hosting a solo, seven-month exhibition at Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire from March.
Visitors to the National Trust property will be able to admire many of Nguyen’s designs at the exhibition, called Studio Silver Today. Her pieces will be on show within Kedleston’s columned central entrance known as Caesar’s Hall in a collaborative story of both the Goldsmiths’ Company and Nguyen’s career to date.
Rosemary Ransome Wallis,curator of the collections at the Goldsmiths’ Company, explained: “The aim of this exhibition at Kedleston Hall is to broaden the public’s understanding of contemporary silver design and its craft. The same handcraft skills are used today as those that were used by the eighteenth century silversmiths represented at Kedleston."
Ransome Wallis added: “There is a distinct difference however. Silver smithing today is a true decorative art with creative work being produced by individual artist craftsmen, which is highly sought after by collectors and patrons.”
The 25-year-old designer has also agreed to be a ‘silversmith in residence’ at Kedleston, where she will talk to visitors about her work and demonstrate her skills at a workbench on selected Saturdays during the seven-month exhibit.
The Goldsmiths’ Company, which has sponsored the event, has also commissioned Theresa to make a contemporary tumbler, which will be the prize for a competition draw open to all visitors attending the exhibition.
Nguyen puts her career down to an innate inventiveness and love of precision inherited from her grandfather, who was a Vietnamese gunsmith.