Goldsmiths’ Centre event to put focus on Foundation students’ work.
Jewellery designer Theo Fennell has announced that he will be a member of the judging panel for the Shine Showcase 2014 at The Goldsmiths’ Centre.
The showcase, which is part of the London Design Festival, will celebrate the most exceptional craftsmanship in goldsmithing, silversmithing and jewellery design at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell, London, from September 12 to November 24.
The event is designed to unite those who have previously received awards and bursaries from The Goldsmiths’ Centre with the best of young and emerging talent.
Theo Fennell will judge pieces created by The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation programme students alongside fellow judges and established British jewellery designers, Leo de Vroomen and Adam Munthe, on September 3.
A number of prizes will be awarded, including one for the trainee who has made the greatest progress over the past 12 months. The overall Cellini Award for the most promising student is sponsored by Adam Munthe, and will represent the pinnacle of achievement for the Foundation students.
Fennell explains: "I am thrilled to be involved in The Shine Exhibition. The Goldsmiths’ Centre is a really great success story and it is doing wonders in giving young people a fantastic start in the Trade. I am a huge fan and delighted to do what I can.“
The Goldsmiths’ Centre director Peter Taylor continues: “We are delighted that such an eminent judging panel is assessing the work of this year’s Foundation Programme students. It reflects the amazing standard of pieces produced by our students.”
Talented young people on The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Foundation and Postgraduate Professional Design programmes will have the opportunity to mingle with designer-makers from the institutions’ Business Start-Up Studios, as well as the chance to meet the winners of The Goldsmiths’ Company’s New Designers Award 2014, including Clive Taylor, Karen Elizabeth Donovan and Kyosun Jung.
One of the highlights, to be unveiled for the first time, will be an 18ct gold pendant designed and crafted by Foundation Programme trainee Ben Hawkins, the winner of The Catherine Jones of Cambridge Golden Jubilee Competition.