Goldsmiths’ Co backs New Designers for ninth year


Company will award two emerging designers with £1,500 prize.

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that it will again sponsor the Jewellery and Precious Metalwork Zone at the New Designers Exhibition which takes place at London’s Business Design Centre at the end of June.

This is the ninth consecutive year that the Company has sponsored the New Designers show. The recently appointed Prime Warden, Hector Miller, will present the Goldsmiths’ Company Jeweller’s and Silversmith’s Awards on the evening of June 29 and Stephen Webster will also present prizes on behalf of New Designers.

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New Designers is the annual showcase of work from Britain’s leading graduate designers representing the best in contemporary design.

Peter Taylor, director technology and training at the Goldsmiths’ Company, said: “The Goldsmiths’ Company strongly believes that without the continued encouragement and development of creative talent the future of the craft in the UK will be in jeopardy. Therefore the Company is delighted to be sponsoring the Jewellery and Precious Metalwork Zone at New Designers as this event is a vital showcase for emerging British designers.”

The Company will award two designers for their work – one for jewellery and one for silver. The criterion for both the awards is to identify excellence in design and craftsmanship. The winning pieces have to show superlative design, originality and sales potential.

The Goldsmiths’ Company will present each winner with a prize of £1,500, made up of a cheque of £1,000 plus precious metal to the value of £500. They will also automatically be given places on the Goldsmiths’ Company’s annual graduate business course Getting Started, which takes place in January each year, as well as a ten year registration of their sponsor’s mark at the Assay Office London, their first sponsor’s punch made free of charge and £200 worth of hallmarking services.

New Designers takes place at the Business Design Centre in Islington (Angel), London, between June 29 – July 2.


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