The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity has held its first ever digital competition for up-and-coming designers, naming the winners this week.
The winners, from Birmingham City University and Glasgow School of Art, were the first in the competition’s 35-year history to submit their entries online.
New Designers, a platform promoting new creative talent from graduates, announced the winners for jewellery design, Coco Liang, and silversmithing, Yitong Shang.
‘Community’ was the theme for this year’s competition, influenced by an unprecedented change in culture and society.
The winners will receive a number of prizes, including a week’s work experience in a professional jewellery workshop and a £500 bursary for living expenses; a place on the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s introduction to business course, ‘Getting Started’; a laser and punch hallmarking package from the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, and free access to the Goldsmiths’ Company library and its resources.
Prime warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Richard Fox, said: “The Goldsmiths’ Company has been supporting craftspeople for nearly 700 years – inspiring and encouraging the next generation of jewellers and silversmiths is an absolutely essential part of this support if we want our industry to remain among the best in the world.
“New Designers helps contribute towards this objective and the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity is proud to be its longest standing supporter.
“This year’s winners have not only shown an obvious understanding of their craft but also an appreciation of how to work to a thoughtful and sensitive brief, which is a fantastic achievement and an invaluable professional skill when working with future clients.”