Goldsmiths’ Fair reveals 35th edition application details


Applications to exhibit at the 35th edition of Goldsmiths’ Fair will open on January 3.

Those wanting to apple can do so via the Fair’s website, which goes live on 3 January 2017. Jewellery industry professionals have until midnight on February 24 2017 to apply.

The Goldsmiths’ Fair selection committee will then meet in March and applicants will be advised of the outcome thereafter.

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Over two weeks in autumn 2017, Goldsmiths’ Fair will showcase new collections from the finest UK-based designer-makers. Last year, 150 exhibitors (115 jewellers and 35 silversmiths) took part and more than 9,000 people visited the event.

Applicants must conform to the following:
• Display only work (each piece) that includes precious metal(s)
• Represent themselves and not act as an agent for others
• Live and work in the UK
• Apply with work that has been designed and made in the UK by the applicant (if the applicant has used the specialist techniques of another tradesman e.g. a spinner/caster/engraver etc., these must be detailed on the application form)
• Employ fewer than six people at the bench
• Must not be in full time education at the time of application
• Must be available to man their stand at all times during the Fair
• Intend to exhibit goods that are compliant with the UK Hallmarking Act 1973
• Be in agreement with all Terms & Conditions and Rules & Regulations (to be provided upon successful application)

To encourage and support the next generation of jewellers and silversmiths, there are 10 free stands on offer each year at Goldsmiths’ Fair through the Graduate Bursary Scheme.

Alongside a free stand, winners of the bursary receive a £1,500 grant to help prepare for the fair, an optional interest free silver bullion loan of uo tp £3,000 and mentoring opportunities at the Goldsmiths’ Centre.

To be eligible for the Graduate Bursary Scheme applicants must meet all the Goldsmiths’ Fair eligibility requirements and have graduated (from an HND/BA/MA or Goldsmiths’ Apprenticeship) in the last five years. There is no age requirement.

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Editor, Professional Jeweller

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