Goldsmiths’ Fair has announced that Julia Peyton-Jones, director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, will guest curate this year’s silversmithing and jewellery showcase.

‘Julia Peyton-Jones Selects’ will follow in the footsteps of architect Zaha Hadid, offering up a small selection of hand-picked designs, presented in the entrance to Goldsmiths’ Hall.

This year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair, due to take place from September 22 to October 4, will showcase 168 of the country’s best designer-makers plus around 25 first-time exhibitors.


It will also include a packed schedule of events, including a special exhibition ‘John Donald: Precious Statements’, showcasing the pioneering British jeweller’s most inspirational work.

Elsewhere, the Goldsmiths’ Fair will reintroduce its popular series of breakfast talks hosted by industry personalities and specialists. This year, Vogue’s Carol Woolton, BBC Antique’s Roadshow specialist Joanna Hardy, gems expert Edward Johnson and Geoffrey Munn, managing director of royal jeweller Wartski, will all be on-hand to share their experiences among others.

Throughout the Fair, contemporary design writer, journalist and curator Corrine Julius, and contemporary jewellery authority Janice Hosegood, will be giving a series of ‘In conversation with…’ lectures at 12 noon and 2pm. Some of the makers set to appear include Hamish Dobbie, Sonia Cheadle, Anna Lorenz and Maud Traon.

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