The 33rd edition of Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s showcase of fine contemporary jewellery and silver, closed its doors Sunday evening after another successful year.
During the two weeks over 9,00O people visited the event and sales were robust.
Staged in the sumptuous interiors of Goldsmiths’ Hall, the Fair unveiled the latest collections from 168 leading designer-makers and the next generation of precious metal stars. All UK-based, the 149 jewellers and 39 silversmiths presented their collections across the event’s two parts (84 exhibitors per week).
An antidote to high-street humdrum, the Fair offered the public an exciting opportunity to discover and buy distinctive works direct from the maker, explore special exhibitions and attend fascinating design talks.
German designer Silvia Weidenbach won the Best New Design Award for her Granny’s Chips collection of cutting-edge jewellery in Part One (September 22-27). South Korean designer Kyosun Jung received an Honourable Mention for her jewellery and silver, a wonderful marriage of East and West.
Part Two (September 29 – October 4) saw Glaswegian jeweller Rhona McCallum win the Best New Design Award for her highly textured collection inspired by Scotland’s dramatic landscape. Sheffield silversmith Juliette Bigley received an Honourable Mention for her quirky, contemporary works, which brilliantly bring together sculptural and functional elements.
As ever, Goldsmiths’ Fair presented the most exquisite and distinctive jewellery for every taste and occasion – bold geometric designs, elegant organic forms and masterpieces inspired by everything from the Baroque to contemporary architecture. The Fair is also proof of the UK’s global lead in contemporary silversmithing, fostering domestic talent and attracting international young makers.
This year, Julia Peyton-Jones, director of the Serpentine Galleries, curated a special showcase of 23 personal highlights from the Fair. Julia Peyton-Jones Selects featured works by the talented Laura Bangert, Juliette Bigley, Petra Bishai, Nina Bukvic, Jacqueline Cullen, Ute Decker, Rebecca de Quin, Lucie Gledhill, Emmeline Hastings, Teri Howes, Mara Irsara, Stuart Jenkins, Daphne Krinos, Gilly Langton, Nan Nan Liu, Alistair McCallum, Ami Pepper, Tom Rucker, Kayo Saito, Jo Thorne, Adi Toch, Maud Traon and Yen.
John Donald: Precious Statements, the Fair’s other special exhibition, showcased jewellery by British designer-maker John Donald. Featuring 24 exquisite pieces crafted between 1958 and 2002, the display of brooches, rings, necklaces and a centrepiece provided a glimpse into John Donald’s remarkable creative expression and distinguished career.