The Next Generation: Learning from the Masters


5 September, 2017 - 12 September, 2017
Free. Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm
The Goldsmiths’ Centre is presenting 'The Next Generation: Learning from the Masters', an exciting exhibition featuring new work from exceptional young silversmiths who have completed the Goldsmiths’ Company Studio Internship Graduate Award (SIGA).


The Goldsmiths’ Centre presentsThe Next Generation: Learning from the Masters, an exciting exhibition featuring new work from exceptional young silversmiths who have completed the Goldsmiths’ Company Studio Internship Graduate Award (SIGA). The work on display from up-and-coming silversmiths Patrick Davison, Hamish Dobbie, Errin Chenoa Quinn and Dominic Simon celebrates the skills and techniques passed on to them from some of the UK’s leading master silversmiths.

SIGA was launched last year to train recent graduates (within five years of graduating) to become the stars of the future. Participants completed a 16-week internship with leading silversmiths including Clive Burr, Rauni Higson, Rod Kelly, Michael Lloyd, Angus McFadyen, Emmett Smith and Ray Walton. The internships involved eight weeks focusing on general silversmithing skills and eight weeks training in an applied technique such as engraving, chasing or enamelling.

Julia Skilton, Curatorial Project Officer of the Goldsmiths’ Company and curator of this exhibition, comments: “Each silversmith has learnt from two masters to develop their work. The young silversmiths’ initial design drawings, samples demonstrating their new skills, and their final pieces will be on display. A video and their individual SIGA journey accompanies the silver. Ultimately, each silversmith has developed a range of new skills, inspiration and contacts to propel them on to become the masters of the future!”

Rauni Higson, Liveryman of the Goldsmiths' Company and Chair of Contemporary British Silversmiths, comments: "Training to be a silversmith may take a lifetime, but nothing beats solid, concentrated workshop tuition to enable a great leap forward for young silversmiths. SIGA provides an opportunity to really get stuck in to some challenging projects, and there is no substitute for experience."

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