Wednesday 30 March, 2016
Goldsmiths' Fair 2016 Exhibitors Announced
The full list of exhibitors selected for Goldsmiths’ Fair 2016 have been announced: 150 of almost 400 candidates have been selected for the 34th Goldsmiths’ Fair to be held from 27 September to 9 October.
115 jewellers and 35 silversmiths, including 10 recent graduates will offer their latest collections for sale. As per last year, half of the exhibitors will show in Week 1 and half will show in Week 2.
Spotlight on Jewellery
2016 features 23 first-time exhibitors. Amongst them, Gurmit Campbell whose exquisite high fashion pieces ooze sophistication, Michael Carberry whose work references abstract sculpture, and Romilly Saumarez Smith who creates ornate treasures steeped in history.
Returning after great success last year are the 2015 Best New Design award-winners , Rhona McCallum and Silvia Weidenbach. Joining them are the talented Zoe Arnold, Shivani Patel and Sarah Stafford, amongst others, who return to the Fair after time out to develop exciting new work.
Spotlight on Silver
Familiar silversmiths this year include Vicki Ambery-Smith whose works echoes iconic architecture and Abigail Brown whose pieces mirror the curves of the human body. Also returning to the Fair after a break, master engraver Clive Burr combines exceptional enamel with his signature engraving skills.
The Graduate Scheme
Each year Goldsmiths’ Fair selects 10 rising stars to receive a free stand, a bursary of £1500, and a personalised mentoring programme managed by the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
Graduate jewellers include Fiona McAlear whose floral designs project ethereal beauty, Karolina Baines who combines geometric and more natural forms, Max Danger who draws on his appreciation of comic books for inspiration, and the skilful makers Monique Daniels and Louise Seijen ten Hoorn.
Silvermsithing graduates include Mauri Beardshaw whose silver alludes to the intricate patterns of phytoplankton cell walls, Patrick Davison who incorporates mixed-metal (keum boo) techniques and Emma-Jane Rule known for her highly distinctive folded silver, diverse textures and patinas. In addition the acclaimed silversmiths Loucinda Nims and Hazel Thorn bring tradition and innovation to this year’s Graduate selection.
To see the full list of jewellers and silversmiths participating in this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair, visit the exhibitor pages on the Goldsmiths' Fair website.