Thursday 30 June, 2016

New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Awards Announced

The New Designers Goldsmiths’ Company Awards were announced at the Business Design Centre, Islington on 29 June. The Goldsmiths’ Company is a leading sponsor of New Designers, the country’s most important showcase of innovative work from design graduates.

Sheng Zhang succeeded in the Silversmithing category and Chen Cheng in Jewellery. All students exhibiting silverware and jewellery in the Jewellery and Contemporary Design and Crafts zone (Part 1: 29 June – 2 July 2016) were automatically considered for the awards.


Sheng Zhang from Birmingham City University won for his Inside Out box collection. He commented: “It’s a big surprise for me actually and this will really encourage me to continue my path. I think it will really help my career in the industry.” He added that his contemporary architecture inspired works focus on the “link between the internal and external space as seen through the incisions and openings in the pieces.”


Chen Cheng, also from Birmingham City University, won for her Dancing on my Own kinetic jewellery collection. She stated: “I’m surprised and very excited. I never expected to win this amazing award and I’m looking forward to what the future holds!” She added that her jewellery “shows the body’s limitations and focuses on movement. I chose the topic of ballet dancing to develop movement – each piece has movement.”

The winners receive:

  • A week’s work experience in a professional workshop at the Goldsmiths’ Centre where they will focus on commercialising their own work
  • Bursary of up to £500 towards living expenses, if required
  • Special Student Hallmarking Package including free registration, one sponsors punch, a tour of The Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office and free laser hallmarking set-up

Michael Wainwright, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, commented:
“The Goldsmiths’ Company is pleased to recognise the brilliant work of Sheng Zhang and Chen Cheng. The winning pieces, which show great skill and ambition, are a credit both to the makers and their educational establishments. The Company is proud to back the industry’s future stars through its support of New Designers, educational activities offered through Goldsmiths' Centre, special packages for students at the London Assay Office, and various other schemes.”

Chen Cheng and Sheng Zhang

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