Tuesday 17 September, 2019

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019: The Art of Collecting


“Collecting is ultimately an investment in meaning. Treasure those objects that inspire you, acquire others and before you know it, you’ve started collecting.”
David Mills, Director, Goldsmiths' Fair

This year’s Fair shines a light on collectors, collections and the joy of buying pieces that speak directly to the buyer. It’s been suggested that ‘collectors don’t create collections, collections choose the collector.’

Collecting can be an impassioned pursuit or can start by inadvertently acquiring pieces over the years that we fall in love with. Goldsmiths’ Fair lets you explore the finest craftsmanship, creativity and innovation in contemporary jewellery and silver.  This presents a chance to start or augment an existing collection with something uniquely meaningful.

Early bird tickets are available until the start of the Fair, purchase them here:

As always there is a packed schedule full of fascinating talks and tours. See the complete listings and book your place now:

Goldsmiths’ Fair features the best makers of fine jewellery and contemporary silver from across the UK. Check what days they will be exhibiting:

There will also be special exhibitions running from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection.

Containing Silver – Precious Metal Boxes
This exhibition brings together excellent examples of silver boxes from the Goldsmiths’ Company Collection and the Pearson Silver Collection. When master silversmiths take on the challenge of creating a box, the results can be unexpectedly magical. 

The Art of Collecting
What drives collectors to collect? This exhibition showcases treasured items from the collections of six unique collectors along with interviews describing the motivation and inspiration behind their collections. 

Historic and Contemporary Plate
The Goldsmiths’ Company collection of historic silver plate is regularly displayed in the Livery Hall for formal occasions. Since 2000, the Company has commissioned living silversmiths such as Angela Cork and Rauni Higson to create pieces of contemporary plate for display at less formal occasions. For the first time, elements from both the historic and contemporary plate collections will be shown alongside one another in a unique and provocative display.

Watch the full video of Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019: The Art of Collecting. 

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