Symposium: The Power of the Art Medal


Agas Harding Conference Room




1pm – 4pm, 10 (including teas and coffees)

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The Power of the Art Medal Symposium brings together a group of experts and artists who are engaged in conversations around the origins, importance and influence of the modern art medal. Each speaker will present their talk, followed by an open-floor Q&A discussion.

This symposium, organised by the British Art Medal Society as part of the exhibition Celebrating 80: Art in the Hand, provides an open space for students and tutors to consider and discuss the diverse aspects of the art medal.

This symposium has been programmed as part of the exhibition Celebrating 80: Art in the Hand curated by the British Art Medal Society, which is on display at the Goldsmiths’ Centre from Thursday 23 March until Thursday 20 April 2017.

Outline for the day

1pm – Introduction by Marcy Leavitt Bourne, writer and art historian and Director of the British Art Medal Society’s Student Medal Project

1.15pm – Janet Larkin, Manager of the Enlightenment Gallery at the British Museum and Secretary of the British Art Medal Society, will give an introduction to the modern art medal and the work of the British Art Medal Society

2pm – Joe Cribb, Retired Keeper of Coins and Medals at the British Museum, presents a talk Word on Medals, which will explore the origins and inspirations of medal inscriptions and their deployment and development down to the present day

2.30pm – Coffee break

2.50pm - Abigail Burt, practicing artist and bronze caster, will speak about her exciting journey of medal making and the opportunities this medium has opened up to her

4pm – Symposium ends

The Speakers

Janet Larkin has worked in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum for many years looking after collections care and exhibitions.  She is Manager of the Museum's Enlightenment Gallery and Project Curator of the Collecting the World displays. She became involved with the work of the British Art Medal Society in the early 1990s and was elected as a Secretary of the Society in 2008.  Janet is a member of the judging panel for the annual Student Medal Project and is UK Vice-Delegate to FIDEM, the International Medal Federation.

Joe Cribb was a coin curator at the British Museum for 40 years, and retired in 2010 after seven years in the role of Keeper of Coins and Medals. He is an expert on the history of money in Asia, but also has a keen interest in 20th century art, particularly the work of Eric Gill and his associates. He has been a member of the British Art Medal Society since 1983 and enjoys collecting art medals. He served the society as a judge for its Student Medal Competition from 2007 to 2010.

Abigail Burt graduated from Falmouth University in 2012. In 2013 the British Art Medal Society awarded her the position of New Medallist. Through this Burt studied the collections of medals within the archives of the British Museum and the V&A, spent a period of study within the engraving department at the Royal Mint, and lived in Bulgaria for 6 weeks of studying medal making. She specialises in low relief carving and was recently awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship and today runs her own workshop to teach other practitioners bronze casting with localised and accessible methods.


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