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7th edition of Jacobs the Jewellers’ Emerging Designer competition launches

Award winning Jacobs the Jewellers, Reading’s oldest independent jewellery retailer, has announced the start of its annual Emerging Designer competition with 2021 combining last year’s successful online exhibition with an established ‘in store’ experience.

2021’s seventh edition will feature 7 talented designers competing in two categories, a silver object and a piece of jewellery. A comprehensive programme of social media posts will share the artists’ inspirations and work during the competition. In that period, as a new initiative this year, each entrant will produce their own ‘meet the maker’ video which will be hosted online and shared via social media.

In store and online voting will take place from 5th July, with the full competition entries and voting hosted via this link:

Cast your votes before Saturday 17 July.

Earrings by Georgia Piggott
Amethyst Brooch by Alice Fry

The winner will be announced during the week of 19th July, with the winner of each category securing £250, runners up £100 each to spend on tools at HS Walsh, one of the UKs leading jewellery tool suppliers.

The annual competition has been made possible for the Bishopsland Educational Trust through the initiative, co-operation and support of Jacobs the Jewellers, the Goldsmiths’ Centre and HS Walsh. Local arts organisation ‘Jelly’, supporters since the competition’s inception in 2014, once again lend their enthusiasm and promotional skills through their award-winning organisation’s network. All parties are supporting this competition with a clear commitment to the craft and artists of Bishopsland Educational Trust not to mention Reading as a creative centre in the South East.

“Now in its 7th year, the Emerging Designer competition is a fantastic platform for early career makers to be recognised in the marketplace. This year the Goldsmiths’ Centre particularly recognises the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on early career the opportunities and is delighted to support initiatives that help creative and talented emerging makers to thrive, connect and collectively grow their skills and businesses.”

– Chris Oliver, Head of Professional Training at The Goldsmiths' Centre

Header Image Credit: Silver dish by Alice Fry