New talent in jewellery and silversmithing shines at the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s showcase
On 20th September 2023 ten up-and-coming UK designer makers will be showcasing jewellery and silversmithing collections as part of Shine 2023, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s new talent showcase.
Design and craft enthusiasts are invited to celebrate and shop their work at a special selling event and a free exhibition at the educational charity’s London venue near Farringdon and online at goldsmiths-shop-talent.org.
Jewellers Jo Boateng, Xinyi Chen (EÈ CHAN), Catherine Fiabane (The Lane Fine Jewellery), Pinar Kaya De Biasio (Pikaya), Cara Lowe (Cara Lowe Studio), Kristina Merchant, Halina Mutinta (Halina Mutinta Jewellery), Samantha Snow (S J Snow Jewellery) and silversmiths and jewellers Sarah Wilmott and Emma Wilson were selected following an open call through a rigorous and anonymised selection process by guest judges journalist Rachael Taylor and communications specialist Nyasha Pitt.
From investigating Ghanaian Kente cloth to digital pixels and code their sparkling new collections reflect the rich diversity in their design and approaches to making – whether that’s through the impact of their immediate environment, diverse cultural backgrounds or artistic influences. All Shine 2023 exhibitors completed a free, three-month, part-time programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, helping them to learn how to present, sell and showcase a new collection of work online and in person.
Charlotte Dew, Public Programme Manager explains:
“The Shine 2023 training programme at the Goldsmiths’ Centre has been designed to support talented emerging makers in the building of their brand’s visibility. Through online workshops and seminars, it gives them the space to build confidence, gain peer support and safely apply learning on how to sell in person and online. Participants from previous years have received prestigious commissions, awards and showcasing opportunities across the UK, including at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Fair hosted at Goldsmiths’ Hall this autumn.”
Every purchase of the work made at www.goldsmiths-shop-talent.org is reinvested to support more emerging and thriving careers. Interviews and short films created with the makers, as part of their training, will be shared via the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Instagram channel @gsmithscentre, enabling consumers and trade representatives to interact with these talented makers.