Getting Started: Stars in the Making

Date
18 Jun 2021 - 01 Apr 2022 · Online (via Zoom and Instagram)
Price
Free
Event type
Exhibitions

“Getting Started: Stars in the Making” champions early career makers, putting jewellery and silversmithing talent in the spotlight. Join us throughout the year as we introduce some of the best newcomers in a series of online Meet the Maker events and feature them on our Instagram channel @gsmithscentre.

All spotlit Stars in the Making participants successfully completed the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Getting Started 2021 Online course. They have also received further business skills training, tailored to their needs, helping them to build their confidence and best present their work in person and online.

As each maker takes centre stage, hear more about their practice and the inspirations behind their pieces at our Meet the Maker: Stars in the Making events this June, July and September. More dates and makers will be announced later this autumn.

Wed 30 June 2021, 1pm - 1.30pm

Free, Online via Zoom [GMT+1]

Meet early career jewellers and silversmiths Agata Karwowska, Isla Cruickshank and Georgie Orme-Brown

Wed 28 July 2021, 1pm - 1.30pm

Free, Online via Zoom [GMT+1]

Meet early career jewellers and silversmiths Alice Fry, Kristina Smith and Millicent Bradbury.

Wed 8 September 2021, 1pm - 1.30pm

Free, Online via Zoom [GMT+1]

Meet early career jewellers and silversmiths Ruby Taglight, Sarah Murdoch and Kelda Young.

How were the Stars in the Making selected?

All spotlit Stars in the Making participants successfully completed the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Getting Started 2021 Online course in March. Following an application process, these participants were selected based on the quality of their finished work, or ability to practice a specialised trade skill, as well as their ability to tell the story of finished piece of work or skill through text and visuals. The selection process was handled by a judging panel comprising guest judges communications specialist Nyasha Daley and Journalist and Founder of the Jewellery Cut, Rachael Taylor, and members of the Goldsmiths’ Centre team.

The Goldsmiths’ Centre supports creative and talented emerging makers, offering them a platform to thrive, connect and collectively grow their skills and businesses. This year our charity has launched new initiatives for early career makers in recognition of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the marketplace and early career opportunities.

Who was part of the selection panel?

Nyasha Daley is a communications specialist, with more than 15 years’ experience at senior and C-Suite level, both in-agency and in-house supporting B2B, B2C and public-sector brands including The Assay Office Birmingham, Butlins, National Express, English Heritage, Land Securities, The London Taxi Company (now LEVC), Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Enterprise Inns, Brains Brewery, Spirit and Marston’s.

Nyasha brings a challenging and humanist perspective to EDI, constructively criticising the structures and institutions she supports to make real systemic change within their organisations. She is well-known and well-respected for her direct approach to EDI, from viral social media commentary right through to sector accolades. Nyasha was also Communications Director of the UK’s only organisation championing women’s right in the Jewellery trade, the Women’s Jewellery Network. In 2019, Nyasha was acknowledged as one of 50 Inspiring Individuals working in UK EDI sector by PricewaterhouseCoopers; she was also selected as Chair of the Communications sub-committee for West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’s Inclusive Leaders initiative. She was also acknowledged and selected as one of 15 Cultural Leaders, selected by Coventry City of Culture Trust in 2020.

In February 2019, with the support of West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, Nyasha launched iDNetwork - a business network for Black professionals; Nyasha is also the founder and curator of iDENT, an annual arts festival that positively profiles and platforms Black artists, funded by Coventry City of Culture Trust. Nyasha is Vice-Chair of Coventry Pride and sits on the Arts Policy Committee of the Belgrade Theatre. Nyasha is also a qualified executive coach and an accredited Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner.
 

Rachael Taylor launched Professional Jeweller and WatchPro in her early career and is the co-founder and editorial director of The Jewellery Cut, a platform to elevate and support contemporary jewellery in the UK. She is also a freelance jewellery writer and a regular contributor to a number of titles including The Financial Times, Luxury London, JFW, VO+, Retail Jeweller, Rapaport and Platinum Resident.

Nyasha Daley and Rachael Taylor were joined by Goldsmiths’ Centre team members: Charlotte Dew, Public Programme Manager, Isabel Keim, Communications and Marketing Manager and Chris Oliver, Head of Professional Training.