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Shetland Bird Vase 2013 Sheila Mcdonald Image The Goldsmiths Company

The Silversmith’s Art: Made in Britain Today

This ground-breaking exhibition celebrated the exceptional creativity and skill which make Britain a world leader in modern silver.
Exhibition information

When

18 September 2015 - 4 January 2016

Where

National Museum of Scotland, Exhibition Gallery 2, Level 3

How much

Free

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The Silversmith’s Art featured 150 masterpieces made by 66 acclaimed silversmiths between 2000 and 2015. 

At the heart of the exhibition is The Goldsmiths’ Company’s role as patron of contemporary studio silver. This guild, situated in the City of London, has supported Britain’s gold and silversmithing trades for over 700 years.

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Today it holds a world-renowned collection of British silver and commissions exceptional creative work each year, which is profiled in the exhibition. Supported by films and workshop installations, the exhibition examines key silversmithing techniques and the inspirations behind artist-silversmiths’ cutting-edge designs. Highlights include major works by Stuart Devlin, Malcolm Appleby, Michael Lloyd, Jane Short and Rod Kelly, to name just a few.

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  • Spiritus Centrepiece 2010 Theresa Ngugen Image The Goldsmiths Company

    ‘Spiritus’ centrepiece, 2010, Theresa Nguyen. Measurements: Height 19.5cm Width 26.5cm Diameter 24cm. Image © The Goldsmiths Company. Courtesy ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. '

  • Aqua Poesy Vii Vase 2003 Hiroshi Suzuki Image The Goldsmiths Company

    ‘Aqua Poesy VII' vase, 2003, Hiroshi Suzuki. Measurements: Height 30.6cm Diameter 18cm. Image © The Goldsmiths’ Company. Courtesy ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’.'

  • Bowl 2009 Michael Lloyd Image The Goldsmiths Company

    ‘Bowl’, 2009, Michael Lloyd. Measurements: Height 7cm Width 30cm. Image © The Goldsmiths’ Company. Courtesy ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'. '

  • Millennium Dish 1999 Jane Short Image The Goldsmiths Company

    ‘Millennium Dish’, 1999, Jane Short. Measurements: Height 5cm Diameter 35cm. Image © The Goldsmiths’ Company. Courtesy ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’.'

  • Shetland Bird Vase 2013 Sheila Mcdonald Image The Goldsmiths Company

    ‘Shetland Bird’ vase, 2013. Sheila McDonald. Measurements: Height 14cm Width 15cm. Image © The Goldsmiths' Company Courtesy. ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’.'

  • Wrapped Birch Vessel 2011 Hazel Thorn Image The Goldsmiths Company

    ‘Wrapped Birch’ vessel, 2011, Hazel Thorn. Measurements: Height 10.8cm Width 8.5cm. Image © The Goldsmiths’ Company Courtesy. ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’.'

  • Pine Cone 2007 Junko Mori Image The Goldsmiths Company

    ‘Pine Cone’, 2007, Junko Mori. Measurements: Height 16cm Width 17cm. Image © The Goldsmiths’ Company. Courtesy ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’. '

  • Tectonic Beakers I And Ii 2014 Malcolm Appleby Image The Goldsmiths Company

    'Tectonic beakers I and II', 2014, Malcolm Appleby and Jane Short. Measurements: Height 7.2cm Width 8.5cm. Image © The Goldsmiths’ Company. Courtesy ‘Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'.'

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Header Image: 'Shetland Bird' vase, 2013. Sheila McDonald, Measurements: Height 14cm Width 15cm, Image © The Goldsmiths' Company, Courtesy 'Collection: The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths'.'

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