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|Designs on Silver exhibition|
Goldsmiths’ Fair has launched a new exhibition.
Designs on SilverDesign drawings reveal a maker thinking aloud. Shown alongside the objects they inspire, they can offer an insight into the creative process. This exhibition aims to reveal how a maker explores a range of possibilities through sketches of source material; how they find a motif, or translate or abstract a theme into silver. All the pieces in the exhibition are from The Goldsmiths’ Company’s Collection. The Collection supports makers through acquisitions and commissions that demonstrate the latest in creativity and craftsmanship in precious metals. Many of these are made through the annual Goldsmiths’ Fair.
12 February 2021
FRIDAY FORUM : THE FASHION FOR KIMONO
V&A ACADEMY ONLINE
20 February 2021
22 February 2021
SEMINAR IN THE HISTORY OF COLLECTING
23 February 2021
MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH ART: STILL LIFE
24 February 2021
6pm – 7pm
Pay what you can: Free, £5, £10
Online (via Zoom, GMT)
A writer of historical fiction, including the murder mystery ‘The Silversmith’s Wife’, Sophia Tobin is also the Deputy Librarian for the Goldsmiths’ Company. Sophia will share her tales of how the archives of the Goldsmiths’ Company have informed and shaped her work, and ways in which jewellery and silver are used in her novels. Join us learn more about how historic sources can inspire your creativity.
4 March 2021
CONFERENCE: VELAZQUEZ AND THE SPANISH PRINCE: BALTASAR CARLOS IN THE RIDING SCHOOL
16 March 2021
INTERIORS AND THE ART OF LIVING AT THE TIME OF RIESENER AND MARIE-ANTOINETTE
19 March 2021
FRIDAY FORUM: BAGS – STYLE, STATEMENT, SUSTAINABILITY
V&A ACADEMY ONLINE
24 March 2021
6pm – 7.15pm
Gold: A history of power, prestige and craftsmanship in West Africa with Dr Toby Green and Emefa Cole
Pay what you can: Free, £3, £5, £10
Online (via Zoom, GMT)
West Africa is hugely significant in the global history of gold. The precious metal is woven into the complex economic, political and cultural history of this region, and has given rise to a remarkable artistic and craft heritage.
Join us to consider this history and heritage with Dr Toby Green, author of A Fistful of Shells: West Africa from the Rise of the Slave Trade to the Age of Revolution, and contemporary jeweller and researcher Emefa Cole, whose work can be found in the collections of the V&A and the Goldsmiths’ Company.
This event has been coordinated by the Goldsmiths’ Company History Group, and is presented in association with the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
Book now www.goldsmiths-centre.org/whats-on/whats-on-gold-history-power-prestige-craftsmanship-west-africa-dr-toby-green-emefa-cole/
27 March 2021
DRAWING THE FIGURE: GODS ENTWINED
21 April 2021
Creative Links: Talismanic Jewellery and Tableware: ‘Friends to grace and mercy and enemies to vice’
6pm – 7pm (GMT), Pay what you can: £5 or £10
Online (via Zoom)
A wide range of natural materials – plant, animal and geological – have been used since Stone Age times to protect the owner against occult forces and disease. Distinctive properties, rarity, exotic origins, ancient legends, folklore and (to modern scientific thinking) unusual background philosophies have all contributed to the concept of magical properties and virtues inherent in precious and semi-precious stones.
In this talk Chris Duffin will examine several case histories as a means of introducing and considering something of the range of ‘magical’, talismanic materials used both apotropaically and medicinally, and the enormous diversity of their application. Why were they considered, in the words of Ivan the Terrible (circa 1584) ‘Friends to grace and mercy and enemies to vice’?
For medieval and early modern goldsmiths and their clients, gemstones could be understood through a mixture of magic and science. Goldsmiths’ Company Librarian Eleni Bide will follow Chris’ case histories with an exploration of how these types of knowledge were intertwined through two beautiful lapidary books in the Goldsmiths’ Company’s archive.
From February 2020 Society of Antiquaries
The Society of Antiquaries have now opened up their Ordinary Meetings/Evening Lectures to non-fellows. 20 places are available at each event at only £5 including refreshments.
For bookings and details please see www.sal.org.uk/events which also gives details of one-off conferences.