Exhibitions

Due to the unprecedented Coronavirus situation, all exhibitions and events are likely to be cancelled or postponed. Please check with the relevant website to find out the latest situation.


Until 31st July 2020
She Wields a Hammer: Five Centuries of Women Silversmiths

Display of objects on loan from the V&A and the Sheffield Assay Office.  Millenium Gallery, Sheffield.  Free.

2 May – Early October, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Precious Little Gems

New works in silver commissioned by Sheffield Assay Office and designed and made by Abigail Asher, Helena Russell and Holly Clifford, participants of the Starter Studio Programme for Designer Silversmiths and Jewellers at Yorkshire Artspace.

4 June to 6 September, The Holbourne Museum, Bath.  Admission charges may apply
Precious and Rare: Islamic Metalwork from The Courtauld Collection

The significant collection is comprised of Islamic metalwork ranging in date from the 13th to 16th centuries.  It was formed by one of the great Victorian art collectors, Thomas Gambier Parry (1816-1888).  Many of the best pieces in the collection have been on permanent display in The Courtauld Gallery since their bequest in 1966.  But the metalwork has rarely left London and never has such a large group of metalwork been brought together to be shown outside the capital.  www.holbourne.org/2020-exhibition-programme/

Until 31 July, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.  Admission charges may apply
Design Evolution: Highlights from the Keatley Trust Collection

This display highlights some of the outstanding pieces of decorative art on loan to the museum from the Keatley Trust.  John Keatley founded the Trust in 1968 and the display includes work by Bernard Moore, Bernard Leach, Sam Haile, Paul Nash, John Hutton and Whitefriars, as well as silver by Robert Welch, Gerald Benney, Rod Kelly and Jane Short.

Until 31 October, Victoria and Albert Museum, Room 116, The Belinda Gentle Gallery
Asante Goldweights display

This small display shows copper-alloy weights formerly used in the gold trade in Asante communities in what is now Ghana, West Africa as well as several gold and silver items from the Asante court regalia.

In February 1874 British forces launched a ‘punitive raid’ on the Asante state capital, Kumasi.  The royal regalia was plundered stripping Asante rulers of their symbols of government and authority to govern.  The gold regalia was sold at auction and the V&A purchased 13 items.  Other parts of the regalia entered the Royal Collection and British Museum and electrotype reproductions were circulated among British art schools.

Until 10 January 2021
Concealed Histories: Uncovering the story of Nazi looting

The display is the first of its kind by a UK museum – uncovers eight stories of Jewish collectors and their families under the Nazis.  It forms part of the V&A’s commitment to proactive research into the provenance of the items in its care.  www.vam.ac.uk

Styles Silver in Hungerford are currently holding an exhibition by Silversmith Don Porritt
https://www.styles-silver.co.uk/don-porritt-c102x3323283