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Kensington and Chelsea College

Kensington and Chelsea College  offers full, part-time and evening courses in 2 centres throughout Kensington and Chelsea, London. Undergraduate: Ceramics, Glass and Jewellery BA (Hons) www.kcc.ac.uk

International Jewellery London to “sparkle” as it moves to historic Alexandra Palace

International Jewellery London (IJL) is moving to the iconic Alexandra Palace for its 65 th  anniversary year in 2020 and the organisers Reed Exhibitions are unveiling how the event is set to enter a new decade.    Referring to the new look and feel of IJL, Kerry Prince Reed Divisional Director said: “A feat of Victorian engineering, Alexandra Palace is a space that has recently undergone a reinvention, the Palace has been transformed, drawing it into an exciting new design space.  It is therefore a perfect time to move into the new decade, celebrate IJL’s 65 birthday and support the

The Design Museum Market, Design Museum Kensington

The Design Museum Market bring over forty leading contemporary designers to the Design Museum for a three-day market, in time for Christmas. The Design Museum Market presents a beautiful selection of jewellery, ceramics, glassware, textiles, homewares, graphic design, digital and children’s products - everything from original stocking fillers to stand-out gifts. Launching for the first time this year the market offers visitors the opportunity to meet new designers, find out more about their work, and view, buy or commission items. Featuring: Myia Bonner Jewellery, Josef Koppmann, Heather O'Connor, Sarah Herriot Design, Before Breakfast, Lollipop Designs, Meylor Paper Goods, Baker Street Boys, SenaGu, Markless

Victoria and Albert’s spectacular collection of Royal jewels go on show

The Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace will reopen this month, with a glittering suite of gems specially commissioned for Victoria by her beloved Albert set to join the display at her childhood home. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert are famed - even among royal collectors - for their love of fine craftsmanship, together commissioning and purchasing some of the nineteenth century’s finest artworks, porcelains and objects d’art to fill their homes. Among the most personal of these treasures were the spectacular gifts the couple exchanged, from the moment of their engagement in 1839 and throughout their 21-year marriage.  Now,

Cancelled - International Jewellery London 2020

Cancelled - International Jewellery London 2020 13 - 15 September 2020 Alexandra Palace, London IJL, the UK’s Leading Jewellery Trade Event, will take place from Sunday 13 – Tuesday 15 September, 2020, at a new London venue, the historic Alexandra Palace. Alexandra Palace is one of the UK’s most renowned and historic exhibition spaces, whose heritage and style evoke the jewellery industry it will showcase. Set in beautiful parkland, only 10 minutes north of Kings Cross, Alexandra Palace has long been a beacon for domestic and international visitors for concerts, events and exhibitions during its 146 years. In the last

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair 2018

Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair Kensington Town Hall, London 2nd - 4th March 2018 The Desire Fair at  Kensington Town Hall, London  will be open as planned across all days despite the unusual weather. Should this change for any reason the event will announce this on their  Facebook page  so do be sure to ‘like’ the page to stay updated. The next Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fair will take place at  Kensington Town Hall, London  from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th March 2018. We regularly rotate exhibitors, which makes annual repeat visits a must, so that you can keep up with the

Designers in Residence 2017

Designers in Residence 2017 Applications are now open for the 2017 Designer in Residence programme. This is an exciting opportunity to be one of the first designers to work in the designated studio situated within the new Design Museum in Kensington. More information This residency accommodates four designers to work independently on a project in response to a theme. Designers from different disciplines are selected and work autonomously as well as come together to exchange and share skills and ideas. Visitors are invited to engage in the process on display and to interact with the designers to gain an in

RCA Show 2019

Royal College of Art Show 2019 29 June – 7 July 2019 Hester Road, London SW11 3AN  Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7AG Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU The Royal College of Art’s annual Show offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience the very best of emerging contemporary art and design practice. Over 800 postgraduate art & design students will showcase work of exceptional quality, imagination and skill across a broad spectrum of creative disciplines. The RCA Show presents the opportunity to meet the artists and designers of the future, as well as to see their creations that range from

Q&A: Aishleen Lester

Aishleen Lester is an emerging new talent in the jewellery industry, having founded her new business in 2016 after coming to jewellery design at Kensington & Chelsea College through evening classes. She is a well reputed fine artist in her own right, known for large scale, sculptural installations who’s work is held in private collections and has previously exhibited in the Riflemaker and Nyehaus galleries. Trained at Wimbledon School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools, she built up her jewellery industry credentials by working with the likes of Shaun Leane and Paul Raven before venturing out on her own

Call for Applications Desire 2018

Call for Applications: Desire 2018 Craft in Focus are inviting applications for their 2018 Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fairs. Applications are invited from silversmiths and jewellers working in any media.  Demand for spaces is expected to be extremely high so early application is advised. London The fair has previously been located at Richmond upon Thames and Chelsea, and is being staged in Kensington for 2018 whilst Chelsea Old Town Hall undergoes refurbishment. Winchester Guildhall, which is situated at the end of the High Street, making the venue very accessible. This period building is both well known and easily reached from

Dazera Exhibition

Dazera Exhibition One of London’s best kept artistic secrets, The Exhibitionist Hotel in South Kensington, will once more host the Dazera exhibition for creative fine jewellery this year on 30 November to 2 December. Founded by jewellery designer Domini Hogg, Dazera is dedicated to raising the profiles of emerging artists and creative designers working with precious stones and materials. According to Domini the vibrancy of the hotel’s ever-changing artwork is what initially attracted her to exhibit there. “It is important for original jewellery to be seen within an artistic context rather than in the sterile environment of most shops. The

Desire 2019

Call for Applications: Desire 2019 - London & Winchester Desire are now inviting applications for their 2019 Desire Jewellery & Silversmithing Fairs in London and Winchester. Applications are invited from silversmiths and jewellers working in any media. Demand for spaces is expected to be extremely high so early application is advised with the main selection being made in September. Cabinets are available to hire at these events. Desire London 8 - 10 March 2019 This will be the thirteenth year of Desire in London and will be returning to Chelsea Old Town Hall (after relocating to Kensington temporarily in 2018)

The Design Museum Market - Christmas 2017

Call for Applications: The Design Museum Market  - Christmas 2017 The Design Museum Market launched last year at the newly opened Design Museum on Kensington High Street, due to its success and popularity we are holding a second edition in December 2017. The three-day market offers visitors the opportunity to meet new designers and view, buy or commission items for the Festive period and beyond. An experienced team of curators and buyers from The Design Museum will select 50 contemporary designers to take part. Products on display and for sale will include jewellery, ceramics, glass, product design, textiles, graphic design,

Culture Creative 2021

Call for Artists: Culture Creative If you are an artist, lighting designer, or company with an exciting idea or existing work that you feel would be ideal for our illuminated trails in 2021, then we’d love to hear from you. Culture Creative is a leader in the creation of illuminated trails worldwide. We have just completed our winter trails at various sites including - Kew Gardens, Blenheim Palace, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Chicago Botanic Garden and are due to install three new trails in the USA and more new trails in the UK at the end of this year. Therefore

International Jewellery London 202 Cancelled

Reed Exhibitions has announced that International Jewellery London, scheduled to take place at Alexandra Palace, London, from 13 to 15 September 2020 will be cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Reed Exhibitions issued the following statement: "Following UK government guidelines and comprehensive discussions with our customers, public health authorities and partner organisations, we do not believe that we are in a position to host a large scale gathering of the community in September without compromising the key valuable elements of IJL. T he health and safety of our exhibitors, visitors, partners and staff is our number one priority.  Therefore, a

Jeweller Stephen Saliba tells Benchpeg what its like in Italy during Covid-19

Jeweller Stephen Saliba has been a resident in Bristol for over 40 years. In the last year he took the plunge and re-located to Italy. He tells Benchpeg what its been like to relocate and set up a business during a pandemic. With over ten years of teaching experience, Stephen decided to set up a workshop and school of jewellery ‘Art Lab Todi’ in the historic town of Todi in Umbria. The school and workshop are located on the ground floor of a palace, within a town full of architectural gems and history. The Jewellery School is set up with

National competition for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem

Call for Applications: Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Emblem A national competition to design the official emblem for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 launched this week. The competition – run by the V&A, in conjunction with Buckingham Palace – is open to young people between 13 and 25 from all over the United Kingdom.  Aspiring artists and designers will have the opportunity to submit an original design for an emblem to signify Her Majesty’s historic, seventy-year reign, and capture the spirit of the national festivities. Symbolising the very first Platinum Jubilee, the emblem will feature prominently

VIA Arts Prize 2018

Call for Applications: VIA Arts Prize 2018 Artists are invited to enter into a “Dialogue” with Ibero-American arts and culture for this year’s VIA Arts Prize 2018. The call for entries opens on Wednesday 6 June 2018 and closes on Monday 22 October  The VIA Arts Prize, held annually at the Embassy of Brazil to the UK, in partnership with ACALASP (the Association of Cultural Attachés of Latin America, Spain and Portugal), People’s Palace Projects from Queen Mary University of London, and sponsored by Itaú, is pleased to now open the call for entries for this year’s prize. Following on

News Edit: 4 November 2018

A round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Alexander McQueen's favourite jeweller Shaun Leane turns his hand to buildings The Telegraph: Shaun Leane has never quite toed the line when it comes to what we expect of a fine jeweller. It was Leane who created the major pieces that came to define... www.telegraph.co.uk Why Heinz Mayer is the chosen supplier to the Jeweller of Her Majesty, The Queen of England First Classe: The independent German jeweller has been the steadfast supplier to the official jewellers of the palace for decades despite being a small company of only approximately

Katy Tromans wins Artistar Jewels 2018 Award at Milan Fashion Week

Last month the winners of the fifth edition of Artistar Jewels were announced in Milan, Italy, where 2016 Birmingham School of Jewellery graduate Katy Tromans picked up an international award for her  amazing standards of detail. Artistar Jewels is an international competition dedicated to promotion of contemporary jewellery culture culminating in an awards ceremony and exhibition. The event took place in Palazzo dei Giureconsulti, Milan, Italy, a historical palace overlooing the Duomo Square, and hosted 450 creations from an array of international jewellery artists and designers. Entries on show at the Artistar Jewels 2018 exhibition in Milan, Italy Artistar Jewels 2018 was

James Handyside Wins Young Apprentice of the Year Award

HRH  The  Princess Royal, President of the City and Guilds of London Institute, presented the latest  Goldsmiths’ Company Members’ Charitable Fund Young Apprentice of the Year Award ,   which  recognises  excellence in vocational skills and career progression, to former Goldsmiths’ Company apprentice, James  Handyside. Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company, Judith  Cobham -Lowe, congratulated James at the presentation, part of the Prince Philip Medal Awards Ceremony at St James’s Palace. In 2013 James undertook a three year apprenticeship with leading  Hatton Garden engravers  R.H. Wilkins,   specialising  in hand engraving.   Trained by Master Engraver, Emmet Smith, James learned

“We wear culture”: Google Arts Collaborates With The V&A

From the fusion of fashion with surrealist art to Vivienne Westwood’s anarchic designs, the V&A collaborates with Google to unlock the world of fashion with a new virtual experience, "We wear culture". The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) joins over 180 renowned cultural institutions around the world from the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Palace of Versailles to create the largest ever virtual exhibition of style. The “We wear culture” project by Google Arts & Culture uses state-of-the-art technology to allow viewers to explore 3,000 years of world fashion and discover the stories behind the clothes we wear today.

Merci Maman Awarded Prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise

Second royal seal of approval for London-based French mumpreneur. The personalised jewellery brand – worn by the Duchess of Cambridge – receives the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. Merci Maman, the personalised jewellery company founded by a London mum from her kitchen table, has been awarded the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category and its founder will receive the award from the Queen at a Buckingham Palace Reception. Merci Maman was founded by mother of four Béatrice de Montille in Fulham, London, in 2007. She now works with a team of 22

Carmarthen School of Art - Coleg Sir Gâr

Established in 1965, the Foundation programme at  Carmarthen  has a national reputation for excellence. It offers learners the opportunity to explore a diverse range of  art  and design options to enable them, through experience, to make an informed choice about future education, training and employment progression.   HERITAGE Carmarthen School of Art has been providing Art education since 1854, being one of the first Art Schools set up in Britain following the Great Exhibition in Crystal Palace in London. The School has been continually evolving ever since, responding to social, creative and cultural developments and the changing needs of its

Higher Education Institutions

We've complied a list of all the national organisations offering jewellery, silversmithing or metal at HND or degree level here... Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen School of Art www.colegsirgar.ac.uk Central Saint Martins www.arts.ac.uk/csm Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh www.eca.ed.ac.uk Glasgow School of Art www.gsa.ac.uk Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen www.rgu.ac.uk Hereford College of Arts www.hca.ac.uk Kensington and Chelsea College www.kcc.ac.uk London College of Fashion www.arts.ac.uk/fashion Middlesex University www.mdx.ac.uk National College of Art and Design www.ncad.ie Plymouth College of Art www.plymouthart.ac.uk School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University www.bcu.ac.uk/jewellery Sheffield Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk Staffordshire University www.staffs.ac.uk Turo and

Higher Education Institutions

We've complied a list of all the national organisations offering jewellery, silversmithing or metal at HND or degree level here... Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen School of Art www.colegsirgar.ac.uk Central Saint Martins www.arts.ac.uk/csm Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh www.eca.ed.ac.uk Glasgow School of Art www.gsa.ac.uk Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University Aberdeen www.rgu.ac.uk Hereford College of Arts www.hca.ac.uk Kensington and Chelsea College www.kcc.ac.uk London College of Fashion www.arts.ac.uk/fashion Middlesex University www.mdx.ac.uk National College of Art and Design www.ncad.ie Plymouth College of Art www.plymouthart.ac.uk School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University www.bcu.ac.uk/jewellery Sheffield Hallam University www.shu.ac.uk Staffordshire University www.staffs.ac.uk Turo and

Captivating Brilliance by Peter Schmid

Peter Schmid, world-renowned jewelry maker, is launching his all-new exhibition at Patina Gallery,  Captivating Brilliance , inspired by the Santa Fe Opera’s 2018 production of Giacomo Puccini’s  Madame Butterfly , writes Ilaria Ruggiero in this exhibition review.   The exhibition will open on August 10th at Patina Gallery at 131 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe.  Captivating Brilliance  will showcase pieces greatly influenced from the movements of Orientalism and Exoticism that were popular at the time of Puccini’s  Madame Butterfly  debut. An amazing crossover of inspirations and ideas, on one hand coming from the most current interpretations of Puccini's opera, on the other hand from ancient rituals,

Imperial Splendours Exhibition - Beijing

Set in the Palace Museum, Beijing, formerly known as the Forbidden City, the ' Imperial   Splendo u rs'  exhibition spans the history of the  Maison  Chaumet  from the 18th century to the beginning of the 21st;  illustrating the uninterrupted transmission of exceptional savoir-faire. Under the scientific direction of Henri  Loyrette , the exhibition will run until July, 2 nd   and is built around   Chaumet’s patrimonial  wealth; a unique body of historic jewels, drawings and archives. Some 300 works, jewels, paintings, drawings and  objets  d’art illustrate  Chaumet’s  characteristic “art of  jewellery ”. Prestigious collections and prominent museums have come 

Imperial Splendours: Chaumet spans its history in Beijing

Set in the Palace Museum, Beijing, formerly known as the Forbidden City, the ' Imperial   Splendo u rs'  exhibition spans the history of the  Maison  Chaumet  from the 18th century to the beginning of the 21st;  illustrating the uninterrupted transmission of exceptional savoir-faire. Under the scientific direction of Henri  Loyrette , the exhibition will run until July, 2 nd   and is built around  Chaumet’s patrimonial  wealth; a unique body of historic jewels, drawings and archives. Some 300 works, jewels, paintings, drawings and  objets  d’art illustrate  Chaumet’s  characteristic “art of  jewellery ”. Prestigious collections and prominent museums have come