The Grand National has been part of the British landscape since the 1830s and attracts world-leading jockeys with their eye on the glittering trophy. Designed by celebrated silversmith, Shannon O’Neill, this year’s trophy was conceived in her studio, a former stable, in the grounds of Burghley House in Stamford. Its subtle details perfectly tell the story of the greatest horse race in the world and the preventative healthcare innovations of the principal sponsor, Randox Health. This is the second year running that Shannon has been awarded this prestigious commission after Randox representatives saw her work on display at The Goldsmiths’
Silversmith Shannon O’Neill was commissioned for a third consecutive year to create the ‘Randox Health Grand National Trophy’. The commission brief was to design something ‘very different from last year’. Inspiration came from the sponsors of the event Randox, who wanted the trophy to showcase their most recent breakthroughs in health care: heart disease, Alzheimers, stroke and dairy screening. The preventative healthcare company and the emphasis on saving and extending lives allowed O’Neill to focus on optimum health. “Choosing the theme of ‘Celebration’ and based on the classic ‘coupes’ style champagne glass, the top bowl of the Trophy has a
Gemfields Partner with National Geographic to Capture the Heart and Soul of Vital Projects in Africa
Gemfields, a world-leading supplier of responsibly sourced gemstones, has partnered with National Geographic to show the behind-the-scenes of Gemfields supported projects in Africa. See the inner workings of Gemfields supported projects through the lens of National Geographic photogrpaher and film-maker, Shannon Wild. Shannon is at the heart of each film and viewers are given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the landscape, animals and people she encounters during the filming of the short-films. The first film, shot in Zambia's Kafue National Park, focuses on the Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP). The project is dedicated to the study and preservation on large carnivores. The [youtube
Dine Dine is an exhibition of craft that sits on the dining table. Running along side The Goldsmiths’ Company exhibition Made for the Table, this supporting showcase brings together a large selection of stunning pieces in silver, ceramic, glass and textiles. Included are pieces by many of the makers’ that appear in the Goldsmiths’ show, and all available to purchase. Benefield Spencer Glass Angela Cork Richard Fox Hampson Woods Miriam Hanid Rauni Higson Kyosun Jung Nan Nan Liu Michael Lloyd Ptolemy Mann Alison Morton Shannon O’Neill Pottery West Sue Pryke Rebecca de Quin Adam Ross Jill Shaddock Jane Short Adi Toch Arjan Van Dal Vezzini & Chen Yusuke Yamamoto.