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Polar Bears and Melting Ice – Jewellery of Climate Change and Conservation

Elements, Scotland’s festival showcase for the finest gold, silver and jewellery will include collections that combine beauty and exquisite craftsmanship with ethical and environmental issues. The event, which is organised by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of Edinburgh in partnership with fine art auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull and runs from 8 to 10 November, will feature more than 50 high quality designers and makers from across the UK. Among them is Burntisland-based Sally Grant, whose pieces will include one featuring a garnet that is among the first stones brought to market by Moyo Gemstones, a women’s mining collective in Tanzania. Sally,

Amazonian Rainforests campaign launched at London Fashion Week 2018

Miranda Richardson, The United Nations and the Whitley Fund for Nature Join Fashion for Conservation on a Mission to Protect the Amazon at London Fashion Week AW18. Presented by Fashion for Conservation, The United Nations, Fashion Scout, Magpies & Peacocks, Hoja Nueva and the Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN), Fashion for Conservation (FFC) debuted their newest campaign to protect the Amazon featuring two designers' interpretation of Amazonian rainforests, keynotes by conservation leaders and support from the fashion community, Partnered with Whitley Fund for Nature, Fashion for Conservation has engaged influential members of the fashion community to become advocates for grassroots

Richard Seager Arts Award Commission 2018

Richard Seager Arts Award Commission 2018 In 2018, Butterfly Conservation will celebrate their 50th anniversary as the national charity dedicated to the conservation of butterflies and moths. As part of events being held to celebrate this milestone, the Richard Seager Annual Arts Award is delighted that Butterfly Conservation has agreed to be the recipient of the 2018 commission. This is a charity which Richard Seager supported for many years, and would also have marked his 100th birthday – an event he would be very annoyed to have missed. Butterfly Conservation has decided that the most appropriate commission would be a

Professor Paul O’Prey CBE Appointed Chair Of Trustees For The Edward James Foundation

Professor Paul O’Prey CBE has been appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Edward James Foundation which is responsible for West Dean College of Arts and Conservation.  The College is charting an ambitious trajectory of growth and is recognised for excellence in arts and conservation education.  At the end of December 2019 Professor O’Prey will replace the Hon Peter Benson LVO MA FCA who is stepping down after seventeen years as a Trustee, ten of them as Chairman.  For the last fifteen years Professor O’Prey has been Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Roehampton, London, stepping down

West Dean College

West Dean College  in West Sussex is internationally recognised for excellence in conservation and arts education. From short courses to diploma, foundation and Masters degrees. Courses in metalwork range from making to conservation. You can expect a strong emphasis on developing good hand skills underpinned by theoretical study. Students on all programmes are encouraged to understand historic craft practice in order to place their work in a broader context. The course is delivered in a purpose-designed workshop, with areas for photography, analysis (microscopes, metallurgy), chemicals, hot work (including casting, soldering, welding) and machining. You will also have access to on-site

Public Art Commission for Abbotswood, Romsey

Public Art Commission for Abbotswood, Romsey Test Valley Borough Council wish to commission an interactive public art trail for the new community development of Abbotswood in Romsey.  The art trail will enable residents of Abbotswood and Romsey to explore and enjoy their surroundings. It will uncover their own creativity and provide ideas and activities for the community to continually engage with it throughout the seasons. The trail should be innovative in design and be sympathetic to the environment surrounding Abbotswood which includes the Abbotswood Area for Nature Conservation and Fishlake Meadows wetlands. The full details of the commission and schedule

Call for Applications: West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2018

Call for Exhibitors and Demonstrators: West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2018 After the success of last year’s Arts and Craft Festival, West Dean College of Arts & Conservation is delighted to announce that in 2018, the Festival will run from 1-3 June. This is a call to artists, makers and craftspeople to apply to exhibit or demonstrate and be part of this successful contemporary arts and craft festival in a unique arts destination. It is an opportunity to exhibit and sell your work to over 5,000 visitors, all of whom have specifically travelled to the event for the high

Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork Bursary

Call for Applications: FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork Bursary West Dean College Chichester, West Sussex A new bursary providing funding of up to £5,000 to study FdA Historic Craft Practices – Metalwork at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation as been launches by the ctafts college. Funding The bursaries are for new applicants who would not otherwise be able to afford to pursue their studies, for September 2019 entry. About the Course The Foundation degree is taught by Grant McCaig, an internationally recognised Silversmith and educator. His work is in major collections, he has taught in Japan and Colombia,

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019

West Dean Arts and Craft Festival 2019 31 May – 2 June 2019 Tickets are now on sale for the West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, which will take place within the beautiful grounds of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in West Sussex from Friday, 31 May – Sunday, 2 June, 2019. The Festival, which is open each day from 10am – 5pm, offers visitors the opportunity to try their hand at something new in a fun environment and go home, after a bit of escapism, saying “I made that!” With almost 1,000 places to have-a-go in workshops

Elsa Peretti (1940 – 2021)

Tiffany's star jewelry designer and philanthropist Elsa Peretti dies in Spain It is with great sadness that Elsa Peretti’s death yesterday from natural causes was announced by her family office in Zurich and by the Nando and Elsa Peretti Foundation. The designer, who was famous for her creations for high-end US jewelers Tiffany, passed away in a village close to Barcelona, Spain, at the age of 80. Her legacy comprises a body of exceptional design work as well as a foundation dedicated to humanitarian, environmental and conservation causes. A true citizen of the world, her absence will be strongly felt

Open Days at West Dean

Open Days at West Dean Saturday 8 February 2020 West Dan College, Chichester Book your place at open day and see for yourself why 97% of students would recommenstudying at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation (2018 student survey). A visit to the College is the perfect opportunity to: Meet the tutors and discuss study options See the large studios, workshops and  brand new  science facilities Tour the student accommodation and library Chat with current students about student life and what it's really like to study here Explore the historic interiors used for site-specific work Find out more about

Grant Macdonald creates 'Ruaha' for TUSK

World renowned silversmih Grant Macdonald has created a handcrafted sterling silver lion representation named 'Ruaha' to be sold in their Harrods showrooms, from which proceeds of sales will support the charity Tusk and lion conservation. Driven by the fact that lions may now number as few as twenty thousand in the wild, the team of designers and craftsmen at Grant Macdonald wanted to create a unique piece to raise awareness and funds to help to preserve this majestic animal. The sale of their unique sterling silver lion ‘Ruaha’ will provide a significant contribution to further the work of Tusk. The beautifully handcrafted