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Handmade Oxford 2018 Emerging Talent

Call for Applications: Handmade Oxford 2018 Emerging Talent Handmade in Britain would like to welcome you to the first edition of Handmade Oxford, the contemporary crafts & design fair at the elegant and historic Oxford Town Hall.  The event will take place from Friday 18 May to Sunday 20 May 2018, with a private view evening reception on Thursday 17 May. For the past decade, Handmade in Britain’s shows have become the top contemporary craft selling events for designer makers in UK. This three day showcase sees the industry’s biggest talents exhibiting alongside new graduates and emerging designer-makers. With innovative design

Handmade Edinburgh 2017 Emerging Talent

Call for Applications: Handmade Edinburgh Emerging Talent Following the success of the launch in 2016, Handmade in Britain will return to Scotland for the second year of Handmade Edinburgh. Featuring the work of over 100 makers, all vetted by jury, Handmade Edinburgh embraces exhibitors from a wide range of disciplines from textiles, jewellery and glass, to woodwork, ceramics and more. How to Apply Individual makers working across all disciplines are now welcome to apply. Please read the Application Pack for further information and submit a short description with 4 images of your most recent work here: www.handmadeinbritain.co.uk/edinburgh Application Deadline 30 March

Emerging Graduate Talent on Show at Goldsmiths’ Fair

Goldsmiths’ Fair has once again selected ten recipients for its coveted Graduate Bursary Programme.  The ten graduates, who were selected from over 100 applicants, receive: A free stand at Goldsmiths’ Fair £1500 bursary Up to £3000 precious metal loan Customised training via the Goldsmiths’ Centre to help each graduate optimise this unique opportunity to launch their collections in front of an informed audience of international collectors, retail buyers, design enthusiasts, luxury consumers and others. The highly sought-after opportunity for emerging designer-makers regularly leads to sales and commissions that otherwise might take years to achieve. A number of ‘stars of the

Home Secretary Supports Home Grown Talent

"I never imagined that I’d meet the Home Secretary, or that her first words to me would be, “So you’re the jewellery teacher that inspired all of these makers…”." Amber Rudd was referring to the shop she’d just opened called The Peer Collection, the vision of Sue Jones, a character as indomitable as the tide and the freshly renovated Hasting’s Pier makes the perfect location for her venture. The Peer Collection is a lovely play on words coming from the element that Sue started as a jewellery student of mine, and through the class, gained the skills to make jewellery,

Talent 2016: Craft Central as part of London Design Festival

As part of the London Design Festival, come and see our choice of top graduate designer makers from across the UK. We have selected 22 superb designer maker graduates to showcase the best in craftsmanship - from furniture to fashion, glass to ceramics and all designed and crafted by them. Take a look at this year’s Talent! 2016 graduates: Alice Heaton – Glass www.aahdesignermaker.co.uk Alison Attwood Ceramics – Ceramics www.instagram.com/alison.attwood AlmaBorealis – Textiles www.almaborealis.com Casabi Designs – Ceramics www.casabidesigns.co.uk CeramicsX – Ceramics www.ceramicsx.co.uk George Riding Studio - Interior Products www.georgeriding.info Isabel Webb - Interior Textiles www.isabelwebb.tumblr.com Jessica Jue – Silversmithing

The Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Graduate Bursary Scheme selects exciting new talent

Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s leading destination to buy original precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver direct from the makers, has announced this year's  graduate exhibitors. The Fair is the foremost platform to launch the careers of emerging precious metal designer-makers and these 10 exhibitors have promising futures.   Jewellery graduates : Evgeniia   Balashova   explores   repetition, movement and the manipulation of grids through  her high-tech geometric pieces. Margaux   Clavel   handcrafts precious metal resembling  cut gemstones. Stephanie  Holt  creates distinctive rings, cleverly bringing together precious and non-precious elements.   Elizabeth   Terzza  makes delicate work inspired by plant life.    

Talent Spot: Six Exciting New Jewellery Designers to Watch from New Designers 2019

The array of talent on display at New Designers 2019 was phenomenal- it would appear the future of the jewellery industry is as sparkling as the displays that were on show. Following on from our recent exhibition review and award announcement , Benchpeg shines a spotlight on six exciting designers to watch. Tianyu Zhao  Tianyu’s work stood out at New Designer’s as a delightfully juvenile departure from the seriousness of the more traditional work on display. Working from a deliciously pastel colour-palette, she evokes the naivity of  childhood to instil the wearer of the “adult amulet” with the courage to

The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s New Talent and Tutors Scoop Twenty Five Accolades at the ‘Jewellery Oscars’

The Goldsmiths’ Centre scooped twenty-five accolades at this year’s Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council competition, known as the 'Jewellery Oscars', seeing its new talented craftspeople and their tutors represented across award categories. The prestigious award ceremony, which was held at Goldsmiths’ Hall on Monday 25 February 2019, saw the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s current and former Foundation Programme trainees, Goldsmiths’ Company apprentices, Setting Out course participants as well as their tutors win accolades across specialisms, from polishing, diamond mounting to silversmithing, reflecting the exceptional standard of talent, skill and the level of teaching in both the Junior and Senior Award categories. Chosen

Graduate Fashion Week 2020

Graduate Fashion Week 2020 31st May – 3rd June 2020 The Old Truman Brewery, East London Graduate Fashion Week, now in its 29th year, continues to showcase the latest emerging talent to the world, by exhibiting the fashion innovators of tomorrow with an exciting four-day event located in the heart of London’s buzzing creative district, Shoreditch.  On the 31st May – 3rd June 2020 at The Old Truman Brewery in East London, Graduate Fashion Week will present an unrivalled platform for over 3600+ new BA fashion talent, promoting and awarding the freshest upcoming trendsetters in design, creative direction, marketing, communication, photography, illustration

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019 23 September – 6 October 2019 Goldsmiths’ Hall, London Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from the maker or commission personal

New Designers 2019 sparkles with a strong focus on Jewellery

Last week, New Designers kicked off its celebration of new design talent; connecting fresh graduates with industry professionals across a plethora of creative fields. On a glorious sunny Wednesday, Benchpeg attended the Business Design Centre in London to get a sneak-peak at the fresh talent; and was extremely pleased to see such a strong jewellery presence at the event.  New Designers prides itself on its progressive nature, stating “Great design never stands still, and should challenge the status quo. We champion new thinking, and new approaches to solving today’s problems through design. As society changes, so do New Designers.”  This

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 - Part II

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 Week Two: 2 – 7 October 2018 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from the maker or commission personal one-off pieces

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 - Part I

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2018 Week One: 25 - 30 September 2018 Week Two: 2 – 7 October 2018 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly from

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 - Part I

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Week One: 26 September – 1 October 2017 Week Two: 3 – 8 October 2017 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 - Part II

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017 Week One: 26 September – 1 October 2017 Week Two: 3 – 8 October 2017 Goldsmiths’ Fair, organised by  The Goldsmiths’ Company , is recognised internationally as the premier showcase in the UK for contemporary designer jewellery and silver.  It’s a celebration of the best of British goldsmithing and silversmithing talent and a treasure trove of creativity, design innovation and superb craftsmanship. Over two weeks, this unique public event draws collectors, design lovers and luxury shoppers to the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall to browse the latest collections of the most exciting contemporary design talent in Britain.  Visitors can buy directly

Emerge Competition

Call for Applications: Emerge Competition Zealous set up Emerge in response to the changing nature of the UK’s relationship with Europe. The aim of the competition is to safeguard the creative industries and promote new generations of diverse creative talent from all backgrounds across the UK. Together, let's remind the world that the UK’s creative industries are best in class, worth supporting and open for business. The Competition 12 Emerge prize categories are open to all creative talent residing in the UK. All of the categories will be shortlisted to 15, from which industry judges will select the top 3

Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowships, University of Leeds

Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowships, University of Leeds Are you an artist working in the area of arts and science/hybrid arts, in the early to mid-stage of your career with a developing national and international profile? Would you like to be involved in one of the premiere academic-artistic fellowships programmes in Europe? The University of Leeds’ Academy of Cultural Fellows aims to support and develop emerging creative talent in a variety of different art forms. The Cultural Institute Cultural Fellowship in Art and Science recognises and wishes to support outstanding talent in any contemporary art forms. As a Cultural Fellow, you

New Designers 2017

New Designers 2017 The exhibition for emerging design New Designers presents an unmissable opportunity to buy new products for your store or home, get inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent to commission or recruit. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion, and gaming to glass and takes place at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, the world's capital of design.  It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into the UK’s fastest growing

New Designers 2017 - Part II

New Designers 2017 The exhibition for emerging design New Designers presents an unmissable opportunity to buy new products for your store or home, get inspired by fresh ideas and discover new design talent to commission or recruit. Every year over 3,000 of the most promising graduate talents from Britain’s leading design courses exhibit. The show features everything from illustration to animation, furniture to fashion, and gaming to glass and takes place at the spectacular Business Design Centre in London, the world's capital of design.  It provokes fresh thinking and kick-starts careers, providing a pipeline of young talent into the UK’s fastest growing

Pulse 14–16 May 2017 - Olympia, London

If you don’t know about Pulse already, it is a beautifully curated, boutique trade event designed for busy buyers who are searching for the next must-have products and the freshest design talent in one central location. For 2017 we are launching Makers , the first trade event dedicated to emerging creative talent, and Brands , a must-attend edit of exciting new launches from 30 of the industry’s leading brands. Pulse is all about making an impact so we have no doubt you will find great products that will do really well in your stores! Dates 14–16 May 2017 Venue Olympia

British Fashion Council Announces Newgen Recipients For 2017 / 2018

The British Fashion Council (BFC) celebrates the fifteen emerging designers who will receive NEWGEN support for the year ahead. Following the announcement of a new format, NEWGEN sponsorship is now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. This new format is focused on celebrating the incredible pool of emerging menswear and womenswear talent in London. NEWGEN offers designers the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. Britain leads the way when it comes to nurturing and developing young talent,

European Prize for Applied Arts’ Catalogue

Literary Call for Participation For the European Prize for Applied Arts’ Catalogue - European Prize for Applied Arts This reward targets the best creations with contemporary expressions in the Applied Arts’ field at the European level. This contest, at a rate of the triennial, is subject to exhibitions organized by the WCC•BF since 2009 in the Grand Halle, on Anciens Abattoirs site, Mons, Belgium. Exhibition’s participants, the Art Master Prize awarded by the WCC•BF winner and the Young Talent Prize awarded by the WCC•BF winner, are chosen by a jury composed of international experts on the basis of criteria of

British Academy of Jewellery to Celebrate Young Talented Designers

The annual graduation ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of the students from the British Academy of Jewellery, will be held at The Royal Institution on Friday, 1 st  December. Situated in an idyllic Mayfair location The Royal Institution is steeped in history, boasting a variety of stunning ceremony and reception rooms. The event is anticipated to be a great celebration of fresh talent emerging into the industry of jewellery design and manufacturing. This year’s graduation will include an exciting VIP guest panel, answering the questions of the Academy’s students and inspiring them in their futures as they leave the Academy. This

Appointment: David Beckham Appointed Ambassadorial President, British Fashion Council

The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce the appointment of David Beckham OBE, in a newly created role of Ambassadorial President. The global role will have an initial two-year tenure and will support the organisation in its goal to build networks and partnerships in the United States and Asia. David will partner closely with the BFC team to help the BFC boost support for the British fashion industry on a global scale – raising the profile of emerging British fashion talent with the global investment and media communities alike. Taking on this new role is an incredibly proud

Shine 2021: Open Call

The Goldsmiths' Centre's annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, Shine, returns online in 2021. Applications are now open to UK designer makers, who are within the first five years of running a business to exhibit their new collection to potential customers, buyers and the wider industry. Participants will be given the unique opportunity to undertake a valuable online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths' Centre. Specifically tailored to their needs, the training will cover all key aspects of how jewellers and silversmiths should best present themselves and their work in person and online, culminating in an online showcasing

Spring Fling 2021

Call for Applications: Spring Fling 2021  Applications open for mixed digital and physical event that will showcase the creative talent of Dumfries and Galloway Spring Fling 2021 will offer new and different ways to showcase some of the best contemporary visual arts and craft from Dumfries and Galloway. Organisers, Upland CIC, are delighted to announce plans for this year’s event which will be a vibrant mix of digital and some physical activities in place of the usual open studios weekend. This will hopefully include a pop-up shop and walks with artists plus online exhibitions, workshops, demonstrations, live talks and studio

New Designers 2019

New Designers 2019 3,000 creative minds under one roof 26 June – 6 July 2019 The next generation of visionary designers will come together at New Designers this summer, launching never-before-seen ideas, products and trends in a two-week celebration of the future of design. New Designers will take place at the Business Design Centre, London from 26 June – 6 July. Bringing together 3,000 of the brightest new creative minds under one roof and representing every area of contemporary design, New Designers is a launch-pad for fresh design talent. Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, these designers and makers have

New Designers 2020

New Designers 2020 1 - 4 July 2020 Business Design Centre Islington, London The next generation of visionary designers will come together at New Designers this summer, launching never-before-seen ideas, products and trends in a two-week celebration of the future of design. New Designers will take place at the Business Design Centre, London from 1 - 4 July 2020. Bringing together 3,000 of the brightest new creative minds under one roof and representing every area of contemporary design, New Designers is a launch-pad for fresh design talent. Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, these designers and makers have been hand-picked

Artist Jeweller John Moore named IJL Jeweller of the Fair 2019

International Jewellery London Celebrates the Best of British with Jeweller of the Fair International Jewellery London have announced a new, exciting trade accolade with the introduction of The Jeweller of the Fair. This year’s honour, which was created to shine a light on the UK’s best and brightest talent, will go to Artist Jeweller John Moore. John Moore, winner of two IJL-supported Goldsmith Company Gold Awards (2016 and 2019), was selected because the complexity and engineering dexterity of his creative jewellery couture. John is universally acknowledged as a highly skilled artisan and visitors to IJL will get the opportunity to 

Newgen - British Fashion Council 2021

Call for Applications: Newgen, British Fashion Council  The British Fashion Council (BFC) is delighted to announce TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video, as Principal Partner of its longest and most internationally celebrated talent identification scheme, NEWGEN. The BFC and TikTok will work together to create a bespoke programme of activity for all NEWGEN recipients, including streaming support of designer shows, mentoring, masterclasses and digital support for the recipients. TikTok will host a NEWGEN venue during London Fashion Week September 2021, with designer shows, content creation and hospitality opportunities. This partnership will also enable even more innovative fashion content

Four Accomplished Bright Young Gems Assemble at IJL 2019

International Jewellery London 2019 is set to illuminate four new Bright Young Gems, shining a light on exciting and emerging talent in the jewellery industry. All four of the winners this year hail from the prestigious Central Saint Martins.  Selected by industry judges Nyasha Pitt; Charlie Miller; Katerina Perez; Danny Hall and Bobby White, the four winning designers will be exhibiting at IJL in just a couple of days, all having freshly attended a bespoke mentoring workshop last month, designed to help the winners maximise their IJL experience,  This year, 'Gem' is the operative word for at least two of

Shine 2020

Shine 2020 The Goldsmiths’ Centre Part of London Craft Week: 18th September – 22nd December 2020 Shine 2020, the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s annual new talent showcase in jewellery and silversmithing, returns this year as a digital-only event, in response to our changed circumstances and consumer patterns. Celebrating up and coming UK designer makers, it will present eleven new collections hand-picked for their originality and quality. Each maker will be supported through an intensive online skills training programme, delivered by the Goldsmiths’ Centre, and designed to get them market ready for the online opening on 17th September 2020. Shine 2020 provides a

London Creative Network

Call for Applications: The London Creative Network  The London Creative Network (LCN) Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help medium to established craft makers enhance their ability to advance their business regardless of whether they have a studio at Cockpit Arts. We provide creative business and professional development support to craft makers who have the aspiration and talent to do what they do professionally. We cater for all types of craft practices; from batch producers to artist-makers. The current round is now open for applications. Deadline: 25 October. For more information: cockpitarts.com

Present Makers 2019

Call for Applications: Present Makers 2019 9 November 2019 to 21 December 2019 A celebration of excellence in making from across the South West. A leading event in the South West crafts calendar, Present Makers 2019 celebrates the talent of contemporary crafts people and designer-makers, who make the South West such a vibrant place to live. The exhibited work in a diverse range of materials includes amongst others : glass, wood, paper, textiles, prints, ceramics, furniture and jewellery. All of the work is for sale. Looking for the ideal Christmas gift this year? Why not buy unique hand-made and locally-designed

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019 10 -13 October 2019  Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair returns for its 12th edition from 10-13 October 2019 to Upper Campfield Market Hall, Manchester. The GNCCF is the last word in contemporary craft selling events in the north. Founded by passion-fuelled people with an obsessive love of craft, and a desire to create a nationally renowned event, it’s no coincidence that the GNCCF has become the must-attend event for exhibitors and buyers alike. Expect a diverse range of work, talent and stories from leading designer-makers, including contemporary ceramicists,

New Designers: winners of the Goldsmiths’ Company awards announced

New Designers, a platform promoting new creative talent from graduates, has announced the 2020 recipients of the Goldsmiths’ Company awards for jewellery and silversmithing. The winners are jeweller Coco Liang from Birmingham City University and silversmith Yitong Shang from the Glasgow School of Art. This year, the competition was held digitally with students encouraged to submit design ideas online. Centred on the theme of ‘community’, competition submissions needed to be ‘highly creative, thought-provoking, and capable of triggering discussion and debate’. Coco Liang’s ‘CONNECT brooch’ was named the winner of the Goldsmiths’ Company Jewellery Award. Coco commented:  “The brooch was inspired

News Edit:15 August 2021

Here is a round up of this week's international jewellery news...   Black designers gain impetus in year of reckoning FT: Despite greater opportunities and strong networks, funding is among challenges that remain. www . ft . com Shaun Leane: All That Glitters proves TV gold for the industry FT: The jeweller and judge on the British talent show says its educational impact has been huge www . ft . com My Favourite Pieces: Contemporary crafts with the power to surprise FT: Consultant and collector Helen Drutt is most impressed by jewellery that stops her in her tracks www .

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Holborn

Winter Open Studios 29 November – 1 December Cockpit Arts, Holborn Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the

Week One New Designers Award Winners Announced

Bursting with ambition and radical ideas, New Designers 2019 unveils incredible new talent set to shape the design world of tomorrow. Over two weeks, and spanning every discipline in modern making, the event presents the work of more than 3,000 hand-picked design talents. Visitors to the show will discover disruptive new thinking, meet the pacesetters, and get a first look at our creative future. The New Designers Awards brings together 1,500 handpicked designers in areas including textiles, fashion and costume, ceramics, contemporary design craft, and jewellery. Awards are presented to those with the most creative and forward-thinking work. Winners are

Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund awards £21k in grants

The Kassandra Lauren Gordon Fund (KLG Fund) has awarded a total of £21,000 in grants to Black people working in the jewellery industry who need support for their businesses and have faced financial hardship because of the current crisis, following a review by a panel of five independent industry judges, who said they were “overwhelmed by the talent, creativity and enthusiasm of the applicants”. In June, Black jeweller and activist Kassandra Lauren Gordon successfully raised £19,483 on a Go Fund Me page, exceeding the original £14,000 target. 328 people, businesses and trade organisations made donations ranging from £5 to £5,000.

All That Glitters 2020

Call for Applications: All That Glitters Twenty Twenty Productions. Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham Application deadline brought forward - now 29 November 2019 Twenty Twenty Productions are very pleased to announce that they have recently been commissioned to make a very exciting series for BBC Two where we will be embarking on a talent search to find Britain’s most brilliant jewellery maker. Unfolding inside a specially built workshop, this six-part contest is built on the extraordinary skills of eight talented jewellers from all walks of life. Twenty Twenty Productions are looking for both amateurs and professionals to work with the most valuable

Cockpit Arts Winter Open Studios 2019 - Deptford

Winter Open Studios 6 – 8 December Cockpit Arts, Deptford Cockpit Arts’ celebrated Winter Open Studios - located in the creative South East London neighbourhood of Deptford and heart of Bloomsbury – brings you the chance to meet and shop directly with over 140 of London’s finest makers during two weekends. This twice-yearly shopping event is the only time Cockpit Arts is open to the public, making this an exclusive chance to meet some of the best craftspeople in London, see where it all happens and support this hub of creative talent. Throwing open the studio doors, it’s the destination

Lucie Gledhill's Modern Twist on the Victorian Curb Chain Garners Best New Design 2019 at Goldsmiths' Fair Week One

An innovative collaboration, between jeweller Lucie Gledhill and photographer Kasia, has won the attention of this years’ Goldsmiths’ fair expert judge of the Best New Design Award.  This year, Trino Verkade judged the award, a consultant with the Sarabande foundation, an initiative set up by the late legendary designer, Lee Alexander McQueen, who left the majority of his estate to support creative and visionary talent. In addition to providing scholarships and studio space for artists. The curb chain is a feat of craftsmanship, taking three weeks to complete. A chain was fashioned from gold tubing and silver wire, then each

One Year In at New Designers 2020

Call for Applications: One Year In at New Designers 2020 1 - 4 July 2020 Business Design Centre Islington, London One Year In, for talented designers launching new creative businesses. Are you a new creative business? Need help kick starting your design practice? Apply for One Year In at New Designers 2020. One Year In presents the year’s most exciting design talent. The pre-show mentorship programme gets your business market-ready to exhibit at the New Designers exhibition. Expertly curated, you’ll receive the guidance and help to make your business a success. One Year In showcases and celebrates design entrepreneurs who

Watch this Space: Meet the Six IJL Kickstart 2019 Winners

Earlier this month, International Jewellery London announced the winners of their 2019 Kickstart competition. The six 'Kickstarters' recognised for their emerging talent, will have access to a mentoring package, workshop days and introductions to key industry figures, as well as ongoing pricing, branding and marketing support- and a presence at IJL this year. The six winners are: Aurelie Dellasanta, Aurelie Dellasanta Jewellery Becca Macdonald, Becca Macdonald Studio Bine Roth, Bine Roth Jewellery Hannah Blackwood, Hannah Blackwood Jewellery Lukas Grewenig, Lukas Grewenig Jewellery Vanessa Pederzani, Heirloom Jewels    Katie Morris, IJL Exhibition Director said: “Congratulations to all six KickStart 2019 designers.

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2019

The Silversmith and Jewellery Charity Dinner 2019 29th November 2019 The RAC Pall Mall, London The Silversmiths & Jewellers charity dinner is one of the highlights of the industry calendar and raises funds for those who previously worked in the jewellery industry, who have fallen on hard times. The guest entertainment for this year is the amazing magician Jamie Raven, who was a runner up on Britain’s Got Talent. If you or any of your team would like a ticket, please don’t hesitate to on the details below. The charity is also have advertising space available in their brochure for

Goldsmiths Fair 2019 Opens

Goldsmiths’ Fair 2019, the fine jewellery and contemporary silver event returns this autumn to showcase extraordinary talent and celebrate collecting. ‘Collecting is ultimately an investment in meaning. Treasure those objects that inspire you, acquire others and before you know it, you’ve started collecting.’  David Mills, Director, Goldsmiths’ Fair The 37th Goldsmiths’ Fair, the UK’s premier precious metal jewellery and contemporary silver selling event, takes place 24 September – 6 October (closed 30 September) at historic Goldsmiths’ Hall in the heart of the City of London.  With 136 jewellers and silversmiths showcasing their latest collections expect innovative design, cutting edge techniques,

Are you a UK Jewellery Student or Apprentice? Read This!

At Benchpeg, we love encouraging and nourishing future creative talent by inspiring you with unique stories, promoting new designers and signposting you to other great resources for those new to the industry. We're excited to let you know about a new membership programme, launched by the Goldsmiths' Centre, for Students and Apprentices registered on UK precious metal courses (sign-up link below). The initiative delivers full access to the Goldsmiths' Centre back-catalogue of Creative Links talks, technical articles and industry-specific resources created by specialist craftspeople for those in the goldsmithing industry.  From personal experience, you only tend to realise just how

Rising Stars 2021: Call For Early Career Makers

Rising Stars 2021: Call For Early Career Makers Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion new talent, early career makers, students and graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars offers new makers a first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition at New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer on topics such as pricing guidance, advice on marketing your work and how

New Grooves Gallery

New Grooves Gallery Have you channelled your energy into something creative recently? We want to see it!  We are looking for individuals who want to showcase their newfound creativity as part of an online collaborative project.  New Grooves Gallery is a collective with the aim of creating a visual community of people who have found a hidden talent amidst the pandemic. We want to celebrate expression in all its forms, especially by those who may not have previously considered themselves creative. We hope to encourage accessibility into the arts, with the goal of holding a physical exhibition whenever possible. We

Desire Jewellery and Silversmithing Fair @ Chelsea 2020

Desire at Chelsea 2020 Chelsea Old Town Hall, London 28 February - 1 March 2020 This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed. Desire offers visitors a choice of around 90 individual jewellers and silversmiths who have been selected for their superb and innovative craftsmanship and have a genuine passion for the work they create.  Visitors can see and purchase from an exciting range from both emerging British talent as well as more established designer makers.  Exhibitors

INKubator Programme 2020

Call for Applications: INKubator Programme February - October 2020 Glasgow, Scotland A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core.  A nine month part-time programme to inspire you, transform your creative practice and kick-start your business. Maker led and maker designed with creativity at it's core. The INKubator is Scotland’s unique Jewellery Business Programme, with the aim of developing emerging talent by providing a supportive and educational environment. A carefully interwoven set of activities, opportunities and a hive of support to generate maximum impact.

Future Fashion 2021: West London’s Sustainable Fashion Competition

Future Fashion 2021: West London’s Sustainable Fashion Competition What is it? Westfield London is a supporter of entrepreneurs and innovative fashion solutions to create a more sustainable future. In line with  Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s Better Places 2030 strategy , Westfield London, in collaboration with the Royal College of Art, is launching ‘Future Fashion’, a sustainable fashion competition offering London creatives the chance to showcase their work in an exhibition dedicated to eco-friendly art and design, recognising local talent as well as promoting sustainable consumption. The competition will require applicants to submit design plans of their proposed works, which will be assessed by

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

School of Jewellery present Goblet to British Allied Trades Federation

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Lexus Design Award 2018

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Shine 2017

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News Edit 13 May 2018

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Alighieri set to grow brand after landing first NEWGEN award

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32nd Edition of the Marzee International Graduation Show

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Tresor 18

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Royal Academy Schools Announce New Project: Fashion Art Commissions

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The British Fashion Council (BFC) Education Foundation is a registered charity that offers scholarships to talented young people to study BAs and MAs. The BFC has been supporting MA Scholarships since 1998 and the recipients are now seen as the next generation of talented designers. The Fashion Awards 2016 will have a core aim - to raise significant funds over the next ten years to continue this work and help the best talent attend leading fashion colleges. The Fashion Awards will be an annual fundraiser gala for the BFC Education Foundation. The four recipients of the 2016 BFC Education Foundation

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IJL Announce The Ten New Talented KickStarters for 2017

International Jewellery London has announced the ten new designers chosen for the 2017 IJL  KickStart  initiative. T his annual mentoring programme, now in its ninth year, is recognised within the industry as one of the most successful bursary programmes for new emerging British talent. All ten will exhibit under the  KickStart  umbrella at this year’s show and will also benefit from invaluable marketing support from IJL and co-sponsors, The National Association of Jewellers, to help them grow their businesses. The scheme includes this year the newly titled ‘Industry’s Choice’ award, which will reward one  KickStarter  with a complementary stand in

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To mark this milestone iconic British artist Tracey Emin CBE RA, member of the BFC’s Menswear Committee, has lent her signature handwriting to the LFWM logo. The logo will be featured in a custom neon installation in the event’s central hub at The Store Studios, 180 Strand. The fifth anniversary edition of LFWM will celebrate London’s reputation as the home of menswear, showcasing Savile Row tailoring and heritage brands through to the most exciting emerging talent in the menswear market, as well as a strong roster of British and international designer and contemporary businesses. Since the first season of standalone

British Fashion Council 2016/2017 Education Programme

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The 2016 Benevolent Society Ball Sparkled

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British Fashion Council & Google Arts Celebrate The Creativity of British Fashion

A collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Google will bring to life the creativity, heritage and craftsmanship of British fashion. A new digital educational platform featuring content and stories from top British designers and fashion insiders has been created for anyone around the world to enjoy, for free. The project will support the BFC’s Education Foundation and aims to attract future talent into the industry. The platform g.co/britishfashion will provide a single destination to educate and inspire future generations of young fashion creatives, designers and students.  To celebrate its rich history and create new experiences around British fashion, the

IJL 2016 Showcases Record Number of Award Winning Designer Brands

This week IJL is set to showcase a set of exclusive ‘Designer Brands’ at its showcase Olympia event. The show will feature a record number of 17 designers within an expanded area of the show, displaying both silver and fine Jewellery. Elite designers from the UK, alongside those from Sweden, Australia and Brazil, will present the very best in fine and contemporary jewellery with the launch of exciting new collections, as well as acclaimed signature pieces. Sam Willoughby, IJL Event Director, commented, “This year’s Designer Brands showcase is a wonderful celebration of the best in creative flair and innovative talent.

Crafting Creative Magic: Origami Jewellery

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Final Call: Business Incubation Programme Setting Out  Emerging jewellery and silversmithing businesses hoping to transition from the bench to running a successful creative business have until Friday 7 July 2017 to apply for Setting Out 2017 at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. Now in its 5th year, the intensive year-long business incubation course Setting Out 2017 is open to 8 talented emerging jewellery, silvermithing and allied trade businesses. A dedicated team of specialists focus on equipping exceptional talent with business, design and production development skills. As a member of the Goldsmiths’ Centre’s vibrant and diverse community, participants gain access to shared studio

Degree Shows Plymouth 2017

Breaking Through Degree Shows 2017 Plymouth College of Art Risk-taking and convention-breaking — discover the future of creative practice at our annual showcase of fresh talent in art, design, craft and digital media. Taking place throughout our HE campus, our state-of-the-art workshops and studios will transform into a dynamic exhibition space, free and open to the public from Saturday 10 to Thursday 22 June 2017. Showcasing work from students across the college’s Undergraduate, Masters and Foundation Diploma in Art & Design programmes, this summer’s Degree Shows offer an exclusive window into life at an independent art school, and a chance

Beyond the Blue

Beyond the Blue Gill Wing Jewellery The Gill Wing Jewellery Gallery were inspired by current events to create their ambitious first "Open Call" inviting international jewellers to show work inspired by Blue, a colour, once more expensive than gold! The gallery cast their net into the ether and gathered talent from across the planet to bring the most unusual blue jewellery to the people of London.  The exhibition and its selection has taken on a life of its own as the jewellery itself has dictated a feeling of unity and peace to the show through themes and diversity. Amidst the talents

Counting Down To Baselworld 2017

At the end of this month new creations and innovations of the global watch and jewellery industry will be presented to the world at Baselworld 2017. Renowned as the unmissable annual show, Baselworld is gearing-up to welcome an array of international visitors. The show is the only one that unites the entire industry under one roof, including world-class players. Baselworld goes live on 23 March and will run until 30 March.  What exemplifies Baselworld is its unique ability to regroup the biggest and most prestigious watch and jewellery brands in the world, emerging design talent, the finest retailers and the

Flourish Conference

Flourish: A Two Day Conference To Ignite Your Creative Business Ambitions The Talent Development team at Crafts Council brings you leading industry experts so you can share, debate and network; providing you with a vital set of action points and links that will cultivate and shape your creative practice. The event will ignite your creative ambitions by bringing together leading industry experts to help you start, build and sustain a successful business.  Topics will range from practical advice on finance and copyright laws to how you create a strong brand identity and build resilience into your business. The keynote address

Dundee Student Wins Ingle & Rhode Fairtrade Gold Award

A university student from the University of Dundee has won the Ingle & Rhode 2017 Fairtrade Gold Design Awards. Aspiring jewellery design undergraduate, Angela Gillies,  is the over all winner of the awards, after competing against more than 100 budding designers and impressing the panel of judges.  Highly commended designs, category winners, and the overall winners were announced at the Fair Luxury (FLUX) 2017 conference in Birmingham on 25th April.  This is the first year the awards have run, recognising up and coming talent within the jewellery design industry.  Angela Gillies said of the win,  “Winning the Fairtrade Gold Design

Ring 2017, Diana Porter Contemporary Jewellery

This spring, Diana Porter Contemporary jewellery have asked a selection of their current designers, as well as some old favourites and some brand-new ones, to submit their most exclusive wedding / engagement ring combinations. They wanted an inspiring exhibition showcasing a plethora of talent and craftsmanship! Several designers have submited bespoke pairings, created especially for the exhibition, whilst others will premier pieces from their new collections. Diana Porter will launch her latest creations in precious metals set with unique stones, for an exclusive first look. Alongside Diana Porter, this exhibition will feature pieces by: Hannah Bedford, Justin Duance, Maria Frantzi,

Collect 2018 - Call for Galleries

Collect is the craft sector's premier showcase, bringing together galleries, artists and collectors from around the world to present a stunning array of established and new talent. Since its launch in 2004, Collect has gone from strength to strength to become one of the world's leading fairs for contemporary applied art and the highlight of the craft calendar.  In 2018, Collect will return to the beautiful setting of the Saatchi Gallery from 22nd to 25th February.  Presenting craft in a fine art context, Collect profiles the exceptional skill and intellectual rigour behind modern craft – from works in ceramics, glass,

Top Drawer S/S – Olympia, London

Journey into Top Drawer S/S17 to explore our expertly curated selection of global brands and innovative new names. Top Drawer is your perfect guide to a careful selection of UK and international lifestyle brands showing he very best, most original and commercially appealing designs across Home, Gift, Fashion and Craft. With more exclusive world launches than ever, an expanded Food Emporium and great new talent to discover in Spotted, your quest for new design-led products starts right here. Rigorous about selection, Top Drawer presents an expert edit of the newest, most exciting products from high quality companies passionate about design

Megan Brown Launches ‘Woven’ Collection For The Twenty-First Century Inspired By Family’s 100 Year Old Textile Mill

Megan Brown Launches ‘Woven’ Collection For The Twenty-First Century Inspired By Family’s 100 Year Old Textile Mill Megan Brown’s new collection ‘Woven’ draws together her family heritage and talent for jewellery making. Growing up in Yorkshire, with a family legacy of textile weaving going back over 100 years, inspired Megan’s lifelong love of fabrics. The new collection explores how the soft, flowing qualities of fabric might be translated into something as hard as metal. Creating sculptural designs which have been intricately woven, using fine silver and gold chain to create a dynamic collection steeped in history and tradition. Alfred Brown

Talented Jewellers and Silversmiths Selected For Goldsmiths’ Fair Graduate Bursary Programme

Goldsmiths’ Fair (25 September - 7 October), the annual selling exhibition of the best precious metal fine jewellery and contemporary silver by UK-based talent, has once again selected ten recipients for its coveted Graduate Bursary Programme.   The ten graduates – who were selected from over 100 applicants – receive: • A free stand at Goldsmiths’ Fair • £1500 bursary • Up to £3000 precious metal loan • Customised training via the Goldsmiths’ Centre to help each graduate optimise this unique opportunity to launch their collections in front of an informed audience of international collectors, retail buyers, design enthusiasts, luxury consumers

Emma Watson sparkles in Forevermark at MTV Awards

Actress Emma Watson took to the red carpet at the 2017 MTV Movie & TV awards, Los Angeles, looking as stunning as her winning preformance in blockbuster film 'Beauty and The Beast'.  The 27-year old actress was the first to win the show's 'genderless award'; celebrating talent over gender abilities; a meaningful statement Emma made sure to highlight throughout her speech.  Collecting her gong for 'Best actor' in the gender-neutral category for her performance as Belle in 'Beauty and The Beast', Emma triumphed in the limelight thanks to her sequined asymmetrical halter-neck dress. Juxtaposing the elaborate sparkle with a sharp

Inspired Event Bestowes 2017 Awards

The annual luxury silver and bespoke furniture exhibition, Inspired, has announced the winners of its 2017 awards to contemporary silversmiths and engravers.  Each year ,  the  Inspired  event  organis er,  The Festi val of S ilver, seeks  to promote, celebrate and nurture new talent and give recognition to this with a selection  of awards  presented at London’s Goldsmiths’ Centre . This year’s  award  winners were announced as:    The Malcolm Appleby £500 C reative Engraving Prize   Judged by Max Warren – senior lecturer at   Central St Martins Awarded to Angus McFadyen for his body of work with expert engraving.   The Silver Society