2020 GC&DC competition to open at IJL 2019


2020 GC&DC competition launched at IJL

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The Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council (GC&DC) returns to International Jewellery London in 2019, where it will formally launch the 2019/20 edition of its nationwide annual competition, The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards.

The GC&DC’s competition launch and appearance at IJL is supported by an exciting programme, including:

  • An exclusive showcase of 2018/19 GC&DC Award winners’ work including Cartier Award winner Tony Bedford, as well as IJL and Goldsmiths’ Company Awards recipient and 2019 Jeweller of the Fair, John Moore.
  • An unmissable ‘In Conversation’ with Tony Bedford and Neil Battes, Cartier’s workshop manager, hosted and facilitated by the GC&DC and compered/chaired by Council member Jos Skeates, on Monday September 2, 10.45 – 11.30, Catwalk Theatre.
  • IJL Runway show featuring award-winning jewellery designs by John Moore followed by a dedicated Q & A session with John Moore on Monday September 2, 13.45 – 14.30, Catwalk Theatre.

The Council will showcase a number of winning pieces from the 2018/19 competition at its IJL stand (S126), demonstrating excellence and breadth in British jewellery and silversmithing design and craftsmanship.

The GC&DC presentation will include two masterpieces by British silversmith Tony Bedford, who won the prestigious Jacques Cartier Award at the 1979 Goldsmiths’ Craft & Design Council Awards with his chased Madonna, and again 40 years later in 2019 with his hammered and chased silver Head bust Inspired by Rodin’s Burghers of Calais.

Work by John Moore, IJL’s Jeweller of the Fair 2019, will also be on display, including his incredible Lacewing Verto Necklace, a bold and timeless statement piece.

Alongside launching the 2019/20 GC&DC competition at its IJL stand, the Council will also show a number of short videos and PowerPoint presentations, offering visitors an exclusive insight into the winners and behind-the-scenes workings of these exclusive annual industry awards, affectionately known as the Jewellery Oscars   

Speaking of the GC&DC’s presence at IJL, Council Chairman Peter Crump said:

“Surrounded by our jewellery peers at IJL 2019 makes it an excellent setting for us to launch the 2019/20 competition. Our awards continue to go from strength to strength, gaining increased industry recognition – and support ­– owing to their importance and value for the trade. This Competition encourages, supports and promotes excellence among designers and craftspeople of all ages, skills, styles and backgrounds, within this – our exceptional industry.”

The annual GC&DC Awards inspire and encourage excellence and skills development among graduates, apprentices, designers and masters working in jewellery, silversmithing and the allied trades. Full details and design briefs will be available shortly at: www.craftanddesigncouncil.org.uk where entrants can find all the information they need about the 2019/20 Goldsmiths’ Competition. 

Find the GC&DC on stand S126.


Rebecca van Rooijen


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