The Dark Side of Goldsmiths’ Fair

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Goldsmiths’ Fair is delighted to present Silver: The Dark Side, a trailblazing exhibition that showcases silver in a dramatic new light. 

This special display of new and recent work from some of the UK’s most exciting silversmiths and jewellers features striking pieces with black oxidised silver surfaces, plating and non-precious metals that challenge traditional perceptions of silver. Although primarily a showcase of objects d’art, three of the featured works are darkened jewellery.

Typically, silver is perceived as difficult to clean and therefore often considered old-fashioned or démodé. Here blackened objects, several of which combine precious and non-precious metal, are transformed into low-maintenance luxuries. As such, they are a perfect match for contemporary interiors and the jewellery is appealingly different.

Organised by renowned craft and design consultant and curator, Brian Kennedy, the display brings the dark out of the shadows, shining a spotlight on opaque metal. “Many years ago, while visiting the Art Institute of Chicago, I came across a case holding a magnificent pair of Georgian candelabra. Instead of the usually gleaming silver, I was confronted by two inky black oxidised pieces, mysterious and slightly sinister and oh so contemporary! A love affair with blackened silver had begun,” Kennedy confides. 

While opaque surfaces are the unifying thread, the display reveals artists working in a wide range of styles and techniques, including combining different metals and incorporating enamelling to create unique minimal treasures. Embrace the dark side through beautifully blackened silver!

Participating in the exhibition: Juliette Bigley, Jonathan Boyd, Abigail Brown, Michael Carberry, Angela Cork, Alan Craxford, Rebecca de Quin, Tamar de Vries Winter, Karina Gill, Kathryn Hinton, Kyosun Jung, Nan Nan Liu, Ryan McClean, Emma-Jane Rule, Mary Ann Simmons, Hazel Thorn, Adi Toch, Jessica Turrell, Adam Veevers.

Event Details: Goldsmiths’ Fair
Week One: 27 Sept– 2 Oct 2016
Week Two: 4 – 9 Oct 2016

Opening Times
11am - 6pm (Thursdays late till 8pm)
11am - 4pm Sunday
Closed Monday 3 October

Goldsmiths’ Hall, Foster Lane, London EC2V 6BN

Entry (valid for one week) - £15
(Advanced online - £12)
Entry (valid for two weeks) - £20
(Advanced online: £17)
Breakfast Talk - £10 with valid entry ticket


Sarah Salmon


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