Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission

The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission




Cardiff CF10 3NP


28 November 2016


Andrew Renton


Call For Applications: The P & O Makower Trust Silver Commission for Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales 2016

The P&O Makower Trust wishes to commission a silversmith designer to design and make a piece of work (excluding jewellery) to a maximum value of £5,000 which would be placed on loan with Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales.

Call for Applications
Entries are now invited from:

  • recently graduated (within the last seven years)
  • professionalised silversmiths who are resident in Britain and who may or may not have work in public collections.

The scheme excludes student work.

Timetable and Further Details

Entrants are required to send in completed application forms and up to six good quality digital images (minimum 300 dpi), clearly identified and showing at least three pieces of work, by Friday 25 November 2016.
Each image must be accompanied by the following information:
(a) Artist’s name
(b) Title and date of work
(c) Measurements in centimetres

Shortlisting will take place at the National Museum Cardiff in the week of 28 November 2016. The selection panel will include:

  • Penelope Makower, Oliver Makower, Jane Mather, William Makower, Trustees, The P&O Makower Trust
  • Philip Hughes, Director, Ruthin Craft Centre
  • Rauni Higson, silversmith and jeweller
  • Andrew Renton, Keeper of Art, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Friday 2 December 2016 and invited to the National Museum in Cardiff for interview in December 2016.

They will be asked to bring examples of their work and to discuss their ideas for the commission with the above panel. 

Travelling expenses for the interview will be paid.

One maker will be selected to produce detailed designs and the final piece.

The panel will be under no obligation to select any design.

The piece should be completed by October 2017, or soon after.

Background information

The collection on loan at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales was initiated by the P & O Makower Trust in 1993 for loan to the Crafts Council in London, with a newly commissioned work added to it every other year. The collection was transferred on loan to the National Museum in Cardiff in 2006 and now comprises eleven works, as follows:

  • Chris Knight, jug (commissioned 1993)                                          
  • Diana Greenwood, Hot and Cold, bottles for aromatherapy oils (1995)
  • David Bromilow, caviar bowl (1997)                                    
  • Ndidi Ekubia, punch bowl and ladle (1999)
  • Ane Christiansen, Floating Bowl (2001)                                            
  • Marion Kane, bowl and cover (2003)                                                          
  • Angela Cork, Diagonal Vase (2005)
  • Sarah Denny, Vessel Four – Youth and Vigour (2007)
  • Theresa Nguyen, Con Brio Centrepiece (2009)
  • Kevin Grey, Fractured (2011)
  • Adi Toch, Wide Open (2013)

About The P & O Makower Trust 
The P & O Makower Trust now has commissioning schemes with four British museums, the first initiated at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1979, a third at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford in 2007, and a fourth at the National Museums of Scotland in 2015. The Cardiff scheme now commissions new works every three years.

About The National Museum of Wales
The National Museum of Wales was founded by royal charter in 1907, building on the collections of the Cardiff Free Library and Museum founded in 1862. Its collection of silver is one of the most important in Britain, ranging in date from the medieval period to the 21 century. The collection features major pieces from all periods, many of them associated with Welsh families and including the collection of the pioneering silver scholar Sir Charles Jackson. In recent years, the Museum has developed a strategy for the acquisition of contemporary metalwork, a growing collection that includes works by makers such as Hiroshi Suzuki, Simone ten Hompel and Pamela Rawnsley.

For an application form and full details, contact:
Andrew Renton
Keeper of Art
Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales
Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

029 2057 3275